A Study in Brown: Ruby Kisses- Spicy Brown, Lime Crime-Salem & Jeffree Star-Dominatrix

When it comes to brown lipsticks my muse has always been Lauryn Hill. Back in my heyday, be it winter, spring, summer or fall, Ms. Hill was usually spotted rocking a perfect brown pout. I was never able to confirm her signature shade. She left the music scene. I got bogged down by life, and so my search was suspended.  Fast forward two decades and, "seasons change and mad things rearrange, but it all stays the same" and brown lips are all the rage, again.

So what's a zealot to do. Resume the search for that perfect shade of brown of course. This time with the help of a little thing called You-Tube. As of now I've narrowed it down to three contenders pictured above.

Outside lighting
Inside lighting

From top to bottom: 
(1.) Ruby Kisses - Spicy Brown ( 2.) Lime Crime Velvetines- Salem (3.)  Jeffree Star- Dominatrix

Ruby Kisses- Spicy Brown(3.5g/$4.99) here

Ruby Kisses- Spicy Brown 
Ruby Kisses is a matte lipstick, and it feels like one going on. It feels a wee bit like trying to paint your lips with chalk. If you can get past that, you get a rich brown that is pigmented with the first swipe and wears like iron. Even on the hand swatches I had to use an oil based cleanser to get this one off.
Lime Crime Velvetines- Salem(2.6ml/$20)  here

Lime Crime Velvetines- Salem

Lime Crime Velvetines- Salem
Salem is a lip gloss from the brand Lime Crime that applies liquid and dries matte. It reminds me of clay. I found Salem to be the most matte of the three colors. Wear time was about 4-5 hrs without any food or drink. I found that if I sipped anything the color on my top lip would thin out and need to be reapplied.
Jeffree Star- Dominatrix(.19oz/$18) here

Jeffree Star- Dominatrix

Jeffree Star- Dominatrix

Dominatrix is described as velour liquid lipstick. It is a true, deep brown, that glides on to perfection. Wear time was about 5-6 hours, and there was no need to reapply after drinking. This one is my favorite. It must be loved by a lot of other people as well because it sold out shortly after I bought mine. I'll be checking back often to get a backup.

So there you have it superstars. All the brown I'll need for my trip to Zion.  Have your tried any of these lipsticks? What's your favorite brown lippie?



Wishing you all a happy Valentine's Day and a great week! 

Formula X For Sephora - Grandeur

  1. splendor and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style.
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      "for all their grandeur, the chancellors were still officials of the household"

On nails: 2 coats of Formula X For Sephora- Grandeur

You might have noticed that I am a nail polish fiend lover. Formula X For Sephora nail colors have consistently impressed me with their quality and lasting power so I have been gradually adding them to my collection.

Grandeur is a deep and moody blue-green cream.  It was opaque in one coat, but two were applied for good measure. Wear time on the hands was a full 7 days with minimal chipping. I love the name and color on this one. I think Grandeur is a great option for when you want something a little more interesting than your standard black polish. What do you guys think?