Lipsticks For That Perfect MLBB: My Lipstick Collection Part 4

mlbb lipstick for medium skin

Woohoo it's onto part 4 of my lipstick collection series and into my favourite lipstick color family right now: pinks!

In this multi-part series, I'm sharing a peek into my "active" lipstick collection. Right now I have 2 pencil cases (like the kind you use in elementary school to hold pencils and school supplies) full of lipsticks and these make up my go-to daily rotation. This series will feature those products and hopefully will inspire you to try a new lippie yourself!

In the previous installments, we went through my go-to reds, plums and orange-red/orange lipsticks. That's a total of 21 lipsticks so far! I'm equally pleased and horrified that I count this many lipsticks as my "daily go-to's." Seriously, do I have a problem?


Living that pink life

Anyways, self-examinations aside, this week's installment enters into the color area that I've been riding a love wave on for the past 2 years: pinks and specifically, MLBB. For the non-initiated, MLBB stands for My Lips But Better and are those much coveted colors that resemble your natural lip color, and elevates it. These are the kinds of colors that go with any makeup look, any occasion and give you that boost in confidence no matter what else is going on. They're like a security blanket, a best friend in a tube, and way more reliable than that guy you thought you'd be with forever (trust me).

Everyone's perfect MLBB is different, but my preferred MLBB sits firmly in a range of petal to rose pinks with a couple of beige pinks thrown in for fun.

How do you pick your MLBB?

To pick your own MLBB, try to pick a pink that is within 1-2 shades of your natural lip color; that could be either lighter or darker, depending on the look you're going for, but going darker is probably safer so you avoid looking washed out. If you have a cooler skin tone, you can opt for more petal or even orchid pink shades, whereas warmer skin tones look better with pinks that have more brown undertones. These are just guidelines though, so feel free to go wild and go with whatever makes you feel good!

my favourite pink lipsticks
From left to right: The Body Shop Colour Crush, Burberry Lip Mist in Camellia Pink, Bite Amuse Bouche in Fig, MAC Cremesheen Glass in Richer, Lusher, Kiko Milano 3D Hydra lipgloss in Natural Rosewood, Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Pinky Nude, Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer in Beige Pop, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in Rosetto

Here are the details on my go-to MLBB shades:
  • The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick (review) - I feel kinda ashamed how old this lipstick is since I first reviewed it way back in 2014! This one is super creamy with a glossy finish and a sheer rosy pink color with a touch of coral. If you like tinted lip balms, then you'll like this one.
  • Burberry Lip Mist in Camellia Pink - Another sheer lip tint option, this lipstick is a carnation pink shade with neutral undertones. On my brownish lips, it's hard to see this lipstick unless I really layer it, which makes it an easy subtle option.
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Fig - One of my first Bite lipstick purchases, Fig will always have a special spot in my heart. Fig is a warm petal pink with very slight blue undertones, but don't worry warmer skin tones can still pull this one off. Fig is very pigmented with 1 swipe opacity and it has a slightly creamy matte texture that's pretty comfortable to wear, although it does feel heavier than the previous options.
  • MAC Cremesheen Glass in Richer, Lusher - I picked this one up after a MAC counter makeover and I just fell in love with it. Richer, Lusher is a peachy pink gloss that feels slick, but never sticky like a lot of MAC glosses can be. It's also surprisingly pigmented and goes great with smoky eye looks. 
  • Kiko Milano 3D Hydra lipgloss in 08 Natural Rosewood - I picked this one up while in Spain last year and it is so fabulous that I wish I'd picked up more shades. Super pigmented, creamy and wonderfully glossy, this gloss makes my lips look lush and youthful. Natural rosewood is the perfect medium rose-pink that really perks up my face with just a hint of color that is super natural looking.
  • Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Pinky Nude (review) - As you can tell by the worn down tip, Pinky Nude is my go-to lip crayon. This crayon is a gorgeous New York Pink, with warm brown undertones. Unlike most lip crayons or pencils, this one glides across my lips with 1 swipe color that doesn't settle into my lip lines and lasts for hours without feathering, transfer or fading! 
  • Clinique Pop Lip Primer + Color in Beige Pop (review) - Beige Pop is probably one of the lightest shades in this roundup; it's a pale brown pink that wears pretty nude on my lips. This one is a bit out of my comfort zone as it's so nude and pale, but some days you just want that type of look right? I think fairer skin tones would look really pretty with this. 
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate in 43 Rosetto - for ages I had been searching for the perfect brown nude lipstick to wear with strong eyes and I think I have found it in Rosetto! This lipstick looks brown in the tube, but swatches and wears as more of a medium brown with light rose mixed in. This one is just pink enough to not totally match my skin color, which is my problem with most brown and nude lipsticks that tend to just wash me out by matching too closely to my skin. For a drugstore lipstick, I'm so impressed by this one's color payoff and longevity! It's also a cream finish, which of course is my favourite!

my lips but better lipstick
From left to right: The Body Shop Colour Crush, Burberry Lip Mist in Camellia Pink, Bite Amuse Bouche in Fig, MAC Cremesheen Glass in Richer, Lusher, Kiko Milano 3D Hydra lipgloss in Natural Rosewood, Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Pinky Nude, Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer in Beige Pop, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in Rosetto



What are your go-to MLBB shades? 




PS. Catch up on my previous lipstick round-ups:




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