Lip Product Lover Tag

The Lip Product Lover Tag

WARNING: The first paragraph contains a little rant, so if you’re not interested in me venting my annoyance at the ‘makeup addict’ phrase, I encourage you to just skip it and go straight to the questions!

Last week, I was tagged by Trishna from Tips Capsule (THANK YOU!!!) to participate in the Lip Product Addict Tag. I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you what is probably just a huge pet peeve of mine, but it really bothers me when the word ‘addict’ is associated with ‘makeup’ or ‘beauty’. In my books, addicts are people who can’t give something up even though they know it’s harmful. So, A) I really don’t think makeup is harmful, B) If it were harmful, I could definitely give it up. But it’s not. AND it’s not like I HAVE to buy makeup or I’ll have withdrawal symptoms. I’m not buying makeup instead of paying for groceries and bills. Those are my priorities, but if at the end of the month, after paying for all my basic necessities and setting some money aside, I still have some to treat myself to something I really like and enjoy, I’m not harming myself nor anybody else. Please, stop associating such a strong, negative word with makeup! Starting today, I’ve decided I’m only going to use the word ‘lover’, so this is the Lip Product Lover Tag!

Anyway, sorry for the rant (which is obviously not addressed to Trishna nor anyone in particular!), I probably should’ve just said that I had changed the name of the tag because I thought the alliteration sounded better, but sometimes you just need to let your thoughts out, you know? OK so, now, on to the fun part of the post! 😉

What is your favorite balm or treatment?
My favorite lip balm is from an inexpensive Italian brand called I Provenzali and it’s their coconut one (although it does have a gritty consistency in the winter, when the coconut oil in it solidifies). If you’re looking for a great tinted balm, I recommend checking out Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments, as they’re very moisturizing, nicely pigmented and pretty long-lasting.

What is your favorite eye-catching red?
This is a tough one, as I LURRRVE red lipsticks, but I’ll go with Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Fiery (which you’ve seen in my December 2015 Favorites), a gorgeous, deep red. Besides its elegant shade, I also really like its smooth, almost gel-like texture that glides beautifully on the lips. If I need a lipstick that lasts through a 3-course meal, though, I’ll reach for the SEPHORA Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red, another favorite of mine (and of any other beauty blogger on this planet, LOL!).

Best luxury and drugstore product?
I’ll start with the drugstore one because I don’t even have to think about it… It’s definitely Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in Infinitely Fuchsia (I believe it’s called Fuchsia Forever in America). I love everything about this lipstick: its color, its formula, its longevity and its price tag (I have a full review for you here, if you’re interested)! For the luxury category, I have to mention both YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats (I have reviewed shades 201 and 208 here) and Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Flame. I like the formula of the first one a little bit better, but the latter is the perfect shade for me (a gorgeous orange-red).

Best MAC lipstick?
Hmmm… If I had to only keep one MAC lipstick, I’d probably go with Heroine, as it’s the most unique in my collection. BUT All Fired Up and Ruby Woo are also huge favorites of mine… Boy, I’m really terrible at this thing!!!

Most disappointing lip product?
SEPHORA Kiss Me Balm in Soda Pop. I bought this on a whim at SEPHORA because it looked cute and smelled delicious (like gummy cola bottles). It was my own fault if I was disappointed, as I should’ve read the ingredient list before buying (and I wouldn’t have bought it). It doesn’t contain any natural oils/butters, which are the only things that really manage to moisturize my lips. If I buy a tinted balm it primarily has to act as a balm and feel hydrating over time. This one does provide a nice plummy tint, but it also dries out my lips (bear in mind that MAC Ruby Woo, which everyone and their mother seem to find drying, DOESN’T!), so it’s a big NO NO!

Lip Liner: Yes or No?
My lips don’t have any pigmentation nor a defined edge, so what I usually do is line them with a nude pencil (no matter the color I’m going to put on top) so that I have a guideline for a precise lipstick application.

Favorite gloss?
I don’t use gloss much, but sometimes, in the summer, I do like a little juiciness… My top picks are Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Mona Lisette and Lancôme Lip Lover in shade 336. Both are those new generation glosses that are pretty opaque and long-lasting. I really see no point in traditional, sheer glosses, because once applied they all look the same, no matter what they look like in the tube.

Anything else?
I also want to mention two NARS lipsticks that I didn’t include among my luxury favorites mainly because NARS is definitely high-end but doesn’t feel luxurious to me, does this make any sense?! Anyway, they’re the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl and the Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage (here you can find a mini-review and lip swatches for both).

So, from this post we can conclude that:

  1. I have a strong preference for bold, matte lipsticks.
  2. I got out of bed on the wrong side this morning!

I tag the following five lovely ladies:

Hannah from Floraful

Shireen from Reflection of Sanity

Wendee from Wendee Isaacs

Selena from My Beautiful Reckless

Mary from She is Mary

But I’d also love to know about your favorite and most disappointing lip products in the comments below!

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    Alyssa Monique Bustillo
    January 12, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    The lipsticks look so amazing!

