For a while now, I have been shying away from ‘stand out’ colours and have become stuck in a rut of nude lips. The older I get, the more conservative my makeup has become. To put this into context, I used to wear bright blue aquamarine lipstick. While I’m certainly not trying to go back to blues and fluorescent colours, I would like to make use of the ‘fun’ lipstick shades that I already own and there’s no better time to do that than summer.


Left to Right: All Fired Up, Lickable and D for Danger


All Fired Up is what I would now call a ‘weekend colour‘. It’s a bright pink shade in the ‘Retro Matte’ formulation. While I love the colour, it doesn’t apply evenly, meaning you have to swipe it on a few times before reaching an even, opaque result. Once it’s on it stays on very well… not quite kiss-proof but definitely ‘several cups of tea’ proof.


MAC ‘All Fired Up’ (Retro Matte)


Cremesheen lipsticks, or anything glossy doesn’t rank high on my list because it needs reapplying during the course of the day. That said, the creamy formula is moisturising and feels light and comfortable on the lips. Unlike matte lipsticks that are super-pigmented, this Lickable is a subtle pink that adds a touch of colour and looks effortless.


MAC ‘Lickable’ (Cremesheen)


D for Danger is such a unique colour in my eyes and has had the most wear out of the three. The depth of the pink almost make it look red and it’s any easy favourite because, it isn’t the drying ‘Ruby Woo’ kind of matte, and gives more of a Satin finish.


MAC ‘D For Danger’ (Matte)


Please don’t let this post fool you into thinking pink is my favourite colour. Far from it. It’s simply a flattering colour on dark skintones and anyone can find shades that suit them and you don’t have to be a girly-girl to like pink. It just summery and flirty. And maybe a little cute too. That is all.

*I used NYX Club Hopper, which has become my go to liner and I highly recommend it for dark skinned girls and boys.



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