• 7th Mar 2013


For a lipstick to wow me it needs to do more than just have a bright and shocking colour. Personally, it needs to tick all the lipstick boxes. So what are these boxes exactly? Colour, texture, packaging and longevity. Price isn’t a huge factor for me (unless it’s really ridiculously expensive) because if it really is a ‘wow lipstick’ then it’s worth adding to the list and saving up for.

These lipsticks certainly ticked all the boxes, so let me introduce you to my collection of wow lipsticks… 

Dior Addict in 353 Blush is my favourite my lips but better lipstick. The formula is bang on and exactly what I look for in a lipstick; moisturising and comfortable on the lips. The packaging? Well how can you not love Dior lipstick packaging. This one may not last as long on the lips as the others but the perfect rose colour is really easy to re-apply without a mirror so I keep it in my handbag and top up when it’s needed. 

MAC Syrup is hands down my all time favourite MAC lipstick. It’s a cool toned pink with a slight hint of purple and it just works. The formula is a Lustre, which is one of my favourites and this lipstick will 100% be added to the repurchase list! 

Maybelline Colour Sensation in Neon Red is one I recently mentioned in my favourites video. The colour is the perfect bright red without looking heavy or too over the top. The texture is amazing because it feels really moisturising and applies like a smooth lip balm but lasts on the lips like a lipstick. I really like the packaging too, it’s bright and fun but also simple and easy to use. 

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Mightiest Maraschino. I’ve mentioned this beauty before in this post and it really impressed me. Unlike the original Chubby Sticks, the formula is incredibly pigmented and leaves an opaque colour on the lips that lasts well throughout the day. The colour is an intense, classic red and it’s really easy to apply using the oversized crayon-like tip. 

I recently did a post comparing Illamasqua Magnetism to MAC Rebel which you can see here if you missed it. This lipstick has been a favourite since I first tried it. The formula is creamy and easy to wear, the packaging is simple and the colour is the perfect deep raspberry. I find this lipstick lasts really well on me and doesn’t smudge. 

Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Icon is a wow lipstick that needs little explanation as to why. It has a very similar formula to the Rimmel Apocalips (possible dupe?), applies like a liquid lipstick but very quickly sets like a stain. The colour is a deep, intense red, the packaging is a gorgeous little bullet and lasting power? Well let’s just say I struggled to get this off using makeup remover even after ten hours!

So there you have it… the lipsticks that wowed me. This wasn’t supposed to be a top six lipsticks post but now reading this back I’d say these are my favourite six out of my collection. 

So which one is your favourite from the above? 

Dior Addict lipstick in 353 Blush | Maybelline Colour Sensation Vivid in Neon Red | Illamasqua Magnetism*
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Mightiest Maraschino* | Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Icon* | MAC Syrup

Discuss this post

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09520236760813736143 ValĂ©rie

    I love all these colours on you! Looks wonderful :) I’d really love to try the Chubby stick intense!

    Great post!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03784037547138788112 So7

    Great post Lily!! love reading your daily blog posts!! so interesting and fun!! Xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01684425731372729281 AlittlebitUnique

    I absolutely adore a red lip, that Maybelline one is lovely and so is the last one too! You look gorgeous Lily

    A little bit Unique


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11417380573938853165 Whats on your tulips

    Your suite a red lip so much! x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09024663232957068188 Elspeth Daisy

    I loved this post – thanks lily! but it would be helpful if you put some links in to where you can get these :-)

    Elspeth xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03726794415718849204 Camille

    Every single one of these colors look amazing on you !

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01150746797858170462 Louise Lam

    I love all the colours! My favourite would be the Mac Lustre :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14276009309045365988 Catherine

    I love the maybelline colour, very cute!xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13231851785936619112 Megan Vining

    I just posted about Mightiest Maraschino in my most recent post. It is probably my most favorite lipstick of the moment. The hydration of this lip color is just so perfect, and the color is amazing!

    Army Wife. Style. Life.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00861525012963499457 Hannah Cagney Lace

    I think it’s a close call between the Hourglass Rouge Opaque and the Clinique Chubby Stick, both look beautiful on you.

