The Best Drugstore Foundations for Dry Skin in my Stash

The Best Drugstore Foundations for Dry Skin in my Stash

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.


Some time back, I wrote a post about the different types of foundations available, depending on consistency, finish, etc. However, I neither mentioned which type of foundation I prefer nor my favourite foundations.
Today I am going to share with you the best drugstore foundations for dry skin in my stash at this moment (you never know what will be released and maybe in a year I don't use any of these).
My skin is dry, and, for that reason, I try to avoid powder foundation, which makes my skin look drier and highlights wrinkles and pores. I love liquid or stick foundation with a full or medium buildable coverage and, though it may be strange for someone with dry skin, most of the time I prefer a matte finish. Recently I tried some new releases with a dewy finish which I also like.


Catrice True Skin

This is one of the latest foundations I added to my stash. It is a liquid foundation with a pump dispenser. It has a matte, real skin finish which blends really well and has buildable medium to high coverage.
Contains hyaluronic acid and watermelon seed oil in the formula and, therefore, moisturises your skin.
It is available in 13 shades and I use the shade 039, Warm Olive (my Fitzpatrick skin type is IV with a warm undertone). The price is £6.95 for 30 mL.

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L’oreal True Match

This one has been one of my favourites for the last few years. It is a liquid foundation with a pump dispenser and it is available in 40 shades. The shade I use is 3.N.
It is a full coverage foundation with a satin effect that feels lightweight on the skin. It provides 24 hours of hydration thanks to the vitamin E and vitamin B5 contained in the formula.
This foundation unifies the skin tone and covers imperfections. It is available in neutral, warm and cool undertones to perfectly blend into your skin. It has SPF 17 to protect you against sun radiation.
The price is £9.99 for 30 mL

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Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 H

It is also a liquid foundation with a pump dispenser (I already said that my favourite texture for a foundation is liquid). This Rimmel foundation covers imperfections and even skin tone.
It is a long-lasting formula that doesn't rub off and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. It has SPF 20 to protect against harmful sun exposure. You need to use sunscreen anyway, please, don't forget that.
It is available in 15 shades and the one I use is 200 Soft Beige. The price is £9.99 for 30 mL.

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Wet’n’Wild Photo Focus

This is a liquid but creamy foundation which doesn’t come with a pump dispenser but with a spatula wand applicator.
It has excellent coverage and smooths the skin surface while leaving skin elastic and soft. It is long-lasting and has a matte finish. This foundation is ideal for photo sessions. Something I don't like about this foundation is the smell. It smells, literally, like wall paint, but it goes quickly and the result is worth coping with the smell.
The shade I use is Golden Beige and it is available in 20 shades. The price is £4.75 for 30 mL.

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Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation

It is an easy to apply stick formula, which blends well into the skin to leave a dewy finish. It has a medium to high buildable coverage and creamy formula, very comfortable to wear. It doesn't last long, but it is easy to re-apply and I like the feeling it leaves on my skin.
Because of the stick presentation, if you choose lighter and darker shades, you can use them as concealer and contour as well.
It is available in 18 shades and the one I use is F8. The price is £5.99 for 6.2 g of product.

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These are not the unique affordable foundations I have used by far, but they are the five I use more, and I always repurchase when they are over. I have so many other foundations which are also very good, which will become a never-ending list. If you want a post with all the foundations I have let me know in the comments.



The Body Shop Camomile cleansing Butter Review

The Body Shop Camomile cleansing Butter Review

Sunday, 13 June 2021

Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.


Today I am going to review TheBody Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Butter. I read different reviews about this product, most of them were good, and I decided to try and see how it works. I have been using this as the first step in double-cleansing. Did I like it? Continue reading to know……


What the brand says about Camomile Cleansing Butter

This buttery pot of goodness makes taking your makeup off at the end of the day a bit of fun. Your favourite eyeshadow? Gone in seconds. Caked-on concealer? Yep, that too. Any attempts at winged eyeliner vanish just like that. Massage our Camomile Cleansing Butter into your skin to melt the day away.

