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I love cream & matte finishes the most .

As far as cream finishes , I love Milani’s Color Statement & Covergirl’s Lip Perfection Lipsticks .

For mattes , I love MAC & NYX .

I am usually happiest with a matte finish-it looks the most professional. I love shiny lipgloss also,so I guess it is one extreme to the other-depending on the occasion.

No shimmer! I’ve often gone for sheer to semi sheer colors like Clinique Black Honey almost lipstick, MAC hot tahiti and plumful, but now I’m liking more opaque shades, the UD revolution lipsticks, mac up the amp, and I did buy my first retro matte, all fired up, that I LOVE.

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Satin or slightly glossy – I can’t work with mattes at all, they’re too drying! But incredibly frosty finishes don’t work for me either (though I’m tempted by metallic lipsticks every now and again…).

I like slightly to moderately glossy, with a nice texture. Love me some shimmer, but do not want it to feel sandy on my lips! A matte is ok, provided it is a vibrant color. Pale colors make me appear ill.

Sheer & glossy.

I actually really really loved the MAC huggable lipstick formula. I have lips that are extremely prone to peeling so I can only handle lipsticks that feel like chapstick.

For regular, everyday wear, I find a natural, MLBB shade with a cream or satin finish is most appropriate, so by default it’s what works best. That said, for special occasions, or certain events, anything goes! It really depends on the rest of my look. If I go shimmery on the eyes, lips are creamy; conversely, if I go matte on the eye, I like sparkly lips. It’s really all about balance for me.

I do tend to buy matte/cream lipsticks most since I find them more versatile. I can always change it by adding gloss, or wear it as it is.

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I really like the look of matte lipstick, but not the feel…satin finishes feel the best on my lips. No frost, glitter, or shimmer…only vivid color.

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Hmm. Speaking purely in terms of comfort, suitability, and what’s most flattering, I’d say something satiny but on the hydrating side, I guess like MAC’s Amplified Creme. Not too matte, so as to not emphasize texture, but not too creamy and shiny, which I find uncomfortable and likely to fold over itself where my lips meet. My aesthetic preferences are always for the extreme, though–very matte, or super-glittery and glossy!

Hi I recently bought a blush compact that has three seperate color blocks in it. The package says that it is conturing blush. I assumed since it was in the same colkr family that one shade would be ths color one the darker shade to contour n the third the luminating highlighting color. I’m not sure how to use this compact becUse they are all colors do u have any advice

If all the colors are in the same family, that’s most likely what it’s designed for. Contouring shades & highlighers *don’t* have to be “fleshtones”, and sometimes it’s actually more foolproof to contour/highlight with color! HTH

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I like cream lipsticks. MAC’s amplified colors are amazing. I like mattes that aren’t drying and lustre type finishes are always nice. I haven’t found a perfect lipstick that looks glossy yet tho.

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