Monday, 12 September 2016

The mauve edit: my favourite lipsticks and blushes

Mauve is a shade I adore in makeup, especially in lipsticks and blushes, not quite neutral but not bold either, somewhere between, perfect for day time but also beautiful paired with smokey eyes at night. I usually let all the mauve lipsticks and blushes rest during Spring and Summer but when the weather starts changing I happily bring them back as they're one of my favourites to wear during colder months.
Last week I shared with you lipsticks that will nicely transition my makeup from Summer to Autumn and today let's focus on those pretty mauve shades.

Mauve lipsticks and blushes for Autumn

I picked quite a few mauve lipsticks to share with you, I adore the shade and seem to always gravitate towards it so I have way too many in my collection and it was difficult to narrow it down. Anyway, all these lipsticks not only come in beautiful colours (and can we agree they're all different?! LOL!) but with great formulas as well.

Mauve lipsticks for Autumn

Mauve lipsticks for Autumn swatches

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Cher, £10.50 - this is the deepest mauve of the bunch, described on the website as muted purple. It's a liquid lipstick which dries to a matte finish, it's long wearing and very comfortable on the lips. It's also easy to retouch without the need to remove the first layer. It doesn't look drying on the lips and it doesn't accentuate the lines. I'm a big fan of the formula of these lipsticks and have couple of different shades in my stash.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvellous Mauve, $14 - one of the most known and talked about shades from this range, beautiful mauve. Another great liquid lipstick which is long lasting and doesn't feel drying on the lips. Unfortunately not available in UK but if you get the chance to visit Sephora be sure to check their Cream Lip Stain range as they're really good.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Baci, £16 - the lightest mauve, almost grey-ish, in my collection but still very pretty. I have a few Stila Liquid Lipsticks and find the formula varies slightly depending on the shade, they're all very pigmented, apply without getting patchy and last almost all day even with moderate eating and drinking but Baci is a bit drier then other shades I have and also it looks less smooth on the lips as it tends to accentuate lines. I prefer to apply it over creamy lip liner so it's less drying and looks better on the lips.

Colourpop Lippie Stix Matte in Contempo, $5 - I've become a big fan of Colourpop lip products and every few months treat myself to a few more, in fact I'm waiting for a new order right now. Their Lippie Stix have a great formula, although I've only tried the Satin, Matte and MatteX finishes. Contempo is a beautiful rosy mauve and although the finish is less matte and more satin, which I don't mind at all, it still lasts on the lips about 3-4 hours depending on whether you eat in the meantime, it wears off evenly leaving light stain behind and it feels almost hydrating on the lips.

Colourpop Lippie Stix MatteX in Cami, $5 - this is a deeper and definitely more matte version of Contempo :) The formula is very unique as it applies without dragging on the lips, feels super lightweight yet the finish is very matte. I don't find it accentuates any dryness or lines on my lips and it's not super drying either. The lipsticks lasts very well on the lips even with some eating and drinking and the re-application is easy.

Nyx Matte Lipstick in Whipped Caviar, £6.50 - if you're a regular reader of my blog I'm sure you know that I am a big fan of the Nyx Matte Lipsticks formula, very pigmented, creamy yet it stays on the lips for a decent time without bleeding outside the lip line and being drying, the finish is semi-matte. Whipped Caviar is a beautiful pink-y nude with mauve undertones.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Vintage Pink, £6.49 - although I've moved to more matte/satin lipsticks over the last year or so I still really like the formula of Rimmel lipsticks and the Moisture Renew range is very hydrating and comfortable on the lips yet it still delivers great colour payoff and 2-3 hours wear time. When my lips feel particularly dry I like to reach for this lipstick as it's almost like a balm just way more pigmented.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna, £23 - the Audacious Lipsticks are one of the best creamy lipsticks, in my opinion, on the expensive side but definitely worth the money. Amazingly pigmented, creamy but not slippery, they last on the lips for a good 4-5 hours with some light snacking, drinking, have satin finish and don't dry out my lips. Anna is your perfect mauve shade which might look pinker or more purple depending on the pigmentation of your lips.

Mauve blushes for Autumn
Mauve blushes for Autumn swatches

To go well with the mauve coloured lipsticks I usually reach for mauve blushes and these are my absolute favourites.

Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Your Love Is King, £25 - although this shade looks quite purple in the pan when used with light hand it pairs beautifully with mauve lips, especially those deeper tones. I love the formula of those Too Faced blushes as they're nicely soft, have great pigmentation and blend with ease. I have the limited edition palette containing all the blushes in the range but they're also sold separately.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure, £32 - I am absolutely in love with Hourglass powders and this blush is no exception, amazing formula which blends like a dream and leaves the most beautiful natural looking luminous finish on the skin. Mood Exposure is mauve-y plum shade and complement the mauve shades really well.

Inglot Face Blush #82, £7 - Inglot counters are not easily available in UK but if you happen to come across one I highly recommend you check out their products because they're professional quality and quite affordable. The blushes have enough pigmentation to show on the skin easily but aren't crazy pigmented that you have to be careful with them, they also blend beautifully. I can't seem to find shade #82 online anymore but #20 looks quite similar, a nice soft, mauve tone.

Max Factor Crème Puff Blusher in Seductive Pink, £8.99 - this is one of my all time favourite blushes, I love the formula which is quite similar to the Hourglass one in terms of how finely milled the powder is and the subtle sheen it leaves on the skin. Seductive Pink is a nice soft pink with mauve undertones and goes really well with mauve lipsticks.

So these are all my favourite mauve lipsticks and blushes, do you use any of them? Are you a fan of mauve shades in makeup?



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