This purifying cleanser also helps to stop those hidden nasties from clogging up your pores, and used on the reg will keep skin feeling refreshed and nourished.

We know what you’re thinking. After a long night out with a full face of makeup and a cocktail (or two), clean and clear skin is the last thing on your mind. But all of our Camomile products, and this rich cleansing butter in particular, effortlessly removes makeup in one quick step. Sorry, no excuses now!

Extract from The Body Shop 




  • A lover for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers
  • Camomile extract from Norfolk, England
  • Cleanses your skin for that fresh-faced feeling
  • Gets rid of all that stubborn makeup and grime


How to use it

  • Apply to dry face and massage into skin.
  • Rinse off with warm water or remove with a wet muslin cloth for a more thorough cleanse.



Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Synthetic Wax, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, Parfum, Aqua, Linalool, Limonene, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Citric Acid.



Price and Availability

You can buy in The Body Shop in two different sizes, travel size and full size. The travel size contains 20 mL and costs £5, while the full-size price is £11 for 90 mL.


My opinion about Camomile Cleansing Butter

The product comes in a metallic tin with a screw cap. It is very compact and easy to carry when you travel, though the screw cap is not the best option. On the lid, there is a sticker with the product's name and The Body Shop logo and some chamomile flowers printed out. The bottom part of the tin has a sticker showing the INCI and information about the product, such as PAO and other legal requirements (check out this post to know more about legal requirements in cosmetic labels).

Inside the tin, there is a white buttery semisolid product, with a soft citrusy smell to chamomile. The product melts easily when is in contact with the skin, producing a soft oil.

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The Body Shop, I seriously encourage you to include a spatula to pick up the product, it is not very hygienic to introduce your fingers to the product. It is a serious problem if you don't take enough product the first time with your clean hands, imagine introducing the fingers full of product and melted makeup. All these problems can be solved with a simple spatula.

I used first the normal size, which lasted for more than four months for me, using it once a day, five days a week. It lasts long as a small amount of product is enough to clean your face. I have now the travel size version, as I want to try other cleansers but want to keep this on my stash.

I normally take an almond size of product with my spatula and dispense it on my hands. I rubber it few seconds between my hands to melt it and get the oil and I massage my face with this oil. I use it all over my face, including the eyelids. Then I wash the mixture of oil and makeup with warm water and a reusable pad. This butter does not leave any kind of residue after rinsing.


The first thing I notice is that my face becoming clean. All my makeup has gone, including waterproof mascara. The face is not oily at all, and I have a pleasant feeling. Normally my skin is dry and after using this cleanser I feel my face hydrated.

As I mentioned, I use this product to remove my eye makeup and I don’t get any discomfort or blur vision in my eyes, despite I wear contact lenses and have quite sensitive eyes.

 The product contains some good ingredients in its formula such as olive oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil and chamomile essential oil.



I love this cleansing butter and I think I will always have a tin on my skincare bag. It has a pleasant smell, leaves my skin clean and does not leave any tightness or dry feeling. It is gentle with my eyes, full of good ingredients and cruelty-free. Another important point for me is that it does not come with any external or plastic packaging.

I highly recommend it for anyone with dry to normal skin.


✔ Pros

  • Cleans well
  • Hydrates skin
  • Does not leave blur vision
  • Lovely smell
  • Does not leave residue on the face
  • Lasts long
  • Environmental friendly


✖ Cons

  • Poor availability
  • Should include a spatula


❓ Will I buy it again?

Of course. In fact, the tin I have now is my third tin. I love the product.



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My Top 5 Online Beauty Stores

My Top 5 Online Beauty Stores

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.


 I like to buy skincare and makeup products in physical stores, where I can (or I could) hold the products on my hands, open and smell, swatch in the case of makeup, etc. You are never going to know if you like the product or not, but, at least, you get a first impression about what you are buying.

When the pandemic came to the world, it brought the lockdown in most of the countries. We are left with only one choice of buying anything online, especially cosmetics.

