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seeking pink lipstick recommendations

MAC pink lipstick in Speak Louder

If you have a favorite bright pink lipstick I’d love to hear about it. The one pictured above is MAC Speak Louder and I love the color but find the formula a bit too drying for me, so something a bit moisturizing focused would be a plus. I’m headed out to try on Hair Thursday‘s recommendation of Dior Addict lipstick in Dior Kiss. While I’m asking I’d also love to hear if you have a go-to brand that I should focus on. Thanks!

· comments [71] · 01-13-2012 · categories:beauty ·

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  • 1 Georgiana // Jan 13, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I love YSL Rouge Pur lipstick in 19. It’s quite a blue pink + definitely packs a punch, but is one of the best pinks I’ve ever used (and this girl has used a LOT).

  • 2 Georgiana // Jan 13, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Oh, also, it’s possibly sold out, but check your nearest MAC store for the limited edition Party Parrot lipstick. It’s amazing!

  • 3 punkinnoodle // Jan 13, 2012 at 5:35 am

    I swear by the Revlon ColorStay Overtime lip color. I LOVE it. It stays on until you eat something greasy, or actually take it off. But also, my lips stay soft. There’s a gloss you can put over it once it’s set, and repeatedly put the gloss on, but I rarely need to do that. I think my favorite pink color is lasting peony. I also like the raspberry, for something darker. For my every day, I wear endless spice or bare maximum. They’re great. I love them. You should too.

  • 4 Lindsey // Jan 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

    I love Origins Flower Fusion lipstick in Snapdragon and Jasmine.

  • 5 Tanya Maia // Jan 13, 2012 at 7:28 am


    By FAR my favorite and it looks amazing on everyone!!

  • 6 Nicole // Jan 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I like the Revlon Lip Butters. It’s a good cross between a lip gloss and a lip stick.

  • 7 Meagan // Jan 13, 2012 at 8:06 am

    If you want to splurge on a lipstick, I love the YSL one you can get at Sephora (gold lipstick case) ROUGE VOLUPTE Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15. This stuff is so moisturizing, and the color payoff is tremendous. I drink water all day, and I find I can go many hours without it wearing off. A cool way to utilize this lipstick (since it’s uber expensive) is to find a shade of pink that compliments your skin and also use it as a little bit if blush. That’s how I use mine, and it’s fantastic! Hope this helps!

  • 8 Liz // Jan 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

    The rec I read recently was also for MAC, though a different shade:

    Would it work with a light gloss over it or a moisturizing base?

  • 9 Sarah // Jan 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I haven’t tried it myself yet (been meaning to though), but I have heard good things about Radiant Cosmetics moisturizing lipstick. Maybe in Savage Pink?

  • 10 Cathy // Jan 13, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Revlon Colorburst in Fuschia! Moisturizing with a really fantastic blue-pink pop of color. I believe the color is a good dupe of Nars Schiap.

  • 11 Floribunda Designs // Jan 13, 2012 at 9:17 am

    I am hooked on Revlon’s Just Bitten lip stain + gloss. Desire is a really pretty pink. The stain lasts a long time and the gloss keeps the moisture in.
    After using the stains, rather than traditional thick on the lips feeling lipstick, I doubt I will go back.

  • 12 Camille // Jan 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Revlon ColorBurst, 030-Fuchsia

  • 13 emma // Jan 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I don’t have it in a pink shade (I have it in “red taboo”) but this YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick has pretty much changed my life:

  • 14 Sherri // Jan 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Lipstick is fun! Estée Lauder all-day lipstick in rosa rosa is a nice pink. It is long lasting and doesn’t dry out my lips. Clinique has some beautiful pinks but I find their lipsticks too drying and they require constant touch ups. Nars is my new favorite brand but I don’t have it in pink. Vincent Longo lipstick is also moisturizing.

  • 15 Carrie // Jan 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Revlon has a new lipstick called ColorBurst Lip Butter- which is different from their regular Color Burst line– it has a pink cap on the stick. It’s great at moisturizing, but I found the shade I picked out too light for what I thought it was going to be. You might look it up on

  • 16 ClosetBeauty // Jan 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Oy ve, real, honest to God lipstick does not work with my lifestyle. I either use those Cover Girl outlast sponge on things with a lip balm that I reapply maybe 3 or 4 times a day for busy/professional/serious days, or I use coloured lip balm/lip gloss like this bath and body works on that no longer seems to be available in stores, but it a balm so it moisturizes well ( or Alba TerraGloss, which is nice and natural ( I have no real lipstick in a tube suggestions. But I do love the CG outlast. In fact, when I recommended it to a friend, she loved it so much she wore in on her wedding day. Didn’t wear off all day!

