The Nude - Maybelline Color Sensational in Tantalizing Taupe (725)
As much as I love Rimmel's Nude Delight, after careful consideration I think I would go for a pink-based nude if I could only have one. This is a fabulous contender. It feels creamy on the lips, has a lovely sheen to it, and the colour is just right. There are some pinky nudes that look gorgeous swatched on your hand, but on the lips are so close to your natural colouring that there doesn't seem much point in applying them. Obviously this will be different for everyone but Mac Patisserie is a great example of this for me. Tantalizing Taupe, on the other hand, is different enough to make it look like I'm wearing lipstick but still definitely a nude, if that makes sense. The staying power of this is not the greatest, but if you don't mind re-applying then I totally recommend it.
The Bright - L'Oreal Color Riche Pure Reds Collection in Blake's Pure Red
Everyone and their Aunty seems to be obsessed with this lipstick right now and I am definitely no exception. My sister bought it when we were shopping together just before Christmas, and I was so jealous I had to go back and get it for myself. I think it's the beautiful ruby shade that makes it so special. There's a lot of orangey reds around at the moment, which are also gorgeous, but this is slightly unusual in being more of a pinky red. One word of warning - it's not the easiest to apply. I've slapped it on direct from the tube for the purposes of this photo but it really needs a lip pencil and a lip brush to get the best result. Also, you need to blot and reapply. And then blot and reapply. And then blot some more. It will transfer all over the place otherwise. Still, the finished result is well worth the trouble. The velvety matte finish combined with the stunning colour make you feel all opulent and super glamorous - just like Blake herself!
What do you think of these lipsticks? And what would you pick if you could only have two? I'd love to know!