The Great Orange Lipstick Obsession

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If these lipsticks actually contained Vitamin C, I’d have OD’ed by now.

I don’t know why I’ve found this strange new resonance with orange lipstick. I’m not even that big a fan of the color on its own. I guess it’s because I think that changing your lip color is the easiest way to morph without doing anything permanent like changing your haircut. I guess it’s also because lipstick is my favorite focal point in makeup– probably the only makeup-related thing I’m gung ho about at all. I am, however, sure that– connected to all those predispositions to lipstick– orange is the most unique lip color that still somehow doesn’t look too niche, like blues or blacks. That’s probably because it’s still a warm color and is more closely associated to the “natural” color of lips. Regardless, orange lipstick looks off-beat and fun and I fell in love hard and fast. You know how writers are inspired to write some form of prose about the people they love? Yeah, well, I’ve decided to make an entry about orange lipstick, somewhat in the same vein. Er… Please do not let this single post be the measure of how you perceive my intellectual and emotional depth. Haha! I am partially doing this because I need to be more productive with this sudden addiction, so my hoarding doesn’t feel so wastefully self-serving. So here I am, sharing my collection, in case you, dear reader, were considering picking up your own tube of orange lipstick. (Or in case I might be able to influence you. Join the Dark Side. Mwahahahahaha. *Spirit fingers*)

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From left to right, my collection consists of the following: (I bought these over the span of a few months. 2 or 3, maybe.)

1.) Sleek True Color Lipstick in Tangerine Scream. P400-500. Purchased from The Ramp in Glorietta.

2.) Too Cool For School Lip Sticker in Tangerine. P400-500 (this range may be off, but the actual price won’t stray too far from it.) Purchased from their store in Mall Of Asia.

3.) IN2IT Moisture Intense Lipstick in Juice. Around P400-500. Purchased from PCX in Power Plant Mall.

4.) MAC Matte Lipstick in Sounds Like Noise. P1000. Purchased from Hoops And Loops.

5.) 3CE by Stylenanda in #406 Milky Tangerine. Around P800. Purchased by my mother in the actual store, but you can get it online at the Stylenanda website.

6.) Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick in Autumn Breeze. P150. Purchased at Watsons which is pretty much everywhere in Metro Manila.

7.) Nyx Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheesecake. P250. Purchased at a bazaar, but you can find Nyx in a lot of online makeup stores & at the nearest bazaar.

I can’t believe I have 7 orange lippies– that’s even more than the variety of natural shades and reds that I own. (Come to think of it, I only have 1 true red lipstick.)

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Sleek’s Tangerine Scream is an incredibly bright red orange that’s borderline neon. Actually, “Tangerine Scream” does the color a lot of justice; it’s a juicy orange color that’s so vibrant it’s almost screaming at you. If I don’t pat it down a little, it appears almost like a highlighter color on my lips, probably because the sheen makes it all the more… well, bright and shiny. Dab it a little and you’ll get a nice matte effect. Various beauty bloggers have called it a dupe of MAC’s Morange, if it’s of any concern to those who may be looking for that specific color but aren’t excited about the wallet binge. I just wanted an affordable obnoxious orange lippy, and this is definitely the one. It lasts pretty long, too. This firecracker’s a far cry from subtle, and you’ll be likely to catch people’s attention. If you’re not iffy about that, I highly recommend this one. Best worn with pop art prints or a monochrome-blocked outfit, in my opinion. Sleek, in general, is a great brand. Great colors, great pigmentation and great prices. I’m not much of a makeup enthusiast, but if I were I’d hoard a lot of their products.

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I am a believer in the importance of subtle differences. Too Cool For School’s Tangerine Lip Sticker is a nice middle ground between Sleek’s Tangerine Scream (above) and IN2IT’s Juice (below.) What I love about this one is that it doesn’t settle into your fine lines and has this creamy-matte finish. It’s a medium orange with a pink undertone and I find that this lipstick goes incredibly well with my Nyx Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheesecake (the last one on the list.) For some reason, I’ve been wearing this color the most, probably because it’s not too dark, and pairing it with the butter gloss emphasizes the pink undertone which  maybe makes it look younger and very casual-friendly. (Plus, the yellow tartan packaging is adorable.. But then, all of Too Cool For School’s products have irresistible packaging.)