  • 17 Tara // Jan 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I’m a fan of Nars Lipsticks right now. I’m wearing Damage at the moment.

  • 18 Laura // Jan 13, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks are pricey, but they feel wonderful. The Rouge Automatiques are supposed to be very good as well.

    For cheaper brands, I really like Maybelline’s Color Sensational Line.

  • 19 Anita // Jan 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I am a diehard fan of Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss. I do like using lipsticks, but I also find many of them drying. I generally try to avoid using most lip glosses because I hate the sticky feeling they leave behind, and I feel like my hair always gets caught in the lip gloss, which makes for a messy frustrating experience. This stuff is NOT as sticky or shiny as your traditional lip gloss, and it’s pretty long lasting and moisturizing. I like to think of it as a liquid lipstick. My favorite color is fame, which is a kind of bright pink without being super super bright. I LOVE it!

    The other lip gloss I used to use all the time is Clinique Long Lasting Glosswear. Nice moisturizing formula without being sticky or gloppy.

  • 20 CKR! // Jan 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    The cremesheen isn’t one of their best formulas. Stick with MAC and try Girl About Town for a super bright pink. Also pay an extra $15 for the MAC Prep and Prime Lip. It works beautifully with the lipstick.

  • 21 christy // Jan 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I have been digging my new Nars (Damage), but I have an older laura mercer (berry) gloss stick that is still a fav. It goes on like lipstick, but feels like glass.

  • 22 brianne // Jan 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

    On Anna @ Door Sixteen’s recommendation, I bought Chinatown by Poppy King sheer gloss pencil in “Chase”. It isn’t opaque, but I love the shade, the big fat pencil, and the fact that it comes with its own fat sharpener. I could only find it only at Barney’s, though

  • 23 Bee // Jan 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I really like Urban Decay’s pink lipsticks, I reviewed some on my blog a couple of weeks ago I’m really pleased with them :)

  • 24 Kay // Jan 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    The “Amplified” formula by MAC is my fave – moisturizing AND long-lasting. I love the shade Craving but it’s not super bright. I agree with Georgiana’s comment about Party Parrot (and maybe Pink Pigeon) – that looks oh-so juicy (don’t know what formula it is) and since it’s sold out online, I may head to Southcenter to see if they have Scarlet Ibis from the same Iris Apfel line

  • 25 elizabeth // Jan 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    in the super cheap category, Cover Girl Lip Perfection, I have the bright hot pink, its feels super moisturizing, it lasts all day long and the color is vibrant, can’t get much better for 6 bucks!

  • 26 Angela // Jan 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Seconding Revlon’s Just Bitten in Desire. I’ve decided recently that stains are the only realistic options for me.

  • 27 Amanda // Jan 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I’ve never tried that specific MAC Pink lipstick (I tend to like red colours), but I do know that the MAC Ruby Woo is really drying too. I’ve since switch over to the Buxom lipsticks by Bare Essentuals. I use Tokyo, which is a dark red, but I do know that they have pink colours too. They last a really long time (even when eating and drinking and kissing!) and they’re pretty moisturizing.

  • 28 veronic // Jan 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Don’t see it here so I will add that I love Besame I haven’t tried their Portrait Pink but I love all the colors I have and the formula is great for a high pimented lipstick not too drying

  • 29 Melinda // Jan 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I love Revlon ColorStay Soft and Smooth. It’s soft, stays nicely and not sticky, just nice. I like Luscious Rose.

  • 30 Amy // Jan 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve been wearing bare escentuals “Berry Pretty”

    I bought it a few years back (um, 2005), so I don’t know if it’s still around, but their lipsticks in general are nice.

  • 31 Wendy Fugal // Jan 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    For moisturizing color I love the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer sticks. Currently I wear Fig, but it is not the brightest pink around, just a hint of color. I also find the clinique lipsticks to be fairly moisturizing.

  • 32 cait // Jan 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve got a few suggestions for ya!
    – Revlon “Stormy Pink” (matte candy pink)
    – Revlon “Pink About It” (matte bright pink w/ coral tones)
    – Revlon “Cherries in the Snow” (dark fuchsia)
    – Revlon “Fuchsia Fusion” (hot pink)

  • 33 Carolyn J. // Jan 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Nthing Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter – choose a pink. I went with it based on recommendations from Makeup Alley.

    It has a moisturizing texture like a chapstick, but a healthy dose of colour.

