Thursday, July 11, 2013


My Lips But Better

Only in the beauty community do people associate "MLBB" with lip products rather than baseball! If you are unfamiliar with the acronym MLBB, it simply means a product is very similar in color to that of your lips but slightly enhances them. They can have a hint more pink, brown, peach, purple, etc., but they are meant to be subtle.

For about eight years MLBB liners, glosses, and lipsticks were my obsession. Before I knew it, I had amassed an enormous collection that was eerily similar to one another. I hadn't even heard of the phrase "my lips but better" -- I just knew what I liked. After years of trying to use up my hoard, I feel as though I have become somewhat of an expert on the subject. A self proclaimed MLBB expert. As you might be able to guess by looking at the swatches below, my lips are naturally a pale pink color.

MAC Syrup, MAC Viva Glam V, MAC Peach Blossom, MAC Angel

MAC Syrup (Lustre) --  wonderful MLBB lipstick that would work on a wide range of skintones! This one has a slight purple undertone.

MAC Viva Glam V (Lustre) -- a dusky rose with a minimal brown undertone and subtle shimmer. Very popular color for good reason!

MAC Peach Blossom (Cremesheen + Pearl) --  peachy pink with pearl. This is a great lipstick to start transitioning into peach lip products.

MAC Angel (Frost) -- light neutral pink with very subtle frost. This probably isn't the best MLBB lipstick if you have very pigmented lips.

Rimmel East End Snob, MAC Ample Pink, MAC Cultured, Merle Norman Gumdrop, Givenchy Impertinent Nude, Smashbox Radiant

Rimmel East End Snob Lip Liner -- This is very close to my lip color, just slightly darker. It works well will most of the lippies and glosses in this post! DUPE ALERT: MAC Soar Lip Pencil

MAC Ample Pink Plushglass -- A very basic pink gloss that would work on just about anyone!

MAC Cultured Lipglass -- My favorite gloss of all time! A purpley pink with lavender shimmer.

Merle Norman Gumdrop -- A light slightly blue toned pink with shimmer.

Givenchy Impertinent Nude -- A peachy pinky nude gloss. This one was a gift and definitely a luxury item, but it is absolutely stunning on the lips.

Smashbox Radiant -- a soft berry with shimmer.

That's it for my favorite MLBB products... what are your favorites?


  1. MAC Syrup is my daily staple lipstick! Love the blog, new follower xox
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  2. They are all such pretty colours! Do you have twitter?
    I nominated you for a shine on Blog award: :) x

    1. EyeshadowAA is my twitter handle... thank you for the nomination!

  3. I don't have any of these products, but I'll be sure to check them out whenever I get the chance! My favorite MLBB is Lancome's Love It, Mac's Brave, and Revlon JBKBS in Honey.
    <3 Pauline, Addicted to Makeup

  4. All are gorgeous but I love Mac Peach Blossom the most... Even the name is pretty!

    Kathryn x

  5. I've amassed a huge MLBB collection too, but recently I've been into brighter colours. Looks like your natural lip colour is quite pink - jealous!

    xo, alison*elle

    1. Definitely nothing to be jealous about ;)

  6. I loooove a my lips but better effect! Lovely swatches :-)

  7. Oh wow! Such a lovely collection! MAC Angel is my favorite, it just looks so lovely on! xxx

  8. This is a great post! I love all of them! I think I need to broaden my MAC lipstick collection :-)

    -Maddy @

  9. I relaly like this kind of no-lipstick lipsticks, one of my favs are MAC Angel MUA shade 11.


  10. You have so many lip products! I literally only own one lipstick one lipgloss and a thousand lip balms haha. Mac peach blossom looks lovely :)

    Ria x

    1. Sometimes one is all you need, if you really love it! :)

  11. I have really pale lips so mine would probably be creme cup although on most people it's a nude colour haha! :D I love the look of those glosses from MAC, I don't own any MAC glosses yet! xx

    Gemma ♥ | MissMakeupMagpie

    1. Same here Gemma! You should give them a try! :)

  12. This is such a great post!! I love Mac Syrup- I will own it one day!

    Nature With Nurture

  13. Great post!


  14. oh my gosh peach blossom looks so gorgeous! definitely adding it to my wish list


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