Having yet to touch base on makeup on the blog, today’s post uncovers one of my idiosyncrasies…LIPSTICKS!

I’m no beauty expert but simply a lipstick hoarder, particularly gravitating towards mauve hues.

A trip to Sephora two months back where I walked out with six different mauve lipsticks, convincing myself that they are of different “hue intensity” and I own nothing quite like this – who was I kidding…

Mauve lipsticks hold a fair share of identity problems in the beauty industry. I mean for starters, how do you define “mauve”?

Dusty Rose

Pale Violet

Warm Berry

Deep pink

Milky Lavender

Oh, the shade woes.

Mauve lips were highly popular in the 80s and recently have been making an upturn in the beauty world. I remember going through my mum’s vanity and discovering these odd lavender, pink shade lipsticks and giving her  the “why would you buy this” remark, only to find myself gushing over the same trend as we speak now.

Mauve; between dusty rose and beige with modern pale purple undertones 


Initially when I began my hunt for my first mauve lipstick, it wasn’t so easy. Due to the natural yellow undertones to the Indian skin many looked overtly pale with my complexion. After a lot of trial and error I’ve found the ones that work for me, formulation and color pay off wise.


Breaking down some of my go-to matte, velvet/satin mauve lipsticks for you!

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MAC – Retro | Warm plum with a satin finish | US$17.50

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Milani – 80 Dreamy Matte | Moisturizing warm mauve | US$6

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Maybelline – 575 Brown Blush |Medium dusty rose with neutral-to-warm undertones – satin finish | US$7.49

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Kat Von D – Lolita | Warm mauve with a permanent matte finish | US$20

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Maybelline – Color Sensational Lip Gradation Mauve 1 |Matte lip crayon, extremely moisturizing and pigmented – creamy and smooth on the lips | *Highly recommend this one, one of my first mauve lipstick!

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Tarte – Front Row Lip Paint | Long lasting deep mauve matte lip paint | $20

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Sephora Collection – 41 Cream Lip Satin Liquid Lipstick | Silky and long-lasting matte lip stain | $14

Mauve lipsticks were often stigmatized for its matronly feel, however the same vintage hue is usurping the classic nudes and bold reds today!

Still ambitious on growing my mauve lipstick stash, so let me know your favs down below!

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  1. August 6, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    Omg! Thank you so much for this post. I so much wanted to know about these colours. 😊😊💕

    • riaparikhblog
      August 6, 2017 / 12:38 pm

      I’m so glad its helping you, Priya! 😚😘

  2. mmtshali
    August 6, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Hey beautiful ,i really enjoyed your blog post it was so well written ….i just gave your blog a follow looking forward to more

    • riaparikhblog
      August 6, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      Thank you for your sweet words, it’s made my day! xx ❤️

  3. August 6, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Thank you for showing some swatches. I really liked all of the shades. The Kat Von D one is so nice, and her lipsticks are some of the best I’ve tried 🙂

    Beauty On A Budget

    • riaparikhblog
      August 6, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      Definitely, Kay Von D is one of my favs as well! Glad you enjoyed the post! xx 💕

  4. August 17, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Great post ~ the shades you picked out all look so pretty!

    • riaparikhblog
      August 17, 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Thank you! Hope you give one of them a try and like them too! ❤️ xx

  5. August 20, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Great shades! Def gonna try some of these 🙂

    • riaparikhblog
      August 20, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      So happy to hear that! Let me know what worked for you xx

  6. September 20, 2017 / 12:28 am

    Yeahh totally agree with you ,they are so much into this season…also check out and follow my blog it’s all about fashion beauty and lifestyle.

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