Sunday, 22 December 2013

The Rise and RISE of Bold Lips... and my Top 5

Isn’t it crazy how bold lips are everywhere these days? Look back through your beauty archives, I bet there weren’t many bold lippies kicking around in your makeup bag five years ago? When I think back to my college/uni days it was all about the gloss (Juicy tubes anyone?) and later, the nude lip. I’d never have dared rock a red and noir hues were restricted solely to Halloween. But now bold lips are a daily norm... especially among the young uns' (Kylie Jenner, Miley Cyrus et al).
Myself, I’m a little more conservative. I’m embracing the trend but can’t see me pushing a trolley round Tesco wearing RiRi Woo anytime soon... but you never know! I’m still a nude girl at heart, but there’s no underestimating the power of a bold lip! A slick of berry or some bright-ass fushia can give an instant injection of sass and attitude.
My current top picks are....

MAC Impassioned - Described as an Amped-up fuchsia, Impassioned is special. It’s loud, but without being too in your face. If reds and berry aren't your think, try fushia. Pics and review here.
MAC RiRi Woo - MAC's iconic Ruby Woo with a little RiRi twist. Reds have a tendency to wash me out but not this one. Sexy, cool and very matte. Pics and full review here.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Stain Crush Beguin - a gorgeous deep berry. If bold lipsticks scare you, start with something sheer like this. The colour is buildable and the formula keeps lips soft and sexy. 

Wet n Wild Dark Wine - a darkened reddy plummy colour that doesn't wash me out - yeh! 
MAC Rebel is a gorgeous berry shade. It looks very purple in the bullet, almost mulberry but once applied is more of a pinky/plumy/purple kinda shade. A perfect autumn/winter update if you fancy channeling your dark side. Review here.

Do you love the bold lip trend? What are you favourite shades?


  1. Yes, I love this trend! Maybe because my lips are quite pigmented and darker shades look better on me than nude shades. With the trend going on, I feel less scared to try it too.

  2. I'm a bold girl at heart. Not literally just on my lips. haha :) I love the confidence that it gives me. Revlon Just Bitten Kisseable Balm Stain in Lovesick is one of my favourites. Rocking a bold lip has never been easier. Love the look of Mac Impassioned. I've had my eyes on it for ages now so I think it's about time I have a swatch and nosy next time I'm near a Mac counter :) And while I'm at it, I might as well swatch Ruby Woo,.

    1. Hi Diane, I know what you mean about the confidence, definitely gives some sass :) Go for it, you've love impassioned. It's really a special shade x

  3. I'm all about the "bold" lip, nude lips look terrible on me, so always I need a bit of colour. Rebel is probably my all time favourote! Gorgeous pictures as always Claire! :)

    1. Thanks Claire. Rebel's gorge isn't it. It's one of those rare shades that suits nearly everyone too. x

  4. I'm loving all the reds and pinks at the moment, they give me such a confidence boost :) with a red lipstick on I feel fierce <3

  5. Loveee matte lipsticks but I think I wd pick Ririwoo instead of rubywoo...rubywoo tends to dry out my lips more but I love d way it looks,def! Lovely post!


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