2.25.2013

My Lips But Better.


The concept of 'My Lips But Better', or MLBB, is a bit of a tricky one. Since everyone's natural lip pigmentation varies, so will the lip colors that give them that slightly-more-flattering-than-normal appearance.

For reference, my lips have a fair bit of rosy pigmentation on their own, so nude lipsticks tend to be far too pale to achieve that highly desired MLBB look on me. The three lipsticks I consider my MLBB lipsticks are all variations on a medium, warm, rosy nude.


L to R: NARS Dolce Vita, YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in #9 Nude in Private, MAC Sheen Supreme in Bare Again

NARS Dolce Vita is the most rosy of the three.
YSL Nude in Private is lighter than Dolce Vita and sheerer and pinker than Bare Again.
MAC Bare Again is more pigmented and a touch darker and browner than Nude in Private.

L to R: NARS Dolce VitaYSL Rouge Volupté Shine in #9 Nude in PrivateMAC Sheen Supreme in Bare Again


Of these three, Nude in Private gives me the most believable MLBB look, as Dolce Vita is a touch too rose and Bare Again is a touch too pigmented. I find lipsticks with sheerer pigmentation are better at creating that natural, fleshy lip that the whole MLBB concept aims to achieve.

You can see me wearing Dolce Vita here, Nude in Private here, and Bare Again here. I didn't include lip swatches in this post because they all look quite similar on the lips; the slight nuances are easier to detect in the traditional arm swatch :)


What's your perfect 'My Lips But Better' lipstick?


33 comments:

  1. Out of the three, I think that YSL looks the best on you! :) I bought the #15 after I saw your post :P

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  2. The Nars swatch is very pretty. They are all pretty, but I think the Nars is the prettiest.

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  3. I tried Bare Again the other day, and I wish it were just a hair darker! The lightness of this shade makes my lips look oddly full (and they're already massive haha!)

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  4. I have Bare Again myself and it's a great shade for me, but I usually prefer more colour :p. They are all very close to each other on first glance, I think I prefer Nars tho, that touch of pink is really pretty ^^.

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  5. All the lip colors look very pretty and natural! especially the NARS ones...not sure if this would be mine natural lip but there in no harm in trying it..

    Enjoyed reading!!

    ~divs
    http://destausd.wordpress.com/

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  6. Think the YSL is my favourite one :)

    http://tugbaseckin.blogspot.com/

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  7. These are such beautiful shades, My lipstick collection pretty much consists of the 'my lips but better' shades!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  8. these look great! I really want to get dolce vita - it's been on my wish list for ages!

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  9. Thanks for the comparisons! I've never been able to swatch DV, but now I have an idea since I'm familiar with bare again :)

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  10. These look like lovely colours! I love a MLBB shade for day to day wear! =) xXx

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  11. great post!!! i have dolce vita and bare again, so i need to give nude and private right?? LOL!

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  12. This is no in-appropriate on your part to publish people's comments after removing their blog address. This shows your insecurity. Sorry to say but did not expect such a shallow trick from someone in the industry which thrives on marketing.

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  13. Sorry you feel that way. Not sure what you mean by me being someone who "thrives on marketing and PR" - I only use my own blog, my own Instagram, and my own Twitter to discuss my blog, which I think is fair as they are my own accounts. And I'm hardly "in the industry"; I'm just a blogger. This isn't my job. And I'd have to disagree with you that it is inappropriate for me to do so since it is my blog after all.


    All links to blogs, giveaways, etc are removed from comments because I find they are simply using my blog to advertise their own material, which isn't fair to me. When I leave comments on other blogs, I use that space to write insightful comments for the blog writer without having an agenda of my own. I don't try to gain followers or exposure to my blog by dropping my links on others' blogs.


    As you may have noticed, when you have a Disqus account, you can add you blog link there so that when people click on your username that is attached to any comment you leave, they can see your link that way. If your comment was something that interested another reader and they wanted to click on your username to find out more about you, they can still find your blog, except now, the links don't spam the comments section like before - that is why I enabled Disqus on my blog. Often with the old blogger comments section, comments with any links would automatically go to the spam box, and some still do with Disqus I find, which may explain why some other bloggers don't even post comments at all that include links because they consider them spam.


