Let's get this straight-I'm not proclaiming here that metallic lips is a trend. Or am I trying to make it one. In fact, on a scale of 'one to trendy' I am in negative territory. But one thing I am in to at the moment is a bit of a metallic lip-and today I'm sharing with you what is in my stash.
This little mini obsession was triggered by Aimee at Christmas. She's quite into her indie brands and she wore one of these lipsticks when we met in Manchester and I could not stop staring at her lips. Like totally in a non weird way.
I've broken this down into two categories-subtly metallic lips for those wanting to dip their toes into the trend and full on metallic for those wanting to embrace the trend.
I actually owned all of these lipsticks in my stash already and I love them. They're on the subtle side and have more of an undertone to them than a full on metallic finish. Bettina from NARS is the most subtle of my collection and the Velvet Matte lip pencils from NARS are just superb. Non drying, smooth and silky, I love the look. My only issue with Bettina is it isn't the longest lasting compared to the other Velvet Matte shades I own. But it's such a pretty nude. The Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 5 Infinite Rose is something I am simply obsessed with. It has a cool peachy pink, slightly pearlised finish in a luminous matte finish. And the staying power is phenomenal. Again this is another formula that is brilliant across the whole range. Tom Ford Drake from the Lips and Boys collection is a really unique shade in my collection. I'm not really drawn to purple toned lipsticks but this one, with it's cool plum pearlised finish is just beautiful. A few of the Lips and Boys have a slightly metallic look to them-you can see swatches of Kingston and Theo here which definitely have that slightly duochrome metallic finish. I had forgotten how beautiful Theo is. Whilst MAC Show Orchid definitely isn't subtle in tone, the metallic undertone to it is. It's definitely a punchy pink with indigo reflets through it and I love it! Definitely something I am wearing on my next night out.
Lime Crime Hapi is the shade Aimee was wearing in Manchester. I haven't tried any Lime Crime products before and I'm aware there was some negative press about them as a brand a couple of years ago. I asked Aimee twice following our meeting what she had been wearing that day but because Lime Crime isn't the most accessible brand I just ended up pushing it to the back of my mind. That is until I walked into Sephora in Dubai last weekend and was met with a display of all their products. I bought 4. Hapi is the souped up version of Bettina, it's super metallic and has a beautiful frosted finish. Probably the most daytime appropriate of the 'full on metallics'. The Lime Crime formula is one of the best liquid lipstick formulas I have tried-it's one of the only ones that really is waterproof, does not transfer, does not fade and doesn't crumble or flake. Vibe has the same formula and I really love this tone even if sometimes I feel like I have a foiled sweet wrapper over my lips. Do you get that vibe? If you wanted to be more metallic than Drake, Vibe is your option. When I wear these Lime Crime liquid lips I do know I am wearing them, there is a slight pull to the lips but it's not drying per se. But seriously, once this is dried down on your lips, it is locked in. I'm super impressed.
Showgirl from Huda Beauty is another new addition and is part of the miniature 'reds' collection and I am guessing limited edition because it's not in the main range. I have a bit of a love/hate with this formula and I have to admit, although the shade is stunning, I had some issues with it. Firstly, it was difficult to apply without a lip liner, and then when I did match a liner to it, the transition between the liner and liquid lipstick was really obvious-despite them colour matching. This is the only one that seemed to fade quickly from the inside out. But it's a stunning red with strong pink reflets. Kylie Cosmetics Reign is the dud for me, both in formula and shade. Brown is not my bag on the lips and when I applied this, it was really difficult to get it to apply in an even layer. On the eye, I might die for this deep metallic copper and on darker skin tones this will look amazing-but on Stacey-Jane from Cumbria, who is borderline transparent some days, this was a no no on me.
So metallic lips...Trend you can get on board with or trend you want to run a mile from?