I started buying online, as did many people and at that point, buying in an online retail store. When buying online,  trust becomes very important. I found a few shops that I can trust and bought most of the products I want to keep in stock. Here is a list of my trusted shops.


Just My Look

In Just My Look, you can find makeup, skin and body care products, hair products, supplements and even candles and fragrances for home. You can buy high end brands’ products but most of the brands you can find in that shop are affordable to some extent.

They have free delivery within the UK, independent of how much you spend and they ship the product very fast, within 1 or 2 days.




You can buy makeup and skin, body and hair care products. They have a monthly subscription box which is a really good one. In November, they sell an Advent Calendar which is worth the money it costs, affordable and includes products of high end brands.

The type of brands you can find in Lookfantastic is a mixture of affordable and high end. You can buy products from Revolution Beauty as well as from Urban Decay.

They have very interesting discounts most of the week. Delivery charges start from £2.95 or £1.95 click & collect, but they have free delivery on orders above £25. Your haul is delivered fast and it is with you in about 72 hours.

You can get credit to spend in Lookfantastic when you review Glossybox products.



Beauty Bay

Beauty Bay is also a very interesting shop. Most of the brands you can find here are not so affordable, but they have their own brand, By Beauty Bay, which is good quality with an affordable price.

They have a huge variety and options for anything you want to buy, so this is the shop I go to when I want to buy something unusual.

Delivery charges are £2.95 but it is free on orders over £25, which is very easy to reach. All the deliveries are tracked.



Cult Beauty

That is the shop I use least because it is the most expensive. As per the name, they have products from cult brands, and you will not find affordable products in that shop. 

I like this shop because you can find brands which you cannot find in other shops in the UK, such as Hourglass, Drunk Elephant, IT Cosmetics or Milk makeup.

They have more than 100 mini size products of well-known and expensive brands, very useful when you don’t want to spend £50 in a blush……

Standard delivery is £3.95 but it is free over £20. I can assure that you will spend £20 on a single product, so mostly you will get free delivery.




This shop is the other side of Cult Beauty as most of the brands you get here are affordable. Again you can buy in Notino products hard to find in other retailers in the UK such as Ziaja.

Delivery charges are £3.99 and something I don’t like about that shop is that they take a long time in shipping your haul.



Brand’s Sites

When I want to make a haul of a single brand I try to do it on the brand’s website. They will have more variety of products and sometimes they also have interesting offers. Not all the brands have delivery to the UK (for example Catrice), but it is something I do for example when I buy from Revolution Beauty, Technic, Urban Decay, Too Faced, and others.


 These are my favourite online shops and all of my makeup and cosmetic products come from one of them. To finish with this post, I am going to share my tips to save money with you. I have a wishlist on each website and when they have any sort of offers or discounts that apply to products on my wishlist, I order them. Doing that, I am always saving money on beauty products.


Do you buy from any of these shops? Which one do you use more? Let me know in the comments, I like to discover new shops.


Daily Lip Care Routine for Healthy Lips

Daily Lip Care Routine for Healthy Lips

Sunday, 30 June 2021

Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.


Most of us spend a lot of money and effort on products and routines to care for our eyes, complexion, hair, and body. We have long, with a lot of steps, skin and body care routines, where we apply a huge quantity of products. However, sometimes we forget one of the most important and sensitive areas of the body, the lips.

The lips are covered by a thin layer of the stratum corneum (see this post about the skin structure), they do not produce sebum, and they almost do not produce melanin. They are, therefore, exposed almost naked, to environmental conditions and they can easily be damaged.

Do you know how to build a lip care routine? In this post I am going to share with you my full lips care routine, I will discuss the most common lips problems and I will also give you some tips to have young and healthy lips. Please feel free to comment below.


My Lips Care Routine

I try to make my lips care routine simple but effective, using as few steps and products as I can. I have been changing habits and products for years and finally, that is what works better for me. Keep in mind that I have dry lips.

I am sharing my complete routine. However, not every day I do every step, but I will let you know the frequency for each step.


