Happy National Lipstick Day!

by Jessica Pigza

To all the Pretties out there, Happy National Lipstick Day! I had no idea there was such a thing until I was talking with our fabulous business manager, Lauren, and she told me about it. I shouldn’t be surprised though, there’s a National Ice Cream Day, which was July 19th in case you were wondering and International Coffee Day, which is something I can get behind, coming up on September 29th. So in honor of National Lipstick Day, I wanted to share with you a roundup of some fan-favorite lipstick brands and colors plus some application resources and of course a few of Alison’s favorites.

Now let’s address the elephant in the room. I know this may seem like a weird topic to cover right now. It’s not lost on me that many of us are spending the majority of our time at home and even when we go out our lips are covered by a mask. So why are we even talking about lipstick? Because as Coco Chanel once said, “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack!” Taking a few seconds to apply a fabulous color to your lips may be just what you need to smile, feel great, and attack the day! Plus it’s an absolutely perfect time to dip your toe out of your comfort zone and experiment with different colors. There’s nothing wrong with smiling every time you catch yourself in the mirror and see how wonderful you look after finally finding the perfect shade of pink or how fierce you look after finding your perfect red. This won’t last forever, we will find our new normal and when that happens, I can’t wait to step outside showing off my perfect shade!

Favorite Lipstick Brands

1. MAC

MAC was the brand trusted and used most by the Pretties. They love the array of colors and the feel of their lips when wearing it. It’s a creamy formula with buildable coverage allowing you to more easily get your desired color. Plus you can play around with the colors right from the comfort of your own home by either uploading a photo or using your live camera. Swapping out shades has never been so easy! Right now MAC is running a National Lipstick Day special. Select lipsticks are $15!

2. LipSense

Coming in a super close second was LipSense lip colors and glosses. I personally use this brand too and I can vouch that their staying power is AMAZING! They have so many colors and when paired with their selection of glosses the combinations are endless. In order for this product to work successfully, you’ll need to purchase a color as well as a gloss because it’s the gloss that sets the color. Recently one of our Pretties put it to the ultimate test, from her mask to the dentist chair and back to her mask and it stayed put the whole way through!

3. Mary Kay

Another fan favorite brand is Mary Kay which offers lipsticks in both semi-matte and semi-shine as well as lip glosses and sheer lipsticks in a wide variety of colors. The highly pigmented colors are moisture-rich so lips won’t dry out. They also have a line of lipsticks called True Dimensions® that can smooth fine lines and make lips looks fuller.

Favorite Clean Lipstick


Beautycounter boasts safer, high-performing products without harmful or questionable ingredients and their lipsticks have certainly caught the attention of the Pretties. Their color-rich formula has all the things you want in a lipstick without drying out your lips!

Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick in Rose

Color Intense Lipstick

Favorite Lipstick with a Purpose

Color The World

A portion of all sales from Color the World go to a different charity that corresponds to the lipstick purchased. I always love to see when companies give back! The lipsticks are creamy and won’t feather. They are also offering discounts on their lipsticks in honor of National Lipstick Day and free shipping!

Fan Favorites Bundle: Huntress, Dreamer, GNO, Foxy & Kisses

Favorite Budget Friendly Lipstick

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Coming in at around $5.00 a tube, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick is super budget-friendly but don’t let the price fool you, this pigment-rich color packs quite a punch!

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sassy Mauve

Favorite Lip Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss was the most mentioned gloss of all the Pretties and coming in at around $5 it’s really budget-friendly. While one the fan favorites, Toasted Marshmallow is unfortunately not available anymore, they just released some more new colors giving you a total of 24 colors to choose from. Other favorites included Creme Brûlée and Angel Food Cake.

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée

NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake

Favorite Lip Tint

Burt’s Bees

If you’re not into lipstick but still like a little color, Burt’s Bees Lip Tints and Lip shimmers are the perfect middle ground. They are super moisturizing and provide just the right amount of color plus they’re considered a clean beauty product.

Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer

Favorite Lipstick Colors

1. Mary Kay Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick in Rosewood

2. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

3. MAC Lustre Lipstick in Hug Me

4. LimeLife Enduring Lip Color in Wedding Cake

5. Dior Addict Stellar Lip Gloss in Diorama

6. LipSense Liquid Lip Color in Fly Girl

7. NARS Lipstick in Orgasm

8. Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Plum Perfect

9. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

10. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

Alison’s Favorites

1. NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Alison’s loves the NYX Butter Gloss too! It’s so soft and creamy without being sticky.

2. Tarte Flawless Lip Sculptor

The above set is offered through QVC however other colors are offered as a limited edition on the Tarte website.

3. Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon Lipstick in Treat Yourself

Not only is this one of Alison’s favorites, but this was also a Pretty favorite too! Boasting rich color and long-wear, this easy-to-use lip crayon comes in 17 gorgeous shades and runs for around $8.00.

Application Resources

Whether you’re new to wearing lipstick or you’ve been applying it on the fly your whole life, there are some things you can do and use that will enhance your lipstick’s staying power, create a smoother finish, and keep your lips feeling soft and moisturized. Below are some fun resource links that can help you achieve a perfect pout!

Your turn! What’s your favorite lipstick? What perfect color are you still looking for?