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Picture of paraben-free coral lipsticks SmashBbox Be Legendary long-wear lip lacquer "Calypso". Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid lip colour in "Coral Reef". Jouer hydrating lipstick in "Monique". Bite Beauty amuse bouche lipstick in "gingersnap". Kat Von D studded kiss lipstick in "la femme"

Finding that Perfect Paraben-Free Coral/Peach Lipstick

Early last year I was introduced to Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer lipstick in Calypso by a makeup artist at Macy’s. It’s the perfect bright coral color to focus attention on my lips and distract from my unpleasant upper lip melasma. I wore it to a wedding and it was a hit with everyone – even the bride!

A few months later, problems surfaced

  • This color was difficult to find (Calypso is a nude beach – very different from their “Coral” color)
  • It left a darker un-natural color stain a few hours after the originally color it wore off
  • Overwhelmingly sweet added fragrance.
  • Hair gets stuck in glossy finish
  • Quite the long list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients

Must. Find. Better. Alternative.

These are the most comparable lipsticks I have found so far, but the journey never stops!

  • Jouer Cosmetics Hydrating Lipstick Review – Monique

    • True to form, very hydrating
    • Nice color, but not intense enough to match Smashbox Lip Lacquer in Calypso
    • Very creamy
    • Not very long lasting
    • Paraben-Free and Gluten-Free!
  • Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour Lipstick Review – Coral Reef

    • Paraben Free
    • Pretty long lasting.
    • Not too drying.
    • Slightly scented
    • Very intense color – difficult to apply and blend.
    • Too bright – not the right color for me
  • Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Review – Gingersnap

    • Closest in color to Smashbox Lip Lacquer in Calypso
    • Highly pigmented
    • Paraben, pthalate and sulfate free
    • Creamy and easy to apply
    • Many natural and organic ingredients
    • Scented. A little distracting to me, but could be worse.
    • Color lasts about 2 hours. I woudln’t classify it as “long-lasting”
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Review – La Femme

    • Highly pigmented
    • Paraben, pthalate and sulfate free
    • Long lasting and only slightly drying
    • Slightly sweet scent. Not ideal but its not entirely unpleasant
    • Nice matte/satin finish. Not too flat.
    • Vegan
    • 100% Cruelty Free
Swatches of paraben-free coral lipsticks SmashBbox Be Legendary long-wear lip lacquer "Calypso". Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid lip colour in "Coral Reef". Jouer hydrating lipstick in "Monique". Bite Beauty amuse bouche lipstick in "gingersnap". Kat Von D studded kiss lipstick in "la femme"

Swatches of paraben-free coral lipsticks to replace my scented and discontinued Smashbox Be Legendary long-wear lip lacquer “Calypso”.

 

 

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