The first step in my lips care routine is exfoliation. I do that to eliminate dead cells and help skin renewal. When my lips are very dry I do it every other day but in normal conditions, I exfoliate my lips twice a week, always in the evening routine.

I like to use a gentle scrub as BarryM Lip Scrub, which is affordable and has a varied range.


This step is a MUST for every day. When I exfoliate my lips I do after hydration and the days I do not do exfoliation I hydrate as the last step of my skincare routine. It is a step which I do in the mornings and evenings and when I need to during the day.

My favourite brands for hydrating balms are Carmex and Neutrogena Norwegian Formula, nothing expensive or special.

Lip Mask

Once or twice a week, depending on how dry my lips are, I apply a sleeping mask, which is like a thick balm and repairs your lips while you sleep. I love Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask but it is quite expensive and not widely available. A good affordable alternative is the one made by Technic, which, I should say, dupe of Laneige's one.

Once a week I apply a lips sheet mask. You can find different masks with different ingredients such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, and more. I choose the mask depending on what my lips need. The masks I like most are the Korean brands' masks as Oh K!, Holika Holika or Yes To.

Sun Protection

We need to protect the lips against UV radiation as we do with all our skin. When I am going to be outdoors I use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 20 and I apply it to all sun protectors, every two hours minimum. I love Apivita Lip Balm with SPF, which has cocoa butter in the formula and hydrates at the same time.

Lip Primer

If I am going to use makeup, I like to apply a lip primer underneath the lipstick. Lip products makeup can affect how your lips look. Depending on the product you use, your lips can become dry and they will be in contact with the pigments and other ingredients of the lip products. You can eliminate this step using the sun protector as a lip primer.


Most common lips problems

As I mentioned, lips are a very sensitive area that is exposed to environmental conditions, such as temperature changes, air, dry weather, and others. Different problems can appear on your lips at any time of your life. Some of them are caused by ageing. The most common problems are:

Dryness and Cracking

This is a very common problem which most people suffer at some point in their life. It can affect everybody, independent of gender, age and ethnicity.

One of the reasons which cause dryness is due to bad habits like some people have a habit of licking their lips. That will relieve the dry feeling for the moment but will increase dryness with time.

Other reasons for dry lips are related to the weather, dry air and low temperature can contribute to dry lips. But dryness can also be possible by the use of makeup.

In most severe conditions lips can even split and bleed, mainly when you get up in the morning.

To avoid dry lips, do not lick them and protect against weather conditions with a good lip balm.


Cold Sores

Cold sores are caused by a viral infection by the virus Herpes Simplex. If you have cold sores use an antiviral cream and keep the area clean. Do not share anything which has been in contact with the cold sores as they are transferred very easily.

Another problem is the Angular Cheilitis, which is an inflammatory lesion or crack in the sides of the mouth.

There are various reasons for the Angular Cheilitis. It can be caused by an infection by fungi such as Candida Albicans or bacteria such as Staphylococcus Aureus. Some irritants such as smoking can also be the cause of this problem. It can be also produced by allergy to some products such as makeup, toothpaste or even food. One last cause of this problem can be a lack of vitamins or iron in the body.

It is important to go to the doctor as soon as you detect this type of problem, as it is important to identify the cause for the right treatment.



They are the most common problem, which, unfortunately, everybody will suffer. Wrinkles are a consequence of ageing, but they can become deeper if you are a smoker or because of different facial expressions. There is nothing you can do to eliminate them without surgery, but a good serum can delay and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.



This is a loss of the lips' colour. Discolouration can be due to the intake of contraceptive or hormonal medication, pregnancy or excessive UV radiation. That is why it is important to use sun protection on the lips.

If the colour disappears only in the lips contour area may be due to ageing. This problem cannot be eliminated, as with the wrinkles, but you can hide the effect using lip liners and lipsticks.


Tips to keep young and healthy lips

In addition to the lips care routine, you can have some healthy habits which help you to keep young lips. That is what I try to do every day.

