What is your favorite lipstick

My red - my favorite lipsticks

"But Heli, they all look the same." - Yeah, and that's the great thing about it. The differences between my favorite lipsticks are actually not very big and you can clearly see which textures and which colors I prefer. It's the semi-transparent, slightly shiny lipsticks that I like best.

As similar as the textures are, the pods are just as different. Some are beautiful, some are ugly. Sorry, there is no more charming way of expressing it.

What's your red - my favorite lipsticks

Especially the packaging of the biolevre lipstick on the far right is pretty tasteless. On the one hand, you have this pink-beige plastic, combined with the matt gold, and then on top of it a nondescript, transparent cap. It all looks so randomly combined. In contrast, the cool aluminum sleeve from ILIA with this elegant font and the satined surface looks even more valuable than it already is.

But it should be about the content. My favorite lipsticks have a soft consistency and are sheer, so only slightly opaque. Basically, they are a cross between nourishing balm and decorative paint. They provide moisture and give the lips a delicate, flattering tint at the same time. Because they don't have strong opacity, they wear off without leaving unsightly edges.

These are my favorites.

Clinique Almost Lipstick "Black Honey"

"Black Honey" has been an absolute Clinique classic for more than 20 years and is only occasionally available in limited editions in Germany. I bought it as part of this set. In the case it looks deep brown, almost black. When applied to the lips, “Black Honey” becomes a neutral red with an undertone of caramel. Depending on your own lip color, it looks a little different.

The consistency is smooth and smooth. The Almost Lipstick glides easily over the lips and leaves, in addition to the delicate color, a wonderfully well-groomed feeling. Tolerance is excellent and because Clinique does not use perfume, fragrance allergy sufferers can have no worries either. You can't smell the lipstick even when you wear it. Sometimes with perfumed lip products a cloud of vanilla, raspberry or whatever hangs in your nose. That is not the case here. I am glad I bought the Clinique "Black Honey" when I had the opportunity. I can well imagine buying a backup for the next limited edition.

UNE Sheer Lips Balm S08

I have already said it elsewhere: If I could only own one lipstick, it would be the UNE Sheer Lips Balm in S08 (Review). It's my absolute favorite lipstick, although it's not called lipstick at all, but "sheer lips balm". The name fits. It feels creamy and has excellent care properties.

In addition, the beautiful strawberry red is not too gaudy. It can be combined with many eye make-ups. Even with a dark smokey eye, it doesn't work overdone. For me, the UNE Sheer Lips Balm is one of the most versatile lipsticks and my personal number 1 in my make-up collection. Unfortunately, the French natural cosmetics brand UNE is only available from Budni in the north of Germany. You can order the products from naturisimo, lovelula or boots-international. The lipstick is certified with the ECOCERT seal and costs between 10 and 17 euros, depending on the provider.

ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner "Arabian Knights"

Of all the lipsticks shown here, the ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner (Review) is the smoothest. It glides easily over the lips and has a buttery texture. As with the other three, it is also extremely comfortable to wear. It cares for the lips and at the same time gives them a rich, bright color. “Arabian Knights” is a cool red with a berry hue, one of which is lighter stain left over when the lipstick wears off. Incidentally, it is the second best-selling lipstick from ILIA. In first place is “In My Room”, which is a light, natural pink-nude.

ILIA is a brand that uses some organic ingredients. However, the lipsticks as a whole are not certified as natural cosmetics because they contain a little synthetic dye. ILIA is available, for example, in the Amazingy online shop, at Greenglam or at UMS Makeupstore. One more thing: At ILIA, I find it extremely unfortunate that the products are becoming more and more expensive. I showed you this lipstick 10 months ago and it cost 26 euros. It is now 28 euros, in 2012 it was 23 euros. The tinted lip conditioners from ILIA are therefore luxury products for me. I don't just treat myself to it like that.

Biolevres Baume Nutriprocteur Couleur “201- Prune Gourmande” SPF 10

Outwardly, the Biolevres lipstick is not a beauty, but the content is very pretty. Of all four lipsticks shown here, it has the strongest coverage and it is the only one that contains shimmer particles. But you don't notice it when you wear it. However, they ensure that “Prune Gourmande” by Biolevres is more of a lipstick for the evening for me. The strong raspberry red has a strong radiance and should be combined with restrained eye make-up.

“Prune Gourmande” lasts longer than the other three lipsticks because it is less transparent. The care effect is just as excellent. The Biolevres Tree Nutriprotecteur cares for and moisturizes. The lips don't get dry and feel protected.

Biolevres is a brand of the French company Bioes Laboratoires. The products are available in pharmacies or online, for example. at beautyshop.fr. At 9 euros, it is the cheapest of the lipsticks shown here. It contains 85% ingredients of natural origin, but is not certified as natural cosmetics.

All your favorite lipsticks at a glance

Here everyone is swapped one more time next to each other. I like to wear all of these lipsticks because they ideally combine care and color. At the moment I'm taking the Clinique “Black Honey” with me in my handbag. You can apply it wonderfully in between and then tighten it. I also find it super practical that it fits into the pen holder of my pocket thanks to its slim sleeve. So I can find it quickly without rummaging. If you know what women are lugging around in their handbags, every product that you can find without rummaging around is always a plus.

