OK, so if the back-to-back days of 95+ degree temps is of any indication (and it totally is), summer has officially arrived in desert valley. While Phoenix may be a bit ahead of the curve where temps are concerned, the rest of y'all are bound to be hit with warm (hot?) days soon. And what better way to celebrate the warmth around us than with hot-pink lipsticks? OK, maybe with cocktails, but we live in the 21st century and you can have both.
All the lipsticks below are under $20; that way, you have more money to spend on things like cute bathing suits, sunglasses and... cocktail ingredients.
The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Red Hot Raspberry, $12.50
The Body Shop's Colour Crush Lipstick in Red Hot Raspberry (201) is a really juicy pink that has major color payoff. I love how moisturizing it is, and how easily it glides on.
Even after several hours, your lips will still look plump and hydrated, and the color remains just as intense. This one earns me compliments every time I wear it, and it's definitely a bold choice.
NYX Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink, $6
NYX's Shocking Pink is certainly shocking (in a good way), and I love the matte finish. It leans more blue/purple than red compared to many pinks you'll find out there, which means it's probably one you need to add to your collection.
It's a lipstick I've had in my arsenal for a while, and one that I reach for whenever I'm feeling particularly daring.
Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Acid Pink, $19
I actually received this Cailyn Acid Pink balm in my Birchbox forever ago and was immediately excited about it. Dare I say it's even more shocking than NYX's shocking pink, and perhaps the most worthy of the adjective "electric" than any other product I'm listing today. It's slightly brighter than the NYX, and ever-so-slightly less matte.
At first I hated the packaging, which features a long, tubular top that contains a petite lip brush. However, as someone who's tried and failed at the whole "pack a lip brush in your purse" thing, I love the two-for-one deal. The color payoff is extreme, the brush makes it really easy to apply, and the intensity you see here lasts for hours.
Tony Moly Tony Tint Delight Lip Tint in Cherry Pink, $2.18
This TonyMoly Cherry Pink lip tint is the least "electric" pink of them all, but it's still a shocking and bold enough color to warrant a few chills.
I love TonyMoly for several reasons, but mostly because the prices are so good, and the payoff is, in my experience, A+. It's very liquid-y, so it takes a deft hand to apply it. Because it's thin, though, you can build intensity. Sometimes I'll apply and then blot immediately for a more natural finish. This is two coats, though, and completely dry. And since it's a stain/tint, the color will last you most of the day.
Milani Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Orchid, $5.99
I was at xoVain headquarters last week rummaging through the goods, when I came across this beauty. Unfamiliar with the Milani brand, I wasn't sure what to expect from their Matte Orchid lipstick. However, I applied the lipstick practically right away, pranced around NYC wearing, it and was happy to accept the ensuing compliments that came pouring my way.
The most surprising factors for me were the color payoff, the ease of application, and that it lived up to its promise to moisturize.
And finally, some swatches for you...
- What's your favorite hot-pink lipstick?
- Have you tried any of the above?
- What's the most you're willing to spend on a lipstick?