If you had to keep only 10 lip colors, what would your top 10 look like?

These minimalist type questions make my heart pitter-patter in a way that’s surely unhealthy. Here’s a very tentative top 10 that I’d never commit to achieving… Urban Decay Rebel, Estee Lauder Naked Truth, Bite Oyster Pearl, Burberry Oxblood (Liquid), Cle de Peau Bugatti Red, Too Faced Honey Bear, ColourPop Dopey, Guerlain Gems, Pat McGrath Beautiful Creature, Bite Beauty Pickled Ginger.

— Christine


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Celesta Avatar

These are SO HARD. Okay, here’s an attempt.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb
L’oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glossy Fawn
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Mega Melon
Pat McGrath Executive Realness
Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Musk
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Astrology Lipstick in Virgo
MUFE Artist Lipstick in C211
MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Toasted Almond
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in The Rabbit
MAC Stone

Erica Avatar

1.MAC Hug Me
2.NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien
3.Limecrime Velvetine Liquid Lip in Bleached
4. Bare Minerals Gen Nude Liquid Lip in Slay
5.Lancome Juicy Matte Shaker In Beige Vintage
6.Too Faced Melted Chocolate Liquid Lip in Chocolate Milkshake
7.MAC Spirit
8.Fenty Universal Gloss Bomb
9.Bare Minerals Gen Nude Liquid Lip in XYZ
10.Loreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glossy Fawn

Seraphine Avatar

Oh, thank goodness you’re asking for 10, not five!!!

Chanel Pirate, Chanel Mademoiselle, Laura Mercier Boudoir, Dior Lip Glow Berry, MAC Twig, MAC See Sheer, MAC Chili, MAC Lady Danger, MAC Heroine, and MAC Velvet Teddy.

This list is subject to change any minute!

(I had the most trouble deciding between Chanel Pirate and Guerlain #21. And also MAC Velvet Teddy and Pat McGrath 1995.)

Cherie Avatar

1. MAC Brick Dust
2. PM Beautiful Creature
3. Lancome Poeme
4. Burberry Oxblood
5. YSL Le Nu
6. Nars Anita
7. Nars Starwoman
8. Chanel Romanesque
9. CT Bond Girl
10. LM Healthy Lips

This was hard!

Mariella Avatar

For sure, MAC Craving and perhaps Plumful would be at the top of the list…and if LE lippies that are no longer available are included

MAC Craving (and maybe Plumful)
MAC New York Apple or Clarins Rouge Eclat in Red Wine (dc)
MAC Dubonnet
Chanel Pirate or MAC Huggable in Red Necessity (dc)
Givenchy Fuchsia in the Know
Estee Lauder Datenut Red (it’s got to be 30 years old, if it’s a day but I long for it still)
Smashbox Red Rage
UD Gash
BITE Beauty Zin (discontinued – it’s the old formula)
Guerlain Champs Elysees (dc)

Fifteen might have been a bit easier. I remember when I think I only owned 5 or 6 lipsticks. I managed to survive but those days are looong gone!

Ally Avatar

This question is hard and I picked these colors soley based on how much I love the color/formula. I didn’t consider my lifestyle or morals but I think it would go like this : MAC Lady Danger, MAC Jubilee, Charlotte Tilbury Super Cindy, Nars Chelsea Girls, Burberry Oxblood, Milani Color Statement Matte Naked, MAC lipglass Beaux, L’Oreal Fairest Nude, Jeffree Star Celebrity Skin, Revlon Black Cherry

Rachel R. Avatar

These questions are so fun, yet so hard, to answer!

1) Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Sheer Rapture (My HG MLBB color)
2) Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 1993
3) MAC Lipstick in La Vie En Rouge (LE)
4) ABH Matte Lipstick in Dead Roses
5) Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kale
6) Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Cougar (DC)
7) Too Faced Throwback Metallic Sparkle Lipstick in TF20
8) NYX Liquid Suede Cream in Stone Fox
9) MAC Lipstick in Halsey (LE)
10) Tom Ford Lips & Boys Mini Lipstick in Stavros

kjh Avatar

Now I have to try that one on. L/S frequently pulls differently on me. Like Deep Rooted, purple greige, not brown. And most Bordeaux, burgundies all look the same. I stopped getting them. ABH Dusty mauve and Resin are 98% dupes. Lip tone can be even odder than skin tones/undertones.

