Lipstick Arsenal: Favorite Pinks & Nudes

There was not meant to be such a long gap between posts, my sincerest apologies! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that The Boyfriend and I recently found our dream home and have been in the process of acquiring said house and selling our current home. Home owner life is no joke! Now that I’ve littered this post with excuses, let’s move on.

A while back someone asked me to swatch my entire lipstick arsenal, and that’s just… a task I’m not sure I’m ready for yet. That said, there are some clear winners in every color category and I thought that sharing those would be a lovely compromise. No one really needs to see my stuff that’s just okay, right? So let’s start off with the basics: the pinks, nudes, pinky nudes, and nude-y pinks! Here are my top five for spring/summer 2017.

Lime Crime Matte Velvetine liquid lipstick in Marshmallow (, $20.00/0.88oz) – This isn’t the first time Lime Crime has made it into a favorites list of mine, I absolutely love the long-lasting ultra-liquid formula of their Velvetine liquid lipsticks. This slightly-pink nude shade is perfect for every day, and it’s one of the few that stays in my rotation all year long.

MAC x Samantha Ravndahl Cremesheen lipstick (Limited Edition, $17.00/3g) – I was really hesitant to share this one because it is both limited edition (no longer available) and not cruelty free, but damn I love this lipstick so much – and Temptalia has shared a great selection of dupes. A light neutral-warm pink in MAC’s Cremesheen formula, this is by no means a super unique shade, but somehow it is actually pretty unique to my personal collection and I absolutely love it. I’ve never owned anything in the Cremesheen finish before, but I am completely converted. It’s creamy, it’s super comfortable, and for someone who is generally a liquid lipstick person, it’s a great little wrench in my arsenal to switch things up. (Also a great formula choice if you’re planning to eat a lot, it’s the perfect handbag shade and so easy to reapply).

 Long-Wear Lip Crème liquid lipstick in Rosé (, $18.00/0.21oz) – This might seem like an odd choice, metallic shades rarely fall into the natural-looking category, but this one from Jouer stuns me every time I put it on. From most angles, it’s a lovely cool mauve, but when the light hits it just right: boom, metallic rosé for days, you can almost taste it. Definitely more of a mousse formula than completely liquid, it applies beautifully and lasts for ages. *Please note: like all lipsticks, oils will remove it and that includes the oils in food. No lipstick is going to be completely impenetrable to salad drenched in olive oil or a juicy burger, so when I say it lasts for ages – be reasonable with your expectations.

Dose of Colors
 Matte liquid lipstick in Stone (, $18.00/0.16oz) – I originally purchased Stone because it looked like such a perfect “greige” shade in most swatches I had seen, but blame it on my cool undertones or the natural pigmentation of my lips, this is practically a MLBB (My Lips But Better) shade on me. This dusty pink/mauve looks great on most skin tones, but it definitely is more on the natural nude side for those of us with cooler undertones. I love the dipped shape of the doe foot applicator and the matte formula is one of my favorites. Another “year round” shade for me, high marks all around.

MAC / Lime Crime / Dose of Colors / Kat Von D / Jouer

Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in Lovesick (Sephora, $20.00/0.22oz) – This shade is described as a mauve nude, but on me it’s definitely more of a cool light pink. I’d still consider it a pretty natural level of pink though and it’s a great choice for the office or a night out. There are other formulas I’ve grown to love more than this one, but it’s my number one of liquid lipsticks available at Sephora. Long-lasting and comfortable to wear (as far as liquid lipsticks go), this is a major player in my spring/summer lipstick game.


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was not asked to write this, nor were any items provided to me free of charge or in exchange for a review. I receive a one-time referral  bonus when you sign up to earn cash back through Ebates using my link. Sephora, MAC, and Ulta are available for cash-back purchases through Ebates. With the exception of MAC, all products listed in this post are cruelty-free.

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