  • 34 Star // Jan 14, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Personally, I love the “L’Paige” brand of lipsticks. They moisturize and work with the natural PH of the wearer’s skin, so the range of colors offered by the various lipsticks are different once applied. The last time I stocked up there were two general color families: pink-ish and coral-ish. Here’s the link:

  • 35 Kindra // Jan 14, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Try MAC Girl About Town – it’s the Amplified formula, which isn’t as dry. Plus the color is amazing!

  • 36 Michelle // Jan 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

    On the cheaper end of the spectrum, I can’t get enough of Revlon’s Love That Pink lately. It’s just a nice bright pink that works with a lot of different complexions. I tend to go for bright reds and I feel like this is a pink lipstick for red lipstick lovers. Definitely not drying, it’s actually pretty creamy. Plus it’s super cheap!

  • 37 Renee // Jan 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Revlon colorburst lipbutter in raspberry kiss, the most perfect creamy fuschia. Not hot pink, but truly unique and moisturizing.

  • 38 Suzanne // Jan 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Laura Mercier stickgloss lipstick — LOVE it! Cranberry or Fuschia? (I’m hooked on Black Orchid and Maple and Plum, too) The best glossy, moisturizing formula that smells yummy (but not too much) I love this stuff. So much.

  • 39 Sarah J // Jan 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Aveda Aveda Aveda! The lipstick is long lasting AND it keeps my lips soft. I seriously think it’s made from unicorn tears (of joy) and rainbows.

  • 40 Gina // Jan 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Laura Mercier “Audrey” — looks red-ish on Sephora, but is a lovely pink hue.

  • 41 nadia // Jan 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I love Korres Pomegranate and Quince lip butter. They moisturize but you do have to apply often.

  • 42 Katie H. // Jan 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Origins has a great moisturizing line that really does the trick. I wear their “Flower Fusion” POPPY color on the regular.

  • 43 Katie H. // Jan 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    PS: I agree about the drying nature of MAC lipsticks. Too bad, because the color is to rich and lovely.

  • 44 lizzie // Jan 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

    i am the self proclaimed “lipstickician”. i could go on and on about very expensive pinks, but since we are in a recession, i will go with a drugstore pick. here it is…L’oreal colour riche in “sea fleur” or #630. i want to say its sort of magenta and shocking in the tube. but on the lips…perfection. women have stopped me in on the street to ask me what it is. and so so so creamy. go get it. now.

  • 45 Michelle // Jan 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I have a cover girl natureluxe gloss balm in Hibiscus that is a nice bright (but sheer) pink and fairly moisturizing (one complaint, I think it migrates to the corners of my mouth; I keep meaning to find a pencil to try with it). Another recommendation I’ve read about is NYX Chloe (as a dupe for Nars Funny Face) – but I haven’t tried it yet as I kept forgetting the color name while at the store.

  • 46 Beth // Jan 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I agree with ClosetBeauty- Cover Girl Outlast 2 step is my go to lipstick. It stays on sometimes through eating lunch! My go to shade is 626-Canyon which isn’t pink -I tend to go to neutrals for me- this goes more to a coral-brown. but I have tried some pinks and like them, too. but, can’t offer a color option just recommend the staying power. The top gloss isn’t like gloppy lip gloss either.

  • 47 Ana // Jan 16, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I love

    If you apply it properly it’s true it will stay for 24 hours.

    And the sensation it isn’t dry at all.


  • 48 esther // Jan 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    i love love mac’s ruby woo and then i pair it with mac’s creme sheen supreme New Temptation. I wear it like this so that it’ll last longer ( I teach and eat up my lipsticks), but you can totally wear New Temptation alone and its very moisturizing with great color!

  • 49 jamieofalltrades // Jan 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    i love NARS. They have pencils that work really well and stay on for a long time. Their red, Duvell, looks good on everyone.

  • 50 Tamryn // Jan 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I just bought Wet N’ Wild’s newest lipsticks for $.99 each at Walgreens and I have been very impressed with how rich the formula is. There is a rose color and a bright pink I wear. The nude colors not so much, but that’s because I don’t like beige lips on me.

  • 51 Nicole // Jan 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    MAC in Juicy. So fabulous!

  • 52 Nicole // Jan 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    MAC in Lickable. So fabulous!

  • 53 Leonie // Jan 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    If a lipstick is too drying, suggest you use a base of petroleum jelly. Then bung on (technical term) the lipstick. Cheap and easy.

