If you could only pick one lipstick to wear for the rest of your life, what brand and color would you choose?

If you could only pick one lipstick to wear for the rest of your life, what brand and color would you choose? Why?
That would really be horrible, so I’m glad this is just hypothetical! I would have to go with Guerlain Gems or Givenchy Rose Dressing or Buxom Hooligan.

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Clio Avatar

Guerlain Gems… *drools*…

For me, either MAC Brickola (never looks bad), MAC Heaux (makes me ridiculously happy), or MAC Viva Glam I (if I can only wear one shade for the rest of my life, might as well make it a red, no?)

Susan Dowman-Nevling Avatar

Very hard question. Perhaps unanswerable because of the changes in skin color texture and shape. I will stick with a moisturizing formula in a middle depth neutral color

Sunny Avatar

I’ll go with Dior Spring Ball Addict Extreme. I’m actually halfway through my tube if you can believe it! It’s something I’d gladly wear on my lips if I were getting married tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rachael Avatar

Dior Addict Extreme in Sunset Boulevard – a deep bricky-red that can be worn sheer or built up to a
blood red colour. This is a lovely evening colour, but can also be worn during the day because it’s not a very bright red. I love the formula of the Addict Extremes because they are easy to wear and fade evenly, leaving a slight stain behind.

Lisa J Avatar

My choice would be Chanel’s Coco Rouge Shine in Boy. I’ve been in love with the formula of these for a while and I love how easy this particular color is to wear. It’s just slightly pinker than my natural lip color and it’s very moisturizing, so it keeps my lips in good shape throughout the day. I have naturally dry, very sensitive lips (I even have a problem finding lip balms that don’t cause a reaction) and Boy is one of only a few lipsticks I can actually wear. Shiny finish, moisturizing, goes with everything and is super easy to just throw on, even without a mirror. Love it!!

zainab Avatar

You sadist! ๐Ÿ™‚

A part of me is thinking something like Estee Lauder Bitten Fig, but really my heart says MAC Morange, because I love orange.

Liz Avatar

I would pick Smashbox Cognac lipstick. It’s not my very favorite color, but It’s pretty versatile and would work with a lot of my clothes and other makeup.

Mariella Avatar

This is really a tough one (even “if you could only pick FIVE” would be hard) but it would be one of the following (I love them all equally but I’ve sort of listed them in descending order):
MAC Craving, Plumful, Dubonnet or Brick-o-La OR (my most recent happy lippie purchase) Clarins Red Wine Rouge Eclat

Anu Avatar

Chanel, chanel, chanel!!!!!!!!!!! They make amazing lipstick. Iam using daily for about 20 years. It did not give any discoloration to my lips.recenly they change their formula. That is the only thing is I feel negative. Still chanel is chanel

tzwiggy Avatar

Unfortunately that wouldn’t be impossible because every lipstick I fall in love with get discontinued :(. My first pick would be Cle de Peau Extra Silky Lipstick #129, then maybe something like Korres Mango Butter Lipstick #13 Natural Pink. Bot very wearable shades that goes with most blushes and eye looks.

Kate Avatar

What a horrible thought! I honestly can’t say. I’d need something that was moderately deep for nights, but not so deep it would look weird during the day. I’m kind of in love with Armani’s Rouge Ecstasy in Attitude at the moment, so it’s the first one that leaps to mind.

rashmi Avatar

Only 1…. oneeeeeeeeeee

but as u also mentioned 3 I follow u

hmmmmm I loveeeeee reds n my all time fav or say recent addiction is

nars cruella
after that I madly badly crazily love revlon lip butter lollipop
I layer it over everything n it looks hotttttt

Or if I m in fuchsia phase
I would go with ysl no 11 rouge volupte ๐Ÿ™‚
I look manageable in that

Aelita Avatar

mac ruby woo)

I know Christine doesn’t like it as its drying for her, well for me its not drying and its the most beautifying lipstick ever:) HG HG HG!

a little secret, decent lip balm first applied before then blotted, then ruby woo with or without lipliner, AND a lip balm after you wash ruby woo off:) never had any issues with dryness when I used ruby woo with nuxe reve de miel lip balm!

ms Avatar

i ma sure you can find something in cover girl lip perfection line, hell even i think i have a dupe for it, though i don’t need it cos i have phoenix and a backup of it, and i practically never wear it.

i think that color is much easier to dupe now.

beka Avatar

it would have to be a rouge d’armaniโ€ฆas for color choice, its way too hard to pick one! maybe 400 or 603 because they could work all year, but i love so many others. i’m glad this is not a real situation!

VeronicaMay Avatar

Hmm…that’s a tough one. My favorites change all the time, and my preferences range in the extremes – either very bold or very nude. Currently, I’d have to go with Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate or Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick in Born With It.

