Friday, March 20

- Top 5 Lipsticks: From Neutral to Berry...

For today's post, I wanted to break down key lipstick shades and show you my number one choice for each. This will be really useful if you're just starting a lipstick collection and unsure which product to go for, or if you're wanting to branch out and add more to your pile. This post will consist of my favourite nude, pink, coral, red and berry lip products.

NUDE: MAC Patisserie
This is hands down my everyday lip product. It's the perfect 'your lips but better shade' and doesn't dry out the lips. Before purchasing this, I assumed the MAC Lustre finish would be too sheeny for me, but this adds just the right amount of colour.

PINK: Revlon #225 Sultry
This matte balm is the perfect dusky rose pink. I prefer this tone as I'm not really a fan of 'barbie' or 'bubblegum' pinks as I find I can't pull them off. I've seen a few people be put off by these Revlon lip crayons due to the slight peppermint scent, but I'm really not a mint fan and have no issues with it. After years of automatically reaching for reds, I need to expand my collection of pinks - next on my list is the MAC lipstick in Mehr.

CORAL: MAC Vegas Volt
My go-to Summer shade! From the 'Amplified' range, Vegas Volt is bright, vibrant and perfectly pigmented. The formula is creamy and I like how the coral shade has a hint of pink, rather than being overly orange. I'd definitely recommend this shade if you're wanting to branch out into corals but not sure if to brave it!

RED: Rimmel Kate Moss #107
Hands down the most talked about and sought after drugstore lipstick. This cool-toned lipstick suits all complexions and is the perfect sultry red. This is a great one to start with if you're getting used to rocking a red lip; I need to experiment with warmer-toned ones to see if I can make them work for me.

BERRY: Maybelline Color Drama #310 Berry Much
This was my most worn A/W14 lip product. It's surprisingly hydrating, gives off impressive pigmentation and has high longevity. I'm not aware of many deep berry drugstore lip products, but I'd definitely recommend this if you're searching for one.

What do you think of my top 5 lip products to cover all bases? Let me know in the comments.


  1. Coral and pink looks so pretty...

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. I love the Berry shade :) Really loving this colour right now!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  3. Ooooh MAC Vegas Volt looks gorgeous!! xx
    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  4. Lovely picks! I think that MAC's Vegas Volt looks super pretty.
    Ting | The Ting Thing

  5. Wow - so many lovely shades! They all look uhmazing on you. I lusted after Berry Much all Autumn but always missed out on it when I tried to pick it up. I've previously toyed with the idea of Vegas Volt too; however it always looks super orange when I swatch it and so I've kinda shied away from it. Love this idea for a post though, great job Karen! xxx

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive

  6. I don't think I have seen that MAC shade around before, but it's gorgeous and looks lovely on.

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

  7. Gorgeous shades, think my favourite is Red, it looks really pretty! <3

    I have a new outfit up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

    * Electric Sunrise - Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *


  8. You have such a good selection of lipsticks. I am in the middle of starting a small lipstick collection of my own and the first one I purchased was the Kate Moss 107! I really want to get more mac lipsticks but I find them so expensive. I guess I need to start saving!


  9. These are some brilliant choices, so really pretty colors. I LOVE the Revlon Matte Balms.

  10. I totally agree with you on the Maybelline Color Drama pencil in berry Much - such a gorgeous shade of berry! Definitely need to add MAC Patisierre to my collection - I know, how can I not already own this?! Looks like the perfect Nude to me...Great post :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

  11. I have been wanting to try the Revlon one for a long time now, but always forget until I get home! I should just buy it online at this point.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  12. Lovely colours! Patisserie and Sultry look really pretty! :) x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  13. Are those MAC new? I absolutely love them, the formula is fantastic! I really enjoyed this post, Karen! I have to say that I'm obsessed with lipsticks! xx

  14. MAC Patisserie looks like a gorgeous everyday shade :)

    Rachel |

  15. All the lipsticks are great !
    I can't even pick my favourite !

  16. Love the look of Patisserie - definitely checking it out on my next MAC browse ;) xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  17. Love the shades, they are all perfect and suits you so well x

    Beauty with charm

  18. I saw this on your IG and I knew I had to hop over here for a read! I have Vegas Volt but darn it looks so weird on me. :-( I need to play around with the makeup so it'll look good but if I wear it on its own, just downright weird.

    I have yet to see Maybelline Colour Drama here! It's terrible and I am tempted to order online.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  19. These are so pretty! I really like lie MAC Patisserie and Revlon Sultry.
    xoxo Lauren | Will Sing For Makeup

  20. Berry and pink looks lovely on. I really want to get a chubby stick Lucy x

  21. Such great color's I honestly love them.

  22. Great lip picks! Kimmel 107 will always be one of my absolute favourites.

    alice x | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

  23. berry is lovely

  24. I love the way you presented these colors. They all look so lovely!
    Melanie @

  25. MAC Vegas Volt is beautiful, I love an orange coral but honestly they're so hard to pull off whereas this is really wearable :) I have the Berry Much lip crayon, it is really deep for a drug store lip!

    India | Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  26. What beautiful colours! xx

  27. They all look lovely on you. I've not got a berry lippy, must be the only blogger that hasn't haha!

    Corinne x

  28. Both Pink and Berry from your swatch look so lovely! I always prefer nude to any color, but you know, spring makes girl do surprising things:))

    Oly | TLV Birdie Blog
    TLV Birdie on Instagram

  29. I definitely need to go and get some of the Color Drama by Maybelline. Heard nothing but good things. Will have to get that shade too- perf for Autumn. :)
    Yours Truly, NY

  30. I love all of these shades on you! I really need to invest in some of the ColorDrama pencils, I've heard such great things x

    Always, Alice x

  31. I love the pink and coral on your Karen! <3

    Not sure I'd call 107 a red though. I always refer to it as my berry lipstick! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  32. Vegas Volt features in my collection as well. I've been wanting Patisserie for a while now but I completely forgot about that one when I did my last Back 2 MAC! Next time. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  33. I love the look of the revlon balm, I'm not sure I've seen the shade around before, but it's my favourite of the bunch :)

    Velvet Blush

  34. Such pretty choices! I wish I suited more colours of lipstick xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  35. I love the berry one! You're right about that shade being hard to find.

    PS- its my first time on your blog, I love your header!