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My Perfect Shade of Lipstick

I’ve finished another item from my 30 Before Thirty List: find my perfect shade of lipstick.

The result? I’m a little embarrassed to share it with you. Like I was supposed to go out and find the cool, little-known-brand. Or the respected-among-professional-insiders brand. And now here I’m all REVLON! But you know what? I tried a bunch of more expensive, more cool, more impressive ones, and I just ended up wasting a lot of money. Revlon lipsticks are awesome, as is that NP Set red from Target. And I found not just one perfect shade of lipstick, but three. Here they are:

Go drugstore brands! This is the one category in which you are winning among my makeup (though sometimes mascara isn’t far behind).

Have you tried these colors? I think they’re great, but are there any other lipsticks you swear by? And do you even wear lipstick? Sometimes I think people feel like it’s a little old-fashioned, and I think I’m the only one of my friends that likes it.

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104 Comments

  • Reply
    Christine
    June 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Yay, drugstore brands! I used to be way more of a gloss gal, but lipstick has been growing on me.

    While I do love me some MAC, my fav mascara is drugstore – Maybelline Great Lash (the pink one with the green top). It’s the best!

    Glad to hear you found you perfect shades!!

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    Kristin
    June 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I think I’m the only one of my friends who wears lipstick, too. I feel naked without it! Thanks for the color suggestions… I can’t wait to try them out :).

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    ohdanalee
    June 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I rarely wear lipstick because it makes my smile look way too unnatural and my lips too small, but when I do I go with M.A.C. in Politely Pink. It’s slightly darker than my natural lip color so it doesn’t look that strange on me.

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    Joy
    June 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    It’s probably part of stopping and taking the time to look cute, especially as a mom! I feel like if I put on lipstick, then I have to put on more makeup (mascara, foundation, concealer, blush) or else it looks funny… and then there I am 20 minutes later wearing full makeup – with my t-shirt and jeans. And frizzy hair. Are you still liking the moroccan oil for your hair? How it is holding up after all this time?

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      Making it Lovely
      June 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      Yes, still loving Moroccan Oil! And I actually like doing my makeup each morning. I’ve got it down to about five minutes, and I love feeling like I can just get up and go out of the house at any time without having to ‘get ready’ first.

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      Lilach
      June 29, 2010 at 1:40 am

      Could not agree more! Feels the same. Make up is for specail occasions for me.

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    nikki
    June 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I only wear lipstain on special occasions. With that said, I love Hard Candy lip tattoo in ‘poppy’. It is all in one–stain on one end, gloss on the other. I get it at Wal-Mart. It tastes AND smells yummy!

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      hsp
      July 5, 2010 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks for mentioning this. I currently use the Benetint stain but I’d love to find a less expensive option.

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    Licia
    June 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I’m all about Revlon and Cover Girl when it comes to lipstick. They have tons of shades and they are great. It’s been a while since I’ve worn lipstick, especially now during warm months, so I’ve been wearing lipgloss. Any kind will do!

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    Pink Velvet Bird
    June 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    My current favorites are by Urban Decay. It’s cruelty free (vegan) and super cute! It’s worth a bit more $ to not have it tested on animals, and no animal by-products are in the mix either! Super good!

    I like “Hot Pants” for a hot pink look and “Peroxide” for a pale pink

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    Elsa Hagner
    June 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I love drugstore brands! I swear by drugstore mascara…and it’s sooooo much cheaper. Glad you found some good shades of lipstick…I can’t seem to find one. I always just stick with lipgloss because I feel less weird when my lips can show through the sheer gloss. :)

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    Allison
    June 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I rarely wear lipstick (special occasions only) but when I do I go for Burt’s Bees lipstick. They have natural, subtle colors and the beeswax lip balm built in!

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    Lily
    June 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Yay drugstores! Trolling the makeup aisles of a drugstore is one of my favorite activities.

    I’m really loving Neutrogena’s MoistureShine Soothing Lip Sheers right now. It’s like 60% lipstick, 40% moisture balm. So it’s not as thick and opaque as a normal lipstick and it doesn’t dry my lips out. Plum Kiss is my fave. My momma taught me to match my lipstick to the color of the inside of my lips to stay natural looking. That advice has never steered me wrong.

