My Favourite Lipstick Shades : Lipsticks for Indian Skin Part1 !

by mehak on March 8, 2012

in Lip Products, Lipsticks

“You can’t keep changing men, so you settle for changing your lipstick.” -Heather Locklear

Totally in agreement with Heather there, because if my lips were an entity of their own, they would probably get a very bad reputation- being caressed by a different lipstick every day, and yet still wanting more variety! However, there are always those favourites that i keep going back to and these are some of those. I also think that these in general are great shades for most indian skin tones. You need ATLEAST one of these in your stash!!!!

Favourite Effortless Everyday Lipsticks for Indian Skin: Lakme Lip Love Aphrodite Blush, Rose Kissed

Lets start off with our desi brands shall we. First up are two of my most worn lipsticks-Lakme Lip love Lipsticks in Rose Kissed and Aphrodite Blush ! One is a lovely  warm, rosey pinky, and the other is an absolutely stunning peachy brown. Both are fantastic colors for indian skin tones, and very ‘everyday pretty!’

Left: Lakme Lip love in Rose Kissed, Right: Lakme Lip Love in Aphrodite Blush


Wearing Lakme Lip Love Aphrodite Blush


Lets go on to desi brand number 2- Colorbar !!!!! My favourite shades from the Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick Range are Bare- A Rosey Nude, and Over the top- an earthy , coral pink (this looks like a coral red if you are wearing something red in your outfit). While the former is a great everyday color, or a great  nude-ish color for indian girls  to pair with heavy eyes, the latter is one of my absolute favourite bright lipsticks. The thing about Colorbar Over the top is that it looks different each time i wear it. Iv had people come up to me and ask me “WHich red lipstick is that”  , and iv had people come up to me and ask me “Which coral lipstick is that”, and when i wear it , i think its a pink lipstick so you know- its one of those multiple personality disorders type of lipstick.

Favourite  Neutral/ Nude/Natural : Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick Bare

Favourite Way to wear a bright : Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick Over the Top




Moving up the lipstick ladder, to my favourite lipstick brand- MAC and there are quite a few favourites over here!

Mac Mehr Lipstick : Apart from the part that this lipstick sounds so much like my name, Mehr is one of those few , lighter pink lipsticks that look good on indian skin. Its almost pastel-ish on the lips, but somehow still very flattering!

 Favourite Delicate Pink Lipstick for Indian Skin: Mac Mehr 



Next up- Mac Mocha Lipstick. Its just that perfect peachy brown lipstick that i can never get tired of!!! You wear this under a coral lip gloss and you will get the prettiest, subtle coral pout. Wear this under a nude lip gloss and you get a lovely, warm beige wash of color, and wear this on its own for a pretty peachy lip!

Favourite Versatile Peachy Brown Lipstick for Indian Skin:Mac Mocha

Favourite  Nude Lipstick for Medium Skin: Mac Hug Me

Next on to one of my favourite nude lipsticks ever- Mac Hug me Lipstick. I inevitably turn to hug me, whenever i go heavy on the eyes. Its a pinkish nude, and i like to wear it sheered out for a very subtle. classy nude lip.


Mac Cosmo : One of my first MAC Lipsticks, and still very close to my heart. Cosmo is a medium rosey pink which is so creamy it melts like butter on your lips. Absolutely love love love!

Mac Crosswires: A clean, pinky coral. I love that i can sheer this out and wear it more like a pinky coral, or wear it full power more like a bright orange. Its my summer lipstick, and more often that not this is what i turn to with a nice, white dress.

Favourite Pinky  Coral Lipstick for Indian Skin: Mac Crosswires


Inglot Freedom lipstick #01 is the newest addition to my favourite list and i cannot get enough of this peachy coral orange!! Total love

Favourite True Bright  Coral Lipstick for Indian Skin: Inglot Freedom System Lipstick #01

Deborah Lipstick #19 is one of the most under-rated lipstick that deserves a lot more praise that it gets. Its a fresh, fresh pink thats not too bright, and not one of those brown-pinks either. This is the pink i wore in this outfit post here,  and if you are anyway near my skin tone (medium)- i urge you to go and get this one. It has grown to be my most favourite pink lipstick- clean, bright but extremely pretty and wearable. If you are looking for a subtle way to wear a pink thats a tad bit brighter than those muted brown-pinks then dont miss out on Deborah Atomic Red Lipstick #19

Favourite Pink Lipstick Ever: Deborah Lipstick #19

Detailed reviews on each of these can be found via that little bar on the top  right called google search. Use it !!!! Part 2 coming soon!

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Kritika March 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Ooh. Awesome post !!
Crosswire looks so much like Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in Papaya !! I’m definitely getting Over the top ! :D


mehak March 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Ooh i love OTT!!! I still dont know what color it is. I feel like it changes color everyday!!!


Karishma March 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Woah!! What a detailed post. I have Bare. After reading your post i am contemplating on buying Mehr. :)


Nirah March 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Super post! I bookmarked it and waiting for part 2.
What I really would love to get from these, is Mac Mehr. I am forever looking for a wearable pastel. Thats my love of the 60’s


mehak March 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Hehe ! Its a great color too bad it was limited edition!


