a little bit of everything and a whole lot of film

31 Jan 2014

The Quest for the Hottest Pink

Pink.

The color most associated with femininity, tenderness and romanticism. No matter what women may say now but as a young girl, if you asked her what her favorite color was the answer would have most definitely been " Pink." It's color that tinged the edges of childhood dreams.

In makeup, pink is considered to be a universally flattering color when applied on the lips, and there are hundreds, if not thousands of varying tones of pinks to choose from, ranging from the palest of pale pinks to the dark, almost deep pink that has wisps of magenta. But what I am searching for is the pink that is sexy, but not overly so; bright, but not loud nor overpowering.


I am on the hunt for the perfect hot pink. Fuchsia, if you will.

So far, these are what I have found. Warning: please forgive my lip swatches, I am in the middle of trying out a new skin care regimen and I am shedding like a culebra.


1. Inglot matte lipstick in 421 - One of the very first brights that I have ever owned. Inglot lipsticks are very pigmented and this one is no exception. This is a true blue toned pink, which will look good on almost all skintones, (I am currently a MAC Matchmaster 3/YSL La Teint Touche Eclat BD50 for reference.) This can be a little too drying though, as with most mattes and can emphasize dry patches on the lips so make sure to exfoliate and moisturize your lips before application. This lipstick is long wearing and stayed on through a full work day, with just one midday touch up. Available at Inglot stores, Dubai and costs around 80AED each.

Inglot 421
Inglot 421

2. NYX Black Label lipstick in Cancun Pink - It may not be a true fuchsia or a true pink even, it leans too much towards purple just by looking at it on the tube but on the lips it become a softly lit bright pink. Nyx lipsticks glide on and are mostly creamy, sometimes a little troublesome to apply because of its slick texture. Nevertheless, it feels like velvet on and can last you a good four to five hours before a touch up is needed. NYX is available throughout the UAE in Lifestyle stores, Black Labels would set you back 39AED.

NYX Cancun Pink
Nyx Cancun Pink

3. Napoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess lipstick in Calypso - A creamy long lasting lipstick in a deep fuchsia that instantly lifts your face, Napoleon Perdis lipsticks are well pigmented and may feel a little heavy on the lips. I wear this one with lipliner as it tends to bleed a little into the outer corners of my lips but that applies to most creamy mattes anyhow. It looks more like a red lipstick in the photos ( sorry, that's the best my trusty point and shoot can come up with at the moment), but on the lips run a true deep fuchsia. Napoleon Perdis makeup is not distributed here in the UAE so I bought mine off eBay. Prices for lipsticks range from 24USD and 35USD.

Napoleon Perdis Calypso
Napoleon Perdis Calypso

4. MAC matte lipstick in Candy Yum Yum - Ahh, once upon a time every makeup blogger's much coveted lipstick. I chanced upon it, quite accidentally, whilst browsing the MAC counter in Dubai Marina Mall. I was looking for a coral lipstick and while swatching saw this beautiful bright, almost cartoonish technicolor pink lipstick tester and hello there the ever elusive Candy Yum Yum. I asked the SA if it was available, already bracing myself for the, "I am sorry but that is only limited edition and it's out of stock" spiel and sure enough that is what she said ( a lovely Georgian lady with waist length brown hair, she does gorgeous smoky eyes application but I forgot her name) but whilst rummaging through the drawers for another lipstick that I wanted to purchase she suddenly exclaims, "Oh my gosh we still have Candy Yum Yum!" And so they did. They had five, to be exact. Minus one, which now belongs to me. MAC lipsticks retail for 93AED each, at MAC counters, literally everywhere.

MAC Candy Yum Yum
MAC Candy  Yum Yum

5. Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Fuchsia Flash - This is Candy Yum Yum's sister on neon steroids. 'Nuff said. This shade is definitely not for the faint hearted, the timid and the shy. Warning: usage may leave you hankering for 80's electro-pop disco music! :) It will last you three hours before you would need to freshen up. Maybelline can be found in most major drugstores around the UAE, Lifestyle stores, Carrefour, Spinneys, Waitrose and Geant chains. 30-50AED.

