One thing is for certain: Right now, crazy lipstick is everywhere. The days when rainbow-hued lips were strictly seen in fashion editorials and worn by club kids are long gone. Our favorite cosmetic brands have jumped on the bold lip bandwagon and they’re even on the lips of some of our favorite celebrities. Even though it’s a huge trend and I love trying out every new beauty product that comes out, I have to admit, crazy lipstick colors are not something I had much of an interest in. The reason? My lip color of choice for over the past decade has been nothing but RED.
When it comes to red lipstick, there hasn’t been many brands or types of formulas I haven’t experimented with. Whether it’s a matte, gloss or stain, I’ve tried them all. Aside from a few bright pink shades, I’ve rarely stepped out of my crimson-lipped comfort zone. This year, I’ve wanted to experiment more with daring lipstick colors. From NYC Cosmetics’ Macaron Lippies to Kylie Jenner’s upcoming metallic shades, adventure is everywhere my lips look, so to speak.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has been a longtime favorite of mine and a pioneer of the crazy colored lipstick trend, so when I heard about In Bloom, their recently-launched ‘90s-themed capsule collection with Urban Outfitters, I decided to put my lips to the test. The collection featured the perfect combination of colors for me to try out, from a bright, shimmery green to a rich, metallic purple — all $16 each. I would test a new shade every day, and not just wear it in the comfort of my apartment, but wear it in public. To. Work. ::screams internally.::
Here’s how it all went down:
Shoegazer, which is described as a muted oxblood, was the easiest shade to start off with since it was the closest to my normal look. Naturally, I loved the color, but I already felt slightly adventurous since it was a deeper, darker red shade than the ones I usually went for. The thing about OCC Lip Tars is that if you use a lot of product, the color tends to bleed out of the lip lines. To prevent this, I’ll have to try a clear lip liner like the Anti-Feathered one that OCC sells. I did notice that the bleeding happened mostly with this particular shade.
This mauve color came out very lavender on me. It was fun, but I think this is one that needs to be worn on me with a really done-up eye. It looked great with my pink fuzzy jacket!
When I was putting this metallic-y violet on, it seemed like a big risk for this red lip lover, but I ended up really liking it and felt like RIHANNA! Anything that would make me feel closer to being Bad Gal Rie-Rie (my nickname) got an A++ in my book. I’d want to wear this with an all-black, ripped tights, going-out-on-the-town kind of outfit. Seems like the kind of lipstick that would get me arrested! Juuust kidding, Mom.
As far as judging strictly by what it looked like in the tube, this was my favorite shade. It’s a pink peach with gold shimmer. How LUXURIOUS! Unfortunately, I thought it was subpar on my lips. It almost felt like I was wearing light pink gloss. I still LOVE the color though and think it might have made its way into my subconscious since ended up doing my nails in the same color afterwards.
This caramel shade was the one I liked the least. It’s really hard for me to do brown! I just felt like my skin tone was not made for this shade. It looks good on other people, just not on my prized pucker.
This deep metallic jade was definitely the wildest color for me to try, IMHO. Surprisingly, it ended up quickly growing on me! Unfortunately, my boyfriend and friends did NOT approve.
Why won’t they let me live? As you can see above, my boyfriend sent me THIS in response. How rude! (Stephanie Tanner voice)
This fun little experiment seriously opened my mind. I definitely want to try out more bold shades in the future. While I highly doubt these kinds of colors will be able to compete with my serious red lipstick collection, it’s fun to branch out once in a while — even if your friends give you a hard time!