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    Megan S.
    June 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I love wearing lipstick, but I think that I’m the only one among my friends who feels that way. I wear benefit “la la land” everyday, though I also like some of the shades MAC has. I also love sephora brand lip gloss.

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    Sierra
    June 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I am addicted to gloss and wear Clinque Juicy Apple so often that I go through a tube every few months. When I want more pink and less red I go with MAC Pink Poodle! Hmmm, I am now thinking of trying a lipstick rather then gloss too…fun!!

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    DrayaAnn
    June 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I think I’m the odd man out. I never wear lipstick. I dont even own one tube. I have tried a bunch but for me it’s good ole Keihl’s Lip Balm #1. Just some of that and I’m good to go. I’ve never put on lipstick and felt right in it. I guess I’m just not a lipstick kind of gal.

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    Tam
    June 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I don’t usually wear lipstick because I think it makes people look older than they are. My favorite everyday type color used to be Revlon Honey Bare, but they don’t make it anymore. Boo! Three Custom Color Specialists can whip up a copy, but I can’t make myself splurge for it. I haven’t found a new favorite yet.

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    Sara @ EF eDesigns
    June 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I’m definitely a chapstick or tinted lip gloss girl. I think I own one tube of lipstick that I bought for my wedding four years ago. I *may* put it on if going out for a really fancy dinner, but usually it’s my fall back tinted lip gloss!

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    Ashley
    June 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I NEVER wore lipstick until this year, but I wore gloss all the time. I started to feel like some of my standard glosses were too teenage-y with their glittery/shimmery qualities and glosses just don’t last very long before they need to be touched up anyway, so I felt like it was time for a change. I wanted something that was more “professional” looking, but still age-appropriate (I’m 27).

    For some reason, the drugstore brand lipsticks ALL turn my lips fuchsia. It has to be my body chemistry because it really doesn’t matter which brand or which color. I started to lose hope, but I kept at it and eventually found three that I love.

    Chanel’s Rouge Noir is a great vampy burgundy color that is best suited for fall and winter, but I can blot the heck out of it for a light stained look that I love even during summer. It’s definitely a more “night-out” look though. This is also a color that has the ability to make me look 10 years older if I’m not careful, so I use it sparingly. And it’s insanely expensive. Not awesome.

    MAC’s Myth is a great neutral color. “Peachy-beige” as their website describes. Great for daytime.

    I also love MAC’s Gleam, which is a great anytime option. It’s slightly plummy with a little bit of shimmer, but not as much as a gloss. Without the wet look of a gloss, it doesn’t seem as juvenile.

    Go team lipstick!

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    Deborah Lee
    June 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I love Revlon lipsticks :-)

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    Mandi
    June 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I love wearing matte lipstick. I think that shinier lipstick just looks too… Party girl? But I am still on a hunt for a lipstick that will wear well, and wear evenly. I tried several long last types, but haven’t found any that work to my liking. I think maybe I need to splurge on a non drug store brand! ;)

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      Making it Lovely
      June 28, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      Yes, matte is where it’s at. I like the slightly sheer (NOT shiny) kind too.

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    Mrs Soup
    June 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    My lips tend to peel for some reason, so any lipsticks I try get all flaky really easily and then they just look HORRIBLE.

    But I’m trying some new moisturizer to add to my scrub because I want to be a lipstick girl!

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      WES
      June 29, 2010 at 10:04 am

      Mrs Soup same for me my lips always looked chapped when I try lipstick so I don’t use it as a general rule this is strike one.

      Plus I have small lips so no matter what I try with lining just outside the lip line etc, they always look smaller with lipstick so that is strike two.

      And finally it always ends up on my teeth and any glass that I drink out of and looks gross in my opinion, even the long lasting ones, so that is strike three for me.

      I like the idea of lipstick it just doesn’t work for me.

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    Alana
    June 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve been swearing by Sugar Rose by Fresh. It’s just a wash of pink and it smells wonderful -Like sugary rose.

    I’m all for drugstore brands. Buying smart is waaaay hip.

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    Samae
    June 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Korres Red Wine. I dont even need a mirror to put it on. Its that perfect on my skin!

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    Jen @ das Sushi
    June 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Wonderful!

