I had a great response to my Shellac nails post recently–despite having busy lives, lots of us love to glam it up.
The problem is, we don’t have much time to try out products, and there are few cosmetics reviews by women of color out there.
I’d like to help fill in that gap with cosmetics reviews from time to time. Tell me what you think in the comments!
Here are a few swatches of lip colors I’ve been loving lately:
Revlon Just Bitten Kisable Balm Stain in Romance
This shade looks great on lots of skintones. It’s a warm-toned red that brightens up your entire face. I wear this all the time–at work and on the weekends. It’s not glossy, but does have a sheen to it.
This product is part of the Balm Stain line–chunky crayon lip colors that apply really smoothly, simultaneously depositing a stain of color that soaks into the lips and a balm-like layer of color that sits on top of the lips. The product leaves a minty tingle on your lips and is hydrating. They last only a few hours, but I like the shade selection for darker skintones. They are pricey for a drugstore color, at around 9 bucks a pop, but I like them for their smooth feel and low fragrance.
Revlon Just Bitten Kisable Balm Stain in Crush
This shade is perfect for the wine or dark berry lips trend of Fall 2012. This is a classic Desi color, as we’ve known since our teen years that our darker skintones look great berry shades. I find this a little dark for daytime, but I think if you’re comfortable with a darker lip this would be okay in the workplace too.
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Rosy Nude
Generally, when I hear the terms “rosy” and “nude” in a lipstick, I think it will make me look like a corpse or not show up at all. Hello, pigmented lips, party of one. But this color pleasantly surprised me by giving my lips a natural, but slightly rosy color. It was pigmented enough to cover my darker toned lips. If you have a caramel skintone, this shade would work well for days when you want a “no lipstick” look but still look polished. Also, if you have small lips like I do, lighter colors like these will make your lips look fuller.
The Colorburst line of lipsticks is excellent because the lipsticks are highly pigmented, apply smoothly, and most importantly, have no fragrance. I find the perfumey fragrance in a lot of other Revlon lipsticks offensive, so I was glad that they ditched that for this line. Like most Revlon products, this is a bit pricey at $9. But the drugstores frequently have sales and coupons, so be on the lookout for that if you like this shade.
Revlon Colorburst in Rosy Nude with Avon Renewing Rose Glazewear VitaLuscious Lip Gloss on top
The downside of Rosy Nude’s natural look is that it can make me look washed out. It’s almost too natural. For that reason, I like to use it as a base for lighter glosses. It helps even the less pigmented ones show up more true to the shade in the container. This one is Avon’s Renewing Rose. It’s a gloss that looks scarily bright pink in the tube, but is a nice, wearable medium pink on the lips.
Ladies, what are your favorite beauty products? Would you like to see more reviews on here? Let me know, and I’ll try to put some more up.