The Coy Lip

Humans are defined by paradox. We destroy, we kill, we plunder, but we also save, we heal, we sow. We love to be showy but not show off. We want to stand out but not be anomalous.

I like makeup, but I don’t want it to be too obvious.

As summer approaches, bright lips are becoming more and more in. Bright pink. Bright red. Bright orange. It's a trend I can completely get behind, but here's the thing: I feel slightly ridiculous when I have too much happening on my face during the day. I envy girls who are able to paint the most beautiful colors on their complexion, their lips, their eyes, but I am not one of them. I stick to black liner, blush, mascara, and call it a day.

If you are like me, however, I've found a good alternative. A lip product that's not too showy but is still bright and colorful, and more than appropriate for day-time wear (not that anything is never appropriate). A perfect summer lip product for the shy girl: Max Factor's Colour Intensifying Balm. Its name describes it perfectly as it has the same consistency of a lip balm, light in texture and with an almost invisible formula, but it truly delivers in the pigment department. It's much more sheer than a regular lipstick but it still gives me the vibrancy I crave, and the orange color I've been lusting after. I do find that the product is buildable, too. You can wear a very thin layer if you are indeed feeling coy, or you can build it up to a more dramatic finish, though it never becomes completely opaque. And that's exactly what I was looking for. 

Wearing a light layer of the Max Factor balm in Posh Poppy 

Wearing a light layer of the Max Factor balm in Posh Poppy 

This is a product that I've worn almost all month long since I've purchased it, and it rarely leaves my pocket. Because it's a balm formula, it's very easy to apply, making it the perfect on-the-go product as you don't need a mirror and it requires very little concentration. I've also worn it over an orange lip pencil, and the result was stunning (and, more importantly, very low maintenance). 

So there you have it. The paradox lip. Coy, shy, but nonetheless a little more bright. A little more colorful. A little more orange. And definitely, definitely fit for summer.