A good lipstick wardrobe has an even mix of daily, subdued shades and bright sparks of color. At least 30% of your lipstick collection should comprise of unforgettable shades, the kind that people stop to ask what you have on. Trust me, it's good for your self-esteem! Even if there aren't many occasions to wear these bright shades out, knowing that you have them and can wear them any time you damn well please already adds to that feeling of empowerment.
The question is: when should you go bright, and when should you go light? A touch of flattering color on your lips is ideal for more conservative settings like at your office, a business meeting, or perhaps a work-related conference. It's also great for any situation wherein you want to look approachable and likeable - meeting the parents, a new group of friends, making a sale, things like that.
Bright lipstick, on the other hand, is perfect for special occasions, parties, and casual get-togethers among close friends or co-workers. If you have a creative, image-heavy job like being a makeup artist, stylist, actress, magazine writer, etc. then you can pretty much wear any color you feel like!
Bottomline: try to be more adventurous in your choices, because they'll help you find out a little more about your self! How would you know if you can't do something if you don't try it out first? ;)
Anyhoo, I have a few notes on the lipsticks I used above!
The MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Bare Again (P1,000+) is probably one of the prettiest MLBB-bordering-on-nude shade I own. It's smooth and fairly long-wearing (four hours), although like most MAC lipsticks, this isn't particularly moisturizing. This is a safe, utterly wearable color that goes with any look you have in mind. It will flatter those with fair to medium tones as an MLBB, but it's already a nude if you're darker than I am.
Sheen Supreme in Bare Again
The MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good To Go (P1,000+) is a neon orange. It's orange first, with a reddish tint to it. Very sleek and modern! It took me a while to warm up to this shade, but I find that it's a great match for days when I feel edgy. This is something any skintone can wear.
The Pro Longwear Lipcreme formula is pretty interesting. It feels very buttery and creamy when I apply it on my lips, but then it sort of hardens and sets after a few minutes. It's the formula that the Revlon Suedes and Estee Lauder Sheer Mattes were trying to copy! This is the only one that doesnt' feel and look weird once it has set.
MAC Pro Longwear in Good To Go. This isn't as pretty close up as it is afar! Please refer to my full-face photo above for a more accurate real-life representation.
This is my second MAC Pro Longwear and I can attest to its staying power. It's solid for four to five hours, hugging my lips like a tight glove of opaque color. Love it! However, it can be a tad drying. I just wear a light layer of balm first, let it absorb, before I apply the lipstick. I don't have dry lips though so it would be different for those suffering from flaky lips.
So there you go. ^_^ Which shade and formula are you leaning towards? Have you tried the MAC Pro Longwears and Sheen Supremes?