Anyway, I'm trying to focus on makeup products I already own, rather than longing for more and more and more. Do you ever start to feel like you have more makeup than you'll ever get through, and most of the things you see in the store are just dupes of things you already own?
Yeah, me neither.
No, just kidding! I usually feel like there's always something new to explore, but lately I've been realizing that I do own a lot of great stuff that I should be enjoying. So, in that spirit, I am going to show you a lipstick that I've had for about a year now.
This is Clinique's Butter Shine Lipstick formula in Adore U. The Butter Shine formula is sheer and very shiny, and comes in possibly my favorite lipstick case ever; it's bamboo-shaped silver metal. They are $15. Adore U is described as being a "sheer golden coppered brown", which is fairly accurate; it's a nude that isn't too pale, and it has a lot of shimmer in it. My one major complaint is that the shimmer feels a bit gritty, not my favorite texture. It stays on for 1.5-2 hours before drying down and leaving a bunch of shimmer on my mouth. Also, not my favorite thing, but glossy lipsticks often disappear much sooner than other finishes. It's the leaving behind shimmer I really dislike; it is not a good look for me! It gets kind of frosty.
That being said, this is a pretty color to layer with; I often pull it out when I want to add a bit of golden shimmer to a matte or satin red or berry lipstick, and if I can remember to reapply it every so often, it works out fine.
|Swatched lightly on left, heavily on right; natural light|
|Wearing Adore U on my lips|
Summary: This is a gorgeous color, and I love getting this kind of shimmer and shine from a lipstick; I tend to prefer products in twist up tubes to lip gloss formulas. If you don't mind the grit of the shimmer and needing to reapply often, this is a beautiful lip color, but if those are dealbreakers, this might not be the product for you. I would repurchase a Butter Shine Lipstick without shimmer, but this will probably be my last one that includes shimmer; the dry-down to frost finish and the grit keep me from reaching for this as often as I'd like to. I do love using a daub of this on top of lipstick, though, as a way to add depth to other shades and avoid those problems!