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Avon’s Color Trend Lip Duo

I put Avon’s Color Trend Lip Duo in my online shopping cart, took it out, and put it back in several times, dubious that this product would be worth much. Finally I decided to give it a try, tempted by the lipstick/lipgloss combination. I ordered the Purple Pout duo, but it’s also available in Latte Love, Pink Fizz, and Wine ‘n Shine.

When my order arrived, I tried the lipstick first and was surpised how much I like it. Many plum colored lipsticks look intense in the tube but are watered down pinks on the lips. This one is very nice, not too dark, not too subtle.

The lipgloss part was also a pleasant surprise. A lot of pink lipglosses end up looking clear and not particularly interesting once applied, but this one is a nice, true pink, and applied sparingly, it is not sticky or gooey like a lot of lip glosses.

The Color Duos are also available in eyeshadow/eyeliners, but I haven’t tried those…yet.

My verdict: 5 stars out of 5, for a well-priced ($3.25) item with 2 pretty, flattering colors that fits easily in my purse.

P.S. One reviewer on Avon.com commented on the way the lipstick smells like coconut, but I didn’t detect any noticable scent of either the lipstick or lipgloss.

How to Choose Your Lipstick Color

Chrissy K on associatedcontent.com offers this advice for choosing the best lipstick color for you:

Choosing the best and most appropriate lipstick shade may not be the easiest thing to do – especially one that will compliment your looks and your lips. While there are many different shades that you can go for to get a different style and look, if you are opting for a neutral shade that will generally compliment your lips on any given day, there are a couple of tips that will help you find the best shade for you.

When choosing a lipstick shade, do not rely on the color sticker on the outside of the box because they cannot accurately depict the shade and color of the lipstick. While they may look like that when they are in the tube, they may not necessarily have the same shade and color when it’s on your lips. Applying the lipstick on your lips for the best way to determine how it will look on you; not everyone is comfortable with applying lipstick on their own lips so the back of your hand is also a good area.

As a general rule, fair skin looks best in pink and coral tones, and deeper mauves and berry tones compliment the medium and darker skin tones. Of course, with different styles and tastes, you may want to switch up the colors, and it can still suit your look. The best colors to choose for lips are nude colors that have a high shine or gloss.

Keep in mind that when you tone the shade of your lips down with a neutral lipstick, you will need to highlight and enhance your eyes. If you do highlight and enhance your lips, do not add a lot of color to your eyes; you only want to draw attention to one of the two. If you draw attention to both features, it draws too much attention to your face. By drawing attention to only one, it will enhance your better features. Decide which feature you believe is the best on you, and enhance it. If you decide to go with your eyes, opt for a neutral color; however, if you decide to go with your eyes, a nice shade is important. Usually if you’re going for a smoky-eye look, it is best to opt for a neutral shade.

Generally, if you pick a color that is one or two shades darker than your natural lip color, it will do just fine. If the color is too light or too dark, it can look terrible, and give you a pasty look. A neutral color that makes your lips pale is best for a night club look when you plan on enhancing your eyes with bold colors or having a smoky look.

Sally Girl Mini Lipstick: "1st Crush"

Sally Beauty Supply carries a fun line of cosmetics called Sally Girl, mini-sized items like lipstick, nail polish, and eyeshadow in classic and non-traditional colors. Almost all of them are 99 cents, priced just right for experimenting and playing.

I did just that recently and bought a Sally Girl Mini Lipstick in 1st Crush (pictured). The color appears deceptively dark in the tiny tube, but I was pleased that the color goes on almost sheer, allowing its intensity to be built up or played down depending how much you apply.

I love this color! With fair skin and dark hair, I have to be careful choosing lipstick colors. Too dark, and I resemble a goth-wanna-be. This color is just deep enough for impact, sheer enough to not overwhelm.

I haven’t tried any of the other lipsticks, but I also picked up a Sally Girl Nail Color in Surf’s Up. The nail polish is cheap, thin, and runny, but it was worth some patience and 3 coats of polish, because Surf’s Up is a gorgeous turquoise color that I have received several compliments on already. Just be prepared to apply 2 or 3 coats for even, opaque color.

Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15

I received my Avon order yesterday and have 3 new products to review! First up is Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15, which besides having a ludicrously long product name, is a great lipstick.

I bought mine in the shade called Sugar Cane (below):

I’m not a fan of loud, bright, or dark lip colors, so this shade is perfect, subtle and pretty but still says “Hey, I took the time to put on some lipstick.”

(Red lipstick, by the way, just screams at me “LOOK AT MY MOUTH! LOOK AT MY MOUTH!” and seems desperate in a please-pay-attention-to-me kind of way, so I’m not a fan of red lipstick.)

