Have you ever come across a makeup product and thought to yourself, welp, I would literally never wear that ever in my life, but I’m going to buy it because I am obsessed with the color? This is the situation I found myself in two weeks ago when I stumbled upon a display of NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede cream lipsticks at my local drugstore.

This beautiful lilac tube stopped me in my tracks:


NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede cream lipstick in “Sway“, $7

I swatched the sample on my arm and was instantly in love with the gorgeous color and texture of the lipstick. “Liquid suede” is a pretty accurate description of this product: it’s super creamy, soft, and the color payoff is insane.


Another thing that’s insane? The color itself. It’s bold, it’s bright, and it’s such a departure from every other shade of lipstick that I own. When it comes to lipstick, I’m typically on team “like my lips but better.” Wearing lipstick stresses me out—I worry like a mad woman about everything that could go wrong whenever I leave the house in it—so for the sake of my mental health, I usually stick to super low key colors. NYX’s “Sway” is pretty much the polar opposite of low key, and in my heart of hearts I knew I’d never go out in public wearing it, but I put it in my basket anyway.

On my way up to the cashier, I tried to justify the purchase I was about to make. It’s only seven dollars, I thought to myself. Easter is coming up, and this is a very Easter-appropriate color. I mean, Easter eggs are lilac. And besides, I work. I make money. I can buy whatever the hell I want to. 

And with that, I bought my first tube of lilac lipstick. When I got to my car, I put it on, drove home, wore it around my house, and then put it away.


Since then, I’ve worn “Sway” another three or four times, but never out of my house. I’ve worn it while watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I’ve worn it while cooking dinner. I’ve worn it while folding laundry. The color makes me happy, the formula doesn’t dry my lips out, and it doesn’t bleed all over the place… But I just can’t bring myself to leave the house wearing it. I’m not Rihanna, you know? I’m just a small city girl, living in a lonely world, not going anywhere cool enough to justify lilac lips.

So, here’s my question for you: have you ever bought a beauty product in a color that you knew you wouldn’t ever wear? Or am I just a totally crazy fool who should probably cut up all of her debit and credit cards to save herself from making such asinine purchases? Tell me the truth in the comment section below.