Raeanne Avatar

1. Maybelline Creamy Matte Touch of Spice
2. Fenty Uncensored Lip Paint
3. NARS Anna
4. Maybelline Creamy Matte Clay Crush
5. Urban Decay Manic
6. NYX Intense Butter Gloss Praline
7. Tom Ford Blush Nude
8. Bite Beauty Barberry
9. Too Faced Yummy Rummy
10. Kat Von D Chula

I clearly love my nudes and reds/berries. LOL

A Avatar

Urban Decay 1993, Hitch Hike, Uptight, Epigram,
Mac Velvet Teddy, Mocha, Mehr, Viva Glam I
Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey
Estee Lauder Dynamic
Hadn’t realised how much I liked my MAC lipsticks, but I suppose I do reach for them a lot!

SaffyTaffy Avatar

I like your list! Mine would be Urban Decay Bad Blood, Nars Velvet Lip Glide Rosewood, Maybelline Vivid Rose, Mac Girl About Town, Urban Decay Brat, and, uh…. a Long Winter Farms lip balm.
That’s all I need, I guess?

Ginny Avatar

I only have 7 right now. I actually tossed all of my lipsticks recently (most were just too old) in favor of a less is more approach. No point in having 20+ lipsticks when the lesser favorites were distracting me from wearing the true favorites before they expired. Now I have:

MAC viva Glam I, MAC Diva, MAC D for Danger, Burberry Ruby (bullet), Guerlain Air Kiss, Guerlain Love Kiss, Nars Dolce Vita (bullet).

There are colors out there that I truly love but don’t have right now. Like MAC’s Lady Danger and Brave Red. Those are summer colors to me so I’ll reassess then. I don’t need everything at once. 7 is about what I can handle at a time. I no longer want to keep lipsticks around for years and years. Use em or lose em.

Lily Kelley Avatar

Estee Lauder Tiger eye, Lancome Absolu Luxe(238), Dior 325 Ultra Tender, Clinique Tenderheart (original d/c) , Mac Liptensity Well Breed Brown, Mac Mocha, Shy Girl, Freckletone(d/c).

Emily Avatar

ABH St Tropez gloss
Fenty Gal on the Moon gloss
IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Stain in Pretty Woman
Fresh sugar tinted balm in Rose
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Telluride
I could get by with these 5 alone, if I had to. But I wouldn’t be happy. So 5 more, to round out the collection
Nars Anna (my daughter’s name)
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Nicholas (my son’s name)
Kiehl’s Butterstick Treatment SPF 25 in Simply Rose
Estee Lauder Naked Truth
Mac Rossy

Ana Maria Avatar

Not even 10… I feel like 6-7 shades are more than enough, but the 4 base lip colors would be:
– A `nude`/my-lips-but-better brown (something like MAC Velvet Teddy or Whirl or Spirit)
– A `nude`/my-lips-but-better mauve (something like MAC Brave or Mehr)
– A true cool red (something like MAC Russian Red or Ruby Woo)
– A burgundy (MAC Diva or nothing else 😆 )

I would probably add up just for the fun:
– A slightly darker `chocolaty` color (something like MAC Photo)
– A more deep mauve/purple (something like MAC Rebel, or even Cyber or Smoked Purple but these two are more daring)

I personally don’t like pinks on my lips, very light colors or glosses. And I have naturally more pigmented lips, with a slight mauve hint (aka MAC Brave is almost how my lips naturally look).

AB Avatar

Another tough one. As of this moment:

Urban Decay Vice Lovelight
NARS Risky Business
Buxom Zoe
NARS Rikugien
Estee Lauder Naked Truth
Bobbi Brown Bare Sparkle
Bite Beauty Gold/Sour Cherry duo
Revlon HD Rose Quartz lip lacquer
Chanel Desinvolte
Clinque Black Honey

Celia Avatar

TOO HARD! But some of my top ten:

Guerlain Gigolo
Bite Lavender Jam
Bite Jam
Pat McGrath Deep Orchid
MAC Rebel
Tom Ford Love Crime
Pat McGrath Wrecked
Besame Victory Red
NARS Scarlet Empress
Stila Natalie (long DC’d)

Kira Avatar

Very interesting exercise and phenomenally difficult!

1. MAC – Syrup
2. MAC – Fashion Revival
3. MAC – Fast Play
4. MAC – Marque
5. MAC – Smoked Almond Liptensity
6. Urban Decay – Rapture
7. Fenty – Iridescent Lip Luminizer (Ready to Mingle)
8. Colour Pop – Grunge
9. Givenchy – Grenat Initie (307)
10. Colour Pop – Petit Four

Nancy T Avatar

This is honestly mental TORTURE, tbh!
1.) MAC Marque
2.) MAC x Aaliyah More Than A Woman lipstick
3. MAC x Aaliyah At Your Best You Are… Lipglass
4.) Pat McGrath She’s Heaven LuxeTrance Lipstick
5.)Pat McGrath Executive Realness Mattetrance Lipstick
6.) MAC Cosmo Lipstick
7.) MAC Butterfly Bling Lipglass
8.) MAC VG I Lipstick
9.) Tom Ford Seadragon lipstick
10.) Fenty Universal Gloss Bomb

And I would have to sneak in an 11th, because I need one perfect red! MAC x Selena Como La Flor! ??

