Wednesday 8 April 2015

My Top 5 Vegan Lip Picks for Spring

As you'll no doubt know by now, I'm a huge lover of deep berry lip products in the autumn and winter, but as soon as spring rolls around I'm ready to pack up my vampy shades and turn to my brighter and more pastel lipsticks. Unlike other seasonal favourite posts I've included an equal amount of UK and international brands here, since a lot of you are from other countries, so there should be something here that you can all get your hands on.

Barry M Gelly Lips in Capella (no. 5)

I adore the Barry M Gelly Lips collection, but have only recently found a pencil sharpener large enough to fit them, so am only now starting to get a lot of wear from them. Out of the seven shades on offer I think the most spring appropriate shade is Capella, which is a cool-toned pink that sits right between bubblegum and dusky. It's actually a really pretty shade that I think a lot of skin tones could pull off, and because of the super glossy formula is really comfortable to wear. I'm a big fan of lip crayons, and this is right up there with the best of them. Because it's a glossy product you won't get hours of wear from it, but it's so easy to apply that I don't mind at all, and it's not too sticky either.

Wet N Wild MegaLast Lipstick in Rose-bud

I was so pleased when a few of my vegan friends reached out to Wet N Wild and found out that the MegaLast lipsticks were all vegan, they've been some of my favourites for years now, ever since I was bought Cherry Bomb as a gift. Rose-bud is a gorgeous neutral pink that is the perfect lipstick for when I can't choose what to wear. It goes with any other make-up I'm wearing and because of the matte formula it lasts for hours. I have fairly sensitive lips so can't get away with wearing a matte lip every day, but if I could I would be wearing this a lot more.

ELF Moisturising Lipstick in Coral Cutie

I've spoken before about my love for this line of lipsticks from ELF, and the shade that just screams IT'S SPRING! to me is Coral Cutie. obviously from the name you can tell that it's a coral lipstick, but I don't find it as harsh on my fair skin as some other coral lipsticks I've tried, it actually looks quite pretty. I really like the formula of this lipstick; it's not too glossy but is more shiny than a satin finish, feels lovely on the lips and doesn't dry them out at all. If I've been wearing too many matte lip products these are the perfect lipsticks to put some moisture back in.

Too Faced Melted Peony

I've been eyeing up this liquid lipstick even since it was released last year (I think) but only finally bought it this year. The thing that was putting me off was the hefty £19 price tag. I know to some people £19 on a lipstick is nothing, but as I usually choose to purchase budget friendly brands it was quite the splurge for me. I have to say that I don't regret it one bit though, I think it's totally worth it. The lipstick comes packaged in a squeezy tube with a velvet tip that allows you a precise application every time. The shade Peony is a cool-toned mid pink that dries to a satin finish, although I've seen it described as matte I don't think it is truly matte, and it's very long wearing for a lip product of this type. I usually get four to five hours wear before I need to touch up, though it won't stand up well to eating a meal, drinking isn't too much of a problem. It's one of the most perfect spring shades I own and I'll be reaching for this a lot over the coming months.

Autograph Ultimate Wear Long Lasting Lip Lacquer in Bright Coral

This lip lacquer from Marks and Spencer was the first thing I ever reviewed on this blog, and I love it just as much now as I did a year ago. With the colour at one end of the tube and the gloss at the other, they're serious when they say "long lasting", once this stuff is one the biggest problem you're going to have is taking it off at night. Bright Coral is an orange-toned red that contains gold shimmer that, thankfully, isn't too obvious. I think if you're looking for a bright lipstick that'll look lovely with either pale skin in the spring or tanned skin in the summer, this is your guy.

Links to products mentioned:

Barry M Gelly Lips in Capella - £4.99

All of these lipsticks are completely opaque, so you'll only need one swipe to get perfect colour pay off, and you won't need a lip liner with any of them as none of them bleed or feather. Of course, there are no hard and fast rules with make-up, that's why I love it so much. I'll often wear a deep purple lipstick in the middle of summer, even if I do get some crazy looks, so feel free to wear whatever you like. However, if you do fancy a bit of a change after the heavy make-up of autumn and winter, I hope this has given you some ideas of some of the wonderful vegan options out there for you.

What are your favourite spring lip products? Do you change your make-up with the seasons?

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