Wednesday, December 18, 2013


One of the more popular questions amongst my Instagram photos has to do with my lipstick colors. Someone asked that I do a post showing all of my colors all together. The lipsticks I am sharing are my tried & true favorites. I've tried a variety of lipsticks - drug store, high end, etc. and the following MAC colors have proven their worth. These are highly pigmented, don't creep outside of the lip line, & I have very small lips so I like that they give my lips a fuller appearance.

A little different lighting so you can get a better idea of the color...
Left to right: Viva La Nicki (sold out), Saint Germain, Candy Yum Yum, Up The Amp, Rebel, Viva Glam I, Snob, & Merlot
So this first one is Stila's 'MERLOT'. I just purchased it this weekend and I am not sure if I love it. The color is excellent & it is definitely long wear... but it's a bit tacky.
This is 'UP THE AMP' by MAC & I wear it 4/7 days out of the week. It's a purple color - but not obnoxious. (Seen here/here.)
1. Viva Glam I: I love this dark red. I don't wear it quite as often as the rest but it's nice for dressier occasions. (Seen here/here/here.)
2. Candy Yum Yum: This is a neon pink. It's amazing, but I'm not wearing it during the winter months as much. (Seen here/here).
3. Saint Germain: A very light/pale pink... this is one that I wear very often. (Seen here/here.)
Rebel: I started wearing this one this summer, a bit premature since this is a dark purple. However, I love that it can be easily changed. Sometimes apply it with "SNOB" Lipglass to give it a a lighter berry color. This one is one that I wear often. To make the color more intense, I line my lips with the NYX 'PRUNE' liner. (Seen here/here.)

So my top 3 favorites are REBEL, SAINT GERMAINE, & UP THE AMP.
MAC's Liner's are a bit pricy (for me) but I've actually come to prefer the NYX lip liners.
Adding a gloss or a lip liner is a nice way to alter your lipstick color or make it more or less intense. SNOB is my favorite gloss to alter my colors & to wear alone. 


  1. Great picks! Your makeup always looks gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  2. Great post, Emily! Thanks for sharing your favorites. I love the color swatches plus the sample photos of when you've worn them in the past. It really helps capture each shade to get a better idea of which ones will work for us. You always look fab in your bold lip color choices!
    On the Daily Express

  3. Thanks for sharing! I have a few colors, one of which I wear constantly--Java--I get the most compliments on it and it looks great against my skin.


  4. Viva Glam 1 is my absolute favorite red lipstick!! Loving all of these colors on you, I want to look into that Rebel color!

    Sincerely Miss Ash

  5. i love this! you always look so great in lipstick and i was wondering what you used!

  6. Thank you for posting this!!! It is so nice to see the color in your photos since bold colors can look different in the product then when it hits your lips. I need to switch up my lipstick more often and you just inspired me!!!

  7. gorgeous colors! love them all, and they all look great on you!

    jenn @ hello, rigby!

  8. I love Rebel on you, I think I need to pick that color up!

    xo Kylie

  9. Thanks for sharing! I adore has to be one of my favorites!

    Xo, Kelsey

  10. These are great suggestions! I'm not much of a lipstick girl, but I do own one- and it's MAC! I'm glad it's gotten your seal of approval :)


  11. I love your lipstick picks! I picked up Viva Glam 1 after seeing it on you and I'm thinking now I'm going to have to go get Rebel too!


  12. I LOVE St. Germain :) I have it in the LipGlass. It is inspiring to see all the different bold lips you do!

  13. Great selection! I've always loved your lipstick choices- so gorgeous and I adore Mac make up!

    Katie x

  14. These are beautiful! Any recommendations for a color to wear for my wedding in April? I'm on the hunt for the perfect shade!

    Thank you so much for posting! I love your blog!

  15. So many great shades! Would love an update to this post if your favorites have changed!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  16. Love your posts! Any chance you have nude lipstick suggestions?


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