Seraphine Avatar

I can’t get into the Fenty Universal Gloss Bomb. That gigantic doe foot…the gooeyness…the lack of color. I feel like I wasted my money. I really wanted to love it, but it’s just not happening for me.

Do you just use it by itself or over a specific lipstick? What about it puts it into your top 10? Please help me learn to love this product! 😉

Nancy T Avatar

First of all, I never wear it alone. I usually use either Nyx Ever or Earth tone Slim Lip Pencil to give my lips some dimension with a light gloss like this. But I absolutely love how moisturizing and lip softening it is when my lips are in rough shape! Gives me a nice natural looking nude lip instead of concealer lips, too!

Ziwei Avatar

You know what, I have a large collection, but I always tend to choose from a very small subset, and those are listed below:

1) YSL Vinyl Stain 407 Carmin Session – Can’t love the look more. Sheerish gloss but wears down beautifully
2) Urban Decay Rush in the discontinued Revolution formula – I probably won’t find a better MLBB that hugs the lips so perfectly. And I just can’t get into the Vice formula for some reason.
3) Nars Matte Lipstick in Dolce Vita – Perfect work color, plus it is actually pretty budge proof even with a layer of balm underneath. I drink a lot of tea when at work and this does not come off on the cup.
4) Cle de Peau Bamboo Lipstick – the prettiest glossy nude lipstick with incredible moisture. Really expensive though, and without much staying power. I should pull it out more often.
5) Dior Lip Glow in Pink

Mags Avatar

MAC Velvet Teddy
MAC Mehr
Lime Crime Plushie in Lavender Honey
Dior Lip Glow in Lilac
custom made Bite nude matte lipstick
MAC Have Your Cake
Dose of Colors Plum Queen
KVD Ozzy
Necromancy Cosmetica Mugwort
NYX Powder Puff in Squad Goals

kjh Avatar

Beyond hard, this is. It will not be the same ten, in the next ten minutes. And it depends how you think of it, by brand, by color family, or by current faves, all time faves. Impossible. Will just see if I can cover the bases with color families I like (without resorting to 10 Nars dark and brown reds or five greiges…1. Bite Clementine. 2. UD Bad Blood 3. Kevyn Bloodroses, prob the LL formula 4. ABH Resin vs. Mayb Gone Greige. 5. Bite Cava, the oldest one. 6. LQ Rust Sinner (d/c). 7. Nars Paradise Garage VLG. 8. Nars Mona. 9. Olivia. 10. Besame: so many, I guess Red Velvet, for a wearable, neutral red. Did not even scrape the surface.

kjh Avatar

Not all that into KA, but bloodroses IS so perfect. The only other l/s I ever had, in which different nuances came out, depending on the weather, clothes, etc. is Bobbi Slopes. S.t. BR is redder, sometimes more burgundy, s.t. More brownish. Fabulous color, and I suspect it would even look great on those who hate it, at least to others!

CeeBee Avatar

1. Colourpop Lumiere
2. Colourpop Cami
3. Colourpop Dopey
4. Chanel Hydrabase Rose Drop (DC)
5. Guerlain Rouge G in Gemma
6. Bite Amuse Bouche in Rhubarb
7. Bite Amuse Bouche Sour Cherry
8. Nars Audacious Anna
9. Jordana Twist n Shine in Terra Crave
10. NYX Butter Gloss Intense in Toasted Marshmallow

I have a LOT of lipsticks but that was actually easier that I thought it would be… (in theory only, obviously ;-))

Z. Avatar

1. MAC – modesty
2. MAC – soar
3. Nars – anita
4. Tarte – park ave princess
5. Nudestix – tay tay
6. Nudestix – rose
7. Nudestix – ally
8. Charlotte Tilbury – pillowtalk
9. Bite – cancer
10. Guerlain – 62 antique pink

I don’t have an HG red, but if I did, I’d probably sub it for bite cancer or guerlain 62 – or maybe one of the nudestix nudes? I hardly wear lipstick so I’m torn because I’m only loyal to a few.

