• 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

73 Responses

  1. ValΓ©rie says:

    I love all these colours on you! Looks wonderful πŸ™‚ I’d really love to try the Chubby stick intense!

    Great post!


  2. So7 says:

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

  3. 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


  4. I loved this post – thanks lily! but it would be helpful if you put some links in to where you can get these πŸ™‚

    Elspeth xx

  5. Camille says:

    Every single one of these colors look amazing on you !

  6. Louise Lam says:

    I love all the colours! My favourite would be the Mac Lustre πŸ™‚


  7. Catherine says:

    I love the maybelline colour, very cute!xx

  8. Megan Vining says:

    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.

  9. 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

  10. Emily says:

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


  11. Lottie Kerr says:

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

    Lottie x


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

    Genevieve x

    Illamasqua Magnetism

  13. Lauren Baker says:

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

  14. 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


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

  16. Abbie Luck says:

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

  17. Gillian says:

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

    Gillian from glamupeveryday.com x

  18. Michelle says:

    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!

  19. Beautiful lip colors, I really like them all!

  20. Katie says:

    That last one is so stunning!

    Katie x
    And Katie • Beauty & Lifestyle

  21. Stephanie says:

    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

  22. Tanya says:

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

    Tanya from Cats and Clothing

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


  24. Maddy says:

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

  25. Great colors I love them all ^^

  26. Megan Lillie says:

    The last one definitely! So beautiful.

    Megan xxx

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


  28. Lena K says:

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

  29. Adeeba Khan says:

    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!


  30. Love the hourglass one – the colour is stunning.

  31. Holl JC says:

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

  32. Charlotte says:

    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.


  33. Stunning choices, that Maybelline lipstick looks great πŸ™‚

    Sophierosehearts x

  34. Amy Taggart says:

    I love the packaging of the Hourglass one πŸ™‚


  35. Great post!! The Maybelline one looks amazing, the colour pigmentation looks fantastic! πŸ™‚ ♥


  36. 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


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  38. Ah have had the Hourglass one sitting in my basket on Space NK, looks lovely on you πŸ™‚

  39. Daria says:

    I loved the Mybelline one since you put a pic on Instagram! πŸ˜€ xx

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

  41. Shang J. says:

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

  42. Anna Black says:

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


  43. The first lipstick is so amazing and looks gorgeous on you! πŸ™‚

  44. Zandra May says:

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


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


  46. Sydney S says:

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


  47. Jen27 says:

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



  48. Amy Rachael says:

    Love the maybelliene one its beautiful! πŸ™‚



  49. Cecilia says:

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


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  50. I love MAC Syrup as well!! Put the Neon Red looks so amazing on you!! Loved this post πŸ™‚


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


  52. Pippa Jones says:

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

    Pipp xx

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

    Katie xo

  54. Lisa says:

    Cool Make-up ! πŸ˜€
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  55. I really need the Hourglass one, such a beautiful colour on you! Great post πŸ™‚
    Rebecca-Louise; autumnleaves-x.blogspot.co.uk

  56. Soul Fishing says:

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



  57. Gemma T says:

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

    Gem ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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

  59. The Maybelline one is gorgeous!

  60. Sharina says:

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

  61. 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.

  62. Ally McGlam says:

    I love love love the hourglass rouge!

  63. Maria says:

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



  64. Jenmarie says:

    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!

  65. 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

  66. Jackie Wayo says:

    All of those colors look fantastic on you!

  67. Redcherry XO says:

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



  68. Lindsey says:

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

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