Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What is your current go-to my-lips-but-better (MLBB) shade? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI usually reach for Guerlain Ginny, which was LE, but it works well for me!

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101 thoughts on “What is your current go-to my-lips-but-better (MLBB) shade?

  1. My all time favorite is MAC’s Viva Glam V!

  2. Sara

    Tom Ford Indian Rose or Lipstick Queen Jean Queen.

  3. I use Teddy Bare by Milani. Awesome.

  4. Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle and Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Apres L’Ondee. :)

  5. Revlon’s Lip Butter in Pink Truffle, or Maybelline’s Baby Lips in Yummy Plummy over NYX’s slim lip pencil in Pale Pink.

  6. Brenda

    MLBB hands down is Dior Lip Glow in Coral it gives me that perfect is my lips but better and glowy. thinking of getting the pink one too. and of course getting back up of the coral one too.

    • Why don’t I have this in Coral?!? I love the pink one, but I just looked up Coral and I’m dying for it! Do you have the original one that came out in like 2012, or the new one that was part of Dior’s Spring 2014 collection?

  7. Etude House Etoinette Crystal Shine Lips in uh…. PBE001? Something like that.
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  8. I’m *loving* L’Oreal Rouge Caresse in ‘Rose Mademoiselle’ alot! Though I wish it had a better staying power but its a great MLBB shade!
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  9. Avatar of Denise S. Denise S.

    Despite my massive lipstick collection I’m still looking for my holy grail MLBB shade.Mac’s Tart and Trendy or Viva Glam Cyndi look natural on me.

  10. Avatar of Kulpreet KK

    Bobbi Brown Rich Colour – shade Heather Pink
    Guerlain Rouge G #4 Gentiane

    I am NC 30 in MAC

  11. Avatar of Lisemarie Lisemarie Visnic

    My all time best is Clinique’s Different Lipstick in Spiced Apple. It was also my first red lipstick, I was always too self conscious to wear red when I was younger. That is definitely no longer the case.:-D

  12. Emy

    For me, one or two layers of Dior Lip Glow gives me a slightly brighter MLBB lip shade. However, any more than that and there’s a chance of it turning slightly fuschia on me.

  13. Avatar of Lizzie Lizzie

    Tolede by NARS!

  14. I’d go with either Cargo Bombay or Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate

  15. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Maybelline Born With It and Nude Embrace have been getting a lot of rotation lately. :) MAC Innocence, Beware! is still my favorite nude – shame it dries me out!

  16. Rouge D’Armani in 502, Tom Ford in Indian Rose and Nars lip pencil in Dolce Vita. Different finishes that play along very well with each other.

  17. Lancôme Love it! Unfortunately it’s not available in Europe
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  18. I’ve recently been to Germany and got the p2 Pure Color lipstick in 012 Kärntnerstrasse. It was only 1,95 euro (so even less dollar) and it is amazing. Will definitely go back to Germany to get more colors of that line. They were sold out this time. No wonder!

  19. Nicole

    Laura Mercier Babydoll lipgloss and Rouge D’Armani No 506.

  20. Avatar of strangelighting A Name

    Urban Decay Liar. It also works suprisingly well with other shades on top or mixed with it. I used it with Bobbi Brown Soft Coral on top yesterday, I thought they went really well together.

  21. Rimmel’s Fudge Brownie. I didn’t buy it as an MLBB but it did turn out be one. Rose with a slight golden sheen. Very pretty!

  22. Avatar of KaseyCannuck KaseyCannuck

    MAC Capricious.

  23. Avatar of Mardi Mardi

    Lipstick Queen Jean Queen for me.

  24. san

    Skin tone:Nars sheer glow Tahoe.
    Pigmented lips…MLBB lipstick Mac..Creme in your coffee..or mac lipliner Whirl.Cant wait to see other recs to find some new mlbbs.

