Team Tries: Bold Lipsticks

When it comes to makeup we can sometimes get stuck in a bit of a rut, wearing the same palette of ‘safe’ colours we know suit us. We’ve all done it, opting for a new take on our favourite nude lippie and in turn, leaving ourselves with a makeup bag full of 10 variations of the same shade.

While there’s nothing wrong with this – in fact, we’re big advocates for having a staple beauty lineup of products you know suit you down to a T – but we’ve decided to flip things up a bit and try out some lip hues that are a little more outside our comfort zone and a few of us were pleasantly surprised.

From bright purples to deep chocolatey browns, here’s what happened when we slicked on the lipsticks we’d never usually wear…

team-tries-bold-lipstick-brown‘Stepping out of my comfort zone from a classic nude to a deep brown was a pleasant surprise. The creamy formula hydrated my lips and the metallic sheen really made my eyes pop!’ – Emma, Social Assistant
Urban Decay Vice Metalized Lipstick in Conspiracy, £15

team-tries-bold-lipstick-bright-purple‘Whenever I wear lipstick, I only ever opt for a variation of pink – be it a dusty pastel or bashful fuchsia. Purple isn’t a colour I would have even considered and while I’m not saying i’ll be applying it on a daily basis, I’ll definitely have this in my handbag. It works wonders for sun-kissed skin and totally upped the ante of my look. This one’s a winner.’ – Ana, Design Intern
Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in Purple, £35

team-tries-bold-lipstick-pink‘I normally reach for a classic red so I was initially out of my comfort zone with this vibrant pop of colour. Not only did it accentuate my tan but my teeth were definitely looking a brighter shade of pearly white. Possibly the most satisfying lipstick to apply so if you fancy being a bit more bold with your lip shades this summer, i would definitely recommend it!’ – Lucy, PR & Marketing Manager
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore, £16


‘Classic red is usually the only colour I tend to wear on my lips and although that’s quite punchy as it is, slicking on this vibrant, practically illuminous orange was a total change-up for me. Credit where credit’s due, Illamasqua’s formula is probably one of the most highly pigmented lipsticks I’ve applied and it stayed put. I wouldn’t say this will replace red, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to applying it again and i was pleasantly surprised with the finished result!’ – Alice, Beauty Editor
Illamasqua Liquid Lipstick in Embers, £19.50

team-tries-bold-lipstick-blue‘Being a nude kind of girl (with lipstick that is..) I felt just a bit blue at the prospect of trying this shade, but it turns out that being blue might just be my new thing. Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick is a dream to apply and has some serious staying power. Best of all I channelled a vampy side that I guess I’ve been covering up with my go-to neutrals.’ – Juliet, Head of Social & Digital
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Heroine, £15

team-tries-bold-lipstick-deep-red‘Never going bolder than a brown nude – and even that’s daring for me – this was definitely outside of my comfort zone. However, I was pleasantly surprise at how wearable this actually was. Yes it’s dramatic, and no, I wouldn’t wear it daily but it has proved to me that more than just a nude lips suits me!’ – Coryn, Brand Campaign Manager
Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Blackberry Fool, £2.99



Beauty Editor