I Keep Buying the Same Lipstick Color from Dozens of Different Brands

There is no shortage of fig-colored lip products in my makeup collection, and I can justify that, I swear.
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January 8, 2016
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I must own one or two hundred different lip products, but most of them fall into the brown-pink color family. Obviously, I know what I like. Think of an updated nineties look — something like what we’ve seen from Kylie Jenner this past year.

My friends would probably tell you that I wear the same couple of lipsticks all the time, but I can assure you that they are definitely wrong.

So much more goes into my choice of lipstick than most people will ever understand, and that’s why I need so many options. While I love wearing my brown-pink shades on the daily, what works with a smoky eye and fierce contour doesn’t look right with a minimal makeup look. I need lip products that will work with my ever-changing makeup routine.

For instance, to the untrained eye, theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charming looks pretty similar to my Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long Wear Lip Color in Inspirée. To me, however, they serve two totally different purposes.

I wear Charming on those days when I know I’m going to see a million people I know. It’s a full-face-of-makeup kind of product.

This matte liquid lipstick looks amazing in contrast with my pale skin. It’s a showstopper. Plus I know it won’t wear off if I’m out all day and won’t have time to reapply in a mirror.

Inspirée is my lipstick for a totally different kind of day. It warms up my complexion, and I usually pair it with some concealer, neutral shadow, and mascara. I’ll wear it when I’m feeling more casual, hanging out with my family and friends. I can swipe it on easily, so it’s perfect when I want something effortless.

Each of my lipsticks has a profile like this. But I’ve narrowed it down to just a few so I don’t bore anyone to death.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara is just the perfect everyday lipstick. This little guy is super-creamy and gives the right amount of pigmentation because traditional nudes tend to wash out my pale skin.

I’m often hesitant to shell out more than $30 for a lipstick, but this one is always making its way out of my purse for quick touchups throughout the day.

I’m the type of person who needs color on her lips all the time, so even when my lips are dry and flaky I don’t like to give them a break from lipstick. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Fuller Fig is the perfect balance between a moisturizing balm and a lip color that will give my look some life. Plus, it’s sheer enough so it won’t look crazy if you’re not wearing any other makeup.

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1993 is the epitome of the '90s makeup look, so its shade name should not come as a surprise. It leans a lot more brown than pink, and it certainly makes a statement. I feel like I’m on an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 when I wear this, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I love to pair it with its matching liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil in 1993, to keep the matte color lasting all day long.

I just had to mention another one of my liquid lipstick shades from theBalm, Committed. They are so long lasting and come in the exact shades I want on my lips. They do get a little dry, so I dab a little lip balm on the center of my lips whenever it feels like they’re getting dehydrated. I can eat and drink with this on and never worry about how it looks, so it’s perfect for a night out.

We all have our own beauty obsessions; mine happens to be hoarding dozens of brownish-pink lip products. Thankfully I have one for every occasion, and I probably won’t stop buying them.

  • What lip color keeps showing up in different packages in your makeup collection?
  • Can you recommend another product that comes in a color like my figgy favorite?