"But Heli, they all look the same." - Yeees, and that’s exactly what’s so great about them. There are definitely not many differences between my favorite lipsticks and you can clearly tell what kind of textures and colors I prefer. My favorite lipsticks are semi-transparent with a subtle shine.

The textures may be similar, but the tubes are not. Some are beautiful, others are butt ugly. Sorry, but there is no charming way to put this.

What's your red? - my favorite lipsticks

I find the packaging of the Biolevres lipstick (far right) particularly tacky. You have this pinky-beige plastic, combined with blunt gold and on top there is this nondescript transparent cap. It all seems arbitrarily put together. In contrast to the Biolevres tube, the cool aluminum tube from ILIA with its elegant writing and the satin surface looks all the more high-class than it already is.

But this should be about contents. My favorite lipsticks have a soft consistency and are sheer, they only cover the lips slightly. Essentially, they are a cross between a lip-conditioning balm and decorative color. They moisturize and at the same time give the lips a soft, flattering tint. Since they are not fully opaque, they wear off nicely without leaving unattractive lines on the lip contour.

These ones are my favorites.

Clinique Almost Lipstick "Black Honey"

"Black Honey" has been an absolute classic from Clinique for more than 20 years. It is only available as part of limited editions in Germany. I bought it in this set. In the tube, it looks dark brown, almost black. Applied on the lips, "Black Honey" turns into a neutral red with caramel undertones. It may looks different depending on the color of the lips, though.

The consistency is gel-like and soft. The Almost Lipstick glides onto your lips easily and does not only leave a nice tint, but also a wonderfully moisturized feeling. I tolerated the lipstick very well. Clinique does not use any perfume, so people with allergies against fragrance do not have to worry. You cannot smell the lipstick when you are wearing it. Sometimes, when lip products contain perfume, you get a whiff of vanilla, raspberry or whatever they used up your nose. That's not the case here.

I'm glad I bought the lipstick when I had the chance. I can definitely see myself buying a backup if Clinique issues another limited edition containing "Black Honey".

UNE Sheer Lips Balm S08

I've already said it elsewhere: If I was allowed only one lipstick, it would be UNE Sheer Lips Balm in S08 (review). It is my absolute favorite lipstick, even though it is actually not called "lipstick", but "sheer lips balm". That's the perfect name. The lipstick feels balmy and has excellent skin-conditioning properties.

Add to that this lovely strawberry red, which is not too flashy. It can be worn with a lot of eye makeups. It does not look overdone even with a smokey eye. For me, the UNE Sheer Lips Balm is one of the most versatile lipsticks and my personal no 1 in my makeup collection. The French organic brand UNE is only available at boots international, naturisimo or lovelula. Depending on the retailer, it costs between 10 and 17 euros (7.30 - 12.30 GBP). It is certified organic by ECOCERT.

ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner "Arabian Knights"

Of all the lipsticks I am showing you here, ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner (review) is the smoothest. It glides onto the lips tenderly and has a buttery texture. It wears very well, just like the other three. It conditions the lips and at the same time gives them a rich, bright color. "Arabian Knights" is a cool red with berry undertones, it leaves a bit of a stain when the lipstick wears off. By the way, "Arabian Knights" is the second most sold ILIA lipstick. On first place is "In My Room", a light, natural pink-nude.

ILIA is a brand that uses a few organic ingredients. The lipsticks as such are not certified organic, because they contain a synthetic color. You can buy ILIA, for example, at amazingy, naturisimo or Beauty Mart Harvey Nichols. One more thing: I find it a pity that ILIA products keep getting more expensive. 10 moths ago, when I first wrote about "Arabian Knights" it was 26 euros. Now, it is 28 euros, it used to be 23 in 2012. That’s why the ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioners are luxurious products to me. I wouldn't go out and randomly buy a lot more of them.

Biolevres Baume Nutriprocteur Couleur “201- Prune Gourmande” SPF 10

From the outside, the Biolevres lipstick isn't really a beauty, but the content is very pretty. Of all the lipsticks I am showing you here, this one has the strongest coverage and it is the only one that contains shimmer particles. You don't notice them when you wear it, though. They do however account for the fact that "Prune Gourmande" is more of a lipstick I’d wear in the evening. The bright raspberry red is very radiant and should be paired with low-key eye makeups.

"Prune Gourmande" lasts longer than the other three lipsticks, because it is less transparent. The conditioning effect is the same, though. The Biolevres Baume Nutriprotecteur is moisturizing, the lips don’t get dry and feel protected.

Biolevres belongs to the French company Bioes Laboratoires. You can buy the products at pharmacies and also online, e.g., at beautyshop.fr. At 9 euros, it is the cheapest of all the lipsticks shown. It contains 85 percent of ingredients from natural origin, but it's not certified organic.

All my favorite lipsticks at a glance

Here they are all, swatched next to one another. I like wearing them, because they are an ideal combination of conditioning properties and color. At the moment, I take Clinique "Black Honey" with me in my handbag. You can easily apply and also re-apply it on the go. I find especially convenient that it fits into the pen holder of my bag. That helps me find it quickly without rummaging around. If you consider the amounts of stuff women carry around in their handbags, any product you can find without digging is a plus.



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