    Hannah cagneyandlace.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16931628941166343794 Emily

    The bottom three are stunning, especially that illamasqua one:) x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10884725250583714164 Lottie Kerr

    That Hourglass lipstick/gloss is winning me over, the colour looks divine!

    Lottie x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16630423386057745576 Genevieve Daphne

    I love the Illamasqua Magnetism on you, it really makes your eyes stand out.

    Genevieve x

    Illamasqua Magnetism

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03343694128458289544 Lauren Baker

    Love the red ones the most. Especially the Hourglass one, the matte finish looks so gorgeous. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16539981187921601209 Dannielle Smith

    You rock red lipstick like no other! I really want to try the hourglass one after seeing your other review about it as I don’t really like the apocolips because of the fact they stay so sticky for so long.

    Dannielle x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16221851407695359686 Pavan Virk

    These colours look great and bright xx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12465161979332767293 Lauren Williams

    That hourglass rouge opaque is an absolutely gorgeous colour!!!x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04261084300901318398 Abbie Luck

    The last colour is amazing!!
    luckfashion.blogspot.com xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11776766899621824817 Gillian

    These lipsticks are lovely. The Hourglass and Maybeline are my favourites on you.

    Gillian from glamupeveryday.com x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16645033560511746099 Michelle

    Gorgeous shades, they suit you perfectly! Are you using a lip pencil generally? I’m not sure if I should give them a try, because my lipsticks fade away so fast… but if I got a pencil for every shade, I’d have hundreds!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12476070024683625949 Lyndsey Camille

    Beautiful lip colors, I really like them all!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01485424122777664697 Katie

    That last one is so stunning!

    Katie x
    And Katie • Beauty & Lifestyle

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16826858497784627707 Stephanie

    These really do WOW! They all look amazing on you!

    February Empties, February Favourites, My Five Favourite Blue & Red Nail Polishes and more http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/ xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10323690425945244239 Tanya

    Wow such great choices, especially the Hourglass Rouge Opaque. Looks incredibly lovely on you! x

    Tanya from Cats and Clothing

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08774307643255227490 Holly Allison

    I really like the Maybelline one, you really suit a red lip.
    Holly xo


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10090537924393617277 Maddy

    All these colours look lovely, I am going to look into the maybelline one! xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17062061170997884930 Miss Funny Face

    Great colors I love them all ^^

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15121730592777964100 Megan Lillie

    The last one definitely! So beautiful.

    Megan xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04396722536411918729 Alexandra Miehe

    That Maybeline one is my favorite on you because the red just suits you super nicely!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01956294687774330444 Lena K

    I have the dior one and i love it<my favourite formula.How do you find the illamasqua lipsticks?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15451956368318799744 Adeeba Khan

    Out of all the lipstick the Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Icon is amazing on you! It’s the most beautiful deep red I have ever seen, I must try this!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02077901999199332697 Roisin Elizabeth Keats

    Love the hourglass one – the colour is stunning.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01907783876976338571 Holl JC

    The Dior one is definitely my favourite! But they all look amazing on you Lily! xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15608118972250996945 Charlotte

    These colours look sooooo lovely on you! You really suit those berry, purple-ish tones. I remember that Dior Addict lipstick was my first high end make up purchase EVER! The Hourglass and Maybelline lippies look especially lovely.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12362884678360472138 Sophierosehearts

    Stunning choices, that Maybelline lipstick looks great :)

    Sophierosehearts x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09374645951237371427 Amy Taggart

    I love the packaging of the Hourglass one :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01244665211791239170 ABeautyRomance

    Great post!! The Maybelline one looks amazing, the colour pigmentation looks fantastic! :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02391638108294966339 Cosmetic Debris

    I’m a little bit obsessed with bold lips at the minute so I’ve added pretty much all of these products to my wishlist, the Hourglass Rouge Opaque in particular x Becky


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14502050877010970685 WhatCecileThinksToday

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10629934383199807190 Eleanor

    That red maybelline lipstick is gorgeous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12066612405954029967 LuxeLifeAspirations

    Ah have had the Hourglass one sitting in my basket on Space NK, looks lovely on you :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08740202493457464391 Daria

    I loved the Mybelline one since you put a pic on Instagram! :D xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401900739623579714 Charlotte Morgan

    Lovely post! I’m obsessed with lipsticks atm, so this post has given me a few idea’s on which ones to get! xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13820369301245167375 Shang J.