Wendy Avatar

It’s been so much fun reading everyone’s favorites!
1. Revlon Cherries in the Snow
2. Bite Beauty Chai
3.MAC Steam Heat
4. Besame Red Velvet 1946
5. Bite Beauty Kimchi
6. Urban Decay Venom
7. Urban Decay Route 66
8. Clinique Black Honey
9. Bite Beauty Cayenne
10. Revlon Fire and Ice

Also, I have 2 favorites from the past-Revlon had a color called Exotica in the 90’s that I loved. It was kind of brownish but not really brown. And in the early 2000’s I had my perfect red. It was Mac in the amplified formula in the Liza Minelli collection. They made some of the collection permanent, but that was LE.

kjh Avatar

Fire and Ice and Cherries. The first is the shade that started America’s love affair with lipstick. The second is the cooler little sister. You pay homage to the origins of our obsession. My mum, who would be 108, wore them. I’m about to be 70, and was too YOUNG when they came out. That will give some readers perspective on how classic your choices are!

Mariyol Avatar

‪My 10 lip colors…‬
‪1. Pat McGrath Donatella‬
‪2. Pat McGrath She’s so deep‬
‪3. Fenty uncensored ‬
‪4. Pat McGrath Vendette‬
‪5. Pat McGrath 1995‬
‪6. Urban decay Stark Naked ‬
‪7. Huda Beauty Crush ‬
‪8. Bobbi Brown Salmon ‬
‪9. Nars Walk this way ‬
‪10. Urban Decay Pandemonium ‬

kjh Avatar

Vendetta is awesome! And Strange, and…I think everyone should splurge and get a Pat in their favorite shade. I tried to undupe, which is pretty dumb way to go about selecting a more expensive product. Hope she does a threefer in the holiday season.

EAdele Avatar

-ABH Dead Roses
-Fenty Midnight Wasabi
-Fenty Spanked
-Maybelline Very Cranberry
-UD Outspoken
-Nyx Crystallized Metal (my lips but sparklier?)
-Tarte lippie lingerie Enchanting
-Tarte lippie lingerie Desire
-Colourpop Aeronaut

Nicole D Avatar

Christine, I have a quick question: would it be possible in the future to add our skin tone/coloring next to our image or name so as to be visible at all time? It would be helpful to make this info part of our profile (for those of us who want it), as users can easier spot beauty suggestions & preferences from users with similar skin tone/coloring.

1. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Satin Radiance Lipstick 01 Le Rouge (red)
2. YSL Tatouage Couture 16 Nude Emblem
3. Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick 999 (red)
4. Dior Lip Tattoo (liquid lipstick/stain) 351 Natural Nude
5. Dior Addict Lipstick 763 Reflet
6. Guerlain Kiss Kiss Matte M307 Crazy Nude
7. Guerlain Rouge G 62
8. Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Crayon in Tulip (they are discontinued and bought several backups)
9. Lancôme Matte Shaker in Beige Vintage
10. Nudestix Lip Pencil in Saint tied with Inglot lip pencil 23

Lipsticks represent by far the largest part of my makeup collection and I would like to mention some other lipsticks that I use on a regular basis: MAC Plumful, MAC Mehr, MAC Skew, MAC x Padma Lakshmi in Sunset Rose, MAC Crosswires, Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Amarone & Zinfandel, UD in Catfight, ABH in Kiss & Soft Pink, KVD Liquid Lipstick in Mother, Huda Beauty Gossip Girl.

Genevieve Avatar

Yes, it’s hard to keep to just 10….
1. Milani Colour Statement lipstick in Candied Toffee
2. Milani – Bronze Beauty
3. EA Rustic Red
4. EA Cocoa Bronze
5. MAC Fresh Moroccan
6. Clarins Jolie Rouge in Spicy Cinnamon
7. EA Ginger
9. Maybelline In Style Sienna
10. ColourPop Liquid Courage.

Jamie Avatar

1.MAC Marrakesh
2.MAC Taupe
3.NARS slow ride
4.NARS somebody to love
6.SEPHORA 41 Vintage Rosewood
7.KAT VON D Lolita II
8.3CE 118 Holy Rose
9.3CE 909 smoked rose
10.DIOR 620 Poisonous

Katie Avatar

1. Mac Velvet Teddy
2. Mac D for Danger
3. Mac Fast Play
4. Loreal Colour Riche 630
5. Loreal Colour Riche Matte 636
7. Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip Mystic
8. Loreal Infallible 24 hour lipstick 505
9. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb
10. Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip Wolfie

Nicole Avatar

1. Bite- Gazpacho
2. Bite- Radish
3. Chanel- Vamp
4. UD Vice – Jilted
5. UD Vice- Frenemy
6. UD Vice – Venom
7. Nars- Funny Face
8. Milani- Brandy Berry
9. CP- Unravelled
10. CP- Hi Striker

