The Best Pink Lipsticks

Tom Ford Paradiso
Tom Ford Paradiso
La Prairie Geranium
La Prairie Geranium
Stila Betsey
Stila Betsey
La Prairie Pink Quartz
La Prairie Pink Quartz
Stila Amelia
Stila Amelia
Bite Kumquat
Bite Kumquat
Dior Addict Wonderland
Dior Addict Wonderland
Revlon Pink Cloud
Revlon Pink Cloud
Revlon Ipanema Beach
Revlon Ipanema Beach
Revlon Pink Pout
Revlon Pink Pout
Maybelline Captivating Carnation
Maybelline Captivating Carnation
Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink
Estee Lauder Tumultuous Pink
Estee Lauder Infamous
Estee Lauder Infamous
NYX Cotton Candy
NYX Cotton Candy
NYX Sweet Tart
NYX Sweet Tart
MAC Dreaminess
MAC Dreaminess
MAC Elegant Accent
MAC Elegant Accent
MAC Chatterbox
MAC Chatterbox
Revlon Sky Pink
Revlon Sky Pink
MAC Candy Yum Yum
MAC Candy Yum Yum

Watermelons, bubblegum, antacids, lemonade, panthers, Floyd, Victoria's Secret Angels-in-training campaigns, cotton candy, and Wednesdays all, strangely enough, share a common denominator: they're best when pink. You can wax poetic on the perfect red lip until Guy Bourdin's ghost appears in the reflection of your makeup mirror (which is what happens—try it, it's terrifying and awesome and you'll get some great tips), but show some appreciation to the lip color that Mother Nature intended. And by that I mean pump up your natural shade by enhancing it, or completely lacquering it over, in some of the best pink lipsticks out there in makeup land. We picked 20:

For a powdery sheer finish: Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer, Paradiso (ed. note: shade has since sold out, but Incorrigible is very similar, slightly more red.)
Hot pink, subdued: La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Colour, Geranium
Straight-up fuchsia: Stila Color Balm Lipstick, Betsey
Frost for grown-ups: La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Colour, Pink Quartz
A buttery feel with lots of coverage: Stila Color Balm Lipstick, Amelia
Neon: Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon, Kumquat
Pretty much red, with a high-gloss finish: Dior Addict Fluid Stick, Wonderland
If Barbie were human: Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick, Pink Cloud
A subtle, nude-ish shimmer: Revlon Super Lustrous Pearl Lipstick, Ipanema Beach
Matte dusty rose:  Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick, Pink Pout
A sheer, glossy watermelon: Maybelline Color Elixir, Captivating Carnation
Flammably hot: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Tumultuous Pink
Mr. Bubble bottle: Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Infamous
Pink powdered donut: NYX Butter Lipstick, Cotton Candy
Sweet raspberry: NYX Butter Lipstick, Sweet Tart
Creamy nude: MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick, Dreaminess
Fresh salmon: MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick, Elegant Accent
If "Tickle Me Pink" were melted into a lipstick: MAC Amplified Lipstick, Chatterbox
Your natural lip, but pinker: Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick, Sky Pink
Fully-committed-to-pink pink: MAC Matte Lipstick, Candy Yum Yum

Additions? Also, did you know that you can post pink-lipsticked selfies below in the comments?

Photos by Annie Kreighbaum and Deja Turner.

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  • thunderlegz

    My mom doesn't understand-I don't need to possess (I kinda do)...I want to BE the lipstick

  • Kailey

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous post! And thank you for including drugstore as well as high end lipsticks <3

  • 1Alouette

    Niceee! Here for Estee Lauder & the Dior Addict! <3

  • keely

    at its best, into the gloss is truly a feast for the eyes! this was one of those beautiful posts...well done

  • Erin

    I love this! Please do other colors orange and purple!

    • Serena

      My vote is for purple next

    • Emma Hager

      Ah yes! Orange and purple. :)

    • Twix

      And best brown/nudes pretty please!

    • Jules

      And can we also see the model's lips without color? Just so we have an idea of what it might look like on us.

  • Lou

    Love the side by sides! makes for such easy comparison. thanks!

  • thebloginista

    Team Candy Yum Yum!!

    • chicnoir

      I love Candy Yum Yum. I wish it was a color that flattered me but it doesnt.

  • petitpois

    lol, Floyd

  • therealblonde

    I love Relentlessly Red by MAC, which in spite of its name, is a fuchsia pink. It's retro matte, and if applied with care (coat, apply powder through tissue, another coat) stays on until you wake up the next morning ;-).