Giggle girlie March 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Okay first thing just to read this post I came inside house from balcony where I was enjoying the sunny weather after so many days ..this is that a good post!!!!!
Coming to lipsticks all swatch pics are amazing!your pick of lipsticks is perfect for Indian skin tone.I already own a few from MAC which you have mentioned,other than that I love both the shades from Lakme .great post looking forward to read the sequels !


mehak March 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Aww thank youuuu!!! Glad you enjoyed it..what were u upto on the balcony??? throwing water balloons at passer by ? ;P


Giggle girlie March 9, 2012 at 12:23 am

Ha ha!! I wish I was doing that:)I’m in US n sun came out after weeks of chilly weather, rain n snow so there was nthng more precious other than sitting in sun until I came across ur post while browsing twitter so I left everything took my iPad n ran in to read it!!!


prerna March 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm

awesome post!..loved ur picks..i especially loved hug me on u, it def looks like a great nude..wil buy it smtim..n cosmo well yeah!
n hapy holi!


tanveer March 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Oooh! Nice post.. I have both the Lakme ones, Colorbar Bare and Mac Hug Me as well!


Pooja@IBC March 9, 2012 at 12:04 am

Woo Hoo Thats one drool worthy stash of lippies!


Sweet&Bitter March 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

very nice….specially the google search one…

I want that multiple personality disorder type of lipstick

thanks for telling ur lipcolor with that green dress OOTD ..its very faltering….will check that out next time


pavani reddy March 9, 2012 at 1:36 am

wowww…nice post mehak looking forward to part 2 n many more….


Chris March 9, 2012 at 2:04 am

I want access to Lakme, now more than ever!

Would you believe that I would vacation in India, just to go makeup shopping? A true addict, I am! :P


mehak March 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Haha i find it so funny how you lust after lakme when we take it for granted!


ashwini March 9, 2012 at 8:34 am

awesome post dear,gonna bookmark this…thanks for posting…my all time fav is lakme aphrodite blush but i liked all ur collection,looking forward for 2nd part of the series


swastika March 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

awesome most post girl..I am going to come back to this everytime I need to go lipstick shopping


smitha March 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

Such a useful post. I have bought many lipsticks after seeing your blogs and photos and never regretted buying even one of them. Thanks a looottt for that. Will try out some of the MACs you mentioned. :-) Just wanted to know, if you have MAC Twig and how do you like it? :-) Waiting eagerly for part 2 :-)


mehak March 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

yes i do !!! I love Mac Twig…very pinky brown …and another nice one for indian skin tones!!!


Richa March 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Loved the post Mehak…a very detailed one…eagerly awaiting part 2… :)


shivani s March 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I have bookmarked this post.Superlike!!


Deanne35 March 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I love my MAC lipstick! The mocha brown color and red shades are what I’m using. The mocha shade at night and the red one in day time. I like your lipsticks too!


Kejal March 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

oooooooh..this post is soo on time. M going this weekend to buy a nude lippie! certainly picking a few from this post! Thanks!


Dhara March 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I sooo regret not having bought Mehr while I had the chance…and from this list, I am definitely checking out Lakme’s Rose Kissed :)


Sukanya March 11, 2012 at 1:29 am

thanx for this definitely bookmarking it :) n totally agree wd the over the top point! it really does look like a different one with each outft :P


Hm May 4, 2012 at 8:55 am


I’m sorry to say this…but you are fair…The average indian population is not…do you have anyway to show colors that would look better on darker skin. The kind they call wheatish in india? I would appreciate the help. most of these pink tones lipsticks dont look good on me at all.


mehak May 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

Uhhh…im wheatish…i wear a NC 40 is MAC! That is definitely wheatish…these are pink tones that are specially picked for medium skin, i dont look good in pale pinks either…and most of the above are not even pink….if yr talking about Dusky then i ave a post here…if u know yr mac skin shade ill be able to help you more…


pavani reddy May 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm

cant thank u enough for this mehak…u r a saver


Ilaf July 18, 2012 at 1:48 am

Love this, it’s so helpful! Do you know where I can purchase Deborah Lipstick #19 in the states?


anu October 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

i wud lik 2 knw more details of deborah pink shade am not getting it can u specify the numbr or name v hav 2 tell while buying


Divya August 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

Hi Loved the post above…but then again you have olive skin rather than the medium to dark skin… i would love if you can suggest some shades for it also…i was using Maybeline shinilicious lipgloss in Chocolate Cherry…a very pretty shade for brown lips and dusky skin….can you suggest some shades near to the same one as it was limited edition lipgloss


Rashh September 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Hey dear,
Ur lips swatches are soo gorgeous. Kuch na kuch to hoga itna shimmer hone keliye :P..
Did u use lipgloss over the top ;)..Just so eager to knw :)


mehak September 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm none of these r with lipgloss !
the lipsticks themselves have a sheen to them


chandni September 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

hey mehak …this stuff is really good…..i tried out d rose kissed and aphrodite blush in lakme which u suggested but they look very different on my lips… i am a fair complexion person with little darker lips…. i was actually looking for a real pink lipstick for daily use but have not found yet..can u suggest any other from lakme??


mehak September 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Hmm from lakme…try the lakme absolute peach carnation says peach carnation but its a deep pink..might be a bt too deep for you though if yr very fair..test it out..


priyanka September 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Hi I have bookmarked this post and keep referring to it every couple of days. After reading this I have got CB Bare, OTT, both Lakme lip loves and now eyeing MAC Twig/Mocha/Cosmo…he he the lust list never ends, I suppose..


Vrush September 24, 2012 at 12:42 am

Mehek, i have been reading your reviews, love the way you elaborate… good luck, keep the reviews flowing… regards.


Neela December 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hi Mehak,

Nice Post and thank you for sharing.



Rajvi Bhow December 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I loved all the lakme colours so natural!


Sanya Rai February 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

My favourite lipstick shade is blazing red of Oriflame Beauty Triple Core Lipstick. The shade is absolutely amazing and suits the Indian skin way too much.


Shruti March 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

And my favourite lipstick shade is Oriflame Beauty Hollywood Lipstick. This shade of red is simply superb. It makes you feel ultra glam and super fun at the same time.


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