True confession time: this is what I jokingly refer to as the Dead Lipstick Graveyard. (Though I periodically resurrect select shades.) This is probably about 2 years’ worth of lipstick/lipgloss purchases not including the ones I’ve lost or the random tube hidden in an unused purse. Yes, there are some still unopened, usually a result of having believed I’d found my Perfect Forever Shade and purchased two, only to realize a week later that it dried out my lips/was too orange/was too blue/too dark/too light/made me look like I wasn’t fully recovered from a bout with the flu.
One of my favorite snippets from the 2001 movie Kissing Jessica Stein was the discussion about lipstick.
Jessica: Lipstick, I’m looking for the perfect one.
Helen: Trust me, you’ll never find it. You need to blend.
Helen then goes on to reveal that her blend is MAC Viva Glam III, Prescriptives Poodle and Philosophy’s Supernatural Nude. (Apparently Poodle was discontinued shortly after the movie was released.)
I’ve done some experimentation with blending, and have to agree that sometimes the perfect shade is actually two shades (or three if you include lip liner). For summer, I’m mostly sticking to my Laura Mercier “Nude Lips” (which is that quixotic sheer, same-color-as-my-lips-but-MORE shade). Come fall, I’ll probably opt for more obvious color, and will probably experiment some more with blending.
Are you a Lipstick Junkie? Have you found your Perfect Forever Lipstick Love? Are you a blender? Or do you eschew the whole mess for a tube of Chapstick?
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