My go-to lip colors for everyday

I am such a sucker for pink-nude-brown lip colors! They are all so gorgeous, and I can’t get enough. Not only are they super flattering–I love how they enhance my olive skin–these lip colors go with anything from bold, night-out looks to subtle office styles.

There are so many different formulas, as well as finishes and undertones, on the market, and I’ve tried quite a few of them. Turns out, I absolutely love every one of the pinkish, nude-ish, brownish shades in my collection, and I find myself reaching for one or the other most days (or nights!) of the week.

MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Persistence: This one is so good that I actually have an entire post devoted to it, so I won’t go into too much detail here; I put it together in early fall when I first picked this shade up. I have’t put Persistence down since!

Bite Beauty Multistick in Cashew: I am obsessed with Bite’s Multisticks! All Bite products are great, but these definitely take the cake (or the Cashew) for me! They’re easy to apply without a mirror, super pigmented (1-2 swipes is enough) and long-lasting–even through drinking and eating.

Cashew, a rosy taupe shade, is perfect for those “no-makeup” makeup days. And because it doesn’t need a lip liner or any other babysitting, it’s a great one to keep in my bag 24/7. (Plus, because it is a Multistick, it’s safe for the cheeks and eyes, too!)

Note: This is the lip color I am wearing in all the selfies. 🙂

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb: If you’re looking for the smoothest, creamiest, most comfortable lipstick ever, I’d like you to meet Amuse Bouche. This award-winning formula has been recognized by the biggest publications in the beauty industry for its gel-like consistency and high-impact color.

For me Honeycomb is the perfect mid-tone nude; it’s not too pink or too gray. I like to dab it onto my lips for a lived-in, French girl-inspired “melted” look. Speaking of Melted…

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua: You guys already know how much I love this formula; it has been in my collection since 2014. But last year during Sephora’s VIB sale I decided to pick up this bold nude-y shade. I already owned Melted Violet and Melted Nude, which look glam and are perfect for more formal events, but I wanted something I could wear on a day-to-day basis.

Chihuahua is such a gorgeous shade! It’s bold and sophisticated, but still plain enough to be considered a neutral. I love pairing it with a bronze eye and bronzed skin.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Oh Snap: This was one of my first ColourPop purchases over a year ago when I was a broke grad student looking for an affordable option to the trendy pink lipstick tones.

Dark, dramatic, vampy lips had been popular for so long (and I still love them!), but I hardly owned any natural-looking lipstick shades until I bought this one.

I was so pleasantly surprised with this product! The color, a muted, dusty rose, was exactly what I had in mind, and the long-wearing formula wasn’t drying at all despite its matte finish. In terms of lip colors, the Lippie Stix is by far my fav product from ColourPop.

Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Sydney (no longer available): I was so disappointed when I started putting this post together and couldn’t find this shade for sale anywhere–not Ulta (where I purchased it), not Sephora, not even! This is definitely something I was hoping to restock when I ran out.

The three-in-one formula is unlike anything I’ve tried before. It has a pointed tip for lining the lips, but you can also angle it sideways in your hand to fill in your entire pout more quickly. And like most Buxom products, Full-On lipstick has a tingly plumping effect.

On the website and on the packaging, this products claims to have a matte finish. And while it isn’t super shiny by any means, to me it seems to have more of a satin finish, which I looove much more so than matte lipsticks. Sydney, a pink-nude, is my go-to my-lips-but-better shade.

Tarte Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit: I received this (along with an Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush that I *looove*) as my VIB birthday gift from Sephora last year, and I am so, sooooo happy with it! I’ve tried a number of different matte liquid lipsticks (including Kylie Cosmetics and NYX Lip Lingerie) over the past few years, and this is by far my fav formula.

Like most liquid lipsticks, it’s matte and long-wearing, but it’s not streaky or crusty whatsoever. The light pink-nude color is also perfect–not too light, not too pink, not too nude. It looks great with fresh-faced, rosy makeup, and it looks great with an intense smoky eye.

Glossier Generation G in Leo: The one and only Gen G in my collection (although, I’ve had my eyes on Crush for a while now)! I absolutely love this warm cocoa brown shade, which was named after everyone’s favorite 90s heartthrob. Leo instantly warms my complexion and I love it!

You know the drill with this formula: layer 1-2 swipes for a sheer look, or 3-4 swipes for stronger color payoff. (I almost always go with the latter because I just cannot get enough Leo!)

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu: NYX Butter Gloss is the best lip formula at the drugstore, hands down. It’s seriously shiny–never sparkly–but don’t be fooled by the name: these guys are ultra-pigmented.

There’s a rumor among the beauty community that Tiramisu is a universally flattering shade, and I definitely believe it. The brownish undertones mixed with a dusty pink base (topped with a glossy finish) give me all the Em Rata vibes. I love wearing this shade for subtle sexiness on a night out.

ColourPop x Kathleenlights Ultra Glossy Lip in Moon Child: Just the best lip gloss ever! I mentioned Moon Child in my February favorites a few weeks ago, and I am still loving this lippie as much as ever. Because I’ve already talked about it on here, I won’t go into too much detail in this post–you’ll have to peep my Feb favs if you want to know more 😉

But, I will say that Moon Child is so gorgeous over a pinky-nude lip liner (like ColourPop’s Oh Snap Lippie Pencil), but I’m sure it looks great paired with pretty much anything. Aaand, like ColourPop’s entire range, it’s super affordable and amazing quality.


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