    It is unfortunate that you've jumped to conclusions and called me insecure and shallow when you know very little about me and without understanding my side and the reasoning behind my decision first. Have a nice day.

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  14. YES!! ;) I think you'd really like it! I love the formula too.

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  15. Thanks, Stephanie! Which MLBB shade do you currently use? :)

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  16. No problem, Alex :) It's one of my favorites!

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  17. You should, Kelly! I think it's a shade that would suite most people, and the formula is really nice too!

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  18. Mine too, Tugba :)

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  19. I really like Bare Again but I don't love the formula, unfortunately...it's a little too creamy and slippy? NARS is really nice for everyday though :)

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  20. Lucky girl! I wish I had that problem! Hahah

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  21. Thanks, Melissa! Glad you like it :)

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  22. Ahhh, really?? Do you like it so far? I bet it looks great on you!

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  23. :) I second the original poster.

    Tiffany, I remember reading your comments with your blog address on other blogs. I remember because I read one of your comments (with the blog address) and that's when I started following you (2010-11). If other's would have been like you, I would have never discovered you, which I'm glad I did because you are a wonderful blogger and I love reading your posts.

    I personally think that the comments should come as a whole and not edited. Either the are published or they don't. I hope mine will be published. :)

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  24. Divs, I'm sorry you feel so strongly about this that you went ahead and created a new Disqus account just so you could pretend you were someone else who supported your nasty comment. Just a tip: Disqus allows the moderator to check IP addresses. Please do not comment on my blog anymore. Thanks.

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  25. How hard would it be for any learned person to change the IP address (simpler when you have DHCP connection)?

    We are flat-mates, and therefore the same IP address. Ohh, now since you've blocked me, here's my story to your beloved readers from my other account.

    Here are your comments on others blogs with your blog address (something which you think is ethically wrong) -

    http://sarbeauty.blogspot.in/2010/03/sebamed-cleansing-bar.html
    http://www.katiesbeautyblog.com/2010/05/body-shop-spring-trend-preview.html
    http://jellyminxthinks.blogspot.in/2010/05/online-haul.html
    http://pleasureflush.blogspot.in/2010/03/things-im-loving-right-now-stila-jewel.html
    and many more....

    Since you've done this in the past, I'm amazed you didn't even think before writing your lecture. I smell double-standards !!!!

    I know why you blocked me and why you won't publish this. If you were so ethically correct, you wouldn't have written all that lecture in the first place knowing what you've done in the past.

    It is so convenient for you to cut the thread at your convenience but that doesn't mean you are correct. You are misleading your readers but presenting half cooked stories!

    Let us see if you publish this!!!

    OnO

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  26. I don't think it is "ethically wrong" to leave links (I hardly thought it was that serious of an offense), but I do think the blog writer has the authority to remove them from comments if he/she wants, which if someone did to me at that time or told me it was frowned upon, I highly doubt I would've reacted the same way as you two. As for me leaving my link, I've even said that I've done this before, for example, in this post: http://willworkformakeup.blogspot.com/2011/03/happy-birthday-bloggy-little-blogging.html

    I realize I gained followers that way in the beginning, but I also had no idea it annoyed some bloggers at the time and wouldn't have done it if I had known. So yes, I still wrote that comment knowing "what I've done."

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  27. I did want to apologize for not having my commenting policy readily available on my blog though. I used to have one that clearly disclosed what would and would not be published when I had the blogger commenting system before I switched over to Disqus. I've added it in now so that there is hopefully no more confusion in the future.

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  28. pretty! i always sort of wanted nars dolce vita, but never got around to it. though i think i have the gloss.. hmmm

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  29. It's my only NARS lipstick and I love it! Feels like a lip balm on my lips and the color goes with everything :) I just got the matte velvet lip pencil in Dolce Vita and the color looks redder.

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  30. Welcome. Sorry for the late reply. lol

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