This has been a very trying week for me, lipstick-wise. I’ve drooled over pictures of pink lipsticks since January and have been dying to try a shade. Since my meager budget doesn’t cover designer lipsticks, I schlepped to my local CVS to try the drugstore brands (NOT Loreal). Plus, in my experience, high-end lipsticks don’t work any better than the humble offerings available at most drugstores.
That being said, I remember a while ago buying a wonderful shade of pink lipstick from Cover Girl. Of course I couldn’t remember the shade or even what the product was called-only that it was CoverGirl. I used it until the lipstick case scraped off most of my lip skin and reluctantly threw it away, along with most of the DNA from my mutilated mouth.
This was a good while ago, at least several years, and when I perused the current selection of CoverGirl lipstick, I didn’t see it. Naturally.
So I decided to purchase four shades of pink lipstick from the Continuous Color line: Mauvelicious, Fabulous Fuchsia, Pick Me Up Pink, and Midnight Mauve.
I’m sorry to report that they were all hideous. At least on my complexion, they were all varying shades of Pepto-Bismol. I had horrible flashbacks of 1986 frosted pink awfulness. I returned all of them and decided that apparently CoverGirl’s idea of pink is not my thing. I then picked out, again within the CoverGirl Continuous Color line, a shade called Vintage Wine. Looked very nice, colorful yet subtle. But once it was on my face-hideous. But a slightly different type of hideousness. Even though it wasn’t red, it brought back memories of my one fateful attempt at red lipstick. Very Elvira-esque.
I have therefore given up on CoverGirl completely. And at this point, having returned five lipsticks, I was almost too embarrassed to even go back in CVS.
Luckily, I remembered that one of my favorite lipsticks, though not bright or trendy, was bought at an even more unassuming location than a drugstore.
That’s right – a grocery store. Giant Eagle, to be exact. It was an almost serendipitous moment. I was getting groceries (duh), and just happened to pass their makeup aisle. I discovered N.Y.C. Ultra Last in Brandy Sparkle for $1.99, and picked it out in approximately 20 seconds.
So yesterday I went back, got another Brandy Sparkle as mine is now worn to a nub, and also grabbed English Rose and Berry Rich. We’ll see how the SUPER cheap brand of pink compares to the drugstore brand.
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