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8 Classic Lipstick Shades Every Makeup Lover Should Know

Universally adored shades you need in your collection.
8 Classic Lipstick Shades Every Makeup Lover Should Know
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Universally adored shades you need in your collection.

In beauty, there is no makeup product more timeless than lipstick. Over the years, many dizzying shades and saturated hues have graced the lips of supermodels to celebrities alike, but only a few shades have reigned supreme and stood the test of time.

From true reds to natural nudes, here are 8 cult classic lipstick shades you should try at least once:

1. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice

Though it's largely known as a perfect red lipstick, Revlon's Fire & Ice actually represents a revolution in beauty. It was first launched in the '50s, and caused quite a stir because for the first time ever, its advertisement centered on empowering women to wear makeup for themselves instead of pleasing others.

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Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Fire & Ice, P350, REVLON, Lazada

2. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk's iconic nude color can be built up from a subtle pink to a more dramatic mauve. Loved by countless models and celebrities, the shade enhances the natural color of your lips, gliding on smoothly and leaving you with an elegant matte finish.

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Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk, $34 (Approx. P1,712), CHARLOTTE TILBURY, charlottetilbury.com

3. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Don’t be fooled by the deep berry hue of this lipstick on the tube, because Black Honey applies sheer, glossy, and balm-like IRL. The shade adjusts perfectly to the lips as well, flattering any complexion while promising to be comfortable and non-drying.

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Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $20 (Approx. P1,007), CLINIQUE, clinique.com

4. MAC Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo

The most popular MAC lipstick to boot, Ruby Woo features a cool red hue with blue undertones that can make any skin tone pop and enhance your pearly whites. This iconic shade applies super matte, lasts incredibly long, and wears gracefully for hours on end.

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Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, P1100, MAC, Lazada

5. L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude

The perfect "your lips but better" hue, Fairest Nude is a creamy pink-taupe nude with a sheer finish. Its affordable price tag and unmistakable vanilla scent will keep you coming back for more, not to mention the lipstick looks gorgeous on a wide variety of complexions.

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Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude, P430, L'OREAL PARIS, Shopee

6. NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita

Inspired by the 1960 Italian drama La Dolce Vita, this sheer dusty rose from NARS is a go-to for a clean and soft no-makeup look. The color blends in perfectly with the lips to create a bespoke effect, and is a universal shade that anyone can pull off.

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Dolce Vita, P1500, NARS, lookatme.ph

7. Tom Ford Lip Color in Bruised Plum

Tom Ford's lipsticks are well-known not only for its hefty price tag but its luxurious formula. One of their line's most loved shades is Bruised Plum, which looks intimidating in the tube but registers as a gorgeous and subtle deep fuschia on the lips. It swipes on with a juicy, semi-opaque sheen that can be layered on to achieve your desired opacity.

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Lip Color in Bruised Plum, P3000, TOM FORD, Adora Greenbelt 5

8. Dior Rouge Lipstick in 999

In 1953, Christian Dior created two perfect reds, 9 and 99, for his models to wear on the runway. The two shades were soon combined into one iconic color, the Dior Rouge 999, which quickly became the brand's most popular shade thanks to its universally flattering color and luxurious color payoff.

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Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999, P2400, DIOR, The Podium

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