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A showcase of some of my favourite cool-toned pink lipsticks and how I like to wear them. Coz I vehemently disagree with magazine propaganda – pink lipstick is always in season.

Spotlight: Cool Pink Lipsticks

Spotlight: Cool Pink Lipsticks

Spotlight: Cool Pink Lipsticks

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine – 19 Fuchsia In Rage

I featured this in my favourites of the moment video and posted about it on Instagram; love at first swipe. Lisa Eldridge described this as cyclamen pink (which I had to google, not a flower person) and that is pretty darn accurate – a cool toned pink that becomes progressively purple-r with layering. A light and balmy formula with no compromise on colour impact, it also leaves a pretty stain.

By Terry – Cherry Cherry 304

I paid 85AUD (?!?!) for my first Rouge Terrybly (the price has since dropped to $66, Australians) and I don’t regret it, it is my favourite formula to date: super pigmented, near matte and very comfortable to wear. Cherry Cherry is aptly named, a deep pink with cherried hues. I’m so besotted with the Rouge Terrybly line that I plan to complete my collection while in New York this December (who needs food?)

NARS Schiap

I saw this amazing hot pink lipstick on the catwalk and…*interrupts*It’s probably Schiap. In swatches it appears to be a stock-standard hot pink lipstick but on the lips it is the quintessential, high fashion statement lip. Pigmented with a creamy matte formula, Schiap lives up to its reputation and I’m sheepishly wondering why I waited.

SUQQU Creamy Glow – Saebana 01

More of a soft, neutral pink; I included Saebana because it does pull cool on me. I tend to prefer matte, pigmented lipsticks (go hard or go home) but I do gravitate towards the moderate pigmentation and moist texture of Creamy Glows when my lips look used and abused. From what I understand, SUQQU appears to be phasing out the line which is a crying shame – I’ve ordered one of the new Bright Up Lipsticks but I’m doubtful any improvement could be made on the CG formula.

Becca Beach Tint in Lychee

Another standout formula, Becca Beach Tints are a silicone-laden tube of glory; mulitpurpose cheek and lip tints that set to a skin-like finish. Lychee has always struck me as a bubblegum pink but recently, I’ve been giving it the side eye because I can detect something different…

Spotlight: Cool Pink Lipsticks

A neon-flamingo-hint-of-warmth? Sneaky. Well played, Lychee.

MAC Candy Yum Yum

I get the feeling that Candy Yum Yum has a skanky reputation, likely a result of its participation in MAC limited edition hype (I’m onto your game, MAC). I went into MAC one day and asked the sales assistant to direct me to their brightest, most obnoxious neon lipstick (I’m that customer). I walked out with Candy Yum Yum and… I kinda love it; a neon blue-based pink.

Addiction Lipcrayon – Rose Petal

Downright boring and muted next to Candy Yum Yum, you can see a more accurate depiction and review here.

All of the above are shimmer-free.

I kinda wanted to depict how versatile cool pink lipsticks can be by creating three different looks with entirely different personalities. My inability to wear eye makeup confined my capacity to do this but you can use your imagination ;)

Whimsical

Playing with the femininity of pink: throw some flowers in your hair, get highlighter-happy and pair with a softer brow. Mandatory: Lashings of mascara, so I can vicariously live through you.

Spotlight: Cool Pink Lipsticks

  • SUQQU Brow Powder – Moss Green // I tend to use the middle grey portion with a damp brush.
  • Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation – #4.5 // One of my many shades
  • Yves Saint Laurent – Fuchsia In Rage // The star of the show
  • By Terry Touche Veloutee – 02 // To detract from any shadowy areas
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Moonstone // A warm beige highlight, the perfect medium between Pearl and Opal
  • Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder – Candlelight // I said highlight happy, mmk?

Spotlight: Cool Pink Lipsticks

Boy Meets Girl

Contrasting with the girliness of pink: textured hair, a straight n boyish brow, minimal base and some ashy contouring. Mandatory: A blazer.

Spotlight: Cool Pink Lipsticks

  • MAC Face and Body – C2 // A complexion that is perfected but not too perfect
  • SUQQU Nuancing Loose Powder – Natural // To set the foundation for a skin-like finish
  • SUQQU Brow Powder – Moss Green // Making yet another appearance. Middle, ashy shade
  • SUQQU Brow Pen – Moss Green // To sharpen up my non-existant tails and add more variation in the brows
  • Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel – Granite // MOAR variation in brows, this time in texture
  • Chanel Contour – Notorious // Why a limited edition :(
  • NARS – Schiap // Straight from the pages of Vogue

Spotlight: Cool Pink Lipsticks

Clashy

I love a cool pink with otherwise warm makeup: a slightly warmer brow than usual in addition to a warmer complexion. Not a ‘safe’ pairing but it allows Candy Yum Yum to stand apart from the face, in case it wasn’t obnoxious enough! Mandatory: A good memory, introduce a fraction of warmth on the neck and ears so your face looks as though it belongs to your body.