  25. Mine will always be Gem of Rose from MAC, which was also LE. I wish they would repromote it so I can stock up!!

  26. I love Smashbox Flawless for a nude MLBB shade but it was discontinued. :( I have since found a dupe but it’s not quite the right texture, so I’m still on the hunt for something that really captures the same feel. Until then, I use sparingly.

  27. Avatar of Lauren Lauren

    Mine is a toss-up between Clinique Whole Lotta Honey and MAC’s Brave.

  28. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie

    ouuuu, my newest, Givenchy Brun Createur

  29. Avatar of Lily Kelley Lily

    Clinique Pure Posh, Dior #618 Twill.

  30. MLBB for me would be MAC Fast Play :) i love that one on myself ..
    and my wish list includes CHANEL BOY :)
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  31. Avatar of Lauren Lauren

    Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Honey. I also like Too Faced lipstick in Spice Spice Baby.

  32. Zainab

    The closest I’ve got are MAC Hug Me and NARS Bilbao, both of which are a bit too brown. I swear my lips are cooler toned than all the rest of me.

  33. Avatar of Pamyla PJ

    Chantecaille lip chic in Amour really fits the bill for me right now. I love that formula. So moisturizing and glossy! I can’t go anywhere without my lipstick, and when I attend outdoor activities, (softball games) wearing anything brighter, I feel overdressed!

    • Eliz

      Amour is a great shade and I love the Lip Chic formula too. Dior Addict Extreme in Incognito has a very similar texture to the Lip Chics and is a subtle chocolate pink. Not quite a MLBB, but a totally wearable shade that never feels overdone.

  34. JJ

    MAC’s Hug me! I haven’t gone out to get a new tube, because I wanted to try other brands and finishes. My newest and most loved MLBB shade is YSL’s Chocolate in Style, and I’m hooked!

  35. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer M

    Too Faced Sweet Maple. As soon as I saw it on your page, I had to have it!

  36. MAC Viva Glam V! A MAC makeup artist suggested it once and I’m on my second tube now. That never happens for me and lipstick–I usually barely get through a tube!
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  37. Avatar of Laura Laura

    Toss up between Fresh Sugar Rose and Bite Lychee.

  38. Definitely NARS Dolce Vita sheer lipstick (not the matte pencil). I like to reach for it when I’m going for a professional look, or if I’m dressed casually and just want a little bit of color. The NARS’ sheer lipstick range is also quite hydrating, so I like Dolce Vita for that, too!

  39. Avatar of Lisa Lisa

    I have two, UD Requim and Mac One of a Kind. I’ll need to find a new favorite though since I can’t repurchase either.

  40. Urban Decay Naked 2 lipstick and Milani Teddy Bare.

  41. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Maybelline Sin-a-mon & Nude Embrace. I haven’t had either one for very long, but both are exactly what I’ve been looking for, across many brands/pricepoints, for quite some time. I prefer Nude Embrace, but as it is LE, Sin-a-mon is a close second. I also really like Kat von D Lolita.

  42. Kathryn T.

    Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Rhubarb.

  43. Avatar of Wwendy Wwendalynne

    My absolute favourite MLBB lipstick is a big question mark. It’s an old shade of lipstick done by Sephora ages and ages ago and it is a dulled pinky brown (matches Illamasqua naked rose blush in tone almost perfectly).. anyhow, it’s a dead ringer for my natural lip shade and I love it..and it is almost gone :(

  44. Anu

    I have couple of them. Chanel hydrabase lipstick in beige desire,sahara beige and rouge coco in beige felin. I am a chanel lipstick junkie.

  45. C

    Clinique Black Honey :)

  46. Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. It used to be Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Rosy Nude, but that is no longer produced. :(

    • Avatar of Rachael Rachael

      I still have a tube of Rosy Nude, which I agree is a great mlbb/office colour.
      I miss the Colourburst line. My favourite was Icy Nude.

