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

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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!

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Tarina Tarantino Queen Alice Conditioning Lip Sheen Lipstick Review & Swatches

Tarina Tarantino Queen Alice Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Queen Alice Conditioning Lip Sheen

Today I have a review of my third Tarina Tarantino lipstick – Queen Alice. As I’ve written before, I am already a huge fan of the formula.  It’s very moisturizing and comfortable, yet manages to be long wearing as well.As noted in my earlier reviews, the lipstick has very nice packaging – substantial, pretty, yet understated and not too heavy.  Queen Alice wore X hours on me, and was very comfortable to wear.  This is definitely a “my lips but better” shade on me, and slightly more pink than Tarina Tarantino Prong (also a “my lips but better shade” for me).

This shade wore for about 3-4 hours on me, and was very comfortable the whole time.

I also have a comparison shot of all three of the Conditioning Lip Sheens I own:

Tarina Tarantino Prong, Queen Alice, Floriculture - swatches

Tarina Tarantino Prong, Queen Alice, Floriculture

Overall, I absolutely recommend the Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheens in general.  I would recommend Queen Alice for anyone who prefer a natural lip.

Although only four shades are left on Sephora.com, I’ve seen two fully-stocked Tarina Tarantino displays in two different Sephora stores in the last week or so.  Tarina Tarantino cosmetics will also eventually be available on Tarintatarantino.com, but are not as of right now.


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Tarina Tarantino Prong Conditioning Lip Sheen Lipstick Review & Swatches

Tarina Tarantino Prong

Tarina Tarantino Prong

Next in my Tarina Tarantino series is her Conditioning Lip Sheen (a moisturizing lipstick) in the shade Prong, a my-lips-but-better type shade.

The packaging on this is really nice – substantial and weighty, but not too heavy.  It’s also a little more understated than most of her packaging, which is nice.   Do note that it holds fingerprints if that bothers you.

Conditioning Lip Sheen packaging

Conditioning Lip Sheen packaging

True to the Conditioning Lip Sheen name, I found this to be very moisturizing and comfortable to wear. Because the shade is so close to my natural lip color, I had trouble determining how long it lasted – I could feel it on my lips for about three hours, though the color may have lasted longer.  Temptalia has tested a few shades, both brights, and each lasted her 5.5 hours – quite long-wearing for something this moisturizing!


Tarina Tarantino Prong

Prong – natural light

Tarina Tarantino Prong swatch

Prong applied, natural light

As you can see, this is a very natural (not nude) shade on me – it’s quite close to my lip color. If you have less pigmented lips, this is probably a perfect my-lips-but-better shade.  Since it doesn’t show up well on me, I’ll probably end up using it to mix with other lipsticks to tone them down. But, it’s so comfortable to wear that I can also see myself just wearing it on it’s own for a very natural look.

Overall, this is a fantastic product – it’s so comfortable to wear, yet still manages to last well.  If I didn’t have too many lipsticks already I would definitely buy more shades, and as it is I still might!