Lips of a Different Color

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If you asked of my initial reaction to seeing the first greenish-hued lip product at my local drugstore, I would have responded with a sickened face. I just didn’t understand it. I chalked it up to the Hype Machine. I swore that nobody would buy them, let alone wear them!

Until I started doing some research, and discovered that these green/blue/purple hues actually serve a purpose. They can be used to enhance or even counteract the lips’ natural color. More often than not, the minty-greenish-blue hue is most popular, because it cancels out the pink tones of lips to create the most subtle, non-dead-looking, nude lip.

Shocker, I know. And then I tried one. And then I bought another. And another. And soon it became that anytime I saw a wacky-colored lip product at the drugstore, I immediately bought it, with the intention of taking it home to play with and promptly forget.

But then a funny thing happened — they stayed in my daily makeup bag. All of them. I used a different one every day…for months. I just found them so easy to reach for, and slick on my lips in the morning before work, when I wanted something, and full-on lipstick isn’t really an option in Anesthesiology. I’m hooked! I had to share them with you. My favorite is L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Balm in “Sundays By the Seine” which sadly was limited edition this past Spring, but I found mine easily on either Amazon or eBay, I can’t remember! I love the same iteration in “Bijoux Bijoux Bijoux” (also limited edition but can be found here occasionally) as well for its clear, wet-looking effect, but in simple balm form. New kids on the block include the newest Revlon Lip Butter offerings, a minty green “Invite Only“, laced with flecks of subtle sparkle, and the purple-y “Provocative“. My newest purchase is L’Oreal (again you go with the cool colors, L’Oreal!) le Gloss in “Mint Ice”.

  • http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com/ ashleigh

    Bizarre but fascinating! I’ve seen the blue lipstick that turns your lips a pretty berry color but I’ve never seen these minty ones!
    -Ash
    http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina Braly

      Ooh, which lipstick is that?

  • http://yousoldtheworld.blogspot.com/ yousoldtheworld

    I neeeeeed one of these!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina Braly

      Warning, it’s quite addictive! I convinced myself after writing this post that i HAD to snap up another tube of Sundays By The Seine on ebay! Just in case! lol

  • Stillblondeafteralltheseyears

    ah shoot, I wanted to see them on you!

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina Braly

      I’ve posted a pic for you on Instagram just now! xo

  • Chris

    As a guy looking for something to give my otherwise drab lips a bit of color without resorting to full on lipstick, I often resort to nude tones so I’d really like to try these out.

    • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina Braly

      Absolutely chris! And I’ve posted a before/after pic on my instagram account just now, so you can see how they look on bare lips if you’re still hesitating.

  • http://www.megoonthego.com/ Meg O.

    Oooh, that is so cool. I want one of the green ones!

  • Amy R

    These look awesome!!! I’ll have to find some to try.

  • Sara

    Hmm, I’ve never seen these. I would love to see one on your lips so I can see how it works.

    • http://www.professionallypetite.com Elissa

      seconded – want to see on your lips!

      • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina Braly

        Check out my instagram, posted pics there!

  • http://prettyshinysparkly.com/ Kristina Braly

    Thanks Kileen! It’s so addictive..you have been warned. ;-)