If you watched my Luxury Makeup Haul on my YouTube channel last month, you will know that I have had quite the splurge lately, mostly on lipsticks. 'Oopusdazy', as Darcy would say.
I don't know what it is about a luxury lipsticks that pleases me so very much but honestly, I think I have a problem. I buy them like money is going out of fashion and I have about three floating around every handbag. It's almost a bit embarrassing!
This month I have found myself coming back to the same three lipsticks again and again. Armani Rouge d'Armani in 503 (rrp £25), YSL Coral Intuitive (rrp £24) and MAC Candy Yum Yum (rrp £14).
I look to Armani when I'm having a low key day with just mascara and concealer because it makes me feel like I've added a hint of glamour to and otherwise 'meh' look. I use the YSL number for muted peachy lips when I have done big black smokey eyes and I turn to MAC Candy Yum Yum when I want to be show-stopping (which is surprisingly more often than you'd think. Worrying).
As you can see from the swatches, both the Armani and YSL lipsticks have a frosted/sheen finish, where as Candy Yum Yum is entirely matte. Personally I prefer to add a little lipbalm over the top to keep my lips from drying and to add some shine, but I know some people love a gloss free lip.
I'd also like to add, just because I'm anal, that the Armani has a beautifully engraved 'GA' on the bullet. Sadly, mine has sort of smooshed off due to a tragic melting in the sunlight accident but it was lovely none the less.
All three apply beautifully, last a great amount of time (by 'great' I mean about 4-6 hours, probably more like 8 for the MAC), have gooorrgeous packaging (magnetic seal for Armani that gives a VERY satisfying click and just look at the YSL would you!) and make me feel amazing.
Yes, I know these are frivolous, and yes, I know there are likely to be great dupes out there for these, but to me, they're worth it. It's not just colour on the lips in pretty casing, it's the way they make me feel. When I wear one of these products I instantly feel more 'together'. I feel like I look like a woman who takes care of herself, even though I'm a busy Mum who more often than she'd care to admit uses dry shampoo and has been known to febreeze her tights in emergencies.
What do you think? Way too much for a lipstick or worth the money for my sanity? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts!
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