Ask MBB: Got Any Must-Have Coral Lipstick Faves?

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MAC Vegas Volt

That’s MAC Vegas Volt, one of my favorite corals, electrifying my kisser…

Hi Karen!

You mentioned in one of your posts that you love everything coral. May I ask, what are your favorite coral lipsticks? 🙂

It doesn’t matter if they’re cheap or high end. I’m looking for a new one since my only coral lipstick is running out and…it’s limited edition.

I know, right?

Thank you, K!

Hi Emae,

I admire your ability to commit to one coral shade. That’s love, right there!


I have trouble with coral lipstick monogamy. You see, I’m a coral flirt (it’s a legitimate problem), but there are a few corals I keep coming back to over and over again.

Coral Lipsticks from MAC, NARS, Hourglass, Tom Ford Beauty and bareMinerals

One can never have too many corals…

Here are some of my tried-and-true permanent collection coral faves…

  • NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil: This satiny coral is the real deal, babe, and I start to hyperventilate when I can’t find it. It lasts for hours, doesn’t feather, and it’s super easy to apply. If I ever had to commit to just one coral — perish the thought! — Lodhi would be a serious contender.
  • MAC Ravishing Lipstick: This fresh, flirty coral is all innocent and sweet.
  • MAC Crosswires Lipstick: For potent “look at me lips,” this punchy, pigmented pinkish orange does the trick.
  • MAC Costa Chic Lipstick: You can’t miss this frosty, medium-toned coral. It’s one of my faves to wear with cat eyes.
  • Tom Ford Lip Color in True Coral: This bright reddish pink is no joke! At $48, it’s redonkulously expensive, but every time I bust out the tube, I derive great joy out of pretending that I’m hanging out with Lisa Vanderpump and Jiggy… (In these daydreams we’re talking about Manolos over tall glasses of cucumber spa water.)
  • Hourglass Muse Opaque Liquid Lipstick: A long-wearing, sophisticated reddish coral with a matte finish, this coral can be tricky to apply (something to think about), and a little goes a looong way. Oh! — but it looks absolutely fab with Nectar Lipgloss from Hourglasson top. I’ve been loving that combo for at least a month.

And more corals of note, because a girl’s gotta have options…


Hope that helps, Emae! 🙂

Maybe someone reading this has some more ideas. How ’bout it? What are your must-have coral lipstick faves?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. karen I already used the most Ravishing not like me, was very off.

    Loved that the Hourglass is too beautiful, alias like corals alive and well, loved the options which you gave us

    Thank you one great big kiss

    Kiss on Tabs

  2. Elle says:

    Now I’ve got coral fever…and I already have it badly enough! (Still need to get Lodhi…seems like every time I go to Nordstrom it’s sold out. Hmph) You’ve already listed so many of my faves but I do like the Revlon lip butters. Tutti Frutti is the one coral (I think…I feel like there’s way more reds and pinks in that line) and I like it for beach days when I feel like lipstick is too heavy.

    • Maggie says:

      Sweet Tart or Candy Apple is what you’re looking for if you want a medium coral shade in the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter line.

      Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick in Coral Berry is similar to Vegas Volt as far as color–not quite dupes but still similar.

  3. hanna says:

    I want to try out all of these corals! So pretty.
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  4. Lauren says:

    I love my MAC Hibiscus from their summer collection a while back! Super intense when you apply it, but the stain it leaves behind is beautiful.
    Lauren recently posted … Eye Tutorial: Burgundy, Bronze, Beige with Too Faced, and the Balm.

  5. Heidi says:

    Well, this topic has my name written all over it! In addition to the Hourglass and Urban Decay choices already listed, there are two that have rocked my world this summer: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Coral (great cuz it has spf 15 in it), and Josie Maran’s Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick in Coral Delight (super moisturizing).

  6. Teri says:

    I’m also a bit of a coral flirt, can’t have enough of them! My most worn coral has to be the Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Nahema, that one goes with so many things! If you like something shiny and lightweight do try YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in Corail Incandescent. For a bright coral I love Guerlain’s Rouge G Gracy. I can go on and on, lol. But those are a few of my favourites. Good luck Emae!
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  7. Alison M says:

    Love your coral choices! Juicy Melons is a favorite of mine, but it definitely pulls pink on me. I also adore Milani Flamingo Pose and it is my bold lipstick of choice to swipe on when I’m down in the dumps. Instant mood lifter 🙂 NARS Happy Days is another love of mine that falls under the giant coral umbrella.

    A coral umbrella…hmm…that would be quite nice.
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  8. Natalie says:

    I love Crosswires. As to MAC lip sticks I also really love See Shear, which I see as more of an everyday (work appropriate) coral lip.
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  9. Becca says:

    I have Muse in my Sephora basket right now (the lipstick, not the liquid) but I just discovered Guerlain Le Rouge in Mandarine Bolero which is a deeper dupe of the Muse shade. Also love MAC Party Parrot over red liner, Sue Devitt Phinda…list goes on. I have yet to try on the Nars b/c it’s always a horrible nub at the Sephora I go to and I refuse to test it on my face.

  10. Emme says:

    Maybelline Vivids in Shocking Coral and Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in 909D Coral-ine.

  11. Barbie says:

    wet n wild coral-ine

  12. Sunny says:

    Oh I’m glad you asked! LOL

    My everyday must-have coral is Dior Spring Ball Addict Extreme. It perks me up in an instant, and I’d wear it grocery-shopping as well as to a wedding! For bolder corals, Chanel La Favorite, Guerlain Gracy, Chanel Le Baiser are some of my favorites 🙂

  13. Danielle says:

    I have every single MAC lipstick you mentioned here & I really love them. Great choices!
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  14. Budziak says:

    Revlon Coral Berry is one of my FAVORITES 🙂 Along with CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Fairytale, I get a ton of compliments with Fairytale. Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya is a nice smooth glossy coral and Maybelline Baby Lips in Coral Crush is a sheer coral balm. I love corals too!
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  15. Kim says:

    I have NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil in New Lover and think that’s coralish (but please let me know if I’m wrong). You’ll be proud of me that a friend asked me this weekend if I had any lip products on me (at a wedding) and I had like 5 or 6 different options. I was shocked, myself. 🙂

  16. Great picks! I also love MAC Vegas Volt!
    Krystle(Baking Beauty) recently posted … Lush Bubble Gum Lip Scrub Review

  17. Paddychat says:

    Vegas volt and Portofino Coral ( e. Lauder) are my favorites !

  18. Beverly Johnson says:

    Inglot Coral 97….Beautiful….

  19. Julia says:

    KAREN! what about MUFE intense in 39??

  20. Lena says:

    a great list. i would add occ liptar in ‘grandma’. it leans orange , but on my pigmented lips is a bright coral (pinkish coral funnily ends ups as berry).

  21. Emae Santos says:


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