  • Do not touch or lick the lips. As I mentioned before, saliva can produce dryness.
  • Follow a healthy diet. A diet rich in vitamins will help you to keep healthy, including lips.
  • Drink plenty of water. We should drink about 2 litres per day.
  • Remove makeup. Never go to bed with makeup on.
  • Keep lips hydrated overnight.
  • Massage your lips. That will help blood circulation.
  • Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol or a lot of caffeine.
  • Never pull out the dry skin which appears on your lips.

That is all that I do to keep my lips looking nice, as my lips are so dry and, without the right routine, tend to dry, crack and bleed, which not only is not nice but also it is painful.

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Aldi Lacura New Affordable Korean Skincare Set

Aldi Lacura New Affordable Korean Skincare Set

Sunday, 23rd May 2021


Recently ALDI launched a new skincare collection of K-beauty products. It is an affordable Korean skincare set. The collection consists of different product types - face serum, moisturiser, eye cream, sleeping mask and three different lip balms, all based on different fruit and very similar to other brand products (Glow Recipe and Laneige). I had the opportunity to try most of them. The ALDI where I buy brought almost the full range, and I want to share my feelings about the products with you.

Lacura Avocado Eye Cream

This Lacura Avocado Overnight Eye Cream helps improve the appearance of dullness and dark circles while you sleep! Formulated with Coffee Seed Extract and Retinol, this sleeping mask will help the skin around the eyes look more lifted, firmer and brighter. With added Avocado Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), this overnight mask helps skin feel moisturised and smooth, for rested looking eyes. Simply apply a small amount to the under-eye area after cleansing in place of your normal nightly eye cream and gently tap the product into the skin to encourage absorption. For daytime use, layer with an SPF safe for the under-eye area if you wish




  • Overnight retinol sleep mask
  • Helps to improve dark circles and skin dullness
  • Skin appears brighter and firmer
  • Vitamin B3 infused
  • Contains avocado oil, coffee seed, shea butter, and retinol



The product comes in a box with small avocado prints out, really cute. Inside, there is a very simple but functional pale green jar, with a screw cap. There is nothing in the jar except a small Lacura logo in white letters.

The cream is white, almost odourless and with the right consistency for my eyes. I apply a rice grain amount with my medium finger all around the eyes, that means, under my eyes and on my eyelids. I know some people recommend not to apply on the eyelid, but I want that area hydrated too.

I have been using this cream for a week and a half only but I feel the under-eye area a bit more clear in the morning when I  get up.

The price is £4.49  for 15 ML



Lacura pineapple serum

You'll be left feeling like a fine apple after using this gorgeous Lacura Pineapple Face Serum. This clever formula delivers a combination of Pineapple Extract, Vitamin C and Turmeric Extract to help balance skin tone for skin that appears more radiant and refreshed use after use. Formulated with Acai Extract and Sodium Hyaluronate, this serum will help skin appear smoother, glossier and visibly brighter. Gently pat a few drops onto clean skin morning and night and follow up with your favourite moisturiser.




  • Vitamin C infused with pineapple extract
  • Helps to balance skin tone
  • Achieves a radiant complexion
  • Contains acai extract and sodium hyaluronate
  • Skin appears glossier and healthier



The product comes in a box with pineapples printed design. It is a 35ML yellow bottle, with Lacura letters printed in white and a dropper dispenser, very useful to dispense the right amount of serum.

This serum is yellowish with an amazing pineapple smell. Every time I use it, I feel like wanting to drink it as it smells like pineapple juice.

As a serum, it has a liquid texture. I apply three drops over cleansed face and neck with a soft patting. It is quite sticky and you are meant to apply another cream on top. After application of the moisturiser, it becomes alright.

I feel my face luminous and bright. However, I still cannot feel any balance on my skin tone, but I am not using it long enough. Remember that you should use a skincare product for at least three weeks before seeing the effects.

The price is £4.99 for 35ML.



Lacura Watermelon moisturiser

Fight off dull, dry skin and help reduce uneven skin tone with this gorgeous Lacura Watermelon Moisturiser. Enriched with Antioxidants vitamin B3 and vitamin E, with Watermelon Fruit Extract and White Peony Root Extract, your skin will have a healthy glow and feel super refreshed. Perfect for getting you ready for the day or refreshing your face after a long day.




