Beauty Beat: 5 Forgotten Favorites From The Middle School Lip Archives
Yes, I was an
11-year-old makeup addict. And when I was a tween, lip products were like crack. Lip gloss, lipstick, lip tint — I probably had a minimum of three tubes of lip something on me at all times. Not only do I vividly remember the colors and textures of my favorites, I remember the flavors. Oh, the flavors! Everything tasted like something yummy! This is something that no longer appeals to me, but hey, butterscotch!
Though I still use some of my tweenage favorites now, the majority have exited my routine in favor of products that have been introduced in the past decade. In fact, most of my old school beauty picks aren’t even around anymore, though some have had surprising staying power. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about lip products past.
1.Jane Megabites Lipstick
Jane was a super cool brand that was sold at Walgreens. According to the internet, Jane still exists! Also according to the internet, it cannot be found within 200 miles of either St. Louis (where I grew up) or New York (where I live now). Jane's packaging underwent a redesign some time in the last ten years or so, and it did away with its Megabites range of lipsticks along the way. My favorite was Butterscotch Burst, which indeed tasted like butterscotch (which, by the way, is my favorite kind of pudding) and was a flattering shade of mauve. It made me feel very adult, because grown-ups like my mom and grandma wore lipstick every day, while my peers preferred lip gloss.
2.Trish McEvoy Highlights Lip Gloss
The tube for
Trish McEvoy's Highlights lip gloss was the same shape and size as that of Bobbi Brown's ubiquitous gloss. Small and square, it was compact enough to comfortably fit in your jean pocket. My favorite was a perfect shade of hot bubble gum pink that happened to taste like cake. The applicator for that particular color had a brush instead of a sponge, which made it feel really fancy! Alas, in retrospect, the consistency was far too thick and the color far too Pepto-like.
3.Stila Sport Clear Color Lip Tint
Stila was one of my first favorite cosmetic brands. The Stila Sport line, seemingly targeted to young ladies who were looking for a minimal makeup routine, was sadly discontinued some years ago. Its Clear Color lip tint was briefly introduced into Stila's main cosmetics line, but it was eventually done away with entirely. I was addicted to the Bare Nude shade, which was not actually as clear and/or bare as it name suggested. It was more like a highly-pigmented-yet-sheer glossy lipstick, if that makes any sense. It tasted like chocolate.
4.Lip Smacker Sparkler Gloss
Lip Smacker is a quintessential tween fave. I still swear by its strawberry lip balm, and I used to be obsessed with its Sparkler gloss in Celestial Strawberry. I'm not sure what makes Lip Smacker's artificial strawberry flavor so delicious, but I have probably (somewhat inadvertently) eaten as much fruit-scented lip product as I've worn. And the gloss is actually still around! However, I haven't worn the shimmery pink shade since I was in braces. I recall it being not at all sticky and oh-so-delicious.
5.MAC Clear Lipglass
Every woman has at one time owned
MAC's best-selling Clear Lipglass. I used to wear it over everything (other glosses included) to give myself the most unnaturally shiny lips known to man. (It also comes in tons of colors, but I was all about the clear tube.) Despite the fact that the exceptionally thick formula often dripped below my lipline, my pout did retain a glass-like finish. I have since realized such a high-octane sheen only looks good in fashion editorials.
your favorite middle school makeup musts?