Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipsticks

  Photo: Melanie Rees, editing and GIF: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing and GIF: Nathalie Martin

I have a special place in my heart for Armani lipsticks seeing as they were one of my first luxury beauty splurges. Even back in those days, I’d carry numerous tubes of red lipsticks with me at all times because god forbid I be caught not wearing lipstick. #highmaintenance

These days I’m more chill about my approach to beauty but regardless, anytime I see a tube of Armani, I know I’ll be getting something special.

The new Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipsticks are no exception. Lightweight, silky smooth, highly pigmented, and never drying, these mattes are super comfortable to wear.

Considering I’ve been living in Saint Laurent sneakers and sweats these days, comfort is key in my life. I’ve even simplified my makeup routine to a swipe of CHANEL mascara, rosy pink cheeks, and a bold lipstick. If it’s gonna dry out lips, I don’t want it in my life. If it’s too complicated to apply, no thanks.

These days I’m more inclined to bring just a single tube of lipstick with me when I’m out. The me from years ago wouldn’t even know what hit her.

  Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

SHOP THE LOOK

  Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

There are 18 shades in the Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick collection, from a pretty antique rose pink (shade 102) to a mocha brown with a hint of shimmer (shade 200) and the brands iconic universally flattering true red (shade 400), there’s something here for everyone!

  Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY Rouge D'Armani Matte Lipstick

102 Androgino - antique rose pink
200 Diva - mocha brown
400 Four Hundred - universally flattering true red
506 Maharajah - vibrant medium-dark pink

  Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

  Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Melanie Rees, editing: Nathalie Martin

  Photo: Nathalie Martin

Photo: Nathalie Martin

Disclaimer: Products featured in this post are a PR sample. All photos and opinions are my own.


L'ORÉAL x ISABEL MARANT: THE ENTIRE WANTED COLLECTION

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The collaboration I’ve been waiting for since it’s announcement is finally here - L’Oréal x Isabel Marant!

Called the WANTED collection, it consists of seven matte lipsticks, a lip gloss in a universally flattering pink, clear brow/lash mascara, a duo eyeshadow palette, and a peachy-pink highlighter/glow product that comes in a little pot for on the go application.

I feel like the Parisian designer stayed true to her voice in her first ever makeup line and even though the collection feels small, it makes a lot of sense. Like her eponymous fashion line, all of the shades can be easily dressed up for evening, or dressed down during the day.

Think of a nude lip and rosy cheek for a Sunday afternoon, or, a red lip and soft black eyeshadow for a night out. The shades celebrate woman without being too overt or sexy and focuses more on her individuality to bring the makeup to life.

Honestly, I’m just relieved all of the shades are flattering and wearable for every day. It’s my biggest pet peeve when makeup brands collaborate with someone only to come out with unwearable crayon-coloured shades that barely suit anyone.

As a big Isabel Marant fan myself (she’s honestly one of my favourite designers), I can safely say that everyone will enjoy these incredibly chic shades.

The limited edition collab is out now at loreal.ca and at retailers where L’Oréal Paris is sold.

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ISABEL MARANT MATTE FINISH LIPSTICK SMILE

Seven matte lipsticks can be found in the Isabel Marant WANTED collection.

BASTILLE WHISTLE - nude pink
LA SEINE SHADOW - brown pink
BELLEVILLE RODEO - dark purple red
PIGALLE WESTERN - bright red pink
SAINT GERMAIN ROAD - true blue red
PALAIS ROYAL FIELD - warm red
LA BUTTE MARSHALL - medium red

Each matte lipstick says “SMILE” on one side and “WEAR NOTHING BUT A SMILE AND YOUR STYLE” on the other side. Sooooo Isabel Marant!

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ISABEL MARANT MAGIC BEAUTIFIER LIP GLOSS AMAZE

The product I turned out to really be impressed is the AMAZE lip gloss that comes in one shade - a sheer soft magenta-y pink shade that can be used on the lips and cheeks and that’s said to be universally flattering but I’ve only tried it on my light-medium olive skin and I freakin’ love it!