Spotlight: Cool Pink Lipsticks

  • SUQQU Brow Powder – Moss Green // So…I’m really enjoying this! This time I used the slightly warmer shade on the left
  • SUQQU Brow Pen – Brown // Through the tails
  • SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation – 002 // Down the center of the face
  • Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel// Much polarity on this product; I quite like it on occasion, used sparingly. If you’re pale, no wai!
  • Morrocan Oil – Treatment // A silicone concoction sold under the guise of Argan Oil. It works.
  • MAC – Candy Yum Yum // Cool and stark against the warmth, I dabbed my fingers on my lips then applied the residue to the apples of the cheek to pull it together.

Spotlight: Cool Pink Lipsticks

Do you guys enjoy shade spotlights? If so, I’ll progress with the warm pinks :)

xxkarima

Complete list of products mentioned

Frame Fix Cream Foundation
Frame Fix Cream Foundation
Matte Lipstick
Matte Lipstick
Rouge Volupte Lipstick
Rouge Volupte Lipstick
Face and Body Foundation
Face and Body Foundation
Tinted Brow Gel
Tinted Brow Gel
Soleil Tan De Chanel
Soleil Tan De Chanel
Balancing Eyebrow
Balancing Eyebrow
Celestial Powder
Celestial Powder
Creamy Glow Lipstick
Creamy Glow Lipstick
Lipstick
Lipstick
Beach Tint
Beach Tint
Shimmering Skin Perfector
Shimmering Skin Perfector
* Denotes products sent for consideration. I’m always honest with my reviews :)

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  1. Stunning. Each. And. Every. One. Your techniques and explanations are impeccable. Thank you for sharing for the novice. My personal favorite is the last on you; however, I applaud the warm skin tones + a cool lip.

    1. <3 Always a pleasure. It's nice to dig into the stash and create looks as opposed to buying something new to review, so I hope to do more posts like these (with different colour families). I'm glad you enjoy a bit of clash as much as I do :D x

  2. This is too many pretty colors and too many pretty Karima pictures in one post! *melts & explodes*

    You really carry these bright cool pinks so so well. These types of colors are really tough on me and I can’t figure out why. Maybe, (like Hannah) I’m more olive than I thought. I regret never getting Saebana, which seems warmer in comparison to the other bright cool lovely pinks.

    Love love this post!

    1. Bellehhh <3 Maybe it's a matter of preference? I actually prefer warm pinks on me, that post is coming next so maybe you'll find something more suited :) Saebana is lovely but it's not a 'must-get-track-it-down' shade, nice and versatile but not ground breaking, don't beat yourself up over it. Thanks for coming by and commenting, it makes my day :) x

  3. Hi Karima,

    Have you seen the new Joli Rouge in Pink Camellia? It is part of the Clarins Autumn Collection and really lovely. A kind of pink berry shade. Love the post.

  4. Great post – I enjoyed looking at the different looks!

    One thing though is I’m finding the new band on the bottom of my skin – the ‘Subscribe on Youtube’ band – a bit annoying… I’m already subscribed and it’s taking up quite a bit of space on my screen.

    1. Glad you liked it! The band on the bottom of the screen is brand new- I’m still tweaking it so it’s less obtrusive (it’s half as high now, I will add an X button too). I agree with you though! Thanks for letting me know. xxkarima

  5. I love a good cool pink in theory. However, my skin is warm and olive-y enough that I just don’t like the way they look on me. I’m finding that the lighter candy pinks look horrendous on me, but if I stick with a cooler medium pink. I usually pair it with a strong brow and warmer contouring, and especially if I use my matte contouring bronzer as a wash on my eyelids as well, with plenty of mascara.

    I adore the concept of cool, candy/baby pinks, but sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m an olive toned brunette, not a nordic princess who can pull off those colors. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the candy pink lipsticks I bought and never wear.

    1. I’m also warm and olive-y but candy pinks really come down town to preference- I like clash and don’t mind looking a little crazy :) have you tried Schiap? I think it looks amazing on everyone

      I’m far from a Nordic princess ;) x

  6. Love love love this, thought I couldn’t love your looks even more but now I DO :) I can’t live without fuchsia lipstick and there is something just so flattering to these deep cool blue toned bright pinks – even for us warm skinned girls!

    1. Naw :) that means a lot to me, thank you! I agree, I really enjoy the contrast of pink lipstick on warm skin. What are you favourite pinks? Am I missing out on any winners? X

  7. I just recently discovered your blog. I really enjoy it! I love the shade spotlights! Please keep doing them. As the owner of many pink lipsticks, you just gave me more ideas on how to wear them. Thank you!

  8. I need NARS Schiap in my life. I love the masculine look you did with it, I totally see myself wearing it with a leather jacket! (Although I don’t actually own either the lippie or the jacket)
    You will be doing a coral lipstick favorites, pretty please?