  • SJ

    This is so great. I know this isn't applicable to everyone, but as an South Asian person who often struggles to find swatches of lipstick on people with similar skintones, this is so helpful! ITG rocks as always.

  • Georgie

    This is perfect! Now we need one for every colour and every product though ;)

  • Dru

    Impassioned, All Fired Up, and Moxie - all by MAC, though Moxie was LE. Best pink lipsticks I've ever had.

    • Erin

      Impassioned is a good one!

  • melissa

    LA prairie lip stick in geranium is my FAV!!!

  • Jane T.

    This list is incomplete without Schiap!

    • Marie

      I agree!

  • Rebecca

    thank you thank you thank you for finally including swatches in your posts I love seeing the product on a real person as supposed to just in the packaging keep doing it it's wonderful

  • Camille Beygui

    Those colors are stunning


  • EmilyBeauty

    omggg somebody with my exact skintone, obsessed. is she wearing any liner in any of these???

    • ITG Annie

      no liner! just a quick swipe of the lipstick :)

  • Savannah Scorpion

    Here for UD's Revolution Lipstick in Catfight, and OCC Lip Tar in Anime

    • Inkygrl

      The formula of those is great!

  • RJ

    Nars Roman Holiday! Swipe some on and your face will instantly brighten up

  • Addison Cain

    NARS Yu, anyone?

  • a.d.f.

    she has the same skin color as me and there are like a billion choices. this has NEVER happened to me. i'm excited to try a few of these. also yu pink by satin nars is great too.

  • karen_

    Such a useful post! Gorgeous recommendations!


  • Sophie Isabella D.

    I was literally googling which Dior Addict Fluid Stick to get and now I'm set on Wonderland! Also, I NEED that Tom Ford ASAP.

  • fm

    great post. love the Revlon colors. and Elegant accent. pretty

  • Imola

    I vowed to go on a lipstick rehab, and you`re not making it easier, ITG! I want to buy at least a dozen new ones off this list.. As I usually opt for some kind of pink. Even the stronger hues seem less serious than reds.
    My faves:
    - lifetime achievement award because it got me hooked on lipsticks: Lancome Color Fever in Rock icon fuchsia. I think it's discontinued but I saved a tube..
    - longest lasting ever: Mac Riri Holiday in Pleasure bomb
    - Chanel because you gotta have Chanel: Rouge Allure Velvet in L'exubérante and La diva
    - for shine: Mac Huggable lipcolour in Feeling amorous
    - best bubblegum pink: Maybelline Color sensational shine gloss in Pink shock

  • cat butt

    YSL Pink Lingerie:)

  • lindsey

    this post is amazing!! such gorgeous colors, wow. did the she prep her lips in any particular way before putting them on?

  • rachel

    That Dior is deliciously amazing.

  • Folami Small

    I just LOVE this post! I've been 'pink crazy'as of late... The last pink that I purchased is Obsessive Compulsive's Matte 'NYLON'... It's a bit too much during the daytime, but I'll definitely try Stila's 'BETSEY' and MAC's 'CANDY YUM YUM'...

  • Wendy Lavonne

    Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy. Highly pigmented, vibrant fuschia pink!

  • theseventhsphinx

    That Dior Addict Wonderland is SUBLIME! Must check that out. Great list!

  • Inkygrl


  • Krista

    Chanel Exaltée and NARS Schiap!

  • I want to be Anna Karina

    This is genius! I love the images of the lipstick on the model and the variety of tones, brands, and price ranges. Please do more of these types of "color" entries; I will be forever grateful.

  • Laura

    I kind of miss ilia here....

  • thisisheatherc

    What great skin!

  • ashley

    MAC Snob!

  • Anj

    This is the perfect article to stumble on today. Identical skintone and I was just thinking about splurging on some makeup...

  • camz_md

    I super love this article : ) Thanks for sharing! I'll go find my favourites : )

  • Kelly

    yay another annie post! question: do you follow paulashoice? do you tend to go with her reviews. I feel like ruins so many fun products for me :(

    • ITG Annie

      I think Paula's Choice is a great resource, but shouldn't be the last word on what you choose to use. Sometimes if I'm curious about an ingredient or new product I'll read reviews on a few sites like that to get a some different viewpoints.

    • ModernGrace

      No, I don't. I think she is too partial to her own products and she doesn't keep in mind age differences and preferences. Makeup and skin care is very personal from person to person. :)

  • LenaLuLu

    Beautiful and truly helpful post! If ITG does purple colors next, I'd like to submit Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in "Lead the Way." It makes your teeth look super white, and it's a gorgeous, deep berry purple color. A little goes a long way. xo

  • Andreia Franco

    I didnt know still has lipsticks. Def getting them.


    wow there are some great lipsticks but on this picture I am wearing my favorite pink lipstick called "Girl About Town by MAC. But maybe I should give candy yum yum a try, it looked really cool!

