Lipsticks in Rotation February 2018

Hi everyone!
Now that I’m in the second month of this no-buy challenge it feels much more exciting and doable. The idea was for these rotation posts to go out at the beginning of the month but in the end, they’re going out at the end of the month. It might be better that way as I get to add my new thoughts about my options as I go along. All my rotations for the year are already planned out although subject to change – it’s a lot of fun deciding on what to use for a certain month!
Starting this month I will also slowly make my way through the Box of Withheld Lipsticks, one a month. This box is full of the new lipsticks I bought on Boxing Day or received as presents that I decided not to open until an allotted time this year to keep me from feeling too deprived of new and shiny lip products. That too is already scheduled!
Sleek Metallic Matte Me Lip Cream in Roman Copper
This is a metallic lip cream in a light, super shimmery pale gold shade. This is a new item that was in my box of withheld treats. As expected, this is a really difficult colour to wear alone. It’s fun to experiment with but I can’t imagine myself repurchasing it or even using it at all so I also imagine I will destash it relatively quickly. A full review will be going up relatively soon so keep an eye out for that.
Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Cherry Pop (mini)| Review here
I got this free in a magazine a few years ago and wore it once or twice… and although I still love it, it needs use. I have two of these minis now, as well! It’s a luscious bright reddish pink with a fabulous shine that is not glossy and lasts really well.
I actually had to remove it from the rotation halfway into the month to prevent it becoming a month of wearing only this lipstick…

There were plenty of these sets of minis on sale throughout Boxing Day so I did buy one at the time and including the second Cherry Pop, I now have three new colours in my Box waiting to be opened later this year. Needless to say, I’m quite excited for those as I love the formula.

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Clay Crush|Review here
Like Bare It All last month, this was an off shade I wasn’t sure about as well as an apparent dupe for MAC’s Velvet Teddy. This is a pale nude shade which pulls ever so slightly peachy on me. It’s a little light to my liking but just enough for most people’s everyday nude and just shy of washing me out. Again, I like to layer this with a darker liner to adjust the colour, but otherwise, this is a comfortable everyday option.
Colour Ultra Matte Lip in Speed Dial
I’m not sure the peachy nude tone in this lipstick suits me sometimes but at one point I was wearing this daily, so I was hoping I would fall in love with this lipstick again. For me, the formula isn’t an issue as I love the Ultra Matte Lips and can withstand them although many have found them to be drying.
This month I just haven’t been reaching for it, so it was going to go in the Potential Destash box. However I discovered that it looks great on top of a dark berry lip liner like Rimmel’s 1000 Kisses in Black Tulip, resulting in an interesting shade that I’ll be happy to wear another time. Speed Dial is safe… for now.

With Flash
Revlon Balm Stain in Crush
This hits the spot between being bright, yet a wintery berry, yet not being too bold for everyday wear. It’s pretty much the perfect purple. It’s not completely opaque, and I did experiment it with lip liners but this balm stain is a bit too stiff for layering and ends up moving the liner pigment around. This alone is for gloss and springtime. It lasts really well, and yes, it stains.
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge 06 Rose Nu (mini)
I had this in last month’s rotation, too. It’s here again because I am very eager to finish it up in the first third of the year. I have no qualms about wearing it a lot, in fact I probably wore it for at least a third of January. When I am stuck for a casual colour, I reach for this.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Beau Brun| Review here
This is yet another colour that I use a lot and have a duplicate of, and I’m sure you all know how much I love this, seeing as the review is one of my most viewed. I have had my first bottle for a while now but it doesn’t show signs of running out so I am hoping to use this bottle up this year.

This month’s picks are a better spread of nudes and bright colours compared to last month. I have definitely been naturally reaching for more neutral tones recently
and wanted to enjoy more of my brighter options. Next month there are three lined up so I think the plan is to gradually bring back brights for the summer!

Until next time,

X

27 thoughts on “Lipsticks in Rotation February 2018

    • Swanna February 28, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Yes, it’s a wonderful shade I have really loved wearing this month!
      X

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    • Swanna February 28, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Yeah, this month’s selection is really lovely. I’m almost sad to be shaking things up already.
      X

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  1. Sincerely, Alice March 1, 2018 / 12:10 am

    I love speed dial! I have a color just like it thats a little darker, which is Smashbox OutLoud. HIGHLY recommend! Great post x

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    • Swanna March 1, 2018 / 10:17 am

      Ooooh, I will have to check out that shade and maybe it will go on my wishlist!
      X

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    • Swanna March 1, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Yes, lipsticks are definitely the most tempting area of makeup. Rotating them has been a really good way of getting use out of all of them!
      X

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  2. Yeah Lifestyle March 1, 2018 / 10:03 am

    Loving all the shades, can’t believe you have some unopened lipstick, also like the shot of the shades with the flash.

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    • Swanna March 1, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Yeah, as I am on a no-buy this year I wanted to make sure I had a fall-back selection in case I really felt the urge to buy something new later on!
      X

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  3. livelovetravelx March 1, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    I like the idea of rotational posts!
    How are you coping with the no but months? I did okay in January, in Feb I caved and bought two new beauty things I don’t need! And March well…it’s only the 1st and I spent $90 on steak and $77 in clothes. No spend for the rest of the year! I hope I can do it!!

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    • Swanna March 2, 2018 / 11:57 pm

      Well, as my no-buy is only for lipsticks I am okay for the moment. I have taken to investing in other areas that I don’t often pay attention to, for example I want to perfect my eyelash game this year! I’m trying not to buy too many mascaras though, as I don’t want to replicate my current issue, haha.
      X

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  4. Yumi March 1, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    I love all that shades colour but I think my fav will be the clinique pop lip colour 😊

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    • Swanna March 2, 2018 / 11:55 pm

      It’s such a wonderful shade and formula and I love it so much!
      X

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  5. kirakiratsu March 2, 2018 / 8:20 am

    This is such a great idea!
    Love Maybelline lipstick and definitely want to try Bourjois lippies!

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  6. Lupe March 3, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    These are my go to lipsticks! I love matte nudes, and I wear the light pink one I have all the time. These are great suggestions I’ll be looking at

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    • Swanna March 4, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Yes, matte nudes are the most ideal kind of everyday option! Thank you for reading and commenting.
      X

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  7. Stephanie March 4, 2018 / 3:41 am

    The shades are all so beautiful! I should do this no-buy challenge because I keep buying new lipsticks while having a stash at home!

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    • Swanna March 4, 2018 / 9:14 am

      Yeah, this was exactly my problem and the reason I am doing this no-buy! Let me know if you decide to do it!
      X

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  8. evelyne March 4, 2018 / 6:02 am

    I’m a huge fan of casual, rosy, muted lip colors with a slight shine, so I fell in love with the Lancome one here! Lipsticks in rotation is a lovely idea for monthly blog posts, because I like to switch it up according to the seasons and mood anyway, so monthly roundups are like a mood board in makeup form! ❤

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    • Swanna March 4, 2018 / 9:26 am

      Yes, for anyone with a lot of lipsticks, lipsticks in rotation is a good idea to switch things up systematically. The Lancôme one is truly lovely and I can imagine myself repurchasing it one day!
      X

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  9. Maud March 5, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Lovely colors! I actually really like the Sleek copper one a lot!

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