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    xo, Alyssa

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      Carol in a
      January 12, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      They really do, don’t they?

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    January 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Such an awesome tag!! I love matte lippies!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    Trishna Patel
    January 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Yes Carol, I loved reading your version and I’m so glad you spoke up about the ‘addict’ part because you were completely right in everything you said! And I think the Nars lip pencil you mentioned is definitely on my list haha ♥

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      Carol in a
      January 12, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you, Trishna! I’m glad you appreciated what I said! 🙂

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    January 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    OMG I love all these amazing lipcolours so much :-*

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    January 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Great post, I also love matte lipsticks at the moment!!! I am off to read your review on the Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in Infinitely Fuchsia!! 🙂

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      Carol in a
      January 12, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      It’s hands down my favorite drugstore lipstick!

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    Wendee Isaacs
    January 12, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I loved reading this tag. I can see you are a red lipstick lover.
    Thanks for nominating me.
    I’ll let you know when the post is up.

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      Carol in a
      January 12, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      You’re welcome! Can’t wait to read your answers! 😉

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    January 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Totally agree on the Sephora Kiss Me Balms, it dried my lips out too! Loved this 😉 xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

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      Carol in a
      January 12, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      I thought I was the only one, I’ve only read positive reviews about them!

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    January 12, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Loved reading about all these lipsticks!
    charlotte //

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    January 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I really want to try the Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick! Lovely post!

    Darriyan x

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      Carol in a
      January 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      It’s awesome! Let me know how you like it if you do try it!

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    January 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Interesting thoughts about the use of the word “addict”… I’m guilty of using the expression often, but I think you’re right. Although I do know/see some real beauty addicts, people who get into debt to buy more and more (it’s so easy in the US with credit cards). But in this case it’s really nothing to joke about. Beauty lover is much more positive, it’s true!

    Anyways, it’s hard for me to pick one favorite lipsticks because I have so many… But Givenchy Le Rouge in Framboise Velours would be my pick. If you ask me in a month, it might have changed! As for the biggest disappointment, that’s an easy one: Maybelline Color Whisper. I have it in Coral Ambition and it’s just a disaster!


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      Carol in a
      January 12, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Yeah, I’m sure that there are some are real beauty addicts, but I think only a small part of us beauty lovers are really addicted to buying makeup. I might be wrong, but I think most of us, despite spending more than the average person on beauty products, would never ever get into debt for that! At least I hope so!
      I’m not familiar with Color Whispers, but now I definitely don’t want to know more about them!

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    January 12, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    wow amazing blog post !! I just love these kinda blogs 😀 keep up the amazing work !!

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    January 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I’m not huge in lip glosses either, but lately I’ve been really loving the slight sheen of a nude or sheer lip gloss! I just got one from Almay which I super love because even though it’s pink, it stays glossy all day (even after eating) and it hardly requires another application. I’ve been using it every time I go out! I love all your picks though, you’ve definitely given me some to check out 🙂

    Sam |

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    Shireen L. Platt
    January 12, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Haha! I am a lipstick addict and thank you for tagging me! I promise I would give it a go but it would probably in March or April because I’m off the whole of February. This mama is flying back to Malaysia to visit my family for Chinese New Year! Frankly I would need a few days to figure out the answers, I am sooooo fickle with lipsticks! Haha!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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      Carol in a
      January 17, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      There’s no pressure AT ALL, it’s not like you HAVE to do it! 😉

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    January 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    How did you miss tagging me in the lipstick lover tag??? As a fellow lipstick hoarder I’m offended lol 😉 Great choices hun !! I just started Lipstick Hoarder series at my page so I may incorporate this tag in upcoming weeks as it sounds amazing 🙂 How do I choose tho? lol

    Love, D xx

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    January 12, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I am guilty of using the word “addict” multiple times, but I promise to be better and refer to myself as lover from now on. You are absolutely right, addiction is a severe mental illness and shouldn’t be used that way.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    Rainy Days & Lattes
    January 12, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    I LOVE all your lipsticks here! Beautiful!

    I also agree with you about the addicts word being used for makeup lovers 🙂

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    S A L L Y
    January 13, 2016 at 1:26 am

    I’ve never seen this tag before, I love questions about drug store makeup. The Fresh Sugar lip treatments always look so gorgeous and luxurious, I’ve never tried any of the Sephora products actually! Might have to give a few a go as some of them are decently priced!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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    January 13, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I’m all about lipstick! I think I need to get All Fired Up, I’ve been debating on it for so long, but since you totally loved it, I bet I would too!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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    January 13, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Love the picture so much! Maybe I’ll treat myself to a tom ford this year…they are so luxe.

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    January 13, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Lover sounds much better than addict! Revlon black cherry is my fav at the moment!

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    H A Parker
    January 13, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I love reading this Carol! I hadn’t seen this tag until reading your post and it was so good to know more about different products! You’ve inspired me to be more daring and ‘maybe’ wear some brighter lip colours lol. – What I Got For Christmas 2015

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    January 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Love this tag! Amazing post! I love red lipsticks at the moment and my favourite is from YSL.


