15 women on their favourite shade of lipstick.

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Most women have go-to favourite lippy.

It’s the one they’ve replaced a thousand times; the one they buy two of every time it’s on special just in case the colour is discontinued.

We took a poll of Mamamia HQ to determine our fail-proof, perfect-every-time lipstick shades to share with you. (Links to purchase are in the gallery below.)

1. Reds

“Clarins Poppy red – it’s not like other reds, it’s soft and has the best creamy texture”- Elissa

“My all time favourite red lipstick is Ruby Woo by MAC. It’s the perfect blue based red which is vibrant and classic” – Jacqui

Jacqui wearing Mac's Ruby Woo

"I love NARS Audacious Grace because it’s a bright creamy matte lipstick that doesn’t dry out on my lips. It’s the perfect pop of colour and balance between a red and pink. And OK, I admit it; I secretly like to think I’m channelling Grace Kelly by wearing it too." - Nicky 

"Lancome L'Absolu Rogue in Rogue Mythique -  dark enough to appeal to my inner goth, nourishing enough to deal with my desert-dry lips." - Alyx

2.  Oranges

"MAC Morange is mine. It's dramatic and zingy."- Gemma

"Revlon - orange flip. It took me months to find the exact right orangey-red tone, and no lipstick compares. It's not so red that it ages me or makes me look overdressed for daytime, but it's red enough to still look a bit classic." - Grace

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Pinks and Berries

"MAC Rebel. It's a berry tone that looks awesome with olive skin tones. A deep colour, but not too dark."- Valentina

"Queen B from Sportsgirl. Because BRIGHT and affordable. It's a matte pink shade." -Matilda


"Primrose by Revlon - it's a dead ringer for MAC Angel, but heaps cheaper." - Amy

"I'm a big fan of Eros by Napoleon. I don't really love the colour pink on me, but this shade is a deep, bright pink that's still in the red spectrum, so I love it. It's like a gateway pink for red lipstick addicts." - Kahla

Kahla's gorgeous pick is Eros by Napoleon.


"Mac Embrace Me. SO PINK SO MATTE SO GOOD. It's my go to when I haven't showered/washed my hair etc, an instant pop of colour that gives the illusion of put-togetherness." - Freya

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"I'm loving Sophia, part of Napolean's Matteatstic Collection. It's definitely taken the lead for me; it's the perfect pinky nudey neutral tone"- Emily

Emily wearing 'Sophia" by Napoleon


"NARS Outsider. Love! It's a light, sheer sort of coral. Almost exactly the same as my natural lip colour, but better!" - Jo

"I have a Clinique one that's kind of purply nude and accentuates my lips just enough. I'm a huge fan of all nude lipsticks though"- Dimity 

"Chanel rouge allure velvet in l'amoureuse... its the first matte lipstick I've used that feels creamy and light... and i love the colour.   Also, I use Chantecaille lip chic in camellia most days for a very subtle colour... it's my go-to gloss." - Cecilia

How to achieve the perfect understated nude lip

To make your lipstick look even better, always make sure you keep your lips moisturised. Try one of these lip balms on for size:

Do you have a signature lippy?