    Hourglass one looks so hot, so red, so beautiful! ♥

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16596243643872730463 Anna Black

    I love the Illamasqua lipsticks, the last lipstick is gorgeous, matte lipsticks are so in right now!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00151598042321476219 Laura Kristensen

    The first lipstick is so amazing and looks gorgeous on you! :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14851770329344058117 Zandra May

    I’ve love that illamasqua shade ever since you wore it on a post ages ago! It suits you so much x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00804978433393252639 Leanne Rachel

    All of these look so gorgeous! I wish I could pull off bright lipsticks! xxx


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12460228691390101651 Sydney S

    These are such nice colors! I’ve been really loving lip colors recently and this post is so great.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03054415164458688286 Jen27

    Those are some fantastic picks! I own Hourglass Icon Opaque Rouge and absolutely love it! Looks so nice on you :) Can’t wait to try out the new Clinique Intense Chubby Sticks!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09721403637803629725 Amy Rachael

    Love the maybelliene one its beautiful! :)



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14628104407884994986 Cecilia

    I love this post! My fav its Hourglass Opaque Rouge!


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05011118942432252312 Erica Hartmann

    I love MAC Syrup as well!! Put the Neon Red looks so amazing on you!! Loved this post :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17440391235966597417 Georgie D’Souza

    Really want that hourglass lipstick now, cheeky purchase in order?!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11197039176005001157 Katherine xo

    Really want MAC syrup now, beautiful! X


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13650527631954561268 Pippa Jones

    I do love the illamsqua and mac colours on you and I love them as a colour something I will be purchasing soon, :)

    Pipp xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05852022794280129742 sugarfixxbeauty

    I adore Syrup! Such a great buy, I use mine all the time

    Katie xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04550633855751392278 Lisa

    Cool Make-up ! :D
    Can you visit my fashion blog http://thedangerousworlsoffashion.blogspot.com please?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00654772296830214461 rebeccalouiseee

    I really need the Hourglass one, such a beautiful colour on you! Great post :)
    Rebecca-Louise; autumnleaves-x.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04627316175469162657 Soul Fishing

    Love the reds! They are so sexy, don’t you think?



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05129711767206895445 Gemma T

    I loved all of these lipsticks, I can’t believe the quality of the Maybelline one! It looks amazing xx

    Gem ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02311495561521292702 SmashinBeauty

    Maybelline and CLinique are my favorites! Stop by won’t you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11440903424852166906 Teresa Caruso

    I love them all!




  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01516889568875210545 Makeup Monster

    The Maybelline one is gorgeous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13275566923342687306 Sharina

    Love all these!! Im a lipstick junkie so
    I find this particularly useful!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17770870982621977641 Jxdey Inspired

    Lily, all the lipsticks look perfect on you. How can they not? You are beautiful.
    My check list for lipsticks goes like this:
    1. Fragrance free (I can’t stand a smelling lipstick.
    2. Moisturizing (I’ve had lipstick burn and irritate.)
    3. Long-lasting
    4. Leadfree and Aluminum Free
    5. Great colors available.
    That’s why I use and recommend L’Paige Lipstick at http://www.ginnyjillb.com
    Try it and let me know what you think.
    Great post.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14709626139759604011 Ally McGlam

    I love love love the hourglass rouge!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04150233785247247755 Maria

    Revlon Fabulous Fig is one of mine. I really want to try the Maybelline Neon Red..



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02113273275462076740 Jenmarie

    What gorgeous shades in your collection! I just tried one of the new Vivids from Maybelline too and love it! I’ve tried MAC lipgloss before but haven’t tried any of their lipsticks. I hear good things though!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17799144214905420200 Miss Delirium

    All lovely shades! I love the Clinique Chubby Sticks, they´re amazing. And Dior Addict, ..well let´s just say I´m an Addict. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10188066555600101553 Jackie Wayo

    All of those colors look fantastic on you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05558318303745296708 Redcherry XO

    Love this post will have to try out the Mac lustre.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08711071443888898139 Lindsey

    can you tell me how you did your eyes in this post?