Check all that apply:
- You have at least five different lipsticks in your bag right now.
- You spend hours browsing beauty blogs and websites looking for news about upcoming collections and releases.
- Kylie Jenner is probably your favorite Kardashian-Jenner because of the Kylie Lip Kit.
- You own no less than 20 lipsticks.
- You have a lipstick fund.
If you checked all of the above, you’re probably a lipstick addict.
But things are not always rosy or mauve or red or purple for lipstick lovers. Sometimes we get into sticky situations (no pun intended). Here are just 8 of the struggles.
8. Smudge and budge-proof? Not!
When your lipstick fades from the inside of your lips outward and at the end of the day and you’re left with this disgusting ring around your mouth. Yes, NARS lipstick, I’m looking at you.
7. Waiting games
When you waited a month (or two) for the peach lipstick from that new collection and you realize (after you’ve bought it) that it makes you look dead.
Lesson: Know your skin’s undertones and find out what lipsticks will suit you.
6. The Law of Temptalia
Temptalia gives this lipstick an A+ rating and you’re excited until you purchase it. Then you realize that it suits her skin tone, not yours.
Lesson: Look at her lip swatches carefully and don’t get too carried away by her rating. It means she loves it on her. What looks good on one person will not necessarily suit you. Her reviews are merely guides to help her readers. You should test it first.
5. The real price of beauty
The matte lipstick you’ve bought for P100 is matte and fabulous. People are asking you if it’s the Kylie Lip Kit Posie K. The thing is, after all these compliments, you wake up with blisters on your lips.
Lesson: You get what you pay for.
You go to a makeup store and you can’t help yourself. You swatch the lipsticks and the whole afternoon, you’re going around the mall with swatches on your arm. To the smart aleck who will say “why don’t you remove it,” it’s not as easy as that. Some, like MAC Cosmetics’ Retro Matte formula, leave a stain that only a good scrubbing can get rid of.
Besides, it secretly feels good to see all of those colors!
3. Dreams unfulfilled
This is a true story. You line up outside a shopping mall and take a number to get the chance to buy a lipstick or two from a limited edition collection. You’re #5. When it’s your turn, there’s nothing left.
2. Sowing seeds of friendship
You’re friends with a brand’s in-store makeup artists so they can reserve limited edition items for you. You give them gifts so you’re okay with them until their bosses put an end to it. Yes, this is another true story.
1. The reality of dry lips
When that liquid lipstick, which looked so good on those Instagram influencers, is so drying on you that it appears like you have colored dandruff on your lips.
Lesson: Liquid lipsticks are not for everyone. If your lips are very dry, it’s best to moisturize and exfoliate before applying. Or better yet, look for a formula that’s forgiving, like Kat Von D Beauty’s.
What struggles do you go through, ladies? Sound off in the comments section!