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ISABEL MARANT DUO EYESHADOW

The duo eyeshadow pan created for the WANTED collab features a matte black which is perfect for using as eyeliner, and an iridescent black/teal shade that has an elegant pop to it. Use it with makeup brushes or apply it with your fingers for a “perfectly imperfect” look.

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ISABEL MARANT UNIVERSAL HIGHLIGHTER SHINE

Since this entire collaboration is so, so good, I almost hate to admit that the highlighter is the one product I could do without. It’s a said to be a universal illuminator but it’s on the matte side and there’s hardly any reflects it in. It feels like a silicone based product and has that silicone texture I don’t like.

I applied it over top of my cheeks on a day I was wearing a light powder foundation and it actually disturbed my makeup. Honestly, I can’t figure out how to use this product or what it’s for. If you figure it out, please leave me a comment! Maybe I’m using it all wrong!

Disclaimer: The L’Oréal X Isabel Marant collection was provided as a PR sample. All photos and opinions are my own.


LANCÔME L'Absolu Lacquer

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At LIPSICK, we’re guilty of carrying multiple lip products with us on the daily. When you leave the house you may be in the mood for gloss, but after lunch, sometimes you want to go matte. Decisions, decisions.

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When we first received Lancôme's L'Absolu Lacquer, we were immediately impressed by the gorgeous range of colours. After trying them, we were blown away the gorgeous triple threat formula – it’s a gloss, lipstick and stain all-in-one!

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The lightweight, ultra-thin formula coats your lips with bold colour and a gorgeous lacquered shiny finish. Use one coat for a sheer, natural look, two for more intensity and three for a dramatic look with serious, mega-watt shine. We put it to the test, and wow does it last, even after a drink (or two, cough, three).

L'Absolu Lacquer is available in 30 shades – from classic nudes to vivid, showstopping colour. They’re made in France and now available everywhere Lancôme is sold.

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Diana Aldea

The name might be new to you, but Diana’s has been developing content for major brands for over a decade. She’s worked in advertising, ecommerce, broadcast TV and the public sector. That’s nice and all, but what does she know about lipstick? Aside from wearing it since the tender age of 11, she’s been a beauty contributor to WoahStyle since its inception, and actually pushed Nathalie to create the brand. She’s also real AF, so she ain’t gonna lie to you about products and how they work.

New Glosses from NARS: The Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer Collection

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It's all about statement glossy lips and NARS is making us crave shine all day, every day. The brand released their Full Vinyl Lip Lacquers earlier this month which feature bold intense colour and high-shine with the benefits of moisture thanks to the vitamin E rich formula. 

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The Lip Lacquers are versatile and layer beautifully with each other. My favourite trick is to add the shade Orgasm to the center of the lips to create some dimension while adding a touch of shine. 

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NARS has released ten shades in total on narscosmetics.com, and seven shades on sephora.com, including the limited edition shade, Orgasm, a peachy-pink with gold shimmer. 

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NARS FULL VINYL LIP LACQUER

ORGASM - peachy pink with gold shimmer
EVERGLADES - black with gold shimmer
SANTO DOMINGO - light mauve pink
MISSISSIPPI - dark black cherry
AT FIRST SIGHT - clear with gold shimmer

$34 Canadian, $26 USD

Available at: nars.com, sephora.com (and in some stores), nordstrom.com (and in some stores)

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For summer, we also get the iconic Orgasm, a peachy-pink shade with gold shimmer, as part of the Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer collection. If you're not a gloss person, be sure to check out the Orgasm After Glow Lip Balm. The moisturizing formula is sheer and leaves the prettiest sheen on bare lips, but we like it best on top of a matte lipstick to soften the look. 

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RIMMEL London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour

 
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If you’re looking for big, bold colour you’re gonna fall hard for RIMMEL'S Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour. Back in the day, matte lipsticks were difficult to apply and felt dry AF on lips. Not anymore - this liquid lipstick gives high-intensity colour, is touch-proof and waterproof while feeling comfortable on the lips.

