What are your top five must-use lip colors for summer?

What are your top five must-use lip colors for summer? Share!

Guerlain Gems (long-ago limited edition), Estee Lauder Defiant Coral, MAC Marque, Burberry Cameo Pink Lipgloss, Bobbi Brown Pink Sequin Lipgloss

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Anne Avatar

MAC Crosswires, Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Mandarin Muse, YSL Rouge Voluptรฉ in 29 Opera Rose, Besamรฉ Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in 1946 Red Velvet, NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu.

Nancy T Avatar

UD Turn-On and Catfight, MAC Morange, Maria Moretti and their Ultimate Lipstick in Marque. But Marque is a a year-round favorite for me because it has become my best nude lipstick shade so far. Love that one!
Worthy of honorable mention: MAC Lady Danger and Ravishing.
There’s just TOO many to choose from, LOL!

Audrey Avatar

I’ve tried to purchase MAC’s Marque on multiple occasions at counters and stand alone stores and all of the sales assistants have looked at me like I was absolutely insane and that it didn’t exist or said that it was part of a LE collection and that “Patisserie is suuuch a perfect dupe so, quick!, buy this instead.” I guess this is something that I’ll just have to purchase online when I decide to make a larger MAC order.

Nancy T Avatar

Only *some* stand alone MAC Stores even carry it. Which is super weird IMO. I bought mine at the only store in Arizona that carries it, the one at the Biltmore Fashion Square.

Sarah Avatar

Hey Audrey,

I had a similar experience in Ontario. My regular MAC store, but a large format one (not a Pro store, interestingly) in the Toronto Eaton Centre had it. So I’m assuming Pro stores would, but also the more flagship ones might be worth a call. Good luck! I really like Marque. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rachel R. Avatar

Ugh…this is hard. So I’ll cheat. ๐Ÿ™‚


1) ABH Liquid Lipstick in Party Pink.
2) Kat von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in A Go-Go & e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Orange Dream (tie).
3) Nyx High Voltage Lipstick in Playdate & ABH Liquid Lipstick in Unicorn (tie).
4) Too Faced Melted Rainbow.
5) Too Faced Melted Violet.

Sheers and/or Nudes:

1) UD Sheer Revolution in Sheer Rapture.
2) Nyx Butter Lipstick in Pops.
3) E.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color in Tearose.
4) UD Sheer Revolution in Sheer Streak.
5) Maybelline Whispers Oh La Lilac (This works on me as a surprisingly good “neutral”. I never would have guessed a pastel pinky-lavender would read that way.)

Honorable mentions to Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balms, especially Grape Vine and (Electro) Berry Bomb.

Rachel R. Avatar

Thank you. As long as it’s not too high-end. lol Then, I’m mostly pretty lost. I just know what I’ve been wearing a lot of lately.

I love these types of posts. I google anything I’m not familiar with. I’ve learned a ton from the people here.

Rachel R. Avatar

Ha, ha, ha. I considered the same thing, but I thought it would be too much. I didn’t want to put people to sleep. You had some great picks, though!

Michele Avatar

Shu Uemura Yaz Bukey Daring Violet (this is a gorgeous matte bright violet that’s not overly drying)
Lancome Poodle Skirt (really great, moisturizing pink)
CK One Shine Lipstick in High (glossy, moisturizing mid tone pink)
M.A.C. Washeteria Lipglass in Hot/Cold (perfect true red for all skin tones)
Clinique Pop Lip Color & Primer in Nude or Bare Pop (I couldn’t pick – both are nice nudes with great coverage that don’t wash you out)

artemis Avatar

I’m in a rose-brown phase now, so Mac Modesty, Avon Modest Mauve, Catrice Maroon, Catherine Arley Caffee Lattee (well, this one is already brown) and those lil pretty moisturizing lipsticks from avon, ultra color indulgence in Peach Petunia and Tawny Rose.

Mariella Avatar

Clarins Raspberry Gloss Prodige, Revlon Sorbet Lip Butter, MAC Craving and Plumful (they are go-to shades all year long), Clarins Rouge Eclat lipstick in Pink Berry (I’m not sure but I think these lipsticks may have been discontinued)

Joyce Avatar

I remember reading the answers to a similar question nearly 4 years ago. From that post’s comments, I was encouraged to purchase MAC Ever Hip! My first MAC lipstick ever! ๐Ÿ™‚

I like aerie lipstick in Glow a lot in the summer. It’s a shame they discontinued that makeup line.

Lily Kelley Avatar

Estee Lauder PC Envy Shine in Fairest or Heavenly , Clinique Chubbystick in Mega Mellon, Mac Charismatic, Mac Rising Sun gloss.

Vanessa V Avatar

This is a hard one….. Long time ago MAC lipstick in Eager, MAC Lustering, Nars Bridgette, Revlon Lip Butter Juicy Papaya and Lollipop or Sweetheart… oops that’s 6 hahaha

Rachel R. Avatar

Great “alternative” picks. I’d never heard of MBA, but I looked at their website, and I think I could go a bit nuts there.

Last summer I wore Nyx Macarons in Blue Velvet and Pistachio quite a bit. I’ll probably pull them out again this summer.

