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Lip Lockdown - Are we tired of this tone yet?



It's got to the point where I have to collectively store my most frequently used lipsticks separately to the rest of my collection - Otherwise, it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack! 

It was only when I decided to take a closer look at the contents that I discovered they are all different variations of the same tone. It's undeniable that lately the colour on my lips is often a muted mauve, a soft brown or on some occasions a slightly deeper berry. Looking at them all together I can't help but feel they are all a little too similar. I go through phases with tones and colours, especially lipsticks and then I find it hard to break away from the tone of the moment. 

Nevertheless these are my current favourites, the colours that some of you query on a daily basis, through the countless amount of shameless #Selfles I upload on Instagram


YSL Kiss & Blush 12
A soft nude with a slight pinky/peach undertone to it. This is just such an effortless product to wear, it sits so well on the lips and leaves them stained in a subtle 'I'm not trying very hard' kind of way. I love how comforting this product is on the lips. [Blogpost] 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream 'Abu Dhabi' 
The colour of this is a little MORE nude than the YSL but again has the same pretty, peach tone to it. The texture is matte but not overly drying, although I don't find the longevity on the lips is as long as other matte lip products in this drawer. [Blogpost]

Sephora Cream Lip Stain 4 'Endless Purple'  
Possibly my favourite berry discovery of the year, not dark as I usually go but still rich in colour. The texture is of course my favourite and if you are a regular reader you will know the Sephora Cream Lip Stains are my number 1 lip product (NOW that's saying something) [Blogpost]

MAC - Verve
Worn in my most recent Favourites Video and will also be featured in a make up tutorial coming to your screens this Friday. This lipstick is still quite plum based but has more of a rich, reddish brown tone to it. It's a satin finish which surprisingly I am loving on my lips. [Blogpost]

MAC - Double Shot 
I adore this lipstick, it's a beautiful mocha with a slight tinge of toffee. It's the perfect everyday lipstick for me as it goes with everything! It's an amplified lipstick which keeps my lips feeling hydrating and looking fuller for longer. I also love how this lipstick leaves my lips stained. [Blogpost]

MAC - Spirit
Spirit has been one of my go-to nudes for many years, in some ways it's replaced my love for 'Modesty' (SSH!) It's a lot lighter on the lips than many of the lipsticks in this drawer, it's a beigey-brown with a soft pink tone to it. I love teaming this with a full on smokey eye. [Blogpost]

Illamasqua - Shard 
Oh wow! Shard was the real winner of last year when it came to berry lipsticks - It's more of a purple but with a strong wine tone to it. I love how Illamasqua lipsticks are so true to the colour in the bullet and this one is no exception. It's a matte which is perfect for the deep, dark colour of this lipstick. [Blogpost]

Illamasqua - Buff
This can often look a little corpse like on me because it's a nude brown lipstick which has a grey undertone to it. Somehow, I still love it and if I feel like it's not warm enough I end up teaming it with a lip liner or mixing it with something else. This lipstick was released with the Glamore Nudes Collection, the texture is more satin like and it's a collection I really recommend you checking out if you are in search for that perfect nude[Blogpost]

Sephora - Colour Lip Last 4 'Brown is Back'
This lipstick has been worn WAY too much over the last month, so much so I'm contemplating replacing it in this drawer with another lippy which deserves more loving haha (Tragic, but true!) Again I spoke about this in my recent favourites video - It is just the ultimate Kylie Jenner lip colour (for my skin tone) and yes! my make up choices are being influenced by a 17 year old kid! [Blogpost]

Chanel Rouge Coco - 'Ce Soir'
Another newbie, but one I seem to save for special occasions. I don't know what it is, I'm sucker for packaging and the pretty Chanel packaging has me wanting to salvage it haha! The Rouge Coco lipstick are hydrating on the lips but without having a shiny/glossy finish. Again it's yet another muted mauve - #sorrynotsorry [Blogpost]

I wanted to share my current lip loves with you because it's something I am constantly asked about. I'm not usually one to follow a trend but I'd be totally lying if I didn't say that the infamous Kylie Jenner lips started enabled the obsession with this tone. 

I also wanted to compile this post to try and convince myself that I need to stray away from this tone of lipstick! Maybe I will do another post like this in a months time and see what's changed? If anything?

What are your favourite lipsticks of the moment? Are you bored of this tone of lipstick yet? 

Lots of Love


  1. I am yet to try mac spirit but shall add it on my list :D
    I swear your my biggest influence when It comes to the lipsticks that you blog about as I can always trust your opinion !

    Em xx

  2. Loving this tone of lipstick at the moment too! It's so beautiful!
    Love your blog Zara! xxx

  3. I have the same problem most of lipsticks are reds with blue tones and recently I've been drawn into the pink-mauve hues!
    KKKIRANXOXO: Beauty Blog

  4. Illamasqua shard features in my latest post for fave autumn lip colours! I also love verve by mac. Still looking for a perfect cool toned brown though.. It's great to read beauty posts by someone with a similar skin tone as me, gives me so many options xx


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