The texture of this lipstick is wonderful, very smooth. I can’t stand dry, chalky lip color, and there is none of that here. The color is subtle but sticks around nicely. I don’t notice any plumping effect, but I bought this lipstick for the color and not for its supposed ability to make my lips look like someone sucker-punched me in the mouth, so I really don’t consider the plumping effect in my review. (The word “plumping” makes me think of baking a turkey or chicken…since when did we women want any parts of ourselves plump anyway?)

The regular price of this lipstick is $8, but it is frequently on sale, so watch Avon’s website for specials.

Overall I give this lipstick 5 stars, and I would definitely purchase it again to try out more colors.

Cover Girl Continuous Color Lipstick

Cover Girl’s Continuous Color lipstick is not new, but I’ve never tried it before. I have to admit I am not a Cover Girl fan, partly because of their wildly annoying “Easy breezy beautiful!” advertising campaign. (Is “easy” really a word most women would like associated with themselves?)

On the prowl for a new lipstick one day, though, Cover Girl’s Ice Blue Pink #505 caught my eye:
Drugstore.com offers this swatch of the color:

I decided to give it a try. I love the color, and it looks great with spring-y eye colors like teal, blue, and aqua, offering up a pretty color on the lips without being garish, bubble-gum-y, or overpowering, even on a face as white as mine. Being fair and very light, few lipsticks don’t look loud on me. This one is great and already one of my favorite lip colors.

As for the long-wearing claim of this product, well, I haven’t found that to be true. A few sips of water from my water bottle, and the color needs to be reapplied. That’s my biggest pet peeve of lipstick in general, and this one is no exception, despite its claim of “lasting color”.

Still, for about $5, this lipstick comes in so many colors, you are bound to find one that looks good on you. Having trouble finding a color? Cover Girl’s website offers a service called Get ColorMatched. Simply register with your hair color, eye color, skin tone, and a few other questions, and you’ll receive their recommendations for colors that will look best on you.

According to Cover Girl, my best lipstick colors are Rose Quartz and Iced Mauve.

Bottom line: the product doesn’t live up to its long-lasting color claim for me, but the choice of colors is amazing, and the lipstick has a great texture and feel, and I like the ColorMatch option on their website. I was disappointed the color doesn’t last longer, but I still recommend Cover Girl’s Continuous Color lipstick.

N.Y.C. Ultra Moist Lipwear

I love Sephora as much as the next lady, but sometimes a great product is hiding in your local Walmart or drugstore. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the N.Y.C. cosmetic line, with items ranging mostly in the $1 – $5 range. I’ve tried the pressed face powder and love experimenting with the lipstick colors. For $1 or $2, why not see how diva red or an out-there coral looks on my lips?

Recently I bought N.Y.C. Ultra Moist Lipwear in Chiffon (color pictured below):

This lipstick set me back 99 cents, and I adore it! It’s a barely there, slightly shimmery, pale pink that is perfect with dark eyeliner or other dramatic eye make-up, giving my lips a pretty and subtle touch of color but letting my eyes stand out as the main attraction. It has a bit of mod personality and would look great with winged or cat-eye liquid eyeliner.

As a rule, I don’t like lipstick, since most lipsticks feel heavy, waxy, slippery, or in some other way just plain gross, but this lipstick is smooth and light. It leaves my lips soft, like I’m wearing a lip balm.

The N.Y.C. website showcases all of its products, including mineral make-up, and the site includes beauty tips and a Beauty Q&A.

Part of the company’s mission, according to the website, is “to offer women the opportunity to buy more cosmetics more frequently, to try new looks with minimal risk, to get more value for their money and to feel good about treating themselves to cosmetics purchases.”

What’s not to like?

Lipstick and the Economy

A wise and alert reader e-mailed me this story, The Economy is in the Toilet—Naturally, You’ll Start Wearing Lipstick. (Don’t worry, it’s a very short article, so click the link already!)

I agree with it… to a point. Yes, I do agree that, in hard times, lipstick replaces more expensive indulgences like perfume, spa treatments, and the like, but then the writer announced: Women wear lipstick, “to put forward an image that they are more alive and more vibrant, and not as down in the mouth. It’s part of the uniform of desirability and attractiveness.”

When I was finished laughing at this oversimplification, and when I was done shaking my head at its condescending tone, I wondered if just a bit wee bit too much significance is placed on why women wear lipstick. I must say I have never been applying lipstick and gunning for its political, economical, or social message, no matter the state of the economy. Perhaps I’m in the minority and other women don’t choose lipstick based on how it flatters skin tone or just helps the lips not feel so dry; do you put forth economical proclamations every time you slick on lipstick?