My Favorite “MLBB,” Neutral, & Natural Lipsticks & Glosses

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MLBB lipstick

Good morning! Today I have quick reviews & swatches of five of my favorite mlbb (my lips but better) / neutral / natural lipsticks & glosses. These aren’t what I’d call nude lipsticks – I think of those as paler than my natural lip tone – but rather rosy, natural colors. I tend to wear this type of lip color to work, and all five of these are frequently used.

MLBB lipstick

MAC Out For Passion // Tarina Tarantino Queen Alice // Revlon Pink Truffle // Maybelline Intoxicating Spice // Essence Choose Me!

MAC Huggable Out for Passion swatch

MAC Out For Passion

MAC Huggable Lipstick in Out For Passion is the only limited edition product in the bunch.  Sadly, it’s no longer available, but it’s a lovely, fresh, slightly glossy pink with a hint of sheerness. Full review here.

Tarina Tarantino Queen Alice

Tarina Tarantino Queen Alice

Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheens are one of my favorite lipstick formulas (reviews).  They’re no longer sold at Sephora, but luckily still available at and on the Tarina Tarantino website. Queen Alice is a really great natural pink, again slightly glossy with a hint of sheerness,  but bit deeper than MAC Out For Passion (not that you can tell from the lip swatch!). Another Tarina Tarantino favorites is Prong, which is similar to Queen Alice but slightly browner.

Next up we have Revlon’s Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. I don’t see much written about Lip Butters anymore, but I still really love mine.  Pink Truffle is slightly glossy and has a bit of sheerness – noticing a pattern? I find this kind of texture so easy to wear.  Pink Truffle is browner than the MAC or the Tarina Tarantino. I don’t have a lip swatch for this one, arm swatch is at the end of the post.

Maybelline Intoxicating Spice Swatch

Maybelline Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline’s Color Elixir glosses are newish, but Intoxicating Spice is already a favorite.  It’s quite pigmented (for a gloss), but still has some translucency.  It’s most similar in color to Queen Alice, but a little deeper. My reviews of the Color Elixir glosses are here & here.

And finally, Essence Stay With Me Long Lasting Lipgloss in Choose Me! is the only choice of mine with sparkle, but I find that it’s not visible on the lips.  This looks quite similar to Intoxicating Spice when swatched, but on the lips it has a hint more berry while Intoxicating spice is slightly more brown. I swatched four of the Essence glosses here. Sorry, no lip swatch for this one either!

MLBB Swatches

MAC Out For Passion // Tarina Tarantino Queen Alice // Revlon Pink Truffle // Maybelline Intoxicating Spice // Essence Choose Me!

I picked these out without considering the price, and it’s interesting to me to see that my favorites include both department store and drugstore brands.  I really believe that there’s great quality makeup at all price levels.

What’s your favorite MLBB lipstick or gloss?

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  • I am wearing Revlon lip butter in Pink Truffle. I bought it 2 weeks ago and I have been wearing it out! I love it.

  • DJ

    I wear my Pink Truffle lip butter almost daily. I also bought like 5 at the CVS clearance sale one Christmas and gave one to my mom, my best friend, two cousins, and my sister-in-law. It’s so wearable!!!!

  • The Lip Butter in Pink Truffle is one of my go-to natural colors. I’m curious about the Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice, I like the formula but haven’t taken a look at that shade yet.

  • Liz

    My favourite on you is MAC Out for Passion! I don’t have a MLBB shade right now but it might be that Aussie Maybelline Baby Lips I told you about – a red-tinged balm.

  • amber raaf

    I love the Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer lipstick in “sheer pink lust” it is such a pretty nude pink, and comfortable to wear! I wish it was not $11 for a Target lipstick though 🙁 I also love Revlon super lustrous lipstick shades in “Demure” and “Pink in the Afternoon” perfect MLBB for me:)

  • citygirl907

    Great post! Another good MLBB product is ‘sandalwood beige’ from l’oreal. In their colour riche nutrishine range (I think thats the name… they are like the revlon lip butters but better).

  • Nice picks! Pink Truffle is a fave of mine as well and that Maybelline Elixir looks lovely 🙂

  • Jaa

    Nice picks! I love MAC Huggable! I have one in pink called What A Feeling and I’ve been wearing it a lot since I bought it! Great everyday pink. 😀