A few weeks ago for my birthday I was lucky enough to be gifted with a Elizabeth Arden vanity case which was full of makeup, including two eyeshadow palettes, mascara, lip liners, eye liners, lip gloss, brushes and these 4 beautiful lipsticks. I never used to be a lip person but over the past year or so I have been pretty obsessed. I go for nude shades on a daily basis, but any other occasion and I love having a bright lip.
I had no clue as to the colours I was going to get so when I opened these lipsticks I couldn’t have been happier. I love all the shades as they’re so wearable. Often I find that you when you get a set of lipsticks they tend to be quite random colours that probably wouldn’t suit anyone. This collection features 2 nude shades, a purple toned lipstick and a beautiful red.
I’m yet to try the red or the purple but I have been so obsessed with the nude shades. I used one before photographing them (blogger fail) but since photographing them I’ve been wearing them on a daily basis, over the nude lip liner which was also part of the set. The formula of these lipsticks is incredible, they’re so creamy and much more pigmented that I thought they would be. They go on really smooth and I can’t really say they’re overly matte but they do have really good staying power. I often find creamier lipsticks harder to work with as they don’t really stay put on the lips but these are quite good at leaving a stain – especially if you use lip liner. I can’t really comment on how well they last without liner – as lately I’ve been obsessed with lining my lips. If you are after extra staying power then I recommend using lip coat. I first used this on my wedding day and I have been obsessed since.
I would have to say shade “17 desert rose” is my favourite of the nudes. It’s a typical my lips but better colour and to be honest it’s not often I find a lipstick like that, I really struggle to find a good nude shade for my lips. I teamed this up with a smokey eye not long ago and it worked perfectly.
I’m actually really looking forward to trying out some more lipsticks from Elizabeth Arden, they’re a great find. I’ve also been using the mascara from the set too and I love it. I alternate between that and my Charlotte Tilbury one and I really do love both. The mascara comes with a small brush – which to be honest I prefer as it gets into all your lashes, I just don’t get on with bigger brushes – and has a great formula. It doesn’t smudge or make your lashes stick together, it gives volume and length and more of a natural look with one coat but you can build it up. I’m yet to give the eyeshadow palettes a go – mainly because I’ve hauled so much makeup since my birthday and Christmas that I just need time to give everything a go. It’s a hard life isn’t it.
Have you tried any Elizabeth Arden makeup? I’ve been converted for sure!