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Who doesn’t love a good selfie? Fun fact: matte lipstick makes everyone look amazing in pictures. Try it for yourself and see how it makes your skin look better and your teeth whiter.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: RAW EMBRACE, STRIPPED, MWAH, VANILLA LOVIN, RAW KISS 

Feeling low maintenance but want a put-together look? This liquid lipstick creates such an impact that it can be the only makeup you wear and you’ll look low-key fabulous. Put on a pair of sunglasses for added drama.

 
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TOP TO BOTTOM: STRAPLESS, TROUBLEMAKER, LOVE BITE, SCANDALOUS, PLUNGE

 

We put it to the test and after several hours of coffee drinking and snack consumption, it stayed put and the quality compared to some of the luxury matte lipsticks currently on the market.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: LETHAL KISS, URBAN AFFAIR, TRUST YOU, DEVOTION

RIMMEL's Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour is available at retailers where RIMMEL is sold. 

 
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DISCLAIMER: The items here were received as a PR sample. All photos and opinions are our own.


How To Keep Lips Soft (even during the worst cold) feat. BITE BEAUTY

 
 WEARING: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and Lip Pencil in 76, a deep orange-red. Embroidered shirt by Free People, patchwork jeans by Thakoon,  GIRLS necklace  by Lisbeth, watch by Larsson & Jennings. 

WEARING: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and Lip Pencil in 76, a deep orange-red. Embroidered shirt by Free People, patchwork jeans by Thakoon, GIRLS necklace by Lisbeth, watch by Larsson & Jennings. 

 

Hello and welcome back! I've been sick with the flu for what feels like ages now and I'm finally getting better. After five consecutive days bed-ridden days, I told myself that enough was enough and I had to start at least acting like I was better so I could fool my body into thinking healthy thoughts again. I'm not exactly sure it works that way but they say "mind over matter" so why not give it a try.

I'm sure we can all agree that being sick is the pits but being sick when it's beautiful and sunny out is torture. On top of a fever I was battling an extremely runny nose and dry lips but let me just tell you that my savior, aside from the obvious Tylenol Extra Strength and NyQuil, were these little tubes of Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Mask.

I had tubes stashed in pretty much every room of my house.

I felt like a Sponge Bob character where at any moment my lips could turn into this gross crusty mess because I was so dehydrated. I also felt border OCD because every my lip mask would wear off, I'd reapply a new layer.

So, did it work?

Yes, but I still had some unwanted dry bits which is where the Agave Lip Scrub came in handy. 

Aside from being there for me when I get sick, I use the Agave Lip Mask every night before bed as part of my regular skincare routine. I also ALWAYS have a tube with me when I travel. Flying is so harsh on the skin and lips so it just makes sense. If you don't want to touch your fingers to your mouth when you're traveling, Bite gives us a solid version of their lip mask in a tube. Hygiene and convenience. Bite, you guys think of everything. 

 
 
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BITE BEAUTY AGAVE LIP MASK

$30 CAD, Sephora Exclusive

NATURAL - clear
CHAMPAGNE - sheer rose gold pearl
SMASHED - sheer candy apple red
MAPLE - sheer bronze
LAVENDER - pale pink

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

Nourishes, hydrates, and protects, this lip balm feels like a harder, waxier version of the Lip Mask is excellent for travel! 

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Scrub

Exfoliate those dry bits away with this enzymatic scrub that includes brown sugar and pineapple enzymes to leave lips feeling soft and smooth. 

Both are Sephora exclusive and retail for $20 CAD

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Disclaimer: Lip products in this story are PR samples. All photos and opinions are my own.

 

NARS x Erdem Full Lipstick Collection

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I've been blogging for about four years now and I'm at a point where I've become harder to impress. Don't get me wrong, I still love seeing new launches and attending events, but it's like with anything in life, you do it long enough and the wow factor is fewer and far between. 

Well, leave it to NARS to take my breath away. I first learned about the collab with fashion designer Erdem as I was leafing through a magazine in the waiting room of an oral surgeon, waiting for Diana to get out of her root canal. I sat there with a stack of magazines drooling over recipes of oatmeal pancakes, veggie nachos and yes, the beautiful florals that are synonymous with the Erdem name. 