  47. UCL

    They’re Dior Addict in Diablotine 643 and Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal in Crystal Coral 11 for me! ;))

  48. Oof. It’s a three-way tie between Bloom Tangerine, Revlon Peach Parfait and Chanel Charme, depending on whether or not I want a bit of sparkle, and whether or not I want to lean warmer or cooler.

    P.S. I have way to many ‘MLBB’ lipsticks anyway! :-D
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  49. Another vote for Dior Lip Glow! It gives me a way better shade than tinted lip balms, plus it actually works like a lip balm on me and keeps my dry lips hydrated.

  50. Hmm..I’m not usually a MLBB in the rosy sense, so I reach for NARS Cruisin, Rimmel Naked (loooonng disc. ) or MAC Patisserie. They’re a bit more neutral. My only rosy MLBB that I like on myself is Chanel Boy, or Revlon Rose & Shine is close as well. MAC High Def is nice to, but it’s LE and a bit dark for me in the winter.

  51. Avatar of Alla Alla

    My absolute favourite MLBB (and one of my face lipsticks ever!) is Guerlain Gemma. The rosey pink, the slight golden shimmer, and the hint of a lilacy tinge: everything about this lipstick makes me happy except the price. But I’ll continue to buy it forever because I adore it. Lately, I’ve also been loving putting on a couple of layers of the Dior lip glow and topping that off with Mac VG v or Nymphette. And a distant third favourite is Nars Damage.

  52. Dior Addict Extreme in Cherie Bow! :)
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  53. Julie

    My favorite shade is L’oreal Color Riche Caresse in Silky Java. I have three tubes of it so I will hopefully not run out for a while. I use it almost every day.

  54. Brianna

    Guerlain Rouge G in Garance is the *exact* color of my lips. Mac Shanghai Spice is a close second for MLBB, and Mac VGV is an old favorite as well, but it’s slightly cooler on me.

  55. Avatar of Joyfriend Joy

    I love Nars Montego Bay for adding a hint of rosiness, and Urban Decay Liar when I want a little more peachy tone in a MLBB look.

  56. Avatar of Leslie Leslie

    Current: SoftLips balm in Pearl, lined with Covergirl eyeliner in mink (blending the edges very well). Sometimes with a smidge of baby lips in Grape Vine or Benefit lipgloss in Sugarbomb.

    Former, and still love…just out of product: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Sugar Plum.

  57. Avatar of Patricia patsyann

    I have several but the one I am reaching for the most is Bobbi Brown’s Italian Rose.

  58. Jordana Twist & Shine in Terra Crave is my current go-to when it comes to something with coverage. If tinted balms count, my current favorite is Epically Epic Lip Balm in Epic Berry.

  59. Givenchy Brun Createur and Chanel Mademoiselle!

  60. Avatar of Rachael Rachael

    Revlon lip butter in Pink Truffle is pretty spot on for me, though I’m currently searching for a nice shade of blush to go with it.

  61. Laura

    Lipstick Queen, Bright Natural in Sinner is my current favorite. Before that it was Medieval.

  62. I would have to say MAC Patisserie…

  63. For lipstick, it’s probably Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Role Play. For lip gloss, probably Urban Decay Naked Gloss in Liar. I love that gloss – it’s so, so moisturizing!
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  64. My current fave MLBB is Bite Beauty’s lipstick in Pepper. I also like Loreal’s Aqua Lacquer Stain in Lilac Ever After – when first applied I can’t even see it on my lips, but then it deepens to a beautiful mauve color.

  65. Avatar of Rachel Rachel

    Chanel Darling or MAC Velvet Teddy

  66. urban decay rapture and mac captive!! two newer lipsticks for me that instantly became favorites.

  67. Nina

    I always thought it was NARS Dolce Vita until I met Maquillage True Rouge in RD352. It’s the ultimate MLBSMB (my lips but so much better) for me!

  68. calimom

    Rimmel Nude Delight is pretty awesome. I love nude lipstick and am looking forward to trying some of the ones mentioned here!

  69. Avatar of Jen Jen

    Revlon balmstain in honey
    Burt’s bees tinted balm in hibiscus (very sheer – not the lip tint line)

  70. Nikki

    MAC Spice Lipglass. I can’t live without it!

  71. Avatar of Asha Asha

    I’m an NC42 in Mac and my MLBB shades are mac twig, nyx soft brown and natural lip pencil and Jordana lip pencil in natural.

  72. Mac Brave, Mac Creme Cup, Mac Angel, Mac Cherish, Mac Midimauve, Mac wholesome.

  73. And Mac VG V, Mac Velvet Teddy was my first MLBB color ever with Whirl lip pencil. I also LOVE subculture lip pencil too. Mac Restrict, and Mac Innocence Beware! I really love me some Mac lipsticks. for lipglass C-thru, Florabundance, VG V, Devilishly Stylish, Bubble Tea plushglass, Fulfilled Plushglass, Fashion Whim CSG, Moth to Flame Dazzleglass!!!!!!! LOVE these omg~ And recent fave for MLBB Mac Cultured lipglass

  74. amnah

    ysl rouge volupte in spicy pink20

  75. Fanny

    See Sheer – MAC

  76. Avatar of kellly kellly

    Lately I’ve been using L’oreal Beyond Blushing (129) which is a little lighter and pinker but it adds a little color to my face. I also like Sephora Rouge Infusion in Magenta Ink (04) and Maybelline Color Elixir in Beyond Blushing (129). I’m going to check out some of the colors other people have mentioned, too and see what I think they’d do for me. Thanks for all the new suggestions! I can never have too many lipsticks!! ;P

  77. becca

    mac angel, I’m very pale so this works for me as a MLBB shade.

  78. kurohana

    fresh sugar lip balm in Honey

  79. Kenora

    Revlon balm stain in Honey, or Revlon lip butter in Sugar Plum are my MLBB shades currently. I love a bold lip, though, so MLBB shades aren’t my go-to most of the time.

  80. Avatar of Lauren Lauren

    Laura Mercier sheer lipstick in Baby Lips. Love! It’s so subtle (more like MLBW: my lips but warmer), but it brightens my whole face.

  81. Avatar of Mary Mary

    My favorite lip combo for a few months now (which is quite impressive since I usually change favorites nearly bi-weekly) has been Dior Lip Glow + Dior Princess lipgloss. Such a gorgeous, Blair Waldorf-ish natural pink, mirror glossy lip :)

  82. Eliz

    Dior Addict Lipstick in Rose Deshabille (260) and Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked are the two I grab the most.

  83. Hug Me from MAC e Cream Beige from Maybelline.
    I also love Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked. My favorite nude ever, but I think it provides more than my-lips-but-better!

  84. Gwen

    I love Velvet Teddy and Modesty by MAC.

  85. MAC’s Runway Hit hits the spot for me!

  86. And it is one of those LE that I never bothered to stock up! (kicks myself!)

  87. Too Faced La Creme LS in Spice Spice Baby!

  88. JESS

    Mac morning rose

  89. CKG

    Guerlain’s Bal de Mai is actually perfect for this but for some reason I end up using MAC Touch, though it is much deeper and browner

  90. JG

    Too Faced Spice Spice Baby for a lipstick straight from the tube. If I’m feeling fancy or want something more long wearing, Kat Von D Painted Love lipstick in Lolita mixed with Urban Decay Fiend – I apply Lolita first with my finger to get a lighter layer (its a little too brown for me right from the tube), and then apply Fiend from the tube in the center of my lips and rub them together to mix the two.

  91. Banda

    Nars Dolce Vita, Nars Damage, Mac Twig, Mac See Sheer, Dior Addict 872, Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum

  92. Koko

    My go to is Shiseido Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer RS 326. It looks scary mauve but is quite sheer and very moisturising!