Answering the question of what a neutral lipstick is:
A neutral lipstick is a shade that matches your natural lip shade. It can either be lighter or darker depending on your preference or skin tone but what's most important is that it compliments your skin tone.
What to look for: Lipstick in a brownish-pinkish shade.
WHY YOU NEED IT?
Unlike reds, pinks, berries and oranges that require a certain mood/season/style of clothes, a pinkish-brownish shade will go with everything because it'll look just like you (without make-up) except somewhat enhanced. If you're a properly balanced individual, it is impossible to tire of one's own lip shade. (hehe ☺)
So having said that and as a blogger who has tried hundreds of different lipsticks, here's my
TOP 5 BEST EVERYDAY LIPSTICKS FOR EVERY BUDGET:
(in no particular order)
1. Rimmel X Kate Moss Lipstick in No.19 - I love this cause it's cheap (only P350 from Shop London UK via Takatack.com) and has a nice shade and texture. Not too light that it washes me out and it's creamy too. Great dupe for my ultimate fave from NARS (more on that later).
|Rimmel x Kate Moss Lipstick in No.19|
|5. Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Lipstick in Cafe - This one has a soft spot in my heart heart because it's the first "neutral" lipstick I fell in love with. As you can see in the photo above, I finished the entire tube. I had to apply it with a lip brush for this post because there was hardly any left. (You can read more about the Rouge Nouveau line HERE) This lipstick is moisturizing and feels light as a feather since it's wax-free. Long-wearing ad very affordable for a premium lipstick at just P999/tube.|
***no downside for this one either
|Laura Mercier Cream Lipstick in Cafe|
Aside from these 5, some other brands to try are:
- T. Le Clerc - only P795/tube at Rustans Beauty Source, a pretty underrated brand with nice creamy, moisturizing lipsticks
- NYX Round Lipsticks - Thalia is a pretty good shade but hard to come by. Affordable but lead content pretty questionable.
- Maybelline in Touch Of Spice of Coffee
- CHANEL - super super super long wearing!!!
There you go, hope you found this helpful. ☺