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,


[Chattery Review]: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer – Cherry Pop

Hi everyone!

As I began to type this it was actually the beginning of the month. I know, I know… the new month and thus the new rotation of lipsticks has only just begun its course and here I am with a rave. I guess this makeup challenge is doing its job of making me fall in love with my collection all over again.

Then I left this post to simmer on the back burner of my drafts for a little, though. It was either this or a Valentine’s post, which was going to be a rant about being single until suddenly I sort of was not single which threw me into a panic. Excuse me while I turn into a sappy floof for a bit. I know I said ‘New Year, New Swanna’ to everyone but this new curveball is a bit too much. My heart can’t take it. Too much floof.

Back to one of my true loves, lipstick. Speaking of falling in love with my collection, did I update you on Rikugien? I woke up one morning and felt that it was just the right colour for what I wanted that day – a low-key, non-drying lip for a full workday. As in, I am reaching for the colour without feeling like it’s a hassle.

Anyway, this was just supposed to be just a chatter post and unorganised rave, but I may as well add a few more structured points for a more complete review.

Luxurious yet weightless formula merges bold, saturated colour with a smoothing primer. Glides on effortlessly to give a modern-velvet finish. Colour stays true and keeps lips comfortably moisturised for 8 hours. Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free. (Clinique Website)

I remember Clinique’s Pop Lip Colour & Primer in Cherry Pop was available as a free mini with a copy of Cosmo… or was it Glamour? Either way, it meant that every blogger and their mate ended up with a blog post about it which is why I never felt the need to mention it.

The product comes in a sleek and colourful packaging that, in this case, always manages to photograph as a bright red. I think for a long time I also felt the colour was reddish but have finally let go of that description for what it really is. Vivid, vivid pink.

The lipstick itself has a creme finish (I wouldn’t call it demi-matte at all…). It’s not shimmery but still has a healthy shine to it, and the colour is really vivid and bright. I like to apply it boldly to my inner lips and cupid’s bow and use a lip brush to apply it more carefully to my outer lips.

But the real reason this is a winner for me is the lasting power. I applied it at about 9am, before I left the house for university, and forgot I was wearing a bright pink lipstick (as opposed to a nude). It’s really lightweight.

When I finally remembered to check up on it, five hours later, it had faded noticeably, but not embarrassingly. It had left a vivid and very even stain that wouldn’t come off unless you ate something greasy or cleansed your lips properly. Basically, unless you are very meticulous about how perfect your lipstick looks, it looked the same. On top of that, after five hours it had only lost the creamy texture of the lipstick and felt a little drying.

A few pointers that I wanted to demonstrate with this lip swatch… I really like how it adds a little more fullness to my (already admittedly full) lips somehow. It’s also not completely opaque as you can see that it doesn’t cover my lip marks.

I like to apply it heavily in the centre of the lip, then use a brush to outline my lips properly before applying a final layer. I have found that the colour can bleed a tiny bit if you apply directly from the bullet straight to the edge of the lip, but if applied with a brush it won’t bleed at all.

I went and bought a mini set of four different Pop Lips on Boxing Day, which are now in my Withheld Box, all queued up ready for a blog post much, much later this year. The set included another Cherry Pop so it looks like I don’t have to fear being without this colour anymore. The full size of this lipstick is £16.50.

Long story short, this stuff is perfection in a tube of vivid pink. Wear it and conquer the world.

Until next time,


Days since I last bought lipstick: 51