 
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I've always admired how Erdem is able to take something as soft and precious as florals and turn them into something sophisticated and mysterious. His use of colour is what draws me to his work and how he pairs unexpected colours like rich black and chartreuse alongside pinks and blue blues and turns them into something magical. 

We're now seeing this in his limited edition thirteen-piece collection with NARS. The colours are bold and unexpected and work together in harmony. 

The collection includes six new shades, featuring a creamy, smooth formula that range from bold to sheer.

We're also being introduced to NARS first ever powder lip palette which comes with a primer, and four limited edition shades and a lip brush for precise application. (BTW - we saw CHANEL introduce their lip powder palette earlier this year. Could this be the start of a new trend?)

The entire NARS x Erdem Collection will be available at Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom. Some shades will be available at Sephora, Murale and Shoppers Drug Mart. All dates and retailers are listed below.

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NARS X ERDEM Lipstick Collection

Limited Edition, $35 each (Canadian)

BLOODFLOWER - bright cherry red
MOON ORCHID - sheer light pink
LARKSPUR - sheer orchid
VOODOO LILY - sheer muted lavender
WILD FLOWER - deep plum purple
CARNAL CARNATION - sheer raspberry red

AVAILABILITY:
Bloodflower, Voodoo Lily, and Moon Orchid will be available starting May 3rd at Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom. They'll be available at Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart starting July 1st.

Larkspur and Wildflower will be available at Sephora, Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom.

Carnal Carnation will be available at Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom.

NARS X ERDEM Poison Rose Lip Powder Palette

Includes lip brush. Limited Edition, $62 (Canadian)

LIP PRIMING BALM - nude
ZIRA - shimmery rose gold
CALYPSO - matte rose
DAMASK - matte fuchsia
OTTOMAN - matte scarlet

AVAILABILITY:
Starting May 3 at Sephora.ca, Hudson's Bay and Nordstrom.
Starting July 1 at Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Disclaimer. The NARS x Erdem collection is PR sample. All photos and opinions are my own.


BAREMINERALS Gen Nude® Patent Lip Lacquer

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No one does nudes better than BAREMINERALS. This spring, the brand has launched a flattering collection of eighteen super-glossy nude liquid lipsticks. From mauve, pink, peach, and beige, there's something here for everyone.

The formula feels super moisturizing on the lips thanks to the jojoba oil and algae in the formula. It gives us a supremely comfortable wear that never feels dry. 

One coat is all you need for full colour but if you really want this glossy lipstick to last, be sure to line your lips with a lip liner first. 

Gen Nude Patent Lip Laquer retail for $23 CND and $19 USD. They're available now at bareminerals.com, Sephora, and Ulta. 

 
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BAREMINERALS Gen Nude® Patent Lip Lacquer
 

BEAUTIMUS - soft dusty mauve
GIRL BOSS - light pink nude
CAN'T EVEN - cool light pink
BESTIE - soft petal pink
DAHLING - cinnamon pink
PERF - rich chestnut
HYPE - muted burnt peach
BAE - toasted mid-tone nude
IRL - spiced beige

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Make your GEN NUDE lipstick last longer by first lining your entire lips with a matching colour lip liner. It'll intensify the colour in addition to making your lipstick last. For a more natural look, just apply straight onto the lips!
If you're like me and have light-medium skin with yellow undertones, check out the shades IRL, HYPE, and PERF. Pair it with BAREMINERALS Gen Nude Powder Blush in the shade Beige For Days.
 
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For more BAREMINERALS, check my post on woahstyle.com, This New Concealer Covers Up Everything While Leaving Skin Looking Natural! 

Disclaimer: The products in this post are PR samples. All opinions and photography is my own.

 

What's In Your Bag Nathalie? "An obscene amount of red lipstick."

 
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What's in my pink Glossier makeup bag - lots and lots of orange-red lipsticks and Armani's new SÌ Passione scent

 

When Diana and I started the What’s In My Bag series I thought; A) it would be a cute and fun way to show you guys what we actually use in our lives, and B) it would be interesting to see how our lip products change month to month and season to season. 