Kimberly Avatar

Lancome Color Design in Sugared Maple (formula has changed over the years, but I’ve been wearing this color since junior high school, so close to 30 years?!?)
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid in Lolita
MAC Paramount
MAC Whirl
Urban Decay Comfort Matte in 1993
Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Matte Trance in Venus in Furs
Lime Crime Plushies in Milk Tea
Too Faced Lip Injection gloss in Pink

Emma Avatar

All of my Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colors – Plum, Suzan Nude, Lilac, Cabana, Bare, Telluride (I know it’s an older release but would really love to see a Temptalia review and swatches please Christine). I’m obsessed with the colours and formula! Fenty Gloss Bomb. Jeffree Star Anna Nicole and Celebrity Skin and MAC Velvet Teddy (for nostalgia’s sake)! Too many nudes but I’m not mad about it… although I would be if I really had to choose only 10!

Ali M Avatar

Wow i have so many! Can I do this?
Here goes:
1. Charlotte Tilbury B&£ch perfect
2. Mac ruby woo
3. Daniel Sandler micro red
4. Tom ford true coral
5. Huda lip strobe in boujee
6. Tom Ford Hiro
7. ABH Allison
8. Charlotte Tilbury very Victoria
9. Charlotte Tilbury hot Emily
10. Jouer papaye

Jolanda Avatar

My picks in random order….
MAC Brick O’La
MAC Rock it (Caitlyn Jenner collection)
MAC Captive
MAC Twig
Nyx Cannes (lipcream)
Nyx Zürich (lipcream)
L’ORÉAL 640 Erothique
Urban Decay 66 (Born to run collection)
Max Factor Gleaming Coral (duel ended Lqued/gloss)
Essence I love rainy days (me and my Umbrella collection)

Linda Avatar

1. Nars Frivolous glossy pencil
2. Pat McGrath Bare Rose pencil
3. Nars New Lover glossy pencil
4. Bite Glace crayon
5. Nudestix Belle crayon
6. Nars Orgasm lip balm
7. Bite Leche crayon
8. Nars Baroque lip crayon

That’s all I own, LOL but that’s the order I like ’em

Vanessa Avatar

This one is difficult, but I’ll try

1. Mac Mehr
2. Mac Hug Me
3. Mac Veltvet Teddy
4. Tarte Set Sail
5. Tarte Birthday Suit
6. Nars Famous Red
7. Nars Intrigued
8. Nars Charlotte
9. Stila Beso
10. Can I just say to bring back Mac huggable lip color, in a my lips but better shade, I have bare hug and I’m in, but I can’t wear them all the time

Alyssa M Avatar

1. Nars Raquel
2. Pat McGrath 1995
3. Hourglass Influencer stylo
4. Lime Crime Dragon Fruit plushie
5. Lime Crime Milk Tea plushie
6. Ardency Inn Forward
7. Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk lipstick
8. Charlotte Tilbury B**** Perfect
9. Makeup Monster Cosmetics Hook, Line and Sinker liquid lipstick
10. UD Bad Blood (revolution formula)

Nat Avatar

Tom Ford-Dylan , Cherry Lush, Discretion
Dior- 999 and 341
Gucci -Libertine
Chanel- gabrielle
Bobbi Brown- Russian Doll
Givenchy- Rose Nocturne, Rouge Interdit

Alie Avatar

So I just started to get more into lip colors so I don’t have many HGs yet. But I’ll list the colors I would like to curate my collection.

All matte mauve
A very glossy slightly pink leaning peach color
Nude-ish grey leaning purple
The perfect warm nude that I will never find
Deep dark cherry
A more muted dark red (like j* family jewels)
A high gloss pigmented nude
A matte slightly muted berry
A warm baby pink but not too bright or Barbie-ish

Silvia Avatar

Oh! Gosh! This is challenging as i rotate lipsticks each day and even during the day. Love them all – my weakness although also lately has been blush.
Rose Bud
Cherry Bomb
Wine Room
Fuchsia with the Pearl
Blushing Bali
Bare it All
Just Peachy
In The Flesh
Raging Red
Maybe Outta Here
These are all WetnWild
(Can’t mention Milani, Estée Lauder, Maybelljne, Revlon, Loteal, etc.?) ?

Silvia Avatar

Berries! Mauves! Plums! Wine! Reds! Rose! Mauve pink! A few nudes but not too light colored. Ginger! Bronze!
And all that follows! Love lipsticks! In every shape and form preferably mattes.

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