What kind of lip colors don't pique your interest?

For the right look, black lipstick can be gorgeous, but it’s not the kind of thing that usually catches my eye (it’s something I’d so rarely wear that I just need one or two decent ones and wouldn’t be like “Ooh! Give me that new one!”). I’d also say that I very rarely reach for orange lipstick–coral, yes, copper, yes, but full-on orange? Very rarely!

— Christine
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Amy Avatar

Brown. I want to love it but it makes me look somewhere between sick and dead. (This includes Velvet Teddy – yes I know! Creme in Your Coffee has the effect on me that Velvet Teddy “should” have, because it’s more pink). Anything too unconventional, with the exception of some purples.

Mariella Avatar

Unnatural colours like black, green, blue….I personally don’t see the point since my approach to makeup is more to “enhance” than to go against the natural colours that look like lip tones. I also can’t wear nudes – they make me look pale, sickly, unhealthy (not exactly the look I’m going for with makeup). But I have fond memories, in the early-ish 60’s, of using Max Factor Erase (a stick concealer) as lipstick when the Swinging English Scene (primarily Pattie Boyd and Mary Quant) made that “the” desirable look. In my teens, I could pull it off but not now.

Susan Nevling Avatar

I personally like traditional lip colors but within that range, anything that leans orange is no flattering to my coloring. I don’t care for dead neutrals and need a bit of pink or rose to carry it off. My preference for deeper reds leans towards blue reds not much darker than mainstream reds. My brain loves other colors but my eyes (and age) scream “no”!

Weijia Avatar

I usually prefer something flattering so anything neon-y or too pale for my complexion is a no no.
I actually don’t have orange lipsticks at the moment even though medium to dark ones usually suit me, as long as they are not too warm or yellow-ish.

Lizzie - IsolatedColor Avatar

Hard agree on the orange. Any lip product that’s warm-toned is going to disagree with my face and end up getting wiped off very quickly. I have one coral lipstick that came free with an order and good golly, it looks awful on me! Beige and light “nude” colors make me look sick. Very light pink is also a no-go.
I know a lot of people hate metallic or super sparkly lip products, but I generally don’t mind them. Given the choice between metallic cobalt lipstick or a light peachy nude, I’d pick the blue.

Jules Avatar

Anything nude or “basic” or warm-toned. Absolutely no shade meant to those who like those colours – they’re just not for me. I’m someone who loves wearing “unconventional” colours like black/green/blue/gray, and nude colours just make me go “…eh”. Warm tones don’t agree with my skin tone and make me look weird.

Gilad Avatar

Most cool, dark or very bright colors don’t work on me. At this point in my life, obvious glitter or very metallic lipsticks emphasize my lines too much.

Ana Maria Avatar

Very light colors, especially white based shades
Bubblegum, Barbie, fuchsia and almost any other type of pink
Concealer nudes
Corals or anything too orange
Anything with sparkles and metallics hues in
Anything neon or pastel

Although I would probably never wear them, I’m oddly attracted to greens, blues, blacks šŸ˜…

Genevieve Avatar

Quite a few lipsticks don’t interest me at all. Firstly, I don’t go for non traditional shades at all. I also don’t wear anything pink or pink leaning as it doesn’t suit my complexion. Even reds, I have a lot of trouble with as they often dry down pink on me.
I no longer wear dark shaded lipsticks like berry and brown shades, nor too pale shades like nudes. Nor do I wear neon kind of shades like bright orange either.

Miggs Avatar

Yellow, Green, Gray, Black, that sort of thing. Pass on pinky ‘nudes’ and gray-brown shades, blue-toned reds, peach, or anything pastel.

On the flipside, give me a good red-orange, brick red, or berry shade.

Helene Avatar

White based, yellow toned, pastels, very light nudes all clash with my skin tone in a very unflattering way. Unfortunately so does most greens (I do still think I’d pull off Kale, but as they don’t ship to Europe, I’ll never know). I’m not a real fan of corals. Other than the mentioned I like most colours both warm and cool toned, an advantage of having a fairly neutral under tone, I suppose.

Z Avatar

Pinks and purples. Pink just looks weird and garish on my skin and while a deep, vampy purple/plum looks good on me (depending on the undertones), I just don’t like it.

Jen Avatar

Most pastels, especially white based ones are a hard pass for me. Somehow they often look like they’re wearing me instead of the other way around. Most greys don’t register on my radar, I think, because they’re usually on the lighter end of the gray range and while I have some lighter colors I prefer a stronger contrast between my lip and skin color. Maybe if I saw a deeper charcoal shade I might give it a go. I love a nice clear orange, though. It’s a color that I actually crave wearing during the summer.

T156 T Avatar

“Supposed nudes” that are a glorified beige and NOT my nude, any color lighter hue than midtone especially in pink, pastels, corals, yellowy or orangey reds and browns, frosts, glittery anything and most orange color (still looking for a shade that suits me).

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