Monday, May 11, 2015

Asking for a Friend - My Lips but Better Shades

My Lips but Better Shades

My Lips but Better (MLBB), a phrase I am sure many of us have grown to hate along the way due to over use - it is the same with Holy Grail status, it is waved around too frequently to mean all that much. However it is beyond wonderful when you do stumble across that one lip shade that is entirely you, by that I mean a hue so close to your own natural lip colour that you could fool others (dependant on the finish of course) that you have nothing at all on your lips.

This may seem pointless to some but rather than nothingness, I find that having a shade so close to my own natural lip colour enhances and defines. It takes my lips from being a non-feature to a focal point. Yes I do have large and fairly full lips but they are far from pigmented, in fact without a slick of colour they somewhat blend into my face. My 'My Lips but Better' shade gives me the confidence of a bright lip colour be it red or otherwise all the while never overshadowing or overwhelming any other make-up choice.

Yes the term 'My Lips but Better' is completely over used but there is certainly space in every make-up collection for one and let me tell you it is pretty life changing as far as cosmetics go when you find the perfect fit. I have two MLBB shades within my arsenal MAC Pink Plaid Lipstick which is a shade that doesn't get nearly enough credit within the beauty world - a dusky, muted pink that will suit most. I also rate Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native but admittedly it can run a little too pale and stark on my complexion depending on the season. Next time you visit MAC I urge you to pay this a little attention. If a matte lip is what I crave then it is all about Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob is my go to - again muted, this nude pink allows me to define my lips and should I wish over line all the while looking natural. Even if this is not close to your natural lip colour this is one everyone should add to their shopping lists - it is one of the best lip liners I have ever used and pairs well with most pink lipsticks.

So those are my natural lip colour enhancing shade, what are yours?

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  1. I bought Revlon "Pink in the Afternoon" a couple of days ago. It's almost perfect... a little too salmon-ish maybe, but it looks nice. Still on the hunt for the perfect nude... lol.

  2. I really want to try the mac lipstick out!
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  3. Thank you so much for bringing Pink Plaid to my attention. I love seeing other MAC lipstick's get a bit of attention, there's only so much you can read about Velvet Teddy you know?

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  4. Mine is definitely Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat liner in Pillow Talk. It is just magnificent, the only lip product that I will continue to buy - forever! I also love adding a swipe of her Matte Revolution lipstick in Very Victoria if I want to make my lips a little darker. These two make a beautiful combination.

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  5. My favourite is the Dior Addict Lip Glow balm - it just makes my lips a little pinker, a little fuller, a little shinier than natural. I love wearing it if I'm wearing no-makeup makeup (or actually no makeup!)

  6. Lovely shades! My "my lips but better" lipstick is a Velvet Mat lipstick by Kiko, it's a beaufitul pink shade that I wear when I want a natural makeup look :)

    Julia xx
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  7. I really want to try this range from Urban Decay they seem to have alot of gorgeous shades x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  8. East end snob is a makeup must have. I would love to try some more products from UD, all I have tried so far is their eyeshadows.

  9. I love East End Snob liner from Rimmel, it's a recent discovery but it's quickly become my favourite lip liner, I will definitely give Pink Plaid a try next time I'm in Mac. My favourite Mac shade recently has been Blankety, with Brave coming in a close second.

  10. NARS Anna is a beautiful, purple-y colour. But for a straight up MLBB, Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition's Nude-ist shade is perfect.

    Rachel |

  11. I really like MAC's See Sheer. It's not your typical MLBB shade, because it's a corally-brown shade. I apply it, and then blot it with my finger and really love the finish and shade! Nobody at my work really wears make up (boo!) so I'd feel overdressed with a bold lip, but See Sheer is perfect!

  12. These all sound lovely, hadn't heard of that MAC lipstick before! There are so many underrated shades. My lips are quite pigmented and red so I normally go for something rosy like Revlon's Berry Smoothie.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  13. I'm a big fan of UD's Naked lipstick - slightly less pink/more corally brown than Native. x

    Melissa | M is for Melissa

  14. Mac's Brave is my go-to lip shade for those days when I want a my lips but better shade!


  15. Pink Plaid looks amazing, definitely my kind of shade! I love Chanel Mademoiselle, a similar shade but perfect to wear all day and night over any shade of liner

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  16. That MAC shade definitely looks like one I'd love to try!

    Freya Ella x

  17. I would definitely recommend checking out NARS Barbara or Urban Decay Liar, they're both a little more brown toned but not in an overpowering way. I have extremely pale skin and they're both stunning and so flattering on!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

  18. I really want to try Rimmel's East End Snob but wherever I go it's sold out!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  19. These look gorgeous! Mine has to be MAC Jubilee! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  20. Mine is MAC Gem of Roses

  21. I also see UD Native as my shade, but Liar is closer match, same collection but a little darker, less pink.. its perfect. You should check it out. Its beautiful :)

  22. Native is such a beautiful shade! I love UD lipglosses from the Summer 15 collection!

    Annie | DrugstoreDreamer

  23. I love East End Snob! It's the perfect everyday lip liner! Pink Plaid looks beautiful. I will have to add it to my ever growing MAC wishlist!

    Amy | Dervish Darling

  24. i've been meaning to pick up pink plaid, it's absolutely stunning. for right now, i'm reaching for MAC craving and please me.

    brooke | brooke elise beauty

  25. I lost my MLBB lipstick for 6 months but I found it in a pair of shorts last week! I know how much it means to have that perfect lip shade!


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