From a distance, Bilbao Lipstick might appear like a slow bolero beside ValparaÃso’s quick-tempo salsa, but up close and personal, it’s more like the paso doble or flamenco. In other words, not as tame as it looks.
With a pinch of plum, a sprinkle of golden shimmer and a dash of silver glitter, it’s anything but typical, and it reminds me of one of my favorite places in the world…
On a whirlwind trip through Western Europe in 2005, El Hub and I explored along the Northern Spanish coast, and we stopped for a bit in the seaside city of San Sebastian, about 30 kilometers east of the city of Bilbao.
After fueling up on tapas and taking in the sights at the beach, we posted up on a stone wall to watch the sun dip below the horizon…
Bilbao Lipstick is such a heart-warming color, like sweetness in a tube, and it sure reminds me of the sunsets in that part of the world.
Even though the time we spent there was fleeting and mellow, Bilbao Lipstick is bringing back the details, and wearing the shade now I remember how content, relaxed and loved I felt.
Isn’t it funny how makeup can do things like that?
Bilbao is like a skinny ribbon tied around your ponytail, floating behind you in the wind. It’s holding your mother’s hand. It’s placing a bouquet of daisies on your windowsill, making yourself a cup of tea, and curling up on the couch with a really good book. In a word: comforting.
I bet it would be a great lipstick for date night, too, because it’s understated, but still a little bit complex.
Bilbao is also unscented and unflavored, with a somewhat thick texture and a formula that borders on dry. If you’re partial to creamy, slick lipsticks, Bilbao may not be a perfect fit, although prepping your lips first with a balm should help.
If anything, I do think the texture improve Bilbao’s wear time. I get between 4-5 hours.
Oh, and if you’re a NARS gloss fanatic who happens to have Supervixen and/or Greek Holiday, give ’em a try on top of Bilbao (the combos looks FAB!).
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,