SLEEK MATTE ME: Birthday Suit

Ever since I first saw this colour on a friend, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. Sounds a little creepy right? But since then I had been on a mission to track it down and purchase it but whenever I’d come across a Sleek section in a Superdrug or Boots, it would always be sold out!

After some time I was beginning to give up hope, until one day I happened to walk into a small Boots to buy some eye makeup remover and stumbled on it by chance!

It was just my luck because not only did they have this colour fully stocked, they also had the rest of the Matte Me range stocked too. I had an artful colouring session, creating my own Picasso on the back of my hand as I played around with all the colours but managed to only walk away with the one I had been on a hunt for!

Was all that effort worth it?

Yes! I absolutely love this product! It has a unique formula that allows it to go like butter and sets within minutes. A little goes a long way as this product is so pigmented and one coat is more than enough to get the desired effect.

This liquid lipstick has great staying power, with small touch-ups only needed after eating but even then the fading is still pretty minor. It didn’t dry my lips out like most traditional matte formulas tend to do but that may be down to me having applied lip balm before as a precautionary measure. I also found it made my lips look plumper, even though it doesn’t hold any ingredients to give such an effect. Either way I loved the fuller lip look!


Birthday Suit

Birthday Suit – A mauve pink nude. I love this shade! It’s the right balance of pink and mauve without being too over powering. I feel like this colour can match any skin tone and can look different depending on the skin tone. On a warmer colour this shade may look like the perfect nude, on a paler skin tone it may look like a true mauve. Either way, it will still look great. It’s a very Kyle Jenner shade and I can completely see why it was sold out everywhere!

After my lengthy mission to find this shade, I can definitely say it was worth it! For £4.99 a pop, it was more than a bargain and I’m so glad I finally got it! I think I’ll have to pay that Boots another visit as I’m curious to try more shades from the line!



L’ORÉAL INFALLIBLE MATTE MAX: 001 Silencio, 004 Opps I Pink It Again

There’s nothing I love more than a matte lip but even I’ll admit I dislike the downsides to certain formulas such as dehydration and the heaviness of the lipstick sitting on your lips.

That said, I’d still go for a matte lip any day, making sure to pair it with a subtle dab of lip balm before all the moisture gets sucked out!

Having randomly walked into a Superdrug trying to kill some time in between meetings, I stumbled upon L’Oréal’s latest release, the Infallible Matte Max Lip Pen.

Packaged as a pen style product, the pen allows you to apply the product using a sponge applicator by dipping it into the lid holding the matte colour. You’re able to create different intensities with this product as you can have a subtle dab of colour or a more polished look with the pointed tip for precision.

Available in six shades, I only purchased two from the range as they seemed like the two I’d get the most use out of in the coming Spring/Summer months.


001 Silencio, 004 Opps I Pink It Again

001 Silencio – A coral nude that’s perfect for the summer but definitely subtle enough for the winter. Unlike traditional nudes, this one doesn’t drain you, instead leaving a fun pop of colour on the lips. I find this colour goes with anything and is a nice change when you want a more natural look but with a hint of colour.

004 Opps I Pink It Again – A coral hot pink, another perfect summer shade. This colour gives you a subtle statement lip without the boldness of an all round hot pink. I love that it’s buildable from a lip stain during the day to a more intense colour in the night. It’s perfect for those who love a subtle hot pink, without the bold statement.

Containing micro-oils, these pens keep your lips well moisturised whilst still achieving a matte look. Fully pigmented and long lasting, I had gotten through a full day with only the tiniest need for a touch-up in the centre of the lips. If there ever was a bit of fading, my lips were stained enough to go unnoticed, making this product very low maintence.

Once on your lips, you’ll hardly notice it. Unlike your traditional matte formula, the velvet soft feel of the product feels like there’s nothing on. There were times I had forgotten I was actually wearing anything on my lips until I walked past a mirror!

As fool-proof as the application is, it can also be a bit of a downside when trying to create a more polished and intense lip look. While the sponge does allow colour payoff, the pointed tip doesn’t completely allow pigmented precision. I found I had to go over the outer edges of my lips countless times trying to sculpt them into shape, so a lip liner may be needed.

