Lip Lineup: My Current Favorites

When it comes to lip products, I feel that most of the time, it’s a trade-off of comfort for performance. Flaky, parched lips brought on by all-day wear formulas. Burning to get that plump pout. We’ve all been there!

And you know my love of lip products – never without. If you live in Utah, you know, a good lip product can save your poor, battered lips from our desert climate!

Whether you’re looking for a high-end or an affordable drugstore option, one from your favorite beauty brand, or an up-and-coming indie pick that can be your new best-kept secret, there is an option on this list for you.

“But Tara, there are only 6 options here,” you might be thinking.

And, I know! Not a lot of options. But trust me. There are options here for every budget and skin tone (most come in multiple shades). There are also some old standbys and new favorites, and again, in every color you could possibly think of.

Now, I know you’ve been hurt and lied to before, but I’ve tried and vetted each of these options, so I speak from experience when I say, these are the 6 Lip products I have on rotation right now and you’re gonna want to snag you some.

#1. Too Faced Deluxe La Crème Color Drenched Lipstick in Nude Beach

The lipstick is a beautiful, smooth, creamy pink nude that is slightly sheer. On the lips, it looks very natural, a pretty “your-lips-but-better” look! And easily one of my most asked about lip colors! It’s one of those formulas you can wear all day and doesn’t color at the corners of your mouth or water line.

I’ve only been able to find this on Amazon. However, you can get it at Ulta in the Kiss & Makeup lipstick/bronzer duo. For $15.00, you get this AND a bronzer from Too Faced that I LOVE! You may be able to find it in-store at your local Ulta!

2. Shine Lipgloss in Admired

I LOVE this stuff. And wear these religiously (see? I told you there were some oldies in here). The glosses go on super smooth, can be layered, and they aren’t tacky – AT ALL!

You can grab this color (admired) and any of my other favorites (Strive or Spirited) and get 10% off when you use code “Tara10”

3. BUXOM Full-On™ Plumping Lip Cream Gloss in White Russian

Like all Buxom products, this is a lip plumper but doesn’t burn like other formulas!  It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates so your lips aren’t’ going to be totally jacked up once it wears off. It’s actually packed with vitamins a and e so your lips are actually being hydrated and nourished when you wear it.

As you can see, this is a sheer pinky-nude and the perfect everyday casual stand-alone product or is really great layered on top of your favorite lip color!

4. Pixi by Petra MultiBalm in Wild Rose

You’re going to have to RUN if you want to grab one of these. I was only able to find these on the manufacturer’s website and Walmart! Everywhere else seems to be sold out and I don’t know if they’re bringing it back. You may also be able to find them in-store at your local Target. These are the BEST – super pigmented, smooth, and is a cheek and lip balm.

If having the cheek balm isn’t important to you, I would try their shea butter lip balm in the shade, Natural Rose. You could probably still wear it as a tinted cheek balm (I do this all the time) if you want a multi-purpose stick for your go-bag! I really love this stuff and the colors are really beautiful if you’re looking for a simple, tinted lip balm!

5. Buxom PowerPlump Lip Balm

With this stuff, your lips instantly become flushed with your perfect shade. Notice I said flushed? This plumping lip treatment—available in three shades—is super hydrating and has a unique reactor that works with your individual pH level to transform to your perfect flushed custom shade. Like Pixi, this is perfect for everyday wear. I love this translucent pink color and if you’re a jeans, t-shirt, and chapstick girl, this is your jam!

6. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Available in the original berry blend or in the new vanilla, this is definitely something that should be in your collection. If you were only going to get one, this would be it! It hydrates, heals, smoothes, and can be worn as you sleep or applied throughout the day.

Enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants, its Berry Mix Complex™ (where it gets its color and scent) is a blend of raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and blueberry extracts. It also has Moisture Wrap™ technology with hyaluronic acid and minerals to form a protective film over the lips to lock in moisture and activate ingredients.

You really can’t go wrong with any of these 5 – in fact, I recommend getting all 6! Ha!

I also want to add that you should have a good lip exfoliator on hand at all times – especially if you want any of your lipstick, gloss, or balm to go on smooth! You can do a DIY with sugar and olive oil, but if DIY isn’t your thing, here are my top picks:


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You can’t go wrong with any of these lightweight fresh colors! Enjoy shopping and tell me below which ones you end up loving!

Xx Tara

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