    • ITG Annie

      gorgeous! you pull off a bright pink in such a natural way.

  • Jasmine

    This is great! Love that the model is a similar complexion to me, helps a lot :)

  • MsEaves

    One of my first lipstick loves was NARS Schiap. I wore it on the day of the Met Gala in 2012 when the theme was Schiaparelli and Prada and pretended I was invited.



  • Hannah

    top shelf for the model!! she has fantastic skin

  • Katie

    OH my god. Forget the pink lipstick - look at that SKIN! I would kill for such gorgeous, flawless skin.

    • Mellow Jessica


  • TheHappyHarpy

    Ummm... where is Schiap by NARS? It's the best!

  • Camilla

    I wore Candy Yum Yum for my prom last year - haven't used it since, but I absolutely love it!


  • Letitia Elizabeth

    I try to keep my minimalist beauty routine organic and vegan when possible, so thus far I love rockin my Benecos pink in the summer. I wish I could find a more mauve bubblegum color so will hunt through the list and comments or take any suggestions!

  • ModernGrace

    Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake or MAC Creme Cup.

    • Mellow Jessica

      Thank you sooo much!! I can't believe how close the shade is b/w the essie muchi,muchi and the strawberry shortcake lip butter when applied, which I didn't previously own.

      Thanks again! :)

  • nooneputsbabyinthecorner

    Favorite Pinks:
    Face Stockholm for Jcrew in Pink Peony-long-wearing, super bright pink with purple undertones
    Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Turn On-Creamy, mid-tone pink
    Kate Moss for Rimmel #6-Matte, neon pink, slight orange undertone
    Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart- Blue-toned bright pink, long-wearing

  • Sabrina

    NARS Schiap is the ultimate pink lipstick. Terrifying in the tube, but perfection on the lips.


  • Beka

    you have great brows.

  • Liz

    So glad you put someone with my skin complexion - makes me excited to try a few of these! Love them all!

  • Christina seigle Cherry

    I am in search of a real bubble gum lipstick, not gloss or lite shimers, an actually bubble gum or maybe a neon bubble gum. weird i know, but if anyone has any ideas please tell me

  • NisaPTY

    Matte HOT Pink: CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet, La Diva ;)

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    SO many good looking lipsticks. Paradiso, Geranium, Wonderland, Captivating Carnation, and Tumultuous Pink have all made my wishlist!

  • CherHorowitz

    MAC's Saint Germain is a really nice bright pink as well.

  • Margaret McCarthy

    Thank you, art_brutale! <3

  • Xenia

    Love the DIOR

  • Yasmin

    I would really love to see a post on the best red lipsticks. Pretty please, ITG?

    • Margaret McCarthy

      Stay tuned!

  • Anna

    Love, love, LOVE seeing the swatches on a woman of color. It gave me a better idea of how the lipstick would look against my own skin. I'd love if you would continue to feature women of different skin-colors once in a while.

  • flarigold

    This is a great post :)
    Too Faced melted lipstick is nice in Melted Fuchsia

  • Sara Elizabeth

    I went through each picture waiting to see my beloved Sisley Rose Fuchsia but it is MISSING. For SHAME because this colour is outstanding (not to mention the formula is like butter)!

  • Mica

    You forgot a great one; Dolce Vita by NARS! The sheer one; it's a gorgeous wash of pink that looks almost natural.

  • LB1983

    Rms lip2cheek in smile (though some might consider that coral) and rms lip shine in sublime.

  • MelloZee

    I tried Lancome Shine Lover in Éclat de Rose. I like that as nude baby pink. I also like Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in N9 (the one from Sephora's 2014 birthday gift). That one was a nice dusty rose that also worked as a pinkish nude.

  • Tuyet My Tuyet My

    Pink lipstick does warm up my look, especially M.A.C. Lipstick in Girl About Town


Nyx Cosmetics
NYX Butter Lipstick
La Prairie
La Prairie Cellular Lux Lip Colour
Tom Ford Beauty
Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer
La Prairie
La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Colour
Stila Color Balm Lipstick
Bite Beauty
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Dior Addict Fluid Stick
Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick
Maybelline ColorSensational
Maybelline ColorSensational Color Elixir Lip Color
Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Nyx Cosmetics
NYX Butter Lipstick
MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick
MAC Lipstick
MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick