Lipstick of the Week – 19 February 2012

Back to its normal slot from now on (somehow it just didn’t feel “right” on a Monday), and back to random choices too, this week’s Lipstick of the Week features some of my all-time favourites, a lipstick that drives me NUTS, something brand new, and what is possibly the lipstick I get most comments on whenever I wear it.

Shall we get on and take a closer look?

Natural Light:


So what made the list this week?  Clockwise from top left, we have:

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Tea Rose – possibly my favourite lipstick texture ever for the winter months,  this is my perfect neutral lip shade, and one I’ll have to get a back up for pretty soon.  Dammit.
Tarina Tarantino in Cameo – I hate this lipstick, but someone in the US (waves at Paula from Older Girl Beauty) went to a lot of trouble to get this for me, and so I doggedly continue wearing it, even though it looks like this after about six uses:


 I mean, I know how to look after lipstick, but this is infuriating! Anyway  onto nicer things:

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Bourbon Rose – A lighter, pinker version of Tea Rose, I use this on the (increasingly rare) days when I’m trying not to look like I’m wearing makeup at all.

Tom Ford in Indian Rose -What was definitely my favourite lip shade of last year still makes it into heavy rotation this year, and I’ve just acquired a back up.  I’ve just heard it’s the best selling shade in the relaunched line too, so good to know I’m not alone in my love of this one!

Tom Ford in Violet Fatale – a new acquisition.  Not quite a replacement for my beloved (and sadly discontinued) Pure Pink, but … close.  Kinda. Expect an in-depth review of this one once I’ve had a chance to wear it in properly.  Not nearly as scary as it looks in the bullet, thank goodness!

Hurraw Balm in Chai Spice – If you’re a long-term reader, you may remember me being devastated by the decision of Badger Balm to discontinue their Chai Rose Balm a couple of years ago.  This is the nearest I’ve found to a replacement, it’s raw, vegan, organic, and as the label has it, “good”.  It’s a good conditioning balm, and I like wearing it a great deal. Cheap too, at less than £4 a stick.  Mine came from Content in Marylebone, one of my favourite shops in London.

And finally, Smashbox Limitless Lipstain in Sangria – literally every time I wear this, people tell me how much they love it.  Which is an odd thing, because I wear red lipstick a lot, but there’s something about this shade, and the velvety finish on the lips that draws peoples’ eyes to it.  I love wearing it, and it’s backup-worthy in my eyes. I’ll be honest though, I mainly used to love it because it’s called Sangria …

You want swatches?  I got you swatches:

Natural Light:


And yes, I have swatched the balm at the end there too.

What’ve you been wearing? 

 Anything caught your eye?

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  1. February 19, 2012 / 12:02 pm

    Also love the Sangria lip stain – I don't wear it very often but it's probably my most complimented lip colour.

    • February 19, 2012 / 2:57 pm

      It's really nice that it gets complimented so much – there are other lipsticks *I* love more, but this one really seems to catch people's eye for some reason!

  2. February 19, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    There are some lovely choices in here. I almost bought the chantecaille rose lippie but restrained myself. I Have been wearing my clinique chubby stick- again. And No 7 floral brights mostly this week 🙂 xx

    • February 19, 2012 / 2:58 pm

      I love the Chantecaille, I'd wear it every day if I could.

  3. February 19, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    I love Tom Ford Indian Rose, would like to try some more x

    • February 19, 2012 / 2:59 pm

      I made it my lipstick of the year last year for a reason! Yes, pricey, but on a cost per wear basis, it's paid for itself!

  4. February 19, 2012 / 3:27 pm

    Hmmm Indian Rose looks great! I don't have a lot of lipsticks (yet), but I've always loved Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle. My recent favorite is Guerlain Rouge Automatique in 120 Coque d'Or 🙂 Managed to lay my hands on a couple of Revlon Lip Butters, but I find them pretty average.

  5. February 19, 2012 / 10:05 pm

    I'm sorry, but the swatches don't seem to be in the same order as your review list. Could you please identify the swatches? I love #3 from the left. Thank you!

    • February 19, 2012 / 10:10 pm

      No3 from the left is Chantecaille Bourbon Rose, the only two shades that aren't in the same order as the review are the lipstain in Sangria and the balm. I didn't think people would need me to point out which was which in those!

  6. February 20, 2012 / 3:33 am

    I need to get my hands on some TF lippies, they are beautiful and I love TF makeup so much

  7. February 20, 2012 / 9:51 am

    Swoon – another TF that's lustworthy! Dammit! You are so bad for my bank balance…

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