Maybelline Fuchsia Flash
Maybelline Fuchsia Flash

6. Makeup Forever Professional Rouge Artist Intense in # 36 - One of my favorite lipstick formulations, MUFE lipsticks have this mysterious and magical power to make your lips look fuller and plumper then they actually are. 36 is a deep pink that is in between bright and deep but one that will suit most skin tones. MUFE lipsticks will give you good wear, somewhere around 4-6 hours. All Makeup Forever stores and counters in Sephora, Paris Gallery and Areej. 89AED.

MUFE #36
MUFE #36

7.  Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture 27 Fuchsia Innocent- Smooth, soft and succulent are some of the best words to describe YSL lipsticks, the Pur Coutures are satiny bordering sometimes on matte compared to their kissing cousins, the Rouge Voluptes, which are the creamiest but surprisingly pigmented lipsticks out there (both are in danger of being discontinued, according to various YSL SA's I have spoken to, but I have yet to confirm this horrible news. Why do they always discontinue the good stuff? Yes, I am looking at you too MAC!) Anyhow, Fuchsia Innocent is a light fuchsia pink, the kind of pink that Barbie would wear, light and soft. This type of fuchsia would be perfect for the office but go easy on the application, as YSL lipsticks colors go brighter when you build them up. Rouge Pur Couture retails for 185AED a pop, insane isn't it? Once you've tried YSL though, you just keep on coming back. Available at all YSL counters at Paris Gallery, Sephora, Areej, Debenhams, Harvey Nicks, Bloomingdales and Galleries LaFayette. My personal favorite to go to is Paris Gallery at Mirdif City Centre, tell them I sent you. :)

YSL Pur Couture Fuchsia Innocent
YSL Pur Couture Fuchsia Innocent

8. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa - Lip creams are essentially liquid lipsticks, some people may like them, some may not. Although they can be drying, wearing a lip balm underneath would sometimes make the lip cream not adhere to your lips very well, so make sure to moisturize your lips some time before to let the product absorb fully and not just right before applying the lip creams. This color is Bazooka bubble gum pink, but would be a great everyday color as it is not too loud on the lips (surprisingly) and yes, they do last long. 6 hours on me, maybe even more. NYX lip creams are 20-30AED, Lifestyle stores.

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream Addis Ababa
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream Addis Ababa

9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in Pretty Boy - I love makeup products with catchy names, it's good fun when someone asks you what you're wearing and you say, "Pretty Boy." right? hehe So, lip tars are not your conventional lip products, they come with their own lip brushes in clear zip up plastic bags (convenient as the brushes can paint every other thing in your makeup kit a pink, or red, or blue! Yes OCC have blues in their arsenal). They are super, SUPER pigmented, a little dot is all you need to cover your lips in the hottest of hot pinks. They are vegan, cruelty free and hypoallergenic. This is a sexy, fun, flirty and definitely a head turning, attention grabbing, in your face color. Did I mention that they last forever? Removal may be a pain so make sure you have industrial strength removers at the ready. OCC Lip Tars are available in Pro Makeup Boutique at Oasis Centre in Sheikh Zayed Road and retail for 143AED each. 


OCC Lip Tar Pretty Boy
OCC Lip Tar Pretty Boy

10. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte 10 Provocative Pink - is sadly sold out, out of stock, or discontinued ( in Dubai, haven't had the chance to check elsewhere yet) depending on who you speak to. This is a true to life fuchsia, what you see on the tube is what you get.  As I have mentioned above, Rouge Voluptes are some of the creamiest lipsticks out there that sometimes they actually feel quite heavy and somewhat oily and warm on the lips. But the color pay off is amazing and YSL makes some of the most beautiful lipstick shades there is. When I finally get my hands on a new one (I dare not show you an old decapitated one with only the dregs left), I will post it on here but for now, you can join me in the hunt for Provocative Pink. YSL Counters in Paris Gallery, Sephora, Areej, Bloomingdales, Debenhams, Galleries LaFayatte. 185 painful AED.
Photos and Swatches coming soon.

These are the ones that I have tried and tested and loved so far. Suffice it to say, that this list is far from being my be-all and end-all list of holy grail hot pinks but for the moment, as we here in Dubai experience an unusually cold winter, a vivid pink lip would brighten up our otherwise cold and dreary days and remind everyone who cross our paths that spring and summer are just a kiss away.

What is your favorite hot pink lipstick?
SHARE:
Blogger Template Created by pipdig