As mentioned in a previous blog post tackling my eyeshadow palettes, I undertook a major declutter of my makeup stash. And I mean major. I had a full Muji makeup box of loose lipsticks. Everything you can think of messily shoved together. Most of them shamefully way past their expiration date and never used. That kind of made sense when I was wearing lipstick daily (not really though!) but not anymore.

Since choosing to go the more minimalist route with my makeup, I had no use for most of them and something had to be done. I now only wear a lip product on special occasions, or when I choose to go the Parisian route with my look and only wear lipstick. Today, I will be sharing with you the six survivors of the lipstick category. For the sake of science I did not use lipliner or any other makeup throughout this post, but the only lipliner I use and own at this point is the MAC Lip Liner in Cork.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu

By now I feel like everyone knows how amazing this product is. Smooth, soft, long lasting, very evenly pigmented and very easy to apply. Enriched with Vitamin E, it keeps lips moisturised while offering a soft matte finish.

This shade is a deep aubergine, which I really enjoy and like to wear quite often. It has a hint of warmth to it which is very flattering.

Definitely one I would not give up and has earned a place in my collection. Its quite classy but also edgy and a statement.


Fenty really does it well. This lipstick formulation is perfect for someone who prefers a more matte look without the dryness and cracking (like yours truly). It is very highly pigmented, so you don’t need much product to achieve your desired look.

I am a lover of a darker lip, as my natural lips are quite pigmented and will peek through any nude lipsticks. Griselda is a warm toned dark burgundy that is likely to compliment any skin tone. I find that I will typically wear a lip liner with this just to aid in achieving a more flawless look but keep in mind in the photo below no lip liner was used and it still looks amazing. I also enjoy really diffusing this lipstick for a softer look.

FENTY Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked

Same good ol’ Fenty. This on me is a medium-toned, dusty rose with a peachy undertone. The coverage is full and opaque, same as Griselda, and it does a decent, but not perfect job of covering the pigmentation in my lips.

It is a beautiful shade and one that I enjoy wearing in the summer. I will always use my MAC Lip Liner in Cork as a base though, to darken it ever so slightly and prevent my lip colour coming through.

Both shades are very comfortable to wear, long lasting and easy to re-apply without the weird flaking which can happen with matte lipsticks.

PAT MCGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick in Flesh 3

The formula from Pat McGrath is also a creamy matte finish, similar to the Fenty, however it’s slightly softer. It feels like the adult version of Fenty. Pigmented, but not as intense, these lipsticks are much easier to apply from the bullet as they will not create a stark line that is hard to control.

This shade is a stunning browny pink shade and is possibly my favourite of all of them. Pinks do not typically suit me, but due to its brown undertone it is very subdued and more universally flattering.

It is the lipstick I reach for the most as it feels like a statement but also appropriate for everyday. And it’s super easy to wear.

PAT MCGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick in Omi

Same beautiful, smooth formulation from Pat McGrath here.

When choosing what lipsticks to keep I wanted range and quality. My skin tone only really suits quite warm or dark shades but this is the exception in what I kept. It is a pink with a mauve undertone which NEVER suits me.

When using MAC Cork to blend it in though, it offers me a look that I cannot get from any of the other lipsticks I have kept. It’s just a different look. It’s nice to have the option yunno. I think this on its own would be better suited to a lighter, less olive toned skin.

BOURJOIS Rouge Velvet – The Lipstick in Shade 12 Brunette

Consistent with the rest of the lipsticks that I have walked you through today, this is also a matte finish lipstick.

I find this to be the most drying of the bunch, but the shade is so, so beautiful. Aptly named brunette, this is a beautiful alternative to red for brunettes.

I find bright reds quite stark against my skin tone. They tend to pull the green undertone out of my skin, making me look quite dull and tired. This is a beautiful terracotta red that does not do that, but rather brightens me up. Perfect!

So here they are! The six that survived. No liquid lipsticks in sight. Comfort is key. These shades cover the range that I suit, that I prefer wearing and nothing more. I figure why keep anything else?

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