This is my starting point.
I generally don’t buy lip products. I’d say 90% of what I have were gifts with purchase, from subscription boxes or from Ulta/Sephora sample bags. If I paid cash for it, it was at an extremely deep discount (thanks r/MUAontheCheap).
In an effort to get comfortable with my lips and wearing lipstick, I’ve decided to declutter my collection and keep only what I might actually wear. A bit about me: If you had asked me before, I would’ve said nudes are my thing and liquid lipsticks are where it’s at. ugh, I’ve learned that matte liquid lipsticks look horrible on my thin lips and that nudes are NOT my thing.
Just because they didn’t work for me doesn’t mean that they won’t work for you!
Swatches are after a 2 minute dry time. If a swatch looks streaky or very dry, that’s because it was!
I will be linking each item under its swatch.
Non- negotiable keepers.
- LimeCrime Unicorn Queen
- LimeCrime Cleopatra
- LimeCrime Dope
- LimeCrime Lit
- Tatcha Gold Spun Balm
- Yves Saint Laurent Sheer Shimmer
- Kiehl’s Lip Balm 1
- Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm
- Wet N Wild Perfect Pout Gel Lip Balm Kiss
- Farmacy Lip Bloom
- Skinfix Natural Minty Mint
Keepers! I had planned on only keeping 10 but I feel good about this dozen. If I absolutely had to remove 2 more, they would be the Nudestix in Pulse and Nars Orgasm.
- Make Up For Ever C211
- Dose of Colors Angelic
- Nars Orgasm
- Tarte Life – Shade no longer available
- Wet N Wild Tell
- Bareminerals Infamous
- Tarte Birthday Suit
- Make Up For Ever 105 Rosewood
- Bareminerals Popular – Shade no longer available
- Marc Jacobs Sugar Sugar
- Butter London Glazen Lip Glaze Pixie Dust
- Luscious Cosmetics Queen Bee
- Juice Beauty Malibu
- Nudestix Pulse
- Nudestix J Mama – Shade no longer available
- Limecrime Cindy
- LimeCrime Sasha
- Jouer Melon
- By Terry Velvet Rouge Lady Bare
- Dose Of Colors Bare With Me
- Pat McGrath Possessed
- Colourpop Mess Around – Shade no longer available
- Adesse Hot Cocoa
- Girlactik Beauty Posh
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Vintage
- Laqa Sunshower
- Clinique Black Honey
- Stila Elyssa
- Tarte Quench Lip Rescue Nude
- Clinique Nude Pop
- Colourpop Deja Vu – Shade no longer available
- Colourpop Friday
- Colourpop Saturday – Shade no longer available
- Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Weeping Willow
- Wet N Wild Rule
- Wet N Wild Play – Shade no longer available
- Aloette Blooming Berry
- Beauty Creations Kiss Me – I don’t understand “matte lip gloss”
- Colourpop Thursday – Shade no longer available
- LimeCrime Utopia
- Stila Bella
I know it’s weird to swatch the YSL Sheer Shimmer and Tatcha Gold Spun Balm but they do have very different finishes that you can see here. LimeCrime Unicorn Queen, Lit, and Dope all stain even though they seem to go on glittery sheer.