For the Love of Pink Lipstick

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I have struggled to find a great drugstore pink lipstick that I love. And trust me, I have LOOKED. The L’Oreal lipsticks have way too much fragrance for me, and other brands’ soft pinks tend to either look mauve or too brown on me.

I have, though, found a handful of wonderful pink lipsticks from Sephora and will share the round up below.

When I’m looking for a pink lipstick, I don’t want it to be too bumble gum, too brown, or too beige. I want a classic true pink that is wearable for every day.

My most recent addition is Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick 2 in Dancefloor Princess. It’s what I’m wearing in the photo above. It is not only a true soft pink, but it has a satin finish and stays put for hours.

I really love the Armani Beauty Lip Power Long Lasting Lipsticks too. They are truly long-wearing and very comfortable on the lips. A few of my favorite colors are 104, 114, and 111.

Tom Ford Lipstick in Spanish Pink is a beautiful, slightly more coral shade. Wears nicely and is more of a matte finish.

For a more sheer, shiny, “lip balm feel” finish, I really love Kosas Wet Stick Moisturizing Shiny Sheer Lipstick with Ceramides in Malibu or Baby Rose.

The YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipstick Balm is a super moisturizing formula but the color doesn’t last terribly long. It’s a delight to reapply, though, because these lipsticks smell like watermelon.

As far as gloss goes, sometimes I wear it and sometimes I don’t! I really love the Pat McGrath Labs Lip Gloss in Peach Perversion. It adds just the right amount of shine and reflection, making the lips look fuller.


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Leslie A says · 01.18.24

Thanks for the updated list. I’m still wearing Liv it Up based on your previous rec. Time to check these out!

KT says · 01.22.24

Did YSL change their lipstick scent recently? In the past they were always known for being mango scented. I know it was off-putting to some so I’d love to know if it’s been updated!

Liz says · 01.31.24

I believe it was you, Kate, who turned me on to Revlon’s Pink In The Afternoon. It is still one of my go-to favs and is creamy without being heavy. Im interested to try some of these you suggest in this post too.