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One Swipe Of Bright

Author: Charlotte O'Shea

If you read my summer fashion post you will know that I managed to forget nearly all of my holiday make-up when we went to Greece a few weeks ago.

Luckily I had my bronzing compact in my handbag but apart from that, all of my usual warmer-weather cosmetics got left behind.

One of the things I missed the most was a bright lipstick, who knew nude could look so drab when there’s blue skies and it’s 30 degrees? well it certainly did on me. I opted for my favourite “Pillow Talk” lip liner topped with Chanel lip balm most evenings instead.

Since returning home and there being quite the the lovely weather in the UK (the hottest June since the 70’s apparently) I’ve been making up for lost time by piling on ALL the products. Admittedly I may have overdone it on the highlighter a few times (I find it difficult to get the right balance between looking like you have any on at all and resembling a disco ball) but I’m loving a coral/peach blush right now. My favourite is Malice by Chanel, it’s spendy but a Chanel blush lasts me ages – the pigment is amazing.

Lipstick wise I’m a long term fan of MAC’s Sunny Seoul, it’s a fairly subtle coral/pink in a light sheeny non-opaque finish so perfect for daywear. Gloss wise I’m loving Clinique’s chubby plump and shine in “portly peach” – it’s not at all sticky and I like the application method. It’s one of those items you can literally throw in your bag and it’s on hand to make you feel a little more…”done”.

And last but not least, my favourite recent discovery of all (I feel here I should be bringing out some kind of drum roll/cheerleading team/a sequin confetti shower..) is Charlotte Tilbury’s Cochella Coral. Literally one swipe and it brightens up my entire (often sleep deprived) face. The formulation is one of the best (I have various Tilbury lipsticks for their smooth/cream finish and excellent moisturising abilities) and the colour is kind of magic. It pulls red/coral on me which is new, normally I favour a pink or orange hue but this makes your teeth whiter, your lips plumper and everything that little bit more made-an-effort. What’s not to love?

Do let me know your summer make-up switch up item/s of choice or indeed anything peach or coral that I probably need in the comments box below!

  • Clinique Portly peach
  • Chanel Malice blush
  • Cochella Coral
  • Mac Sunny Seoul
  • Pillow Talk Lipliner
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18 thoughts on “One Swipe Of Bright

  1. Oh dear! After spending too much on Charlotte Tilbury last night (because of your Instagram post!) I am now thinking I should have looked at this colour, I never even noticed it when I ordered! Half an hour until work starts, maybe I can add to my order!

    1. Oh Jess I’m so sorry I didn’t mention it before! It does mean you will get another lot of free samples if you make another order though πŸ™‚ x

  2. Coachella Coral and the Pink Venus lip pencil to go with it were my first ever Charlotte Tilbury purchases 😊 I wear the lipstick in summer and winter (and spring and autumn…) as I think it works all year round! Such a cheery colour even on a dreary, cold day x

  3. This colour is beaut on you Charlotte. Might have to go and check it out myself! πŸ˜‰

    Also loving the blush. I bought Hyperfresh the last time you made a Chanel blush recommendation and I love it – they really do have more pigment than any others on the market. I’m liking the look of Vibration too. Have you seen the new Les Beiges Healthy Glow bronzers? SO tempted to replace my Nars Laguna with one of these!

    I’m a big fan of the Chubby Sticks too. I think they moisturise well and have decent staying power for a sheerer lippy. Woppin Watermelon has been my summer colour of choice for a number of years now. It’s the perfect summer pink. x

    1. Hyperfresh is just the best – I have multiple back ups (!). I’ve not seen the bronzers, I have so many it’s embarrassing, I get so taken with pretty compacts. Loving the sound of the watermelon though – I have a few chubby sticks, so easy to apply x

      1. Why oh why did I not buy back ups of this?!? It’s been my fave ever! Wonder what the chances are it’s going to come back or that they might have some knocking about in a drawer? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I have just been bought a smash box contour set that I’m going to try, but highlighter wise the Laura Mercier one and Kevin Aucoin give me a lovely little glow on the cheeks, and a make up girl used a much smaller denser brush when trying a Nars compact of bronzer/highlighters (need that next) and it has been a game changer for me πŸ‘πŸ»!
        Iv just bought Super Cindy from CT which is a peachy tint and I dig out Miami pink by BB and Natalie by Nars for a brighter summer look!
        Ps just bought the hoola light based on your previous post! X

          1. It was a bit like a foundation brush like a flatter brush, but small, I didn’t buy it as had one at home almost the same but it just goes on perfectly and stays put and on the bits you want. Sometimes I find with fluffy brushes I end up with it a bit all over!
            Good idea about eBay!! 😁 xx

  4. Yep, I definitely need Coachella Coral!- does anyone else buy lipstick and nail varnish because of the name?

  5. I always, always, always wear a coral lip. I have tried to deviate but just can’t help myself. I basically have a million variations of what is essentially the same colour but who cares!

    My only stipulation is that they have to be moisturising as I have quite dry lips and can’t bear the flake!

    Current favourites are as follows:

    – MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Crosswires
    – Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boheme (although if I want to go all out orange then Shipshape rocks my world and that is my go to when I feel like my skin is looking dull)

    And, I have recently discovered Guerlain’s Rouge G lipsticks. Now, they are pricey and the case does look like something you would use in the privacy of your own home but they are gorgeous and Geneva is the perfect coral shade.

    I tried Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and for some reason they just don’t work on me! The pigment seems to sit in the lines of my lips! Devastated as I know everyone raves about them.

  6. I’ve just invested in naked 2 eyeshadow palette for a summer holiday, looking forward to experimenting with new looks, any suggestions?? A post of garden furniture would be amazeballs… πŸ˜‰

    1. Aimee I actually need garden furniture! Definitely try the eye shadows with a damp brush – they go on so well and stay put x

  7. Just double checking that the colour you’re wearing in the pic is Coachella Coral?? It looks lovely on you!

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