Favourite MLBB Tag

I was tagged by Sandy of Lippie Obsession to do this and it’s right in my wheelhouse!  Since I pulled out all my lipsticks yesterday for the lip stash post, I figured I’d do this tag today.  For the Makeup Muggles out there, MLBB stands for “My Lips But Better” which means these lip products enhance the natural lip colour – usually a close match or slightly darker / brighter / lighter / shinier – whatever is “better” to you.

I do not wear lipstick regularly, but when I do, I typically choose a MLBB shade.  My lips are quite pigmented, so some of these colours may seem deeper than what you might consider a MLBB lippie.  I chose these lipsticks not only for the colours, but also for how much I like the formulas:
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From left to right:
Illamasqua Glamore Nude Lipstick in Minx
Elizabeth Arden Exceptional Lipstick in Breathless #17 (of COURSE I have to include this! See my post comparing the old vs new)
Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color in Garance 06
Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Dreamscape RD351
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick in Fig
Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Portrait RD203
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(That Guerlain tube was a PITA to photograph!)

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Some overall thoughts:
• This was actually a really useful exercise for me to swatch some of what I consider MLBB lipstick colours to see how they compare against each other
• I’m rather pleased to discover that Guerlain Garance is quite similar to my beloved EA Breathless!
• I also didn’t realize how pink the Bite Beauty Fig is, but I do like wearing it to brighten my lips.
• I love Shiseido lip products – they have a Japanese aesthetic to them – a bit more sheer with a natural finish and hydrating properties.
• The Illamasqua Glamore Nude lipstick formula is about as “matte” as I would venture – it’s very opaque in one swipe but does not feel heavy on the lips.

Doh! After I finished taking pictures and started writing this entry, I realized I forgot one of my favourites:  MAC Lipstick in Cosmo! Ugh – I’m too lazy to retake pictures of everything so here’s a comparison between Cosmo and 3 other shades shown above:mlbb5
Cosmo is a mid-tone rose colour that MAC describes as “pink coco”.  It is an Amplified Creme which is quite pigmented and comfortable to wear on the lips.
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All of these lipsticks reside in a prominent place in my makeup area so they’re at easy reach when I grab one to toss in my purse for the day.

Do you have any of these MLBB lipsticks?  Any recommendations for me to try?

I tag:
• Ari Mariel
Life’s Melody
The Line of Beauty
Just Jay Beauty
Ryane Zamora Beauty
• Valentina Boré
• rylie*style 😉
fivezero 😛

54 thoughts on “Favourite MLBB Tag

  1. You know, I really like the one Shiseido Perfect Rouge lipstick that I have. Gonna go check out some more.

    And yeah, I was just going to say before I read it, Garance looks really close to Breathless 17!

    I can’t believe I don’t have MAC Cosmo. :O

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    1. I have 3 Perfect Rouge lipsticks and I love them all. It’s definitely a formula I would buy more of.
      The Garance is quite close however, I refuse to carry that 5lb lipstick in my purse! I actually went on ebay to see if there were listings for Breathless #17 and there are a few… I’m so tempted to get a back up!
      Cosmo is lovely! It’s better than Twig imo, and MAC is always pushing Twig onto people as a bridal colour – I feel Twig is too brown.

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      1. Get the Breathless backups! 🙂 Stick ’em in the fridge or something.

        OK, I gotta get Cosmo. I have Twig and ITA, it’s too brown. Soooo 90s but not in a good way. It’s currently languishing in my purge pile. I guess I can B2M it!

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  2. Great picks! Ugh I hate when you forget to include a product in a picture! Then the struggle of whether you re-take the picture or not lol. It’s so great you discovered a dupe among your lipsticks! Glad you did the tag 🙂

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  3. What pretty shades! I wish my lips were as pigmented as yours. Without lipstick, they just sorta blend right into my face, haha 🙂 That Guerlain tube looks interesting, no wonder it was a pain to photograph! I think it’s my favorite of all the ones you mentioned though 🙂

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    1. The Guerlain formula is one of my favourites. It’s very pigmented yet comfortable to wear and has a bit of natural shine in a satin finish. The tube itself weighs about 5lbs though! It’s silly when I try to take it with me out for a fancy dinner in a little purse, the thing is like a brick, lol!

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    1. Funny, we were just talking about it a few comments up. I have Twig – it was my very first MAC lipstick. But I feel that it’s quite brown and MAC SAs always push that shade as a MLBB colour. Here is Twig at the left hand side, and Cosmo is on the 2nd from the right:

      (My Twig is retired though since it’s more than 10 yrs old)
      I’ll do swatches to compare them in a future post!

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    1. Bite Beauty lipsticks are fantastic! I highly recommend. It’s a formula that I will definitely buy more of. I have a couple more of them in minis that were released during the holidays – I think mini lipsticks is the way to go for me – then I can at least use them up!

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      1. I’ve never tried anything from bite beauty though I always find myself swatching them when I’m at sephora lol I think it’s a sign that I need to buy one :p yesss I love minis too!!! They are super tiny that they fit everywhere lol and true you can use them up lol

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