Settle in, because this is going to be an epic quest. Sometime in April, when I'd had about enough of the gloom, I decided I would declare this the Summer of Coral. It's kind of like the Summer of George, but on my face. I was going to find a bright coral lip product that I loved and wear the fuck out of it. I already owned some options, but none of them was quite right, so I started shopping. Here I've laid out all the lip products I now own that are coral or coral adjacent. There are some that turned out to be orange or orange-red, but if nothing else they provide a basis for comparison.
Here is the full array (lip swatches and more info for each below):
More below the cut, because I have a thousand photos and a million words to go.
Here is what I'm working with (my bare/dry lips):
|Stila Lip Glaze in Melon|
My starting point was Stila Lip Glaze in Melon. I really love the color. It's a bright, pinky-coral - not too orange, not neon. But I don't love the formula of these glosses. They're very, very sticky and not pleasant to wear, and they are also very translucent. My lips are quite pink, so they have the tendency to overwhelm sheer lip colors. The gloss does tint them, but only slightly. Even if I loved this Stila gloss, however, it came in a set that no longer exists and can't be purchased separately. So it's a bit of a dead end. I wanted to find something with this color but in a better formula. I didn't think I was picky - gloss, stain, lipstick, whatever! Just more opaque and all around better. Is that too much to ask?
|Revlon Moisture Stain in Cannes Crush|
|BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light It Up|
When I was placing a drugstore.com order in April, after I'd decided that coral was going to be my new thing, I needed another $3 to get free shipping, so I decided to throw in a couple of Wet N Wild lipsticks in the hope that I could find The One for very cheap.
|Wet N Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in What's Up Doc?|
|Wet N Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in What's Up Doc? as blush|
It seems to be a common issue with coral lipsticks that they are patchy or highlight dryness or settle into lines. I don't know what it is about them. Maybe they tend to have more white pigment in them than most other colors, which seems to create issues. As I searched for alternatives, those things were common complaints that I found in reviews of corals from all sorts of brands, from Maybelline to MAC.
|Wet N Wild MegaLast Lipstick in Purty Persimmon|
|ULTA Automatic Lip Liner in Scarlet|
|Life's Entropy Lip Theory Liquid in Apoptosis|
|Life's Entropy Lip Theory Liquid in Recursion|
|L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm Pop in Caring Coral|
See, here's a comparison with Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait.
|Comparison swatches of L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm Pop in Caring Coral and Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait|
So, I have failed in my quest thus far, and I probably should stop accumulating more shit at this point. I know what you're going to suggest: if my lips are so pink that they turn sheer corals into pink, wouldn't it make sense just to get a sheer orange? Orange + pink = coral, right? But see, I've tried that before. I had the Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti and it made me look like I was dying of consumption. Orange is very tricky on me. I'm not willing to take that risk. I've lucked out with some opaque oranges here. I shouldn't press my luck.
Maybe I should just make it the Summer of Hot Pink, instead.