Jane Avatar

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo – love, love, love
Chantecaille lipstick in Comet (think it’s been discontinued sadly)
Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle (a year round favourite really)
Dior Fluidstick Mona Lisette
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Boheme

Barbara Avatar

Oranges and nudes. I love NARS Barbara (It’s fun to have a perfect nude with your name) and Raquel for the nudes. As for oranges, I’m looking to expand my selection. All I have is Armani lip maestro #300 and OCC stained gloss in Androgyne.

xamyx Avatar

I don’t have any particular “Summer” shades, as I typically wear the shades year-round. However, in hotter months, I tend to favor nudes & pale pinks in lightweight formulas. One of my favorite formulas isNYX Round Lipsticks, with Summer Love, Honey, & Circe on the top of the list. Maybelline is great, too, and I typically reach for Born With It.

I find heavier formulas tend to melt/bleed more easily in Summer, and I find myself constantly checking on my lips; this is exacerbated when using deeper shades, so I just avoid them. I also avoid most glosses.

With all that being said, I just stick with lip balm most days, LOL!

CJ Avatar

Purple everything. MAC Goddes of the Sea, UD Sheer Rapture, Revlon Sassy Mauve, Too Faced Melted Fig and then Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor. Honorable mentions to MAC Domestic Diva lipgloss and YSL Gloss Voluptรฉ in Rose Satine (102) for some pink.

Nancy T Avatar

MAC Domestic Diva!!! I forgot that one on my list! I love wearing it over UD Turn On and MAC Diva-ish, or by itself too! Would love to see it become permanent!

CJ Avatar

It is so pretty – I bought a back-up…
I’m going to pick up Marque now because of your comments up above! Might be too warm for me but I’m always willing to try!

Blue Avatar

I feel like I rotate favorites in and out every month or so but I’ll say:

Too Faced Metallic Jelly Melted Metal
MAC VG Miley l/s
YSL Rouge in Danger Rouge Volupte Shine
NARS Heat Wave l/s
ABH Potion liquid to matte l/s

Nicole Avatar

I really don’t have 5 favorite. I like orange based reds, corals, and glosses in summer. I recently picked up a few of the Estee lauded Color Envy shine lipstick and I am loving those and my Tom Ford sheer lipsticks and ColourPop Tootsie.

Celia Avatar

Okay, okay I have to do another five at least. Ten[ish…] is still limiting myself, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰
-OCC Butch (lovely grayed periwinkle perfection. They should re-release this beauty)
-MAC Sushi Kiss
-Guerlain Luxure
-NARS Dragon Girl
-Tom Ford Lost Cherry gloss for red glosses, Bobbi Brown Petal for pink

Celia Avatar

I treat my tube like precious treasure. I think now would be the perfect time to bring Butch back as more and more people embrace blues and grays on their lips. If they ever re-release it, I’m stocking up! Hope one day you get a way to try it out as it really was a special color and one of those Lip Tars with perfect consistency and coverage.

Laura_Lou Avatar

Guerlain Georgia
MAC See Sheer
OCC Grandma
MAC VG Cyndi
Illamasqua Scandal

I love a good coral/pink shade for summer ๐Ÿ™‚

Queenie Avatar

I’d have to agree! I don’t know why some people think corals are “Palm Beach old lady”. On somebody like Halle Berry’s skin color its sexy.

Celia Avatar

Bad Penny is such a great call! PLBC Purple Cloud is one of mine and so is The Coral is Coming from Inside The House (Kim gifted me that one, can’t recall if it’s released to the public? It should be! Perfect, darling coral). Oooo also Lux Et Voluptas. All the PLBC all year-round, is what I’m saying basically ๐Ÿ˜› Pewter Cauldron and all the other lovely moody colors can add some mystery to summer ๐Ÿ˜‰

taite Avatar

Some of my favorite colors right now are MAC Viva Glam Nicki, MAC Candy Yum Yum, Bite High Pigment Pencil in Corvina, ColourPop Lippie Stix in Brills, ColourPop Lippie Stix in Grind, and OCC Lip Tar in Rollergirl.

Gillian Avatar

Going by the lipsticks I have here with me and not the ones stashed elsewhere my top five would have to be (in no particular order):

Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Wonderland
Chanel Rouge Allure in Gรฉnial
Clarins Rouge ร‰clat in 09 Juicy Clementine
Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in Geneva
Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Hot Raspberry

Some runners up because I have to mention them:

Bourjois Shine Edition in 22 Famous Fuchsia
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 06 Pink Pong
Shiseido Veiled Rouge in PK405 Pomegranate
Givenchy Le Rouge in Rose Perfecto
MAC Sheen Supreme in Blossom Culture
Chanel Rouge Allure in Fougueuse
Dior Addict in New Look
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited lipstick in CR341

That was difficult! I feel like I left out others that could easily have been on my list but I guess I can’t have everything. ๐Ÿ˜›

Alisha Avatar

These are five lip products I’ve pulled from my collection for summer: Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie gloss in Party Starter, Kat Von D’s Backstage Bambi, Revlon Snow Peach, Fresh Sugar in Coral, Urban Decay lip pencil from the Theodora Palette thats F-bomb so I can finish it up

Lotus Avatar

Top Five: Dior Rouge Briliant Gloss in Bonheur, Burberry Lip Mist in Blueberry, Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood, Tatcha camellia lip balm, Sara Happ Lip slip, tube, and Rouge D’Armani 609 plum. ๐Ÿ˜€ Subject to change at any time.. All the time. ๐Ÿ˜›

Rachel R. Avatar

I knew you’d have all the high-end moisturizing goodies. I think my lips were hydrated just from the pictures I googled. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Rouge Dโ€™Armani 609 plum is to die for. I’ll bet it looks marvelous on your purply lips. The Blueberry and Oxblood are lovely, too.

Lotus Avatar

Lol! Thank you! It’s not that I don’t have cheaper options, believe me, I have them! Vaseline, Aquaphor, Nivea, Chapsticks, Baby balm, Oils, Baby Lips, Paulas Choice, Neosporin, I can go on! Thing is.. They don’t work! ๐Ÿ™ I literally drink at least a liter of water a day and you can watch ANY moisturizing balm be applied and them just get sucked right up! Kevyn Aucoin’s is a great one, too! To be honest, The Rouge D’Armani is just reiterating my own lip color, and it’s super emollient, so I’ll dan that on with my super Tatcha half absorbed… In good condition, blueberry and Oxblood just hydrate and leave a wonderful texture, bringing out different hints of color.. The Dior Rouge Brilliance.. Can I say hydration and stays put? I got the lightest color to use as a balm and it’s GORGEOUS! It’s a working option for layering the hydration! I’ve bought everything with ebates, coupon codes, freebies, discounts, so it’s not that bad.. My Armani was a free gift! Full size! I currently have a large stash of MAC from BACK TO MACing, many of which were LE, and I’ll be attempting those, too! First priority is always to keep hydrated, though.. Starting over with that is rough. Pun unintended but there. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love your choices and how you put them! I wish I could wear them! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3 xoxo!!

Rachel R. Avatar

Wow, if 609 Plum is your “nude” lip color, your lips must be really beautiful. I’m kind of jealous, because mine are nearly colorless, just a very light pink around the edges. The upside is I can wear any color almost and it shows up, and true to shade to boot. The downside is, if I don’t wear any lip color, I look dead.

Lotus Avatar

LOL! Don’t be jealous! Look at all the colors you can wear! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you, though! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes if I’m really lucky layering balms.. It mutes it a bit through the jelly.. ๐Ÿ˜› shimmer helps too! I doubt you look dead! Just add blush! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m sure it’s beautiful! I’d love a look like that! :* <3

Rachel R. Avatar

Aw, thank you. I think I look weird with no lip color, even with blush. The grass is always greener on the other side, isn’t it? lol

Brittany Avatar

Brights (in no order)
– MAC Candy Yum Yum
– ABH liquid in Neon Coral
– ColourPop Grind
– Jeffree Star 714
– KVD Armageddon, Jeffree Star Queen Supreme, or MAC Saint Germain (all practically the same color and I rotate between the three)

Neutrals (in no order)
– ColourPop Bound
– MAC Velvet Teddy
– ColourPop Skimpy
– Nyx Eurotrash matte lipstick
– Nyx ร‰clair butter gloss

Rachel R. Avatar

How did I miss the Nyx Diamond Sparkles?! I’ve never seen these. They’re lovely.

Ramble On Rose is very pretty, even if it is sheer. At least sheer is in style! I’ll bet the pink is quite pretty with your fair skin and blonde hair.

Pamela Avatar

MAC ladybug
MAC hibiscus
MAC cockney
Maybelline craving coral
Flower lip chubby coral floral

Close contenders:
Givenchy Mandarine Bolero
MAC toxic tale

Cotty Avatar

Burberry Kisses 49 light crimson
Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral
ABH retro coral and spicy I couldn’t decide between these two
Dose of Colours kiss of fire
Tom Ford slander

Charlotte Tilbury Nude Kate and Bitch Perfect
Marc Jacobs eat cake, strange magic
Tom Ford Blush nude

Angie Avatar

ysl peach passion on top of mac boldly bare lipliner
ysl fuchsia in excess with nars playa dorada lipliner
nars schiap with hot wired on top
dior aventure liquid stick
mac saint germain with nyx merengue

new favourite are shu uemura supreme laque chu chu coral, shu red, dior liquid stick wonderland, and nars audacious angela

Angie Avatar

ysl peach passion on top of mac boldly bare lipliner
ysl fuchsia in excess with nars playa dorada lipliner
nars schiap with hot wired on top
dior aventure liquid stick
mac saint germain with nyx merengue

new favourite are shu uemura supreme laque chu chu coral, scandal pink, shu red, dior liquid stick wonderland, and nars audacious angela

SMITA Avatar

Hi!:) Right now I luv benefit nice n’ teasy, nyx simply pink, shiseido rd 607, marvelous moxie lip gloss in rule breaker+ysl volupte sheer candy lip balm in cherise desir. I also want to try some pinky peaches , warm pinks and orange/ peach colors later on!!!:)

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