The Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paints are a dream review product. With it's decadent packaging and conservative, yet universal, shade range it's no wonder so many people are smitten with them. It has rivalled other liquid lipsticks on the market for it's thin and none drying consistency. 
What sets the Stunna Lip Paint apart from it's counter parts is it's ability to form a lip wardrobe to suit any needs from an undressed nude to a supermodel brown. Whether you're ivory or ebony Rihanna has your back and has curated a variety of nudes and a pop of red to suit all your personalities.

The Stunna Lip Paints are stored in glass packaging to keep the formula stable, and keep it as the beautiful thin consistency it is. Whilst the water-like liquid produces a comfortable lipstick which wears beautifully throughout the day and is easy to re-apply, it does make initial application tricky. If you have small lips you might find it hard to apply without making a mess. Always line your lips first to create a strong outline and apply slowly, a lot of product is on the applicator so be sure to remove any excess before applying. Taking a little extra time in application is worth it for this long lasting formula as it will take extra time to apply but there won't be any worrying about it through-out the day. The formula is long lasting but not a typical "bullet-proof" liquid lipstick, if you're drinking or eating it will transfer however the fine formula makes reapplication easy. If I have a busy day and don't want to worry about my lipstick but want to wear something comfortable that doesn't accentuate fine lines or dryness then I'll always reach for the Stunna Lip Paints.

The Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Unbutton is a beautiful peach-nude. Depending on your skin tone it will pull a yellow peach all the way to a warm, milky nude. If peach is your shade or you're an olive skin tone and struggle to find nudes then this one is perfection. I don't have anything like it in my collection as it contains the perfect balance of yellow, peach and a milky nude.

The Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncuffed is a rosey-mauve pink. Mauves are a shade which I don't love on my olive complexion however this shade has a slight terracotta undertone which gives it just the right amount of warmth to create a wearable deep pink tone. Depending on your skin tone this colour will pull either mauve or rose, if you're cooler you will see more of the rose and terracotta tones pull through whereas if you're warmer you will see more mauve. Whether you are or are not a fan of mauves, I adore this shade and encourage you to try it as it is a beautiful every day shade with just enough deepness and warmth to complete a look.

The original Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored may look like a bright, warm red however it is a true red. It is neutral in tone so will suit any skin tone. It's deep colour is creates the classic red which doesn't limit itself to a season. Think of this shade as the little black dress of your make-up bag.

 The Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Unveil (notice how they all start with U?) is a beautiful cool toned brown. It isn't a terracotta brown that will pull red on deeper skin tones, rather it will create a beautiful nude on deep skin tones. On medium and paler skin tones this provides what I would call an "urban boss bitch" kind of look. Put on a suit or a slip dress, pair it with this lip and some sunglasses and you'll own the room.

Last but certainly not least is the The Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Uninvited. This is such a unique, cool-toned black. Hopefully in my pictures you can see that it isn't a deep dark black, it has a slight grey undertone. This cooler undertone will create a softer effect so that it won't jar with the your skin. It is a "wearable" black, if you will. Even though I adore this take on black, I found this formula to be the trickiest, needing a few layers to get full opacity. A black liner would avoid these issues but if you want a deep, matte black with little effort, this isn't the one. However if you want a soft black that will give an impact whilst staying complimentary to a make-up look then this is the one.

Have you tried the Stunna Lip Paints? 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on them or see your looks wearing them, it's surprising how one colour can look so different on other skin colours and tones.

I wear makeup when I am happy and confident, ipso facto, I am not unhappy with my appearance.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Lana

My early twenties were years of university, hard work and naivety. I'm sure most of you have been there, working towards a goal post, not for happiness but for abstract reasons shaped by society. Burning out is common amongst many of us but what comes after is shocking for all. The depths of depression consume a once ambitious young person, their plates stop spinning, and life comes crashing to the ground.

The entrapment of self. 
It imprisons all emotion and engenders an environment of pain and self loathing. 
Desolate and despondent 
are the words which come to mind. 

Many a time I felt abandoned, at the bottom of a well, unable to see the light. It took all strength to believe that there was a world out there, somewhere. After countless sessions of therapy, and the love and support from my family, I was able to shift my view of recovery from a linear, upwards battle in to a simple, forwards facing path with temporary obstacles blocking my way.

Whilst my path is ever unfolding, my illness, along with life, will throw twists, turns and painful obstructions my way. However, with each overcome obstacle, my strength grows. The darkness that once surrounded me falls further away. There is light again, and I can begin to feel once more. . It's like meeting an old friend, shy at first but a warm familiarity. Wanting to own this new sense of self, I reached for a lipstick. An old friend. Let's just say, you know your life has been hard when you haven't reached for your customary bright lipstick. Eight months into the year and I finally felt whole enough to express myself, to paint myself with love and joy. It had marked a new awakening, I was flexing my limbs after a long slumber. 

To make oneself up does not mean to wear a mask of insecurity. At my darkest hour, I did not feel human, I did not care. 

Joy is colour,
 it is incandescent. 

Confidence is worn without foundation or blush, happiness is worn with just a smile. But we can enhance these powerful emotions, we can set them ablaze with the stroke of a brush. 

This is my first lipstick of 2018. 
This is my renaissance. 
This is me, for the first time in months. 
This is a snapshot of my journey.

 Nars Audacious Lipstick* available at Selfridges for £26.

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