Lip products are my raison d’être, they’re the easiest way of pulling together my hair to the rest of my aesthetic and the infinite variations make me very happy! These aren’t new to my stash, but they are products I’ve never gotten around to doing lip swatches for, so I thought I would. These range from indie cosmetics at a super affordable price point (think, <$4) to mid-range and high end. Please excuse my greasy hair and lack of filled in brows, I just came in from the rain and have been busy preparing for a super busy month. Some things I just forget. 

  1. Geek Chic Cosmetics Lipstick in KAOS — $5.99 — This gluten free, vegan, cruelty free independent lippie is the most creamy out of the bunch. I’d venture to say it was too creamy. In fact, it was not even really hardened properly because of the heat here, so I used a lip brush. You can see it’s still uneven despite my tries, but it’s still very beautiful.  I would suggest using a purple or grey eyeliner underneath it for a more even and dimensional application. It’s worth trying out, it’s very unique and affordable.
  2. KAOIR Lipstick in Jamaica — $16.99 — Gluten and cruelty free. This is a very smooth, moisturizing application, but you should not apply lip balm beforehand or it just has too much slip and looks terrible. It’s a nice color, I think. You do need several layers to reach full opacity but it’s nice though I would say it wears on the quicker side. Try to use a green eyeliner (or lipliner) underneath. 
  3. Geek Chic Cosmetics Lipstick in Hipster Ariel — $5.99 — Gluten and cruelty free and vegan as GCC is known for. Mmmmm…. not a huge fan of this. Looks chalky on the lips and it’s too creamy and spotty to work with. I think the formula could do without some of the moisturizing oils like Jojoba or something because it’s probably why these haven’t lasted the heat wave as well as the other lipsticks. It’s a nice color, and I’ll put this in the freezer for a bit and revisit it. 
  4. Geek Chic Cosmetics Geek Gloss in Banished — $4.99 — I really love this gloss, it’s very beautiful, though it’s not perfect. You want to use this with a lip primer (I have not) and I hate twist up lip gloss packaging. I TRULY, TRULY loathe it. The packaging on this broke after three uses and now it doesn’t twist up. I applied this using a qtip from the broken packaging. Gluten and cruelty free, vegan.
  5. Inglot Pacific Blue Lipstick in 290 — $12 — I have another lipstick from this collection too, damn! Forgot to swatch it. Anyway, I like this one more. It’s the most enjoyable to wear out of all of these, I’d say. It’s creamy, pigmented, only required 2 swipes, minimal touchups, didn’t slip, and is pretty affordable. INGLOT doesn’t publicize their cruelty free stance so I’m unsure.  
  6. Illamasqua Lipstick in Apocalips — $26 — I haven’t worn my now probably infamous collection of Illamasqua lipsticks for awhile, they’re just a lil bit more drying than I’m here for in the summer. Illamasqua has one of the dryest, but most pigmented, lines of lipsticks I’ve ever tried. This will stay on forever. You want to mooisturize thoroughly beforehand, but primer isn’t necessary. Goes on opaque with one swipe. 
  7. MAC Lipmix — $15 — I know some people think this is a dupe or comparable product to OCC Lip Tars since they are both in tubes, but you’d be wrong. The formulations are completely different. This is a creamier product to Lip Tars liquid, and goes on dry and stays dry while Lip Tar goes on liquid and dries matte. I prefer Lip Tars, but they also cause a lot of people problems with bleeding out through your liplines, or separating in the tube (just shake it up a lot). That doesn’t happen with this product because it’s simply much more of a thick cream that you need to paint on. Super pigmented, 100% opaque on first brush stroke.  

Alright, there you have it! There are plenty of other interesting lip color swatches and reviews in the lipstick & swatches tags if you check ‘em out. Hope this was helpful. 

Full Disclosure: All of these products were purchased by me or were gifts from Chi-Chi! Thank you my dear. 

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