    Dominus tecum

  • 54 Tessa // Jan 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    IF you can find it, Foolish Virgin by Vincent Longo is my all-time favorite pink lipstick.
    It’s a beautiful, soft pink and it’s smooth and moist.
    I. Love. It. has it:

  • 55 Leticia Centeno // Jan 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Megan!

    My all time favorite bright pink lipstick is Nars Schiap. It has a semi matte finish, amazing staying power, it’s kinda blue based and every single time I wear it I get compliments!

    It is not cheap, USD 24 I guess but it is totally worth it. Stop by your nearest Sephora (or any other) and try it.

    There is another pink I love which is Girl About Town from MAC (amazing color, confortable wear – not matte and cheaper than NARS!)

    One last suggestion: Go to and check her Swatch Gallery. Thousands of swatches! You gotta find your perfect pink there!

    Lots of love from Brazil!

  • 56 whoorl // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Megan! While I love DiorKiss, it’s really not that bright. If you are looking for a bright, yet super flattering AND inexpensive, look no further than CoverGirl Eternal #350. I love it, and it was only 6 buckeroos!

  • 57 whoorl // Jan 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    p.s. – it’s CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Eternal….

  • 58 Tessa // Jan 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Foolish Virgin by Vincent Longo is my fave.
    You can get it at
    It’s a beautiful, moist pretty pink.

  • 59 beth // Jan 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I hate lipstick, gloss etc. Such a pain in the rear. I might try bitten.

    In the meantime, I’ve heard that women of a certain age (me-40 something) should use cream based blush. Voila, those old lipsticks get a new life as cream blush.

    Ask Carmindy from what not to wear. Works like a charm.

  • 60 June g. // Jan 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I’m usually a dept. store makeup girl. But awhile back I picked up a cover girl natureluxe lipgloss in peony. I get more compliments on it! I use it everyday now.

  • 61 Michelle // Jan 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I like MAC’s Lustre line of lipsticks. It feels like a lip gloss, but that also means it doesn’t have much staying power. I have Sophisto, which is more pinky, and Spice It Up, which is more red. Good luck!

  • 62 ducksandbooks // Jan 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I second the Burt’s Bees lip tints and also want to add Clinique’s Rasberry Glace to the list, it’s a bright, but not too bright pink. I like to layer it over A Different Grape, to get the perfect color/simmer.

  • 63 Olya // Jan 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I would recommend Besame lipstick! i came across the company on accident, but LOVE it. I have MAC, Chanel, Nars, and more, but I must say , for staying power and lip treatment I LOVE Besame! My fav color from them is Velvet Red – just the right kind ( although I was not sure of it when I looked at the package , but it takes a completely different color on the lips) . Next best would be Julie Hewett – stays well , colors are beautiful. Highly recommend! (my blog has actually the entry about all of them, and where to buy as well as the pic of Besame red velvet on me :))

  • 64 araskiss // Jan 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Makeup forever is by far one of the best. You can find them at Sephora.

  • 65 Ashley // Jan 30, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Mac Impassioned is a gorgeous coral pink.

  • 66 Elisabet // Jan 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I LOVE the new poppy king/ kate spade collab. The fuchsia fete is great!

  • 67 margo // Jan 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    most of mac’s lipsticks are very good. you must just experiment with the finish. one and i cannot remember the finish is ultra creamy but does not last on me. no one can beat mac’s colors.

  • 68 Jenny // Feb 10, 2012 at 7:31 am

    So this is a much delayed response, but I love your blog, and (as I was looking over the comments here) I didn’t see my FAVORITE bright pink lip color on here. I got it at Sephora, but it’s from Tarte. The shade I have is “amused [bright pink.” It goes on like a smooth lip balm, totally sans goo or that “my face has just been shellac-ed” feeling. There’s just enough of a blue undertone that your teeth will look whiter. And who doesn’t want her teeth to sparkle a lil more? I also love that you can REALLY control the intensity of the tint.

    Godspeed in your search! Have you found anything yet?

  • 69 Divya // Feb 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Very late response, but M.A.C – Girl About Town – my favorite! It goes perfectly with their Magenta lip liner! :)

  • 70 lara // Feb 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    My FAV dark pink is Compassion by Mary Kay. It’s a deep, bold pink. It’s even almost tinting towards red… And, super moisturizing! LOVE IT (plus the profits from it go to womens shelters… even better…. good coming from my love of lipstick!)

  • 71 Tutti // Jan 23, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Nubian Queen in Holland has a lovely lipstick: Savage Pink.
    I don’t know if it is online. You should mail them if not.

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