Splurge vs Save: Our top brown lipstick recos

If you read or hear “brown lipstick” and think of King Kylie, I don’t blame you! The girl is practically to thank (or blame?) for reviving a lip trend that rocked the 90’s before bold bright reds came into the picture. The #LipKitByKylie is beautiful and it still breaks my heart a little that I can’t get my hands on them. Even before the craze broke out, I’ve always liked my pinks with brown undertones, so naturally I went gaga over these notorious lip kits!

Image via Lip Kit by Kylie

Image via Lip Kit by Kylie

I would shy away from bright pinks and orange puckers, but you can count on me to embrace the brown lip trend wholeheartedly! If you want to get on this bandwagon with me, here’s a list of bullets you can add to your arsenal. I had to find a way to nurse my heartbreak over these sold-out kits, and thought I’d be a good friend and share these with you.

MAC Whirl (Image via Temptalia) 

MAC Whirl (Image via Temptalia) 

MAC Whirl and NYX Natural (Image via allintheblush.com) 

MAC Whirl and NYX Natural (Image via allintheblush.com) 

For those who like to keep it natural: The Pink Browns

Splurge: MAC Whirl Lipstick (P1,000). Before her lip kits came into the picture, MAC Whirl was the product behind Kylie Jenner’s famous pout. If I can only own one lipstick color in my life, it would be this beautiful brown rose shade – no doubt about it. Like most matte lip products go, this can be a teeny bit drying but it’s nothing a lip balm can’t solve!

Save: NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Natural (~P100). If you can’t part with your 1k bill though, try the NYX Slim Lip Pencil for a tenth of the price! Natural is a little lighter and a tad bit more orange than Whirl, but for 100 pesos? I’ll take what I can! The formula glides on creamily and doesn’t overly dry the lips. The only major issue is the time it would take to apply due to the slimness of this lip pencil.

Estee Lauder Naked Ambition (Image via Estee Lauder)

Estee Lauder Naked Ambition (Image via Estee Lauder)

Essence In The Nude (Image via adjustingbeauty.blogspot.com)

Essence In The Nude (Image via adjustingbeauty.blogspot.com)

For those who want to keep it light: The Brown Nudes

Splurge: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Liquid Lip Potion in Naked Ambition (P1,300). Naked Ambition is a gorgeous light brown shade that you’d love if you’re into barely there sophisticated nudes. It’s the lightest nude I can get away with that doesn’t make me look anemic, and the formula is just gosh darn amazing! I tried the Estee Lauder Liquid Lip Potions at Project Vanity’s Lip Party and it BLEW MY FREAKING MIND. I completely stand by Liz’s proclamation that this is the best liquid lipstick in the market!

Save: Essence Lip Liner In The Nude (P99). Only this much for any makeup product seems sketchy, but Essence lip liners are so creamy and buttery that a quick Google search would tell you just how well loved these cult favorites are. In The Nude is a slightly peachy brown nude that you can either use as a liner to keep your lipstick from bleeding, a base color to make your main color pop out more vividly, or as nice lipstick that can stand its own.

Ofra Americano (Image via Glamourbox) 

Ofra Americano (Image via Glamourbox) 

Wet N Wild Mocha-Licious (Image via beauty-buffet.com)

Wet N Wild Mocha-Licious (Image via beauty-buffet.com)

For the full-on brown lippie convert: True Deep Browns

Splurge: Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano (P850). This brown matte potion is not for the faint of heart. The Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano is a rich dark chocolate shade that screams chic and edgy sophistication. Ofra makes creamy and long wearing liquid lipsticks, but they do hug every bit of your puckers so make sure to exfoliate prior to application!

Save: Wet N Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Mocha-Licious (P299). Similar to Americano, Mocha-Licious is a deep brown shade that could instantly make you feel like a #GirlBoss. If you can get past the rather flimsy packaging and focus on the amazing formulation, Wet N Wild lipsticks are a real bargain at 299 considering how smoothly they glide on and how rich the pigmentation is. 

So there you have it, our brown picks! What are yours? How do you feel about the brown lipstick trend?