Makeup as so many of you may know can be a form of art. We use it to experiment, express how we feel or put it on to make ourselves feel good. The right lipstick can change your outlook for a day, give you confidence or just make you feel like a god damn queen. Many of the reasons I collected the crap out it. I was mostly an eye shadow fiend in my teens. Lipsticks were usually always neutral or nudes except for Metallic Vamp, a gorgeous metallic purple I lined with black eyeliner, don't judge) that I scored for $.99 at a small shop at my local mall until the shop closed when I was 15. But eye shadows were my main jam. You name the color and I probably had it or something incredibly close.
I would sit around my room for hours trying new ways to style and apply the makeup. Always big and always loud. But somewhere along the way I stopped experimenting and just stuck to a core group of colors. For years this was the case. I had 2 LARGE cases packed with makeup plus a makeup drawer in my vanity that I couldn't and wouldn't ever let go of. But much like motto for clothing, if you don't wear it for a year (special occasion pieces aside) get rid of it. So I busted out the caboodles and cleaned house. I got rid of 95% o my insane makeup supply. Hard as it was, it felt amazing!
But now I am faced with empty makeup drawers and frigging Instagram constantly brings back my youthful urge to splurge on some amazing makeups. Now days my passion is lipstick. Thank god for dark colors being in because I personally love rocking the shit out of them. I still love my neutrals but give me a dark red with a brown undertone and I am a happy girl.
So for Christmas I asked Santa for some colors from a local brand called Portland Black Lipstick Company and boy did he deliver. He brought me 3 fabulous colors that I am personally in love with. And while the colors do vary from the swatches you see on the site I am still pleased with the selection I got.
Plus you have the option to order samples here for $2.00 each which might be a great idea if you are apprehensive about dropping $12.00 per lipstick and you are unsure if the color is for you.
First we have Irony. It's a gorgeous red with some slight warm/pink tones and a gorgeous mild gold shimmer. On a lip that was first covered with foundation for a clean pallet it almost has a red/mauve look. A great basic to have.
Second I got Artificial Amethyst. This gorgeous purple has a deep rich color almost as though it's mixed with a bit of black (Metallic Vamp rebirthed) and a very slight pearly shimmer. My only wish is for a matching lipliner since these colors come in chapstick type tubes which isn't always the easiest for getting a clean line.
My final lipstick from this company is Undead Red. By far my favorite of the tree I received. This dark badass red will be in my makeup bag always. Great pigment, dark and it goes on so smooth. Highly recommend if you want a dark red.
I also was recently introduced to a new company called Colour Pop by the lovely Natalie Drue Hage who you can follow on IG as Nataliemeansnice. Not only are their prices amazing ($5.00 per lipstick and lip liner), the color selection is stellar! From nudes, to deep purples and frosty greens, there will be a color in their selection for you. Plus shipping is free for ground (in the US I believe) or $4.99 for priority. I went a little crazy and bought 4 lipsticks with matching liners. Thats right, all the lipsticks have matching liners. In these photos I used both the lipstick and liners.
My first color I tried on when they arrived was Fetch. Again, god bless lip liners. I love them so very much. This color is so fun! Now that my hair isn't some variety of red or pink I feel like I can pull off quite a variety of colors now, this being one. It's bright, highly pigmented and glides on smooth.
Second was Frida. Possibly my favorite of this bunch. It is the perfect neutral for me. It reminds me of a color I had when I was in high school but of course was discontinued after I had fallen in love with it. So needless to say I will be buying 2-3 more tubes of this just to be on the safe side. A perfect merging of nude and a pink/peach will go perfectly with any outfit or look I wear.
Third was Feminist. This gorgeous dark purple is different to the color on the site in that is has more cool/blue tones. I was expecting more black purple and less blue purple. The coverage is gorgeous though. Highly pigmented as well and gives me the power to crush misandry around the world or to just feel fierce as shit when I'm at the grocery store.
Last but not least was Creature. I was actually expecting this color to be darker and even to have more brown tones in it. I felt it was hard to tell on the site what this color would actually come out looking like. I still love it but want to try another color to get that brown red I so desperately desire because clearly they do not look the same at all in my opinion. However the color it goes on is still gorgeous as fuck.
All in all I am happy with my experiences with these companies I am just trying for the first time. And like so many other things, buying makeup online is very much hit or miss unless you have been able to try the colors on in person. Thankfully with these companies PBLC lets you buy samples first if you want and Colour Pop is extremely affordable for a full size lipstick.