While I appreciate the bold, fun colors of a summer lip, I feel the most comfortable and feminine in more subdued colors. This season I am all about the mauve lip. It's the perfect neutral to go with just about any look you are going for. During the day you can compliment it with a soft eye, and at night you can sex it up with a smoky or cat eye look.
I went on the hunt for the perfect mauve over the weekend, and hit up my local Ulta, Target and Walgreens. I saw lots of great options out there, but only came home with a lipstick and gloss from a makeup line I had never purchased from before: Milani.
These look much more pink in the photo than they actually go on. I'm happily surprised with the quality for the price; they wear extremely well, are very moisturizing, smell great and are made in the USA. I've layered them both for some oomph, but each stand well on their own too. They do come out a very pretty mauve, but I think I will still hunt for the perfect matte option, one more like the inspiration photo above. I swatched a ridic amount of colors, and to be honest totally confused myself (my two kids acting up in the stores didn't help any).
Back in the comfort of my own home (and where I can send the kids to their rooms!) I found a few other options you may want to try out too:
Rouge Bunny Rouge - Colour Burst Lipstick - Nothing Unknown • $24.00
Deborah Lippmann Lipstick, I'm Every Woman 0.13 oz (3.6 g) • Deborah Lippmann • $22.00
M·A·C 'Viva Glam Rihanna 2' Lipstick (Limited Edition) • M·A·C • $16.00
LIPSTICK QUEEN Butterfly Ball Lipstick • Lipstick Queen • $24.00
Maybelline SuperStay 14 HR Lipstick Till Mauve Do Us Part • Maybelline • $8.79
Shiseido Perfect Rouge • Shiseido • $25.00
Laura Mercier Stick Gloss • Laura Mercier • $24.00
Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick • $21.00
Bobbi Brown Lip Color • Bobbi Brown • $26.00
Estée Lauder 'Pure Color' Long Lasting Lipstick • Estee Lauder • $26.00
NYX Matte Lipstick • NYX • $5.99
NYX 'Extra Creamy' Round Lipstick • NYX • $5.00
L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick • L'Oreal • $5.99
Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain Honey • Revlon • $8.49