It seems like all I post these days are Lipstick of the Weeks, but it just so happens that they’re the quickest and easiest posts to put together, and these past few weeks have been particularly busy for me. (I am working on some more content-heavy travel, recipe, and fashion posts, however, so stay tuned!)
This week’s lipstick is by one of my new favourite brands, BITE, a Toronto-based company available at Sephora who does the most beautiful, richly pigmented shades (I’ve featured them before on the blog with my post on Violet). This shade, Lingonberry, was part of a two-in-one, $15 tube that was unfortunately a limited edition from a year or so ago, but if you’re looking for a very similar colour, check out BITE’s Dragonfruit. Like Lingonberry, it’s a gorgeous, rich magenta-pink colour — what I consider a “wintry” pink as it’s almost got a berry vibe going on that seems to suit this time of year. (Though, obviously, it would look fantastic in summer, too.)
Today I’m featuring one of my favourite lipsticks of all time: Schiap by NARS. Pronounced “skap,” and named for the Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (whose signature colour was hot pink), it’s a beautiful blue-based, semi-matte pink. While it’s certainly bright, I find it’s actually a pretty wearable colour. It seems to go with most of my clothes (I especially love it with neutrals — think black, white, navy, grey, and camel), and the blue tones make teeth look nice and white.
The Lowdown on Schiap Brand: NARS
Product Type: Semi Matte Lipstick
Shade: “Shocking pink”
Price Range: $35 / $$$
Vibe: Sophisticated, but fun and energetic Celebrity Fans: Katy Perry, Zooey Deschanel, Blake Lively
First off, a bit of a disclaimer: this is not usually the type of lip product I would normally buy for myself (it’s a glossy “rehydrating lip glaze” and I’m more of a dehydrating matte lipstick kind of girl, plus Aveda had never been on my radar as a destination for make-up), but it was stuffed in my stocking one Christmas, so of course I had to give it a go. And you know what?! I really liked it! I had a bit of a prejudice against glosses because they reminded me of the early ’00s and I always felt they had too much of a “high maintenance” chihuahua-in-handbag vibe about them, but this one is definitely more of a sophisticated, grown-up gloss that is perfect for this time of year, both colour-wise (a rich, plum-y wine), and in terms of texture (it actually does keep your lips hydrated!) Added to that, it has the most divine minty smell/taste!
I had a look at Aveda’s website, and apparently this shade has been renamed “Wineberry” (it seems to be the same colour as my Winterberry, though). Additionally, they have 15 other luscious-looking shades in this finish that I am most definitely coveting right now…
The Lowdown on Winterberry/Wineberry Brand: Aveda
Product Type: Rehydrating Lip Glaze
Shade: “Shimmery plum with shine”
Price Range: $18 / $$
Vibe: Polished and subtly glam