  • Quick absorbing gel formula
  • Conditions and refreshes skin
  • Fight off dry, dull skin
  • Enriched with antioxidant
  • Includes watermelon fruit extract



This product also comes, as the previous ones, in a box with watermelon prints out this time. The moisturiser comes in a pink jar with a pink screw cap and Lacura printed on white letters.

The product is pink, with a deep watermelon scent, and a gel-type texture. If you apply over the pineapple serum, the watermelon scent is predominant over the pineapple one.

I apply the product with my fingers. One chickpea size amount is enough for my face and my neck. I applied this moisturiser after the pineapple serum and avocado eye cream are absorbed, making a gentle circular massage. The gel is absorbed quickly and it is not sticky. It leaves a refreshing and hydrating feeling on the face (can be because of the watermelon smell).

This product costs £4.99 for 50 ML.



Lacura Grapefruit Dewy Lip Balm

Coat your lips with a layer of moisture complete with a hint of colour with this Lacura Grapefruit Dewy Lip Balm. With a combination of shea butter, coffee seed oil and aloe barbadensis leaf extract, whether on top of bare lips or over the top of your favourite lipstick for a much-needed moisture boost, this dewy lip balm is a makeup bag essential.




  • Dewy finish
  • Grapefruit scent
  • Keeps lips feeling hydrated and conditioned



This collection includes three different lip balms, grapefruit, pear and berries dewy lip balm. I bought the grapefruit one as I love citrusy smells.

This product comes in a box with prints of slices of citrus fruit, I imagine the fruit is grapefruit. The balm comes in a squeezable tube with a screw cap. There is a nozzle to control the amount of product dispensed, which has a biased shape for easy application. The balm is orange transparent and has a lovely orange smell.

It produces a pleasant feeling on the lips. It does not feel too greasy, it is not sticky and leaves your lips soft and hydrated. It is a good option to carry on in your bag and apply whenever you need it.

The price of each lip balm is £1.99 for 10 g.




In principle, this combo works. I don't know how it should be after using them for a long time,  as I mentioned, I have been using them for less than two weeks.

The smell of all the products is lovely, so fruity and summery... The design of the jars is cute and gives an elegant touch to my bathroom.

Within the week and a half time I started using them,  I feel they deliver what is promised. It is worth giving a try and I recommend them if you have ALDI close by.

The extra advantage is that they are really affordable, in the worst of cases you will lose only £15.

Do you want to read a review of any of this product? Let me know in the comments.




Different Type of Lip Products And Tips to Improve Your Lip Shape

Different Type of Lip Products And Tips to Improve Your Lip Shape

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you. 

Pictures are from Beauty Bay website.


Red, pink, nude, glossy, matte, …… There is a huge range of different kind of lipsticks in the market and sometimes, when we are trying to choose one, we can feel overwhelmed. In this post, I am going to make an overview of the different type of lipsticks and I am going to give you few tips to help you to choose the better one for your lips’ shape.


People have been using lip makeup for a very long time. For example, people from Mesopotamia used a sort of paste made of clay to put over the lips. In Egypt both male and female used paints based on metals as lip makeup.  Other cultures as well used different pigments to give colour to their lips.

It was in the 20th century when the lip makeup industry appeared and developed a huge variety of lipsticks. Nowadays we can find lip makeup in different textures, with different finishes and effects and in an unimaginable variety of colours.

We can classify lip products following different criteria. We are going to see in this post lip products in different finishes, textures and with different effects.


Different Lip Product Type


Lip Pencil

They are also known as Lip Liner. They are mainly used to draw a line outside the lips to improve the lips’ shape. You can use them also to fill the lips and apply other lip products on top. That will make the top lip product last longer on your lips.


LAGirl Lipliner Pencil


That is the typical, most traditional lip product. I am sure we all have seen that on our grannies' dressing table. They exist in a huge variety of finishes, like matte, velvet, dewy, semi-matte and a long list.


