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What was your first lipstick shade?

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BEAUTY, Beauty Articles, Featured | by — February 2, 2013

I remember every detail about my first lipstick – except for the brand, where all I can remember is that it was masstige & no longer exists.

It was a neutral “my lips but better” (MLBB) shade in a creamy formula that was very waxy & had a semi-matte finish.   It wasn’t one of those MLBB shades you see now – back then it was more brown, somewhat like the 4th shade from left in the above pic.

The reason I remember this lipstick so well was because of the uninspiring shopping experience.  Back then in the mid 90’s, there wasn’t much for a teenager to choose from, and the formulas were either came in cream or frost finish.  Plus they were stocked in really low shelves & I have hazy memories of bending down to swatch the brands stocked at the bottom.

My second and third lipstick shades were equally memorable for all the wrong reasons.  The second was a bronze lipstick from an Elizabeth Arden GWP that I wore more often that I should have (bronze lips + plain face ventures into zombie territory), and my 3rd lipstick was a frosty mauve pink from Shiseido – inspired by a trend I saw in Japanese magazines from the early 2000’s.

Finally I was onto something when I purchased Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in “Buff” – another MLBB shade that I religiously used at least 2 tubes of.  After trying Bobbi Brown’s lip gloss (and heavily influenced by a brand snob / beauty enthusiast friend) it was that moment that I became a lipstick snob and never went back to masstige brands ever since.  Or frosty lipstick.

I’d love hear what your first lipstick shade was!
(and if you’ve also made any tragic shade choices so I don’t feel so bad)

What was your first lipstick shade?

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10 Responses to “What was your first lipstick shade?”

  1. Mango says:

    Hehe … good post – got me thinking. Although its not been that long since I bought my first lipstick … I couldn’t not remember what it was, even after voting… until now (typing this). I bought Barry M Magic Green Lipstick that was meant to turn pink, it did – but I really didn’t like shade of pink it gave me (really bright). You know even now I don’t know what happened to it (I certainly didn’t use it) … so yeah it was Green 🙂

  2. Marianthi says:

    I still have my very first lipstick. Gone bad, of course, it’s been more than twenty years. It was a bright, Barbie pink that I got as a teenager.
    My grandmother and I went shopping and she told me I can pick up any make up item I want (I was about 10-12) and I picked that.
    I kept it all those years because it reminds me of her.

  3. Shanti says:

    My first lipstick, I purchased when I was 11. It was one of those mood-change lipsticks that was green in the tube, but went on a bright fuschia… Fran Wilson Mood Pearl! hahaha. But I think I had a random Act Cosmetics shimmery lilac lippie before that, it just imparted a silvery shimmer though. Gotta love the early 2000’s.

  4. Mine was Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It was a GWP that mum passed on to me back in 1996. When I saw it in the tube, I thought she was nuts for giving me something so dark. Turns out to be a lovely dusky pink. It’s the only lipstick I’ve ever finished and repurchased. 🙂

  5. Beauty Box says:

    Gosh what a great post! My first ever lipstick was bought from a MAC counter in Toronto which was also my first ever solo international trip. It was Cosmo which is a pink mauve. I still love it and have bought a second one after I finished the first tube. I started really late in the makeup game and wore only lip balm until I started my first job.

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