Fun fact – sometimes on blustery days when the Chicago wind is howling and I still, for some reason absolutely have to venture out of my home, I don’t wear anything on my face but moisturizer, mattifying primer, sunglasses and lipstick. Gotta have the lipstick. It pulls the look together and makes me look like I put in effort for the day! The bolder the better, and for harsh winter wind conditions I need something that glides on, stays on, and makes an impact. For us WOC, it’s all about that color payoff. Sheer doesn’t work around here! I’m constantly seeking vibrant, bold, long lasting, non-drying lip power. So without further ado, I’m sharing some of my favorite new colors, brands and formulations to put on your radar – I’ve got more of these in my purse right now than I care to admit!

MAC Liptensity

MAC Liptensityenhanced pigment, gel formula and shaped like a gloss for on-the-go application. What’s not to love?

Color pick – Burnt Violet


Lancome L’Absolu Rouge – The first time I tried to open this stylish, sleek tube, I had no idea what I was doing. Pro tip – press down on the top for a satisfying click and bold pop of color, plus hydration for days.

Color pick Caprice

NARS Audacious Lipstick

NARS Audacious Lipstickif you love luxury lipsticks, you gotta try NARS. Audacious collection includes such elegant, sexy lipsticks, the kind you feel proud to pull out of your purse. 40 shades of single-stroke, high pigment megacolor, each with a woman’s name.

Color pick Liv.

Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer

Clinique Pop Lip Color + PrimerI’m telling you, don’t sleep on Clinique! They’ve got great lip colors in a wide range of shades. Their Pop products stay in my purse. These lippies feel light and glide on beautifully.

Color pickCola Pop

Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss

Urban Decay Revolution Lip GlossThe brand behind some of my favorite 90’s lipsticks is delivering the goods in a gloss. Creamy, plush high pigment, high gloss color for the bold and the brave. These are intense and I’m in love.

Color pick – Apocalypse. But Vice never gets old!


Drugstore picks

ELF Moisturizing Lipstick

ELF Moisturizing LipstickThere’s affordable makeup, and then there’s ELF – how do they manage to deliver on quality at such low prices? I love their lip products. They make great matte lipsticks. And the moisturizing lipstick comes in a range of great, vibrant shades at like $3 a pop. And there’s the detachable extra lip color on the bottom!

Color pick – Razzle Dazzle


Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color StickI LOVE a crayon and Neutrogena really hit these out of the park in terms of moisture and color payoff. They made me a believer so I’m here to pass the message along – don’t sleep on Neutrogena’s makeup, they’re killing it right now!

Color pickPlum Perfect.

COVERGIRL queen collection lipstick

COVERGIRL Queen Collection Stay Luscious LipstickThese are constantly in rotation since I got them, I love the staying power and the pigment! And these 10 shades come with great, inspiring names (as if Queen Latifah would have it any other way).

Color pick Grace

Maybelline Loaded Bolds

Maybelline Loaded BoldsIf you love bold, unique colors that’ll turn heads AND affordable prices, definitely check out the Maybelline Loaded Bold collection. In addition to hot pinks, reds and purples they’ve brought blue, black and greige to the drugstore aisles.

Color pick – Blackest Berry

Milani Moisturizing Lipstick Sangria

Milani Color Statement LipstickMy love for Milani Cosmetics is well documented through the ages, and their Color Statement lipsticks really are a standard go-to for me. I’m all about vampy lipsticks and their color selection is great. They deliver pigment that lasts, and at a price that brings me back time and time again to re-up my supply. PS: if you’re bold, definitely try the Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme, I LOVE!

Color pick Sangria

See any of your faves? Tell me your favorite lipsticks that stay in your purse and are must-haves for you!


Kia D, yummy411 says:
February 8, 2017, 9:45 pm
Milani liquid mattes (and metallic mattes)!
Sabrina says:
February 9, 2017, 10:35 am
I really like Vera Moore lipsticks ( They are creamy on my lips and are great rich colors. My favorite shade is 'Naughty'.
Angela says:
February 9, 2017, 2:25 pm
I am completely hooked on NYX lipsticks & glosses. I especially love their Liquid Suede liquid lipstick in Stone Fox, Run the World, Jet Set, & Foul Mouth. The Intense Butter lip gloss is great too; I like Black Cherry Tart, Blueberry Tart, & Chocolate Apple. I don't want to say how many I have! But they have a sale going on at Ulta buy one get one half off & I'm so there!
Kiss & Make-up says:
February 10, 2017, 2:38 am
I love the Clinique Color + Primer formula. One of my favorite shades is Melon.
pets says:
February 10, 2017, 1:32 pm
Cover Girl Queen Collection
LA says:
February 28, 2017, 3:43 pm
Patrice, I am surprised you didn't upload yourself wearing your picks from these makeup lines! Hopefully, if you decide to continue this series in March, we'll see your gorgeous face modeling your next round of personal faves.
afrobella says:
March 9, 2017, 5:09 pm
thanks for the push, I do get shy about taking pics sometimes. I'll do this for my next installment!
LA says:
March 9, 2017, 6:10 pm
Yes!! Looking forward to it!