Around the February/March time I feel like I’m stuck in seasonal limbo. One day I’m cracking out the woolly jumpers and thick scarves because there’s snow and ice everywhere, whilst the next day I’m packing it all back up because there’s a lovely bit of sunshine breaking through.
So when the weather starts getting warmer, it’s time to relegate my purple and oxblood lipsticks to my drawer (even if my winter coats are still making an appearance), and bust out the more season appropriate colours. Time for the pink and nude hues!
Whilst Spring isn’t delegated specifically to the pinks and nudes, I think that the colours from their spectrum are perfectly suited to this time of year. And I’m not talking baby pinks, either. Shocking pink; rosy pink; Barbie pink; fuchsia pink; you name it, I’ve got it.
Here’s a few of my favourite pink hues:
Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in the shade Bend & Snap! (RRP £19.00, Debenhams) – This is a gorgeous deep raspberry pink that is so perfect for a Spring night out. The formula of these lipsticks is really long-lasting and comfortable, and I don’t find them too drying for a liquid lipstick, either. Despite being a deeper pink, I find this has a brightening effect on my face, and it really makes your lips stand out!
Revlon Colourstay Moisture Stain in the shade 001 India Intrigue (RRP £7.99, Boots) – These are a cross between a sheer lipstick and a lip stain, except they’re a little more pigmented than a stain. Again, this is a deep raspberry shade that almost borders on fuchsia, and looks great as a pop of colour to contrast a nude makeup look. The formula takes some getting used to, but I think of this more as a liquid lip balm, and really like to switch it up with this product.
Rimmel The Only One Matte Lipstick in the shade 120 Call the Shots (RRP £6.99, Boots) – I’ve written a review on these lipsticks here, and I raved about the formula and wear, so I don’t need to go into detail about how comfortable these are. This shade is a bright coral pink that looks great with my skin tone, and provides a much-needed pop of colour to an outfit.
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in the shade London Fog (RRP $6.00, colourpop.com) – Now, this almost borders a red liquid lipstick, but I’ve included it in the pink category as it seems to me a very deep raspberry shade when I wear it.This formula is great, and Colourpop are so affordable for such great quality. This lipstick is so pigmented and opaque, and feels so comfortable on the lips, I’d wholly recommend looking at their range of lipsticks.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade 02 Frambourjoise (RRP £8.99, Boots) – Again, this colour borders the red lipstick market, but passes as a raspberry red on me (again!). I love the formulas to these lipsticks, and they have great staying power. The beauty of this shade is that it looks great during the night, but also on a bright sunny morning too. I’m definitely more of a fan of these bolder pink shades than your typical baby pink!
Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in the shade Rosy Chic (RRP £9.00, Boots) – Soap and Glory do some of the best makeup on the High Street, and their lipstick range is no exception. This particular range is so extensive, you could spend a whole post going through them all, but this shade from the ones I own is my favourite. A typical rosy hue, I love the matt finish but creamy texture, and it smells good enough to eat. It feels a lot more luxurious than its £9.00 price point, and I especially like the finish of the packaging.
NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade San Paulo (RRP £5.50, Boots) – Again, another range that feels so much more expensive than its price point. I have a lot of this particular NYX range, and it remains my favourite. I love the formula, the finish, the colours, everything about it. This particular colour is a bright rosy pink that does a great job at brightening. As it has a matte finish it appeals to both day and night looks, and flatters most skin tones.
Topshop Lips in the shade Brighton Rock (RRP £8.00, Topshop) – This is the only Topshop lipstick I own, and I really like it. Every time I wear it, it reminds me that I really need to go and check out the rest of their offerings, as if they are as great as this, I definitely need to own a few more! This is a very bright, almost bordering luminous, blue toned pink shade that I adore because of how bold it is. I don’t reach for it as often as I sometimes lack the confidence to wear something this bold in the day, but if you’re looking for an instant injection of colour into a formal outfit then I definitely recommend this.
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in the shade 43 Rose Rive Gauche (RRP £27, Boots) – This was my first High End lipstick that I ever purchased. I wasn’t the biggest fan of sheer lipsticks at the time, and I probably brought it purely for the packaging, but over time I’ve come to love the formula and creaminess of the product, especially as a nice relief from matte lips. At the moment I love wearing more creamy formulas, and this completely wins all awards for formula. Colour-wise, it’s a gorgeous coral pink that fits perfectly with Spring, and the sheer formula makes any makeup look pretty.
Urban Decay Cream Vice Lipsticks in the shade Ravenswood (RRP £15.50, FeelUnique.com) – Urban Decay lipsticks are amazing; they’re up there with MAC in terms of High End quality for an affordable price. This particular shade is a gorgeous pink with brown undertones, and creates a ‘my lips but better’ look. The cream formula means it’s easy to wear, but is still long-lasting the way you would expect a matte lipstick to be.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in the shade The Queen (RRP £24.00, Charlottetilbury.com) – I have so many of these lipsticks, I simply love the formula so much! This particular shade was limited edition, and was released last year in celebration of HRH Elizabeth II. I saw it on a visit to the Charlotte Tilbury store when I was in Covent Garden on business last year, and completely fell in love with this shade. It’s a gorgeous fuchsia pink with blue undertones, and practically radiates when on the lips, it is so brightening! This lipstick is very eye-catching, so I have to be in a very confident mood to wear it!
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in the shade 5 Fuchsia in Excess (RRP £27, Boots) – Again, another one of my favourites! This is a fuchsia pink that, similar to the Charlotte Tilbury one, is very bold and confident! I love the flush of colour that this gives without being too intense; the creamy sheer formula helps keep this fresh and light. YSL do so many beautiful pink shades, they are worth taking a look at. They are more pricey, but are completely worth the extra money you pay.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in the shade Amazing Grace (RRP £24.00, Charlottetilbury.com) – This is one of those ‘my lips but better’ shades, where it genuinely looks like you’re not wearing anything. This is a very vintage shade, and despite being rosy does have an undertone of a brown/nude shade, if you understand what I mean. It creates a very traditional ‘pretty pink’ shade, that would look universally flattering on all skin tones.
MAC Lipstick in the shade Twig (RRP £15.50, maccosmetics.com) – This is my go-to shade at the moment! I love the ‘classic 90s’ vibe I get from this shade, and similar to Amazing Grace, is definitely a ‘my lips but better’ lipstick. I recommend this for an everyday shade that you can wear to work or when out completing chores, as it looks very natural and pretty, without being to in-your-face.
And that is my pick of Springtime pink and nude lipsticks. Obviously, everyone has a different preference when it comes to pink shades, but as I’m not much of a baby pink kinda gal, these are all perfect for that pretty yet bold look!
Let me know in the comments what lipsticks you’re going to be wearing for Spring; I’m always on the hunt for new favourites!