    No, I love lipstick. There is something so classy and feminine about rolling up that color from the tube.

    My everyday is Clinique Tenderheart. But, I’m beginning to be ready to graduate to a color that doesn’t look exactly like my lip color on a good day. lol

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    Cathi
    June 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    If I could only have one item while stranded on a desert island, it would absolutely be lipstick. In fact, if I am not wearing lipstick, people often ask me if I feel ok. So there’s that.

    I love your research approach (exhaustive, no doubt), and I am surprised by the results. Lipstick is ususally a splurge item for me, but I love discovering a drugstore alternative.

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    Allison
    June 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I love lipstick. I have several neutrals and pinks, but I would like to find the perfect red. And learn how to wear it, too. I always feel kind of funny with darker lipstick on.

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    Alicia
    June 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Do you think these choices will still be your favorites when (if) you go back to your natural hair color? I find I have to find new makeup when my hair color changes even a few shades, like after I get highlights or especially when I go a little redder.

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      Making it Lovely
      June 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      I dyed my hair back to brown this weekend… I couldn’t keep up with the red! It had to be done every two weeks to look good.

      Anyway, these colors looked good with both hair colors. :)

      • Reply
        Danielle
        June 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm

        NOO!!! I loved the red hair! But fully understand. You’ll have to show us some pictures of the new shades on you.

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    Erika
    June 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I love lipstick, lipgloss, lipliner, etc! Those are some very pretty colors.
    My favorite lip liner of all time is made by Loreal, and I am so afraid they will discontinue it. I also love Loreal Mascara – works just as well as the pricey Estee Lauder that I love.

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    Felicity Lingle
    June 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I love(d) the L’oreal Colour Juice sticks. They discontinued them, but i’m still working through that one tube.

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      Leah
      June 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm

      Me, too, Felicity! They do seem to reformulate them every few years, though. Once upon a time, there was Shine Delish, which I adored and bought up on ebay. Then, Colour Juice came along with the same feel and smell. Hopefully something similar will be on the horizon soon!

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    Jennae @ Green Your Decor
    June 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I am SO not a makeup girl at all. I distinctly remember that my mother had to force me to wear lipstick to my high school prom because I flat out refused. Still don’t wear anything but lip gloss to this day — and not even colored lip gloss. And then, if I ever did decide to wear makeup I’d be really concerned about what chemicals were in it. So something tells me I’ll be makeup-less for a looooong time to come :)

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    Kim
    June 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I love Revlon, but I’m starting to like the Maybelline reformulations. I love Born with It, which is more of a nude pink, great everyday, very natural and a little sheer but with a little color to it. My lips are pretty full, which is good–but if I wear very bright or dark colors, I end up looking a little too drag-queenish :)

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    Nicole S.
    June 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    I’m a gloss kind of gal, and I love Aveda’s lip glosses. I also like their lipstick, when I actually buy it.

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    In Honor Of Design
    June 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing your secret;) Love drug store lipstick. Its fun to change up colors per season too!

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    AbraCat
    June 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I love lipstick, especially now that my lips are losing color as I get older. One of those fun things like crepey eyelids that no one warns you about… Anyway, my favorite lipstick is Cover Girl Outlast Smoothwear; I mix Ruby Satin and Coffee Satin in the tube, and then I use Clinique’s Black Honey as my gloss throughout the day. It’s my only department store makeup; everything else is drugstore.

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    Lisa
    June 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I’m a lipstick all day, every day kind of gal. I feel so washed out without it. For the last several years my go-to lipstick has been (OH BOY is this lowbrow): New York Colors (NYC) in Air Kiss (404B). You know, that bottom-shelf makeup brand on par with Wet ‘n Wild at Target? It looks like a very vivid hot pink in the tube, but goes on quite natural and berry-ish (and the texture is pretty great too). I tend to stock up and buy several tubes at a time (less than $2 a pop) because I’m always afraid it will be discontinued. I still splurge and try high-end lipsticks/stains from time to time, but this is the one I keep coming back to.

    http://www.newyorkcolor.com/products/index.cfm?item=486

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    Kathy
    June 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I am in LOVE with MAC’s Ladybug, it’s a sheer red. I have red hair and have found it challenging to find an everyday red. I love this one and I have gotten a few girlfriends hooked on it too. I have been so compelled to wear red lipstick this summer, I don’t know why. The last time I wore red lipstick on a daily basis was my senior year in highschool (1989)when my best friend and I were obsessed with the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She was Marilyn and I was Jane Russell :) Thanks for the fun post! I want to see pics of your new hair and lipstick together!

