Today I have a roundup of neutral lip colors that I’ve been loving over the past few months. Most I’ve already reviewed in the past but thought that perhaps a small recap post might be fun! My top tried-and-true formulas are the classic Tom Ford Lip Color and Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème. Both are super creamy and have really good pigment with nice longevity. Since my lips tend to either dry out pretty quickly or get that tight feeling real easily, I look for lip products that are moisturizing and hydrating. The TF and MJB formulas work the best to keep my lips optimally conditioned and hydrated while providing excellent color coverage. I’m always testing and looking to try new lip formulas in pursuit of finding the next best neutral that checks all the boxes. Often times I find that lip color products excel in some areas, but then completely lack in others – on that note, with neutrals I also think that finding the right shade is a tedious process since some colors can turn out either too pale, too dark, too pink, too yellow, etc., once actually on the lips. I’m super picky when it comes to lip colors so when I do find something that works I often just stick with it.
The lip products in today’s post include:
- Tom Ford Lip Color in All Mine, Bad Lieutenant, Naked Ambition, and Spiced Honey (original review linked here) ($55 ea. / 0.1 oz – 2.96 mL)
- Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked ($48 ea. / .24 oz – 7 mL)
- Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in Cream and Sugar (original review linked here) ($30 ea. / 0.12 oz – 3.6 g)
For me I think it’s hard to top the Tom Ford formula. There are good lipsticks, there are great lipsticks, and then there are Tom Ford lipsticks. Out of the various lip offerings available from the line, the classic Lip Color option offers the best in terms pigment and coverage, aside from the hydration and smoothing factor. These do have a thicker texture which helps them last longer and adhere better to the lips. The Lip Color Formula is luxuriously rich and super creamy, providing smooth and even coverage in 1-2 swipes. Color-wise, I’ve only owned the neutrals and each are nicely saturated and wear super comfortably without drying out the lips. Wear time is about average, they are not budge-proof but they do remain in-tact fairly long. Each of the four neutrals I own are back-to-back favorites and I repurchase them every single time they run out. They flatter my medium skintone perfectly and the colors are not exactly your typical neutrals, which I really like.
At the beginning of the year Marc Jacobs Beauty released this cute Nude Lip Trio Set of minis in a new and exclusive color, Cream and Sugar. The color was love at first swipe for me and thank the beauty gods that MJB decided to release Cream and Sugar as a full-sized lipstick, liner and gloss. The Le Marc Lip Crème formula is hydrating, nourishing and has very strong color payoff. This formula has the best wear out of any I’ve ever tried as it stays put for a very long time and lasts through most eating and drinking sessions without drying out the lips. They’re easy to apply, creamy but not too buttery and very low maintenance because you don’t have to check up on the application too much since the colors just stay put.
Deep down I’m a gloss girl at heart but find it really difficult to find a proper lip gloss that’s not sticky, doesn’t settle into lines or has good pigment and payoff. One of the very few formulas that absolutely works for me is the Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked. This is the perfect warm tone nude lip gloss that doesn’t wash out my complexion or translates like having cake frosting on the lips. It’s a very pretty and natural-looking neutral that goes great with a variety of lip liners and lipsticks. There’s a subtle sheen to the gloss without the shimmer factor and gives the lips a nice full look. This is one of the very few lip gloss formulas that does not settle into my lines or cracks and it’s also not sticky or tacky. The color is saturated enough to camouflage my pigmented lips and keeps them hydrated at the same time. The Ultra Shine Lip Gloss is ridiculously pricey but so worth the splurge in my opinion.
For this post I could not swatch the lip gloss because my lips are going through a terrible dry spell and it was difficult covering them up to where the gloss coverage still looked natural.
That wraps up my current neutral lip color rotation. I’d love to hear what neutral colors or lip formulas are your go-to! Neutral lip products can be so tricky and it’s truly hit or miss depending on your skintone and level of natural lip pigmentation.