When the thermometer hits its usual late summer highs here in Los Angeles I try to stay indoors, but when I go out its with almost no makeup except for some really bright lipstick. Late spring was soft and subtle, but the months of July and August are anything but. My lipstick must hold its own against the elements.
Thank goodness for coral. This lip color has become trendy over the past few years but I’ve liked it ever since I first started buying makeup. It has the impact of red without the seriousness and the fun of pink without the sweetness. The infernos known as heat waves will descend upon the city of the angels soon and I’ve been searching for some great new coral lipsticks to wear when I can’t wear much else. I’ve found three winners.
But what is the color “coral” exactly? There are many options out there, from pale peachy-coral to neon orange-pink to brilliant orange-red. According to Dictionary.com coral is a reddish-yellow, light yellowish-red or pinkish-yellow color. It sounds frightening I know, but coral is actually very flattering. If you’re worried that the color might not be right for you check out this article from Glamour magazine showing one coral lipstick worn on women of different ethnicities.
Here are three coral lipsticks that I highly recommend. You can purchase them at your local drugstore, ULTA or Target and each one costs $10 or less.
Neon Coral Lips
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in #12 looks fairly calm in the tube, but it goes on a spectacular neon red-orange. I don’t usually buy Rimmel lipstick because I don’t like the (dare I say it?) tacky purple packaging. Thankfully this line of lipsticks, designed for and by one of my favorite supermodels, Kate Moss, is housed in a chic black tube with Kate’s signature and a heart printed on the side in red. I like it. So do a lot of magazines. I’ve seen this lipstick mentioned everywhere from Lucky to Glamour. I also like the lipstick’s staying power. It’s supposed to last 8 hours, and maybe it does, but I usually need to eat during that timeframe and the color does come off with food and drink. Other than that this lipstick stays bright for hours.
- Color – Neon orange-red
- Staying Power – This lipstick lasts and lasts and lasts
- Feel – It goes on creamy but feels dry after a few minutes.
- Bleed – I noticed a bit of migration into the fine lines around my mouth, but it was minimal.
- Scent- The only drawback to this lipstick is the strong floral scent which I notice even when it’s on my lips.
- Price – Amazingly this fabulous, long-lasting lipstick costs under $5
Tutti Fruity Lips
Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine in “Fruit Punch” is a sheer, glossy, and shimmery lipstick. The name describes the color perfectly. It’s exactly the color of fruit punch, and feels about as fun and frolicsome as a bowl of kool-aid. This glossy lipstick doesn’t last a long time, but it leaves a pretty stain in its wake. Maybelline says the lipstick includes “nourishing honey nectar” which sounds kind of silly. But then, the color is rather light-hearted too.
- Color – A warm, shimmery pink
- Staying Power – Really more of a gloss than a lipstick it only stays on for an hour or so.
- Feel – It feels creamy and moisturizing until it dissapears.
- Bleed – I haven’t noticed any bleeding so far.
- Scent – Mild and citrusy
- Price – $5.50
Creamy Orange Popsicle Lipstick
It wouldn’t be a lipstick review on The Style Confessions without at least one lipstick from my favorite drugstore brand making an appearance. This pretty orange color is called “Kiss Me Coral” and it’s by Revlon. It comes with a matching nail polish giving it even more of a chic early 1960′s vibe. The lipstick looks almost red in the photo above, but it’s actually more orange than red.
- Color - orange
- Staying Power - Very good – It lasted right through a smoothie and an afternoon of errands with no touch-ups.
- Feel - Creamy at first, then dry, then I forget I’m wearing lipstick.
- Bleed - This doesn’t seem to bleed at all.
- Scent - If there is a smell my nose can’t detect it.
- Price - $8