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    meg
    June 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    i love lipstick. went through a phase when i didn’t do much, but i am back to being in love. my favorite go to shade is nars gipsy. i love a good red and lately have been loving mac ladybug – it is a little bit sheer so it is pretty easy to wear. i highly recommend for those of you who want to try a red. i also am loving the covergirl lip stains. perfect for summer – a little color that stays on. it doesn’t make my lips too dry, but i love the way it looks with something glossy over it. i use rosebud salve. i never leave home without it. have been wanting to try the new revlon colorburst – maybe will give it a whirl on your recommendation!

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    Rainbeau
    June 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Yay for Revlon Super Lustrous! I never wore lipstick before this year. Although I’m an adult, I never felt quite grown up enough to wear a bold red lipstick. It still looks costumey on me. This year I discovered RSL in Nude. It’s perfect! I can wear it every day without looking silly. I wish more women wore lipstick. It really polishes any look.

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    katie
    June 28, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    great colors!

    i buy drugstore mascara and high-end foundation and powder–the skin stuff lasts for a long time and i react with the cheap stuff so it just isn’t worth it, whereas mascara and liner get replaced twice a year anyway.

    i’m on a search for a lip color that stays on my lips. don’t know what it is, but i’ve never gotten a lipstick to last more than half an hour. any recommendations on stains?

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      hsp
      July 5, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      Benetint. Perfect sheer deep pink. Lasts all day.

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    Michele C
    June 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    My all-time favorite lipstick is no more — $1.00 Glitzy Red sold at Walmart. LOOOVVEEED IT! Otherwise, I’m a Clinique and Bare Minerals makeup gal for numerous years. So now, in my bag, too, are two Revlon go-to lipstick shades: A58 Berry Sorbet for everyday and E190 Royal Red, which I don’t love as much as $1.00 Glitzy Red, but my pale lips must be colored!

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    charity
    June 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    i do wear lipstick everyday, but it’s a soft pink usually. nothing to “in your face”. I do agree with eveyone about the lipstick and hair pics too.

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    Ashley
    June 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I’m not really a makeup gal but I’ve been making more of an effort lately. I’ve been really into all the Bare Minerals makeup (mostly because they don’t feel heavy on my skin) but I’m still anti lipstick. I’m more of a tinted gloss wearer.

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    Tracy
    June 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    My email address isn’t Lipstickchick for nothing! As an Avon Rep, I have so many colors to choose from! And the best thing – there is a new lipgloss coming out very soon. It’s an 8-hour lipgloss! I’ve tried a very pretty color – Constant Coral – and I love it! It comes in many different shades too!

    Let me know how many you want. :)

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    Mustang Sally
    June 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Lipstick is my main make-up product. I sometimes go without mascara (gasp!) but never without lipstick. My absolute favorite for every day is Laura Mercier, Healthy Lips. It’s a sheer but definitely not a gloss. It is a soft color and no bad taste. Love, Love, Love it! I think that most of the colors in this sheer line are good.

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    Cynthia
    June 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    OOOOOOh love this:) I am a nearly everyday red lipstick girl and gosh sometimes just wear it even if I am not going any where:) I love NP from Target. There memory foundation is amazing! I love how it is just the right consistency of light foundation and tinted moisturizer.

    Love the choices. Hey Revlon is a classic. It used to be sold in dept. stores in the 50 and 60’s as well as cover girl. My fave hands down is NARS lispticks. They wear so well. Afhgan red (light everyday red), Scarlett empress (the best blue red in the world) and funny face (fushia that would make Audrey Swoon).OK I must stop this ex-cosmetic girl never can get enough!

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    Legally_Pink
    June 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I didn’t realise they sold Napoleon Perdis over there – go Aussie!!

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    Pixie
    June 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I am LOVING that NP red color…and besides the hair color, you seem to have my coloring as far as I can tell from photos. I’m pale but with pinky undertones and I find red is hard to get right with me. I’ve tried all kinds and they look too orangy rather than red. If only there was a Target in NYC! I might have to trek to Brooklyn.