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    January 13, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Great post! Well said! Great lipsticks too. Gemma xx

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    January 13, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    psst, I did the tag! Thank you so much for tagging me! I had so much fun doing this. Lip products are my favorite makeup products!


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    January 14, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Great post! I will need to check some of these out!

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    January 14, 2016 at 10:48 am

    What a great tag and I agree beauty/makeup lover is a much better suited word. I really want o try Fresh as a brand this year especially their lip products. Mac Ruby Woo is also one of my faves x

    Beauty with charm

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    January 14, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Some great picks! I really do love the YSL Matte shades, the quality is amazing and the scent of the lipstick is lovely also! I do love a lipstick that smells nice, it just adds that extra hint of luxury doesn’t it? 🙂

    I really like YSL’s #206 Grenat Satisfaction.

    Really like your choices especially the NARS picks, a great brand. Keen to try Dragon Girl.

    Some other favourite Lip picks of mine are – NARS Deborah, Mac Paramount, Mac Film Noir, Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry.

    Lovely post 🙂

    Laura xx

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    January 14, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I just find “addict” to be a bit of an over the top phrase – just a little too dramatic for my liking! I just bought Ruby Woo for the first time, so really glad to hear it’s a favourite of yours 🙂 x Rebecca –

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    January 14, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for tagging me, Carol! I’d definately do this as I’m a huge lipstick lover!
    I really liked your picks, they’ve made me want to go out of bed and run to Sephora to try more lipsticks, so good job! hahaha
    I hope you have a great day! xx


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    Keen On Beauty
    January 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I also like to apply a nude lip pencil irrelevant to the lipstick color. It works perfectly well! 🙂

    “My favorite tinted moisturizer” //

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    January 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Great post! Soo in love with your choices!

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    January 14, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    you are so right . Addict is not the correct word 😛 we love lipsticks and they are harmless 🙂 Mac Ruby woo is my favourite too 🙂

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    January 14, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    This is such a fun tag Carol! I also don’t use lip gloss too often, but love the Dior Addict Fluid Stick and Chanel’s Glossimer lip glosses 🙂

    Thirteen Thoughts

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    January 14, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Enjoyed reading through your answers, Carol and the photo is beautiful! Super stay lipstick is also one of my favourite, the matte finish is beautiful! I am not a lip gloss fan either, I have some but I hardly wear them.

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    Heather Lisa Noire
    January 15, 2016 at 4:46 am

    I love MAC products and Ruby Woo is like an iconic lipstick! I love matte finishes but that red is just perfection when on the lips and stays put when you eat and drink! Loved this review of products that are eye catching and amazing! 🙂

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    January 15, 2016 at 7:18 am

    love reading your post. You love red lipstick I think becoz you have all lipsticks in red shade. I love red lipsticks too:)

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    January 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

    WOW What a collection! I’ve always wanted to try MAC’s Ruby Woo, and love seeing it on your fav list! 🙂


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    January 15, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I was tagged by the lovely Trishna also, and I can’t wait to do this tag! Loved reading your answers – Ruby Woo is one of my favourite lip shades, also. <3


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    Style Tomes
    January 15, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Never thought of it that way, and I’ve been around plenty of addicts in my life. I’m not necessarily offended by the tag despite knowing severe addiction cases. I think there’s just an internal mechanism that separates the negative vs. positive associations of the word. “Addict” has definitions beyond substance/ruinous situational references, so I’m not too worried. 🙂 I consider you an enthusiastic devotee, but I’m also happy to call you “beauty lover.”
    Style Tomes || Style Tomes on Instagram

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    January 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Such a fun post, beautiful, and I love the photo of all the lippies! I need to check out the Maybelline line you mentioned, I’ve never tried that particular line before and have liked their other collections; thanks for sharing and I hope you have an amazing weekend, beautiful!



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    January 16, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Lol on the rant. I’m with you though and don’t consider makeup an addiction. I don’t wear glosses either. I love mac heroine and wear it often. Great responses, :).

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    Lisa @ Midwest Glam
    January 16, 2016 at 7:38 am

    I too use the term ‘addict’ and while you’re right it doesn’t hurt me, it sure as heck hurts my bank account lol.

    I’m with you on the Heroine. It’s easily one of my faves!

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    January 16, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I have just discovered Mac All Fired up and I really like it, the colour is so unique and gorgeous and, even though it is a retro matte, it doesn’t dry out my lips!

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    January 16, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I actually loved reading your thoughts on the word “addict” and I admit I’ve been guilty of using it myself. I never quite thought it from your point of view but I couldn’t agree more, lover is definitely more positive. I must remember to correct myself from now on. Thank you for sharing that with us, 🙂

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    January 20, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Hehe fun post…i like Maybelline 14hr infinitely fuschia, mac all fired up and ruby woo…nice post.

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    April 10, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing you favorite lip products… I really enjoyed reading this post…:-) I love Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint too because of their minty feel.:-)

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