I love bright lipsticks and even though I like to wear them all year round, I do tend to wear them more in the summer. As a rule, bright lipsticks that comprise my collection are warm toned corals, reds and oranges. I can’t wear cool toned lipsticks and since most pink lipsticks lean very cool against my olive skin, I usually just glance over them. But looking at all the bright pinks and fuschias everywhere had me gravitating to bright pinks. So I decided to sift through my stash and in true makeup hoarder fashion, I found plenty of bright pinks (for someone who doesn’t wear pink!) in my collection. Here are the treasures I dug up!

Dior Addict Dior Kiss 578, Dior Addict Extreme Lucky 536, Mac sheen supreme Full Speed, Mac Impassioned, Make up for ever mufe rouge arist intense 37, Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani 520

L – R: Dior Addict Dior Kiss (578), Dior Addict Extreme Lucky (536), MAC Full Speed, MAC Impassioned, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense (37), Rouge d’Armani (520)

Dior Addict Dior Kiss 578, Dior Addict Extreme Lucky 536, Mac sheen supreme Full Speed, Mac Impassioned, Make up for ever mufe rouge arist intense 37, Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani 520

L – R: Dior Addict Dior Kiss (578), Dior Addict Extreme Lucky (536), MAC Full Speed, MAC Impassioned, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense (37), Rouge d’Armani (520)

Dior Addict Lipstick in Dior Kiss (578) is warm toned pink. This is a sheer lipstick that is very comfortable to wear due to its almost balm like texture. Despite being a sheer lipstick, it deposits enough colour to instantly brighten up my face. This is definitely one of my most used lipstick since it’s a good everyday shade that I don’t have to fuss over too much.

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Lucky (536) is another lipstick that is very hydrating but more longlasting that the Dior Addict formula. This is a brighter version of Dior Kiss with more of a medium coverage (not quiet sheer but not fully opaque) that can be layered to build the colour. It doesn’t transfer on the lips quiet as bright as it looks in the tube, making it a good one for daily wear. I love it!

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Full Speed is described by mac as a “bright clean yellow pink” and that it is. It’s also a medium coverage, bright, warm pink with almost leans a bit coral but doesn’t quiet cross over into the coral category. Because of the creamy texture of the lipstick, it isn’t quiet as longlasting as some other lipsticks but it is very moisturizing and wears off evenly.

MAC Impassioned is the very well known offering from MAC. It’s a warm toned fuschia on the verge of being neon that will definitely have the heads turning. On my lips, it almost seems to have a little bit of red in it. It is the brightest lipstick out of the bunch and because of it’s Amplified formula, provides opaque coverage in one swipe. Usually, I lightly dab Impassioned on the lips and blend it in with a finger to make the colour less neon and more wearable. This shade also leaves a strong stain that refuses to budge. I avoided this shade for the longest time because I thought it would be too neon and cool toned on me – totally wrong! This is not a lipstick I would dare apply without a mirror but it is the epitome of summer in a lipstick!

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in 37 is a less bright version of Impassioned. This lipstick has the driest texture out of the all the ones discussed here and therefore, tends to last the longest on the lips. I always wear a lip balm underneath this one.

Rouge d’Armani in 520 is the only true cool-toned bright pink I own and that’s only because I got this as a gift with purchase. I like the formula but it’s not a colour I would have bought for myself and I find that it leans way too cool for my liking and doesn’t suit me when worn by itself. I like to layer this with a peachy or coral gloss to warm up the colour a bit. This will be a beautiful shade on people with cooler skintones. The lipstick formula is very comfortable to wear and doesn’t dry out my lips.

Dior Addict Dior Kiss 578, Dior Addict Extreme Lucky 536, Mac sheen supreme Full Speed, Mac Impassioned, Make up for ever mufe rouge arist intense 37, Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani 520 swtach

L – R (Direct Light): Dior Addict Dior Kiss (578), Dior Addict Extreme Lucky (536), MAC Full Speed, MAC Impassioned, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense (37), Rouge d’Armani (520)

Dior Addict Dior Kiss 578, Dior Addict Extreme Lucky 536, Mac sheen supreme Full Speed, Mac Impassioned, Make up for ever mufe rouge arist intense 37, Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani 520 swatch

L – R (Direct Light): Dior Addict Dior Kiss (578), Dior Addict Extreme Lucky (536), MAC Full Speed, MAC Impassioned, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense (37), Rouge d’Armani (520)

Dior Addict Dior Kiss 578, Dior Addict Extreme Lucky 536, Mac sheen supreme Full Speed, Mac Impassioned, Make up for ever mufe rouge arist intense 37, Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani 520 swatch

L – R (Indirect Light): Dior Addict Dior Kiss (578), Dior Addict Extreme Lucky (536), MAC Full Speed, MAC Impassioned, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense (37), Rouge d’Armani (520)

What’s your favourite lipstick for summer?

** Swatches on NC 35/ NARS Stromboli skin