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    Laurie @ Little Blue Chairs
    June 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I wish I could wear lipstick, because I think my pale lips need it. But I have never been able to find a color that doesn’t look like I am wearing clown makeup. I am sure there is a shade out there that will look good on me, but I think I have given up and I now wear lip gloss.

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    haydee yanez
    June 28, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I love Revlon’s ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato. I been living in it all this month!

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    callie grayson
    June 28, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    i adore lipstick and glosses!
    I think there is nothing I love purchasing more, besides shoes and handbags!
    I have not found a perfect shade of red for me just yet, still searching!!
    for lipstick: haven’t found the perfect one yet, but I will!
    for gloss: benefits, california kissing
    xx
    callie

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    Willa
    June 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I…I’m 24 and I don’t know how to apply lipstick. I’ve always been great at coloring (whether it’s with crayon, colored pencils or markers), but when it comes to my face, I’m terrible.

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    Christie
    June 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Hmmm I think we need to see some pictures of you wearing them to be totally convinced! ;)

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    Lauren
    June 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    You aren’t alone. I’ve always worn lipstick, since I first started wearing make up. I have very fair skin, and lipstick helps brighten my face and add some color. These days I’m wearing some by Burt’s Bees, also a drugstore brand. It’s like a chapstick and lipstick all in one and has some nice subtle colors for everyday.

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    joanne
    June 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    my old standby is clinique black honey… sheer and moisturizing with great color!

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      Jenny
      June 29, 2010 at 10:38 am

      This is my favourite too. It’s just enough colour that I think of it as lipstick :)

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    Debra
    June 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Really pretty choices, Nicole! I’m a lipstick Gal myself. Used to love gloss until it began to cause breakouts. These are my fave lipsticks:

    Stila Natalie (discontinued, as w/ most shades that become my faves — bummer!)
    Clinique Shy
    Clinique Black Honey

    Balms:

    Covergirl Lipslicks (tinted lip balm) in Daring
    Rosebud Perfume Co. Brambleberry Rose Lip Balm
    Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm in Lime Rocket

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    greengirl
    June 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I like to buy a new lipstick as a little “treat” every once in a while. A little color to lift me out of a funk, or just because. I am currently loving my MAC “Politely Pink”… I am very fair, and it’s a great daytime nude/pink with a hint of shimmer. I love the bold and colorful shades you selected – perfect!

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    Debbie
    June 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I love lipstick! I too have a 5-10 minute makeup routine, same one for years… it’s pretty much the same whethter I’m running errands, going to work, soccer games with the kids or a wedding. I am going to try the Revlon lipsticks. I have a Clinique one that I love, I think it’s called Sugared Maple. The only makeup I really spend on is the Estee Lauder Double Wear. I swear by it and wear it every day. I only buy it when Estee has a freebie special, and the rest of the makeup I use is from the freebie deals. The colors are always pretty neutral colors and stay on all day.

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    Rachel
    June 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    My mom always said that lipstick “completes the face.” I totally stand by that mantra! I love lipstick and have lots of Revlon colors. Lately though, I’ve been wearing some Lancome shades.

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    Jessica
    June 29, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I love lipstick, especially true reds, but I stick to gloss for everyday wear to keep my daily routine simple. Revlon is definitely my favorite brand, but I’ve been experimenting with nude shades lately and really like this Mary Kay color, Tanned.

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    Scientific Housewife
    June 29, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I haven’t tried those colors but I am a Revlon girl through and through, I have yet to find a Revlon lipstick I don’t like!

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    iris
    June 29, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Drugstore-brand mascara always wins for me. Maybelline Full n Soft. I’m not much of a lipstick wearer, but am a big fan of C.O. Bigelow’s “My favorite lip balm”.

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    Emily
    June 29, 2010 at 9:41 am

    2 summers ago I went in search of the perfect shade of red lipstick and, like you, after searching far and wide (not just in space, but in price range) I too found my perfect shade in Revlon: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cha Cha Cherry. It is still my color of choice and I wear it almost daily. Thanks for the post!!

