For me, the most difficult part in deciding when to let go of a lipstick is looking at the tube, seeing how beautiful the color is, and knowing that I can technically still wear it… someday… maybe.
But deep in my heart I know what I should do, because really, I know I won’t remember picking it up again.
Here are the 7 things I learned about me and shopping for lipsticks (after giving many of them away):
1. I should only buy matte lipsticks.
No matter how beautiful and/ or opaque the color is, if it’s not matte, I won’t wear it frequently enough.
2. I should only buy opaque aka very pigmented lipsticks.
If it’s not opaque, it’s as good as trash.
My brain can’t process guessing what color will result in meshing a sheer lipstick with my natural lip color. I don’t want my lips showing through. What color I see on the bullet, I should see on my lips, as is.
3. I should not buy lipsticks with shimmer, glitter, sparkle, or frost.
If the lipstick has very obvious shimmer, glitter, sparkle or frost. I will dislike it eventually.
4. I should only buy long-wearing lipsticks.
If there’s too much transfer and/ or if I have to re-apply too often, I will also dislike it eventually.
5. Maybe I should stop trying out other colors???
This needs further thought. But I noticed that no matter how ‘adventurous’ I become, I find myself using these colors more frequently:
– Deep blue-based reds
– Deep plums and oxblood reds
– Fuchsias and hot pinks (mostly with blue or lilac tones)
– My-lips-but-pinker lipsticks
– My-lips-but-mauvey lipsticks
6. Never ever settle.
Whenever I settle, it doesn’t end well for me.
Example: I love the color of Revlon’s Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Stormy Pink. I tried it at the store* and I bought it fully aware that it’s not as pigmented as I prefer my lipsticks to be. But I argued with myself into getting it because I haven’t seen a color like it and it really looked good on me.
As you may have guessed, it’s one of the lipsticks I gave away. Why? Because I have to layer it several times and it was too troublesome for me to re-apply.
Sometimes I have a tendency to think that one seemingly minor con is negligible in the whole scheme of lipstick usability. But they turn out to be deal breakers.
7. I should not buy lip liners.
I realized that I don’t ever use a lip liner. I feel like the benefit of putting it on is nothing compared to the hassle. Besides, I think I have mastered the art of applying tuggy and super-matte lipsticks. Hence, I don’t need lip liners and I shouldn’t buy them.
*Yes, I use testers on my lips. And no, I don’t just pick it up and swipe it on straight from the shelf. More on that in a separate post.