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IN2IT’s Juice is a very versatile and wearable shade, for those who’d like to experiment with loud pop art lips but aren’t really feeling a fully tangerine mouth. While the tangerine is definitely there, you’ve got an equal amount of friendly coral red, and a pomelo pink undertone in there to back you up. Dare I say this color could even work in a more corporate setting. It’d shake things up without disturbing the peace. The formula isn’t drying at all, too, and it figures: it contains SPF15, vitamin E and other moisturizing oils. What a pal. The texture is creamy but not runny, and it lasts pretty long. I’d say this is a lippy you can dress up or down. Plus the sheen makes your kisser look like a gummy bear. Nomnomnom.

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MAC’s Sounds Like Noise is my personal favorite in my orange collection, and that’s because of a big, holy bias for Hayley Williams. This lippy was part of a small collection she released for the ever-hyped MAC, and since I’m such a big fan of her and of Paramore, I needed my hands on this as soon as I saw an online seller that had ’em in stock for a reasonable price (considering it’s MAC and an exclusive collection.) That it was orange was a big selling position advantage, too. This is another color for the bolder and more experimental, as it is a rather interesting yellow-orange. It applies pure yellow-orange if you put on 2 coats, but the pink of your lips makes for an interesting undertone if you settle for just 1. Either way, you’re gonna be toting a really uniquely colored mouth– — another reason why this one’s my personal fave. One thing you need to be wary of is that this is a matte lipstick, so not only will you be sporting an attention-grabbing color, but you’ll also be exposing and/or emphasizing all the dryness and fine lines on your lips. That is, unless you exfoliate and moisturize properly or top things of with a lip gloss– but then again, these are basic precautions that are done when wearing any light matte lipstick.

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This photo is blurry because I liked it that way. Ssshhh, don’t mess with my “artsy aesthetic.” Haha! Anyway, 3CE’s #406 Milky Tangerine goes on creamy and is slightly sheer. This is the most natural, casual looking orange in my collection. “Milky” is definitely an accurate description of the color. Seeing the “Tangerine,” color, however, depends on the kind of lighting you’re in. Sometimes it does appear to be a creamy yellow orange, sometimes it’s the color of a melon milkshake and sometimes it’s more of a nude peach. Either way this baby’s for those who prefer a more subtle color. It’d look great with light-and/or-dreamy colored clothing, plus a simple and fresh-looking face. This lipstick has got a very unique but natural color that’ll make you slip right into spring and become reminiscent of the girls in Audrey Kawasaki’s artworks.

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Ever Bilena’s Autumn Breeze seems similar to IN2IT’s Juice, but this one has no pink undertones, and has a matte finish. It does have that rather warm brick-red-orange color of a maple leaf! This was my very first orange lipstick actually, but I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed the shade back then. I purchased IN2IT’s Juice a few months later and that’s when the bug bit me. Anyway, back to the lipstick: This lady’s definitely the cheapest on the list but the color payoff and longevity rival those of high-end brands, as most (if not all) of Ever Bilena’s matte lipsticks do. Most of my friends who own them are in love with them as well. The only problem is that they can get chalky and drying over time. You’d have enjoyed the lipstick thoroughly by then, though.

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Last up is Nyx Butter Gloss in Cherry Cheesecake. It’s actually pretty opaque for a lip gloss, and it’ll coat your lips with a pinky orange color. It smells great, it feels really creamy– but the best part is it doesn’t feel like a sticky glob of slime, like most lip glosses do! While it brightens up your face when worn on its own, sadly it doesn’t last very long. It works wonders when used on top of any lipstick though– well, orange lipsticks are a given, but I’ve tried wearing this on top of pink shades and neutral shades and it has thus far been consistent in giving me some pretty new colors.

That sums up my whole collection, and now I’ve purged way too many descriptions to think of a decent conclusion. I think you’ve read all that needs to be read before you start thinking that I’m a crazy orange-lipstick-lady who has secretly assigned each tube a personality and has tea parties with them. So. THERE. I’ve made productive use of this obsession. I hope it’s of any use to you! If you plan on trying orange lipstick out, best of luck to you. Let me know how your search goes! Be careful not to hoard like I did. (Though honestly, I regret nothing!)

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