Pretty Spring Lips | High End vs. High Street

Hi everyone!

Today I wanted to talk about two new lip products that I picked up in my Leeds Beauty Haul and, rather than do separate reviews, I thought I’d talk about them together as they are my two new favourite spring lip colours! It certainly feels like spring today- the sun is out and I actually had to take my coat off when walking earlier- maybe the weather is finally changing! Anyway, let’s steer away from another weather rant…

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So, what products do we have here?

First up is the MAC Matte Lipstick in Please Me. This is my first ever MAC lipstick, and I feel like I had to fight to get it as the MAC counter in Harvey Nichols was like a zoo- I’ve never seen so many people scrambling for lipstick testers! I tried a few other brighter shades, but wanted my first high end lipstick to be something I could wear every day.

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Please Me is a rosy pink colour, which is beautiful for Spring and Summer. I don’t think it looks as dark on as it does in the swatch below, but I think you can see the texture quite well on my hand. It shows up all texture underneath it, which isn’t ideal for me as my lips have a lot of lines on them. As with most matte lipsticks, this is definitely not okay if you have dry lips- they’ll need a good scrub before applying this shade! It looks great with my MUA Lip Pencil in Caramel Nougat (from my Lunchtime Haul here) underneath to make it more of a pinky-nude, but I’m still wearing it with caution at the moment until my lips are on top form when the weather gets warmer.

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At £15.50, if you’re wanting a pretty shade from MAC, I’d recommend Creme Cup as a more moisturising version of this that is a very pretty candy pink. I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed with this one, but as it doesn’t make my lips look very good even when they are moisturised, I think I’d go for different MAC finish next time.

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Next up, as a complete budget steal at £1, we have an MUA Matte Lipstick in Lilac Belle. I saw this shade on a blog not long after I bought my first MUA lipsticks here, and was disappointed I didn’t pick up a matte colour instead as their normal lipsticks don’t stay on very well at all. Lilac is quite an unusual lip colour for some, but I do like to go a bit different with my shades especially for Spring and Summer.

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I actually really like the white packaging of this lipstick, and it stands out in my handbag too! I wore this without a lipliner, as it’s quite a delicate colour and needs a pale foundation base underneath to really stand out. I think it would look gorgeous with a sugary coat of lilac lipgloss over the top- anyone know any good ones? The swatch here is pretty accurate for how it looks on the lips- it’s not too vibrant unless you layer it up, and it lasts reasonably well considering the price. It’s best to have a fairly neutral face and eye look to pull this off, otherwise it can look like you’re wearing too many different colours- I paired it with Benefit Dandelion as a blush and only a teeny-tiny amount of bronzer as I was going out for a meal.

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Verdict: If you’re wanting to experiment with cute spring colours to slowly move away from those winter berry shades, then I’d definitely recommend branching out to MUA‘s bargain £1 lipsticks before stepping it up to MAC prices. Unless you’re really set on a high end lip colour, I think it’s always worth experimenting with cheaper brands if you’re trying out shades you’re less familiar with. And if you’re like me and like to have a hundred different colours on hand in your handbag, you’re less likely to worry about losing a cheaper lipstick!

I can’t wait to stock up on more colours for spring and summer- I love bright corals and pinks, and the Revlon ColorBurst range of lip crayons and butters are high on my wishlist- I have one of their matte balm crayons and it is just beautiful. What are your recommendations for nice and bright pretty lip colours that stay on well? I need some more good ranges to choose from!

Hope you all have a lovely Easter, I’ll hopefully be doing a lifestyle post to let you all know what I get up to this weekend!

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Emma x

  • Gorgeous shades! Love your photos :)

    Kirsty | http://www.kirsty.ws

  • Love that MUA shade, I definitely go for cheap options when Im trying out a new shade. I really want to get a Mac lipstick but have no idea what shade to go for, it’s a shame this one wasn’t perfect for you, but hopefully you’ll find a way to wear it. :)

    Emma x
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    • Emma

      It’s the best way isn’t it?! It’s so hard when there are so many, but I think the hyped up ones are hyped up for a reason- I’d never heard of Please Me before and there’s probably a reason why! Hopefully in the summer more I’ll grow to love it :) x