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    Ally
    June 29, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I’ve yet to find the perfect red lipstick so I might try these. I like a good neutral for everyday wear and like L’Oreal’s Endless #800.

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    HollyP
    June 29, 2010 at 11:21 am

    It may be because I’m a child of the 80s, but I ALWAYS wear lipstick. I have very pale skin and a round face, so the lipstick perks me up and takes attention away from my full cheeks. I swear by the Maybelline 12-hour lipstain, in Plum. It really does last all day.

    Since I’m a work-outside-home mother, I’ve always worn full makeup daily. The 5-10 minute investment is well worth it, for how I feel about my appearance.

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    Erika - 2byDesign
    June 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

    My mom is fabulous and always so beautiful and put together. I swear a reason for this is she REFUSES to leave the house without lipstick on. I’m not kidding, there could be an incoming tsunami and my girl would be searching for her pocket mirror. I on the other hand, have hundreds, maybe even thousands of lipsticks and lipglosses and no matter how hard I try, I can’t get away from my love affair with chapstick. Arizona Sun chapstick in lemon flavor to be exact. Seriously though, it’s a problem.

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    Krista
    June 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I recently bought a Lancome gloss in hot pink and it has SPARKLES in it! I definitely have to wear liner with it and do the finger in the mouth trick to prevent it getting on my teeth, but it is so fun! I love lipstick and lipcolors. For everyday wear I often go with Burt’s Bees lipshimmers – I like the neutral colors and the tingly feel they give. I notice department store lipsticks last longer for me, but I definitely buy drugstore brands as well. I recently bought a Maybelline colorsensational in Coral Crush because I wanted to try out an orangey/coral color since its trendy right now.

    I don’t always have time to do a full face, but lipstick instantly adds glamour, easily. I love it!

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    medha
    June 29, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I am a tried and true lipstick wearer. in fact when I try to do gloss, my coworkers protest.
    my daily application goes like this.
    1. any kind of lipgloss or chapstick
    leave on for a few minutes, wipe off
    2. liner (Mac Cherry)
    3. Matte Lipstick (Mac Ruby Woo)
    3. Satin Lipstick (Mac original Viva Glam)
    Stays on all day if I don’t eat… but thats not an option!

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    jenn
    June 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    i never wore anything on my lips until recently and now i can’t go without it. i feel like a ghost without color! however, lip stick isn’t really for me. i LOVE LOVE LOVE stain! i have recently discovered tarte’s lip stain. it’s moisturizing, so it feels like a chapstick, but way prettier. :)

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    Daria
    June 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I love lipstick. I have tried many and various types of lip gloss, drugstore as well as department store brands, and I’ve hated them all. It’s like having glue over my lips, it feels so un-natural. So I stick with lipsticks, usually drugstore brands, more sheer ones for the summer, and slightly thicker ones for winter. One of my favorites right now is Airy Fairy (I think) from Rimmel, a beautiful dusty pink shade. And it’s so cheap!

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    Sabrina
    June 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I don’t wear lipstick anymore. When I was younger, I would wear different shades of coral or taupe. Now that I’m older and don’t wear as much makeup, I tend to just wear lip balm. I love Kiss My Face organic sliced peach! And for my 30th birthday, a friend got me J. R. Watkins raspberry lip balm. Both smell yummy and make my lips feel soft and smooth! (Lipstick always made my lips dry out.)

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    creole wisdom
    June 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Along the same line… burt’s bees lipstick. You know, it comes in the short, skinny as a pencil tube? They work wonders for me. I find other brands, especially the more expensive ones too heavy. And I’m mixed, so most colors out there look horrid on me. I stick to burt’s bees!

    PS- I LOVE your blog.

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    Johanna
    June 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Please add Rimmel to your list. I promise you won’t be sorry! :) Thanks for sharing.

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    Rachelle
    June 29, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I’m getting more into lipstick now! I find lip gloss doesn’t last long enough. Thanks for the tips

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    Jakki
    June 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

    so love my Revlon…LOVES IT…the only makeup I usually have on is my foundation but most definetly my lipstick. its like…my life almost dependend on it, LOL

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    tim'spumpkinspice
    June 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    i am on my own quest to find the perfect mascara. i also decided against all the top brands (dior, stila, benefit, etc.) because I can’t justify $24 in mascara. So, I applaud the fact that you found drugstore brand lipsticks that work for you. I don’t wear lipstick (I use BonneBell Dr. Pepper lipgloss every single day- perfect hint of color and tastes amazing) but I am glad you found some shade varieties for cheap! yay!