Regardless of this, I still absolutely love this product! I cannot express how many times I have pulled it out of my bag when in need of a quick hassle free pop of colour!

Mac Lipstick Collection


MAC LIPSTICK: Rebel, Ruby Woo, Speak Louder, Impassioned, Girl About Town

Considering I am a massive lipstick lover and hoarder, I am surprised I only currently own 5 Mac lipsticks! Although I can guarantee this will no doubt change in a short space of time! The one thing I definitely love about Mac is the huge array of colours and formulas to suit anyone to everyone and their lipsticks are no exception.

Mac definitely needs no introduction and the lipsticks I own are no short of a thousand fans, so I’m just going to go right ahead and get on with my two pennies worth!


Rebel, Ruby Woo, Speak Louder, Impassioned, Girl About Town

Rebel – This is actually my favourite Mac lipstick, not just out of the ones I own but also out of the majority I have swatched and tried in stores! Rebel is a beautiful plum/deep berry colour that can look flattering on any skin tone. Although this looks like a deep purple from the bullet, when applied first it goes on like a deep fuchsia and is buildable to become as bold and as dark as you’d like it. With a satin finish (matte with a sheen), it glides on easily giving the most beautiful pigmented look, although you have to work it in a little if you want a richer colour payoff and if fading does occur, it leaves a berry stain. The only downside for this lipstick is that it tends to emphasise dry flakes and patches on your lips so exfoliating before hand is a must but other than that it is by far a beautiful and versatile lipstick.

Ruby Woo – The ultimate showstopper red. Yet another lipstick suitable for any skin tone, this is a very matte blue toned red. This is the sort of lipstick you wear when you want to make a statement because it’s guaranteed to make heads turn. The colour payoff is very pigmented and stays true, lasting hours of wear but because it is very matte you will have to work a bit to get the desired colour payoff. Once achieved, the effect is very glamourous. One tip I would advise is to apply some lip balm before to give the lipstick some slip, this is of course if you struggle applying it and get sick of the dragging needed upon application.

Speak Louder – Described by Mac as a clean poppy blue pink, this is another lipstick that looks bright in the bullet but comes off much more softer when applied. Although to me, this colour looks more on the pinky-red side, it’s cremesheen formula allows it to glide on effortlessly and makes it more forgiving on the lips, showing a softer side of a vibrant blue toned pink. In terms of staying power, it can last for a good few hours but naturally with this being a cremesheen formula it will most likely fade but when it does, it leaves a natural even stain on the lips. It’s definitely subtle enough to be worn everyday but still adds a beautiful pop of colour without being over the top.

Impassioned – There are many ways to describe this lipstick but simply put, it is a bright coral pink. Definitely a summer colour. The amplified formula allows it to glide on effortlessly, giving a bright and fun pop of colour to the lips but because it is very creamy it does have the tendency to slide and transfer easily, lessening the wear time. As it fades, it leaves a beautiful stain but I can imagine you’d be left with glossy product around the edges of your lips. Another thing to consider, is due to the formula of this lipstick it tends to emphasise dry patches on the lips, so exfoliating before hand is a must. I really do love this lipstick, it’s fun and bright and adds such a beautiful, complimentary pop of colour but I hate the formula to the point that it actually stops me from reaching for it as much as I’d like to. I feel it’s just way too much maintenance at times. If Mac were to release a matte version of this I would definitely pick it up but fortunately enough Mac have so many colours in their lipstick ranges, that it shouldn’t be too hard to find a dupe.

Girl About Town – A blue toned fuchsia pink. This is one of those colours that when I look at it, I don’t really think much of it or feel as drawn to it but when I wear it, I think why don’t I wear this more often?! The amplified formula allows it to glide on effortlessly but funny enough, I find the wear time for this lipstick in particular lasts longer than any other amplified formula, almost as if it were slightly matte. I’m assuming the reason for this which is the thing that I absolutely love the most about this lipstick, is that it is so pigmented that even when it fades, my lips still have this fuchsia pink stain to them that doesn’t really require needing a touch up. This to me is a massive win, because I hate high maintenance lipsticks and prefer matte formulas. I feel like this is such a rich and beautiful colour it can suit an array of skin tones, I just wish I thought of it more!