I can't explain my sudden fascination with mood lipstick. Perhaps it's because I missed out on this gimmick during my childhood in the '90s because I was too busy being a tomboy. No matter the reason, if there's a lipstick that's one color in the tube and another color on my lips, I need to have it.
I have a pretty good collection of these magic lipsticks, so I thought I would share them. Before we get started, here's what my natural lip color looks like, for reference.
Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor, $25
Lipstick Queen's Hello Sailor was the lipstick that sparked my obsession. At first I was disappointed that it wasn't actually bright blue, but when I saw it deepen into a flattering berry pink on my lips, I was sold.
It has just the slightest hint of blue to make your teeth appear whiter, and it feels amazing on your lips since it contains Vitamin E for hydration. I also really like the pretty packaging and the fact that it's fragrance-free. I definitely want to try more lipsticks from Lipstick Queen now.
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Magic Lipstick, $32
This is another one that I just had to try. No mirror is needed since it's basically a tinted balm. I love taking my black lipstick out and nonchalantly applying it--much to the confusement of the people around me.
I'd say the Givenchy is slightly more purple than the Lipstick Queen, although it's supposedly different on everyone because it reacts to your skin's pH. This lipstick does have a pretty strong flowery fragrance, so beware if you have a sensitive nose.
I'd say both the Givenchy and Lipstick Queen are worth a try. The packaging of each is gorgeous and they both make for an easy and pretty everyday lip color with lots of hydration. However, if you don't want to spend a lot of money on this sort of thing, there are budget options, too.
Robanda Mood Lips, $3
I found these in a dark corner at Sally's Beauty Supply. At $3 each, I snatched them all up except for the purple. I didn't include pictures of the green and red on my lips because they're basically the same hot pink color as the blue (which has a slightly more berry tint). The brown, which turns into a brick red, was my favorite.
They go on glossy and then gradually turn matte. The most surprising thing was that they last forever. They promise 12-hour wear, and although each color fades to the same bright pink after about six hours, that pink stays until the next day. It actually takes some serious scrubbing to remove.
The cons: These lipsticks are very drying, and if your lips aren't in perfect condition the color won't fade evenly (see above). The packaging isn't great, and there's a strong fragrance that reminds me of my grandma's old lipsticks. That said, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a longer-lasting, more pigmented lipstick for $3. I honestly can't believe I've never heard of these before.
NYX Mood Lip Gloss in Romantic Love, $4.50
I spotted this NYX lip gloss at Target after we had already photographed all of the others (hence the haircut and outfit change), but of course I had to add it to my collection. In the tube it's a clear gloss, but as soon as it hits your lips it turns into a sheer pink.
It smells (and tastes) sweet and sugary. The gloss fades after an hour or so but it leaves behind a nice rosy stain. This also comes in three other shades that I'm eager to try.
Now that you've seen my collection, I want to hear about yours!
- Have you tried any of these?
- Any color-changing lipsticks that I left out (and need to buy)?
- Do you think mood lipsticks like these are fun, or do you prefer to know what you're going to get?
All photos except the final two by Joshua Kirby