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    Amanda
    June 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Revlon’s Daring Pink lipstick is the shade I’ve been searching for. Thanks for the tip- I’ll definitely treat myself to this the next time I’m at the drugstore.

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    lucy
    June 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I love Laura Mercier’s Bare Lips lipstick. And the L’Oreal Star Secrets Latetia Casta one.

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    Lisa
    July 1, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I tend not to wear lipstick on weekends, but feel more put together at work with it so I wear it then. I have it down to three favorites: Revlon ColorStay Soft & Smooth in Luscious Rose, Revlon ColorStay Soft & Smooth in Natural Cashmere and Rimmel in Airy Fairy. Otherwise, I will wear various tinted lip balms.

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    Cheryl
    July 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I have worn lipstick fairly consistently for the last 20 years. (Oooh, that’s scary saying that out loud.) But that amount of time wearing it has led to my habit of putting it on every day. (I also wear chapstick or lip balm to bed every night.) I think my favorite all time lipstick is Avon’s Plumping Lipstick. I wear that line’s lip conditioner under the colors I enjoy, and it makes them sheerer. Recently, Avon released Smooth Minerals Sheer Lip Tint, and it’s great! No, I am not an Avon rep, but my mom has sold for over 40 years. She is 70 and is often mistaken for a woman in her 50’s. Other than those, I like Chapstick under my lipstick as well. Regardless, of the brand you choose, your lips like your hands are the only set you will ever have. Be good to them with some sort of daily SPF!

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    M
    July 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    NARS wears the best of any brand. It doesn’t have a horrible taste, the colors are beautifully rich, and they fade well. The last quality is very handy if you’re wearing one of their reds. As it fades, you’re left with a lovely stain instead of a ring of red around your lips!

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    Seraph
    July 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I am very fond of lipstick but I just plain don’t wear makeup often. I actually prefer the look of bright or smoky eyeshadow, but my glasses totally obscure any eye makeup I wear and I really dislike wearing contacts. So when I wear makeup, it’s tinted foundation and lipstick.

    I like Clinique’s Angel Red, I have a really great bright no-name pink that my mom gave me ages ago, Cover Girl’s lipstain in Plum Pout is great and long-lasting, and Clinique’s Tenderheart is a really great neutral. I have to give my lips a gentle but thorough buffing with a wet washcloth every so often and I use Burt’s Bees Pomegranate lipbalm under any other lipstick I wear (or over top the stain).

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    Clearly Composed
    July 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Lipstick always makes me feel pretty. The Clinique Black Honey will never go out of style…a total classic. For some real impact though, Cherries in the Snow is a total winner. I think it is Revlon too!

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      jamie
      June 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      My mom has worn Cherries in the Snow for YEARS. Love it!

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    emilie
    July 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    where the pics of you wearing the shades?

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    Emily
    July 14, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I love lipstick! My all-time fave is “O” by MAC.

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    Janice
    September 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I MUST have lipstick on at all times, it just makes me feel like me. I’ve never liked glosses, but L’oreal “spiced cider” #755 has been my daily standard for a number of years. Revlon also has the best colors, and Clinic had a classic “Just gorgous” that they discontinued a number of years back, I actually hunted it down on e-bay several times.
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    STILL looking for the perfect red lipstick…

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    Chaussurefemmes
    November 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    This is several bright color lipstick looks bright. I prefer glossy lipstick, which makes my lips look sexy and flexible.

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    MEK
    January 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I JUST stumbled on Revlon’s “Daring Pink” after a long search for an everyday pink. When I got to the counter, I was surprised to find it was 75% off (good) because it’s being discontinued (very bad!).
    Now I’m wondering whether to stockpile it…
    If you find a good replacement, I’m all ears!

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    Roxie
    May 20, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I LOVE NP Set Lipstick in Madrid as well! I received it in my makeup kit while studying cosmetology at a Paul Mitchell school.. In fact I love it so much traded a ton of my other NP goodies for more… so I now have Madrid stockpile!

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