Lipstick Review: Alila, Woolworths, & Clinique

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Although my favourite makeup for lips are lipstains, I still enjoy using traditional lipsticks from time to time. These three are the ones I’m currently using.

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My favourite lipsticks standing proudly.

I should mention that I didn’t really purchase these lipsticks. I got the Alila lipstick a few months ago in a RubyBox, the Woolworths one I got with a giftcard for my birthday, and the Clinique one was given to me by my mother.

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Lipsticks with their caps on.
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Swatches on my arm taken in natural light.

 

Alila lipstick in Turtle

I would describe this as a cherry red. It is the kind of lipstick that is great to wear in winter or summer. It is very pigmented and has kind of a creamy texture.  I like to pair this with black eyeliner on my top lash line with big curled eyelashes. It has great staying power and once it has set it does not budge. I have quite pouty lips with lots of lines and this does accentuate the lines a bit but I’ve found that if I exfoliate my lips a while before I apply the lipstick, it’s no longer a problem.

R120 to R140, available at Alila.co.za, rubybox.co.za

Woolworths Hydro Lips in Diva

This is a bold kind of brick red colour. It is the most moisturising of the three lipsticks. I wear it the same way I wear the Alila lipstick with black eyeliner. The colour goes on more smoothly than Alila. It transfers easily so it will stain clothing and mugs. I like the way this lipstick looks with my skintone. Just like the Alila lipstick, you can wear it bold or us just a small amount to tone it down.

R99.99 from Woolworths

Clinique Surge Buttershine Lipstick in Peek-a-boo

The Clinique website describes this as a golden pink. This is such a pretty pink colour. It gives my lips a nice nude pink shine. It does look a bit too glittery sometimes. The texture is like butter so it is moisturising but it can give you a gunky feeling as if you have too much on your lips. This is why when I apply it instead of sliding it on my lips, I do a kind of dabbing motion with the lipstick so that I don’t use too much of the product. It is quite slippery too. Out of the three lipsticks, this is the one I would not purchase. The colour is the main reason I don’t throw it out. Funny how the most expensive lipstick is my least favourite. 😉

R230 to R235 from Clinique counters