Milani Colour Statement Moisture Lipstick

Liquid Lipstick

It is a liquid product that you should apply with a wand or lip brush. They normally have a matte finish after drying and are normally long-lasting. They tend to dry your lips.

You can read more in ‘I Heart Revolution Tasty Peach Liquid Lipstick review’ to know more about this type of lip product.


Sosu Lip Pigment Gloss

Lip Tint

They are normally liquid lipsticks with a water-based pigment and without any oil-based component in the formula. However, they can also be in lipstick form. They are literally ink for your lips, once dried there is no transference at all. The negative part is that lips become really dry.


Illamaqua Hydra Lip Tint

Lip Cream

You can normally find this type of product as part of a palette. They should be applied with a lip brush and it is very easy to control how much product you apply.


Yves Saint Laurent Lip Palette


They are very similar to the Crayola pencil we used when we were child, but to colour your lips and not paper. They used to be very big, look like a big lip liner, but you don’t need to sharpen.


TonyMoly Panda's Dream Glossy Lip Crayon

 Different finishes of lipsticks

Most of the lip products come in different finishes. Nowadays, the number of finishes is increasing constantly and brands are developing different fantasy finishes as metallic, iridescent, holographic, duo-chrome, and more. The main and most common type of finishes are:


That is one of the most popular and most comfortable finishes. Satin lip products are normally hydrating but they don’t last long on the lips and transfer a lot.


Makeup Revolution Rockstar Hydrating Shine Lipstick


Matte lipsticks tend to dry the lips. You can avoid or minimise that effect by deeply hydrating your lips before applying the lipstick. Matte lipsticks are normally long-lasting.

If you are interested in this type of lip product you can read the essence liquid lipstick review.


Wet'n'Wild Megalast Matte Lipstick


They give a glowy and dewy look to your lips but they don’t last on the lips and they are very sticky.


Too Faced Lip Injection Lip Gloss

Effects of lipsticks can give

There is some sort of controversy about if this category is lip makeup or lip care products. I think they are in a middle point between both as they take care of your lips but at the same time, they have some colour or gloss. Anyway, the effects lipsticks can produce on your lips are mainly:



They have a component in the formula which produces a sort of itchy or tingling effect in the lips. It is like when you apply menthol. That makes the lips become red and look with more volume.


Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer


Lip balms have nourishing ingredients and help to keep the lips hydrated and healthy. They can be completely colourless or have some pale colour.


NYX Lip Oil


Lips scrubs do not give colour to your lips, but they are a “must-have” if you want healthy-looking lips. Scrubs mainly eliminate dead skin as they exfoliate the dead cells on the lip. It is advised to use them at least two or three times a week.


Jefree Star Velour Lip Scrub

Tips for different lip shape

Nowadays there are a huge variety of lip products in different colours. From nudes to deep red, going through the romantic pink, the explosive neon shades, vampire violet or black, blue, and many more, only your imagination is the limit.

However, some colours help you to correct the shape and thickness of your lips. This is not a rule, so try and check what works for you.


Thin lips

Thin lips will look better with pale colours, dark colours make things look smaller. People with thin lips can also take advantage of electric shades. If that is your case, try to use neon lip products.

The ideal lipstick finish for people with thin lips is the gloss. Using a lip liner before applying the lipstick can help your lips to look thicker.


Thick Lips

Thick lips are just the opposite of the thin lips and people with thick lips will benefit from dark colours. People with thick lips are lucky, as most of the lip colours will suit them.

However, if you don’t want Kardashian's lips, you should avoid lip gloss and use instead matte or semi-matte lipsticks.


Uneven lips

Most of the lips are asymmetric, very few people have even lips. However, in some cases, the difference is quite noticeable. In that situation, it is very handy to use two similar colours, applying the darker shade on the thicker lip and the clear shade on the thinner one.


Among all the different lip products in the market, my favourites are lipstick or liquid lipstick and if possible, with a matte finish.

Which is your favourite lip product? Do you know anything not listed in the post, let me know in the comments.