What I’m most surprised about is B.

In January I was all about neutrals and nudes.

In February I started to introduce reds back into rotation.

Now in March, I don’t seem to want to wear any other shade than red. Whether it’s fully pigmented colour or a sheer wash on the lips, red is the clear winner for me this month. 

 
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WHAT'S IN MY BAG

CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Blush in 412 Orange Explosif; sheer orange-red lip blush that can also be applied as blush.
CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in 63 Rebel (Discontinued. See Rouge Coco Shine 138 Orange Poppy for similar shade); sheer orange-red.
GIVENCHY Le Rouge Lipstick in 304 Mandarine Boléro; semi-matte orange-red.
FRESH Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Punch (new shade); sheer red-orange.
FRESH Sugar Advanced Therapy Tinted Lip Treatment in Dream (new shade); sheer rosy pink
CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink in 164 Entusiasta; semi-matte red-orange liquid lip ink.
GIVENCHY Rouge Interdit (old packaging. Similar shade, 14 Redlight); sheer orange-red.
GLOSSIER Birthday Balm Dotcom; a clear hydrating universal salve with bits of shimmer. 
NYX Pin-Up Pout in 12 Fiery; saturated orange-red lipstick.
BITE BEAUTY Agave Lip Mask, original clear formula. Excellent for keeping lips hydrated.

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The best pairing for a red-orange lip: CHANEL nail polish in 634 Arancio Vibrante | CHANEL blush in 380 So Close | Giorgio Armani in SÌ Passione | Milani Luminoso blush | NARS x Man Ray Fetishized blush

 
 

HOW TO WEAR RED LIPSTICK WHILE LOOKING EFFORTLESS

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To bring a red lip to life and make it look effortless and less precious, I like to add a pop of red to the fats of my cheeks. I do this by first applying my blush as normal. Milani’s Luminoso is an all-around flattering peachy shade that flatters most skintones. Then I take a bright orange-red blush, like Chanel’s 380 So Close and I apply it only to the center of my cheeks. It brightens my complexion instantly and pulls together a red lip.  Finally, I like to keep my eye makeup to a minimum by only using mascara. This keeps the vibe more casual and not at all overdone.
 
 
 
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10 New Shades from Maybelline's SuperStay Matte Ink Un-Nude Collection

 
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Photo by: Melanie Rees, melanie-rees.com

 

We talk a lot about designer lip products here on Lipsick, but don't get it wrong, we also love drugstore gems.

If you haven't already tried them, Maybelline's SuperStay Matte Inks have acquired a loyal following since they came out. These liquid lipsticks have a reputation for staying on forever and being totally budge-proof.

 
 
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Photo by: Melanie Rees, melanie-rees.com

 

The new Un-Nude Collection goes from deep browns to ashy-lavender greys and everything in between. For Maybelline, it was all about pushing the boundaries on traditional nudes and giving us something new. 

Feel free to mix these to get your own custom colour or apply it straight from the tube. The arrow applicator allows for precise, even application. One stroke is all you need for full, saturated colour that lasts. 

In case you're wondering, how budge-proof are they? Very. I once wore it from morning to evening without touching up. I did, however, apply a tinted lip balm throughout the day to keep my lips hydrated. 

Maybelline's Un-Nude collection is in stores now. 

 
 

Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Un-Nudes

Available now online and in mass-market retailers, $11.99 each (Canadian pricing)

Driver: creamy beige nude
Poet: baby pink nude
Seductress: Mauve nude
Amazonian: burnt sienna nude
Ruler: deep red nude
Fighter: burnt orange nude
Protector: deep brown nude
Huntress: deep grey nude
Visionary: lavender grey nude
Philosopher: light lavender nude

 
 
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Photo by: Melanie Rees, melanie-rees.com

 
 

Photography in this post by Melanie Rees. 
Disclaimer: Samples in this story were provided as a PR sample. All opinions are my own.