Beauty, Makeup

The Lip Colors You’re Always Asking Me About

I have a lot of lip colors. A lot. And yet, I often find myself reaching for the same ones, over and over. They often go in cycles, not because I stop loving one and favor another, but usually because I leave it in one of my purses, can’t find it, then reach for another one and remember how much I love that one. That’s why you’ll see me wearing one color incessantly for a month, and then it will disappear for awhile. Cases in point: Kat Von D “Berlin” (where are you? I miss you), Aromi “Rose Gold”  metallic, Sephora’s “Pink Souffle” (which I just repurchased), and “Committed” by The Balm, which smells like Girl Scouts Thin Mints (aka heaven). I also go through phases where I swap my lipsticks for liquid lipsticks and vice versa. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of liquid lips — and I’ve been wearing a lot of the same four shades, over and over. You guys ask me about them all the time and though I am always happy to answer your questions, I thought it would be good to put them all in one place, for your reference!

smashbox bang bang liquid lipstick swatch

Smashbox – Bang Bang

Of all the reds, “Bang Bang” is my most worn. It’s a perfectly warm but not too orangey red, and I’m kind of panicking (not to be dramatic, haha!) because they no longer carry it at Sephora and it’s out of stock at Ulta. Is it being discontinued?! I have the Smashbox site open right now and I’m ordering backups, just in case. EDIT: It wouldn’t let me add it to my cart on their site (what the heck?!) but I found it on Amazon and all of a sudden there are a few back on Sephora. I’m going to inquire about whether or not it’s being discontinued!

smashbox babe alert liquid lipstick swatch

Smashbox – Babe Alert

Perhaps my most asked about lip color of all time, Smashbox “Babe Alert” is the perfect rosy hue. You might notice I wear a lot of Smashbox…it’s because I love the formula and the array of colors! I have lots of favorites from the liquid lipstick lines.

smashbox maneater liquid lipstick swatch

Smashbox – Man Eater

Okay, so I’m realizing I wear a lot of Smashbox. I’m basically an unofficial brand ambassador for their liquid lipsticks, since I love them so much. Not sponsored, haven’t worked with them, just love them. This metallic red lip color is what dreams are made of. The metallic finish makes the finish a little different (it feels a little heavier, if that makes sense) but wow, the color is so gorgeous and it wears really well.



too faced freshly baked liquid lipstick swatchToo Faced – Freshly Baked

I almost feel bad when people ask about this color, because it’s one of their limited edition colors. It’s still available on the site, so stock up on a few, like I did! I love Too Faced but I wish they had more colors available for their matte liquid lipsticks. Kandee came to the rescue with her line — this “Freshly Baked” hue is exactly what I was looking for.

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  1. CiCi Marie says:

    Thank goodness you wrote this post and alerted me to the fact my beloved Bang Bang may be about to disappear forever! I managed to snag a couple from the US as everywhere in the UK was already sold out. Noooooooooooo! It was my wedding lip, and it’s my favourite red of all time 🙁

  2. Helen says:

    Love all these shades! Thanks for rounding them up, Keiko! And fingers crossed that Smashbox’s shade Bang Bang does not get discontinued. It would be such a shame because it’s such a gorgeous color on you.


  3. Briel K. says:

    Love the second and third colors shown! I almost never wear lipstick but if I did I’d want to give those a try!

  4. Ariana says:

    I got babe alert because you posted about it! I love it!

  5. Martha says:

    Great Intel, cause you have such good lip colors!
    I just bought the Too Faced, Freshly Baked on Amazon for $19….yippee!!!

  6. Merle says:

    I have just gone to buy a new tube of Bang Bang and it’s gone. I am gutted, it’s the best red I have used in years. I’m so annoyed I didn’t know it was being discontinued or I would have tried to stock up. I have ordered Thrill Seeker – we shall see how that is.

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      You and me both. I’m SO bummed. I have no backups left, but a kind reader has one and we’re doing a swap. For now, I’m using Bawse which is more of a true red and not warm like Bang Bang…but I have to find a good replacement. Thrill Seeker is a little too orange for me…Bang Bang was the PERFECT warm red!

      • Priscilla Castillo says:

        I too am deeply saddened by the loss of bang bang ? I did find a similar color Stilas beso is that orangey red yet still red. If you haven’t tried it I would highly recommend

        • Keiko Lynn says:

          Yes, I love the color but I don’t love the finish quite as much. But maybe they’ve changed the formula in the past few years? I’ll have to check it out again!

  7. Pauline says:

    Any updates on bang bang? I was chatting with customer service in smashbox website and they don’t know either. I want bang bang

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      Unfortunately it’s been discontinued and I don’t think they’ll bring it back. I’m so bummed!

  8. Niki-Jay Bougaard says:

    Hello! Was Bang Bang discontinued? I can only find it for almost double its normal price on Amazon 🙁