I encountered my first my-lips-but-better lipstick in high school, right before graduation. I was adamant in my refusal to wear any makeup. But my mom was as stubborn as me. I remember her practically begging me to put some color to my face because according to her, I looked kawawa. Just before we left, she sneaked in a Clinique lipstick in my room in the hopes that I’d swipe it on at the last minute. And I did.
And I kind of liked it.
It wasn’t the perfect MLBB color, but it was still somewhat mind blowing for me that such lipstick exists. Back then, I thought that lipsticks only came in various shades and intensities of RED and nothing else.
I don’t know if the MLBB label already existed at that time. For me, it was foundation for the lips, aka my lips but even-toned.
I should’ve known that moms actually do know best, just look at how dead-looking I could look like.
Fast forward to today, 14 years later, I still haven’t found the perfect MLBB color that I would find myself reaching for a lot.
It’s been hard to find a lipstick that is “the shade of my lips only slightly darker, brighter, or intensified.” How could that be possible if I don’t actually know the shade of my lips? — them looking like a starving vampire’s lips.
I decided that my definition of an MLBB color is: a shade that could pass off as a natural lip color, and would flatter my skin tone — my lips but different.
Mid-last year, I thought I already found it with Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok.
But it looked too ashy and frosty on me. It was a step up from my actual lip color, but it was still too pale and it made my lips look drier — this is not a problem I usually encounter. From that experience, I promised that I will never buy an expensive lipstick…
…that I haven’t seen on my lips yet. Yeah, right.
My next attempt was Sonia Kashuk’s Velvetty Matte Lip Crayon. This lipstick has the awesome-est texture and finish. It’s matte but it glides on swiftly. Some say that these pencils feel and look the same as the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (but the former only have nudes & mlbbs).
Same as Nars, I bought the wrong shade for Sonia Kashuk. I imagine that the shade I have, Mulberry Nude, would be the perfect nudey/ mlbb shade for NC 40/ 42 skin tones. I should’ve bought Berry Nude or Pinky Nude instead.
The search goes on.
But before I can buy another tube, I still have to finish and or give away 5 of the 10 lipsticks I currently have.
Currently, I’ve been punishing* myself by layering the two — and the mix is nothing short of PERFECT.
(*Maybe this would make me more critical in my MLBD shopping decision/s in the fuure).
Although I can’t say that I already found the perfect MLBD lipstick, at least I already found the color.
That super faint pink flush on my cheeks is Bangkok used as a cream blush.
If you have MLBD recommendations, list them below.
Note: I prefer mattes and I don’t like peach lip colors.
Skin tone: MAC NC 35-37, Bobbi Brown 4-Natural to 4.5-Warm Tan.