Carla Avatar

Ouch, that’s a tough one!
I guess, if I absolutely HAD to limit myself to only one lipstick (GOD forbid!), I’d go with Illamasqua “Salacious,” just because it’s uber-flattering, and versatile enough to wear year ’round.
It would hurt me badly, though, to do without my reds and bright fuchsia pinks.

Sarah Avatar

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked (although mine is Glinda). This is just the most perfect, not-boring, flattering, go-with-everything neutral color, with my favorite lipstick texture. If anyone knows of another lipstick formula with a similar tacky/plush feel and satiny finish, I would love to hear about it!

Melissa Avatar

I would pick Scarlett Empress by NARS because it’s the perfect color, texture and smell. It goes with all my clothes and works with all makeup looks.

Rumesha Avatar

That would be a horrible situation for me to be in since lipsticks are my favorite makeup product lol! Anyway if I absolutely had to choose I’d go with either MAC Mehr, Besame Dusty Rose, or CoverGirl Divine ๐Ÿ™‚

By the way fantastic choices Christine! ๐Ÿ˜€ I would love to get my hands on Gems but unfortunately it was limited edition :/ Do you know of any dupes or similar versions?

Nikki Avatar

Omg…this is the hardest question I’ve ever answered on this blog because I’m a lip color fiend. But, I’d go with MAC Girl About Town.

Jan Avatar

Wow – 104 comments. Thought I’d read them to see as I’m sure there are a few good suggestions here.
My holy grail color is MAC’s Odyssey. However, it’s neither a holy grail formula or texture.

The color is a perfect year-round color for me. It is just that I am slightly allergic to the formula (which can also be a little on the dry side) and it has a smidge of shimmer. I would so love to find the shade in another formula.

Heather Avatar

Lipstick Queen Saint in Rouge. It goes with everything, all seasons, is super moisturizing, blots to a nice matte but is slightly glossy out of the tube. It fades a bit quickly,but it does so evenly and without leaving a ring. And I adore the packaging.

Meghan Avatar

I’m a lipstick noob & that’s one area of makeup that I’ve never really been into. I’ve been building a small collection, mostly due to popular recommendations on YouTube or high-scoring reviews by Christine. I have to say, for being a little shy when it comes to lipstick, I love the way Riri Woo looks on me! But really my fave for everyday is Tarina Tarantino’s conditioning lip sheen in cameo. It’s the perfect MLBB easy shade for me.

d. Avatar

Ooh. I’m a purple lipstick fiend so I’m going with OCC Lydia. Or Guerlain Bee (when-oh-when will it be reissued?) Or MAC Up the Amp. Oh dear do we really need to choose? Because I’d feel so bad leaving out MAC Rebel and Guerlain Avarice…

Clara Avatar

I would pick MAC Pure Zen.
It’s a perfect nude color for me with slightly pink undertones. Plus, as it’s finish “Cremesheen and Pearl” says, it has a little shimmer. So it looks very natural and works with everything.

Erika Avatar

Can’t believe I missed this question on the day it was posted! ๐Ÿ™

Anyway, I don’t think I can ever choose just one because I have a vanity desk overflowing with lipsticks and lip pencils, but what first came to mind was NARS Never Say Neverโ€”it’s not too bold and bright yet not too dull and boring, either. Definitely a favorite.

I feel horrible not putting in MAC Rebel here, though. And MAC Kinda Sexy. And MAC Diva. And MAC Twig. MAC Mehr, too. That settles it, I am never going to be able to live with just one lipstick shade. ๐Ÿ˜†

Marion Avatar

Hard question…I have tons of liptstick but I think my go to one is “Naturally Chic” from Milani…very similar to my natural lip color but…in a better way! and wearable every day!

Astrogherkin Avatar

This is not such a big deal for me, since I am not really a lipstick person. I think that’s how you know – if the question is hard for you, you are definitely a lipstick person! But honestly if I were told I could never wear lipstick again, it wouldn’t be such a blow. I like my natural lip colour the best, and I’m always on the lookout for lipsticks that match my natural lip colour… it’s a bit strange when you think about it. Why wear lipstick in that case? Also, I hate the texture, smell and overall feel of most lipsticks. My favourite lip products are balms and stains, or balms on top of stains, because they don’t mask the texture on your lips – whereas lipsticks really look artificial. Catrice is my favourite brand of lipstick because they have a very strange(ly good) texture – I put them on and it feels like there’s nothing on my lips!

So if I had to choose a lipstick for ever, I think it would be Catrice’s Step Red Up, which I would wear for special occasions (a great red lipstick is a must have), whereas I’d wear no lipstick at all for every day purposes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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