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I Asked My Guy Friends To Comment On My Fave Lip Colours, And THIS Is What I Got…

Kannagi Desai

Junior Beauty Editor

Here’s the scenario every time I put on a face (slang for putting on make-up), I dress up, and I go and meet my friends, most of whom are men, for some reason. Ladies, hit me up if you want to be BFFs. Anyway, either I am told that  I have too much gunk on my face and they’re afraid I’ll rub things off on their shirt, or when I go for a nude look, they think I’m tired or sick. All in all, they ALWAYS have an opinion. Another thing that I have noticed is that these opinions are almost always related to my lipstick colours and not anything else on my face. So, to have my own fun, I set up a little lipstick pop quiz for them!


The Setup:


5 lipstick shades, 4 questions, 3 men a.k.a lab rats!


The 3 Guys:


Boy 1: 24, Copywriter


Boy 2: 26, First Officer (doesn’t mind being called captain *wink*)


Boy 3: 30, Runs a digital ad agency


The Questions:



  1. What colour do you think it is? (This question was just to prove that men cannot differentiate colour.)

  2. What do you think about the colour? (Eg. If a woman has this colour on, what would you think about the woman)

  3. Where should I wear this colour? (Eg. Work, wedding, costume party, whatever.)

  4. On a scale of very approachable to intimidating. Rate each colour.


How it went down...


Lipstick #1: Bright tangerine


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When I have this lipstick shade on, I feel really peppy. It makes me feel a little brighter. I would wear this shade at a pool party or brunch.


Want this pop of colours? Get Colorbar Matte Touch Lipstick - Orange Punch (Rs 550).


1. What colour do you think it is?


Boy 1: Orange


Boy 2: I want to say orangish


Boy 3: Orange


2. What do you think about the colour? (Eg. If some woman has this colour on, what would you think about the woman)


Boy 1: Just the word ‘POP’ comes to mind.


Boy 2: Someone who is experimental.


Boy 3: It’s too bright a colour.


3. Where should I wear this colour? (Eg. Work, wedding, costume party, whatever.)


Boy 1: To a session with your closest friends.


Boy 2: Parties and other places. (Wow so many options. *rolling eyes*)


Boy 3: Probably never!


4. On a scale of very approachable to intimidating. Rate each colour.


Boy 1: I’d say absolutely approachable.


Boy 2: Not too intimidating, nor too timid. I think this shade strikes the perfect balance.


Boy 3: Could be approachable, but I wouldn’t be doing the approaching.


Lipstick #2: Peach nude


2 lipstick colours


This shade is something that I wear when I have to put on lipstick. It is my way of assuaging myself that I did, in fact, make an effort.


Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Cream Finish - Nude Mood (Rs 1,850) is definitely my go-to nude.


1. What colour do you think it is?


Boy 1: Nude pink (Hallelujah!)


Boy 2: More like a gloss.


Boy 3: Nude


2. What do you think about the colour? (Eg. If some woman has this colour on, what would you think about the woman)


Boy 1: Casual, someone who is chill?


Boy 2: I would say this woman looks professional.


Boy 3: This shade is quite interesting. It would draw my attention to your lips but still not in a shady way.


3. Where should I wear this colour? (Eg. Work, wedding, costume party, whatever.)


Boy 1: On a casual day/evening out with friends. Maybe movie dates?


Boy 2: At work.


Boy 3: Everyday, or when you want to go for something simple.


4. On a scale of very approachable to intimidating. Rate each colour.


Boy 1: Approachable.


Boy 2: Pretty approachable.


Boy 3: Approachable.


Lipstick #3: Pop red


3 lipstick colours


I barely ever wear this colour. It gives me this sultry vibe, like when I’m putting this on I picture myself sitting in heels and sipping merlot. I feel powerful!


If you love red, you know you love M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick - Ruby Woo (Rs 1,500)


1. What colour do you think it is?


Boy 1: Red.


Boy 2: Red.


Boy 3: Bloody red (YES!)


2. What do you think about the colour? (Eg. If some woman has this colour on, what would you think about the woman)


Boy 1: I feel an aura of power.


Boy 2: Fashionista or whatever that word is.


Boy 3: I would be attracted to the woman in this lipstick shade.


3. Where should I wear this colour? (Eg. Work, wedding, costume party, whatever.)


Boy 1: To the office, perhaps? When you're the super boss :)


Boy 2: At night, for parties and dinners.


Boy 3: Date night lipstick.


4. On a scale of very approachable to intimidating. Rate each colour.


Boy 1: I would be intimidated.


Boy 2: Highly intimidating.


Boy 3: I honestly would approach this woman.


Lipstick #4: Deep dark mauve


4 lipstick colours


Again, another shade that I barely ever wear. But when I do, it is usually at a party or at night dos. It makes me feel like my deep dark soul is reflected on my face and now I should start writing poetry!


L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick - PM412 Arabian Night (Rs 950) is what I have used here.


1. What colour do you think it is?


Boy 1: Cherry?


Boy 2: Pink.


Boy 3: Maroon


2. What do you think about the colour? (Eg. If some woman has this colour on, what would you think about the woman)


Boy 1: Someone who has a bubbly personality.


Boy 2: Outgoing personality.


Boy 3: Again, I would think something similar to the one wearing the orange shade.


3. Where should I wear this colour? (Eg. Work, wedding, costume party, whatever.)


Boy 1: To a party.


Boy 2: This is a casual everyday colour.


Boy 3: Probably dinner, or maybe not.


4. On a scale of very approachable to intimidating. Rate each colour.


Boy 1: Very approachable.


Boy 2: It is still intimidating.


Boy 3: I would be intimidated.


Lipstick #5: Lip balm (Trick question)


5 lipstick colours


This is me every day. I am a balm junkie and you will often see me applying and re-applying it through the day. I added this question because I wanted to see if the boys would know the difference between my natural lip colour and a lipstick.


Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF 15 (Rs 175) is my best friend.


1. What colour do you think it is?


Boy 1: Nude pink, again?


Boy 2: Can't figure the colour out, maybe like a light shade of brown.


Boy 3: Nude


2. What do you think about the colour? (Eg. If some woman has this colour on, what would you think about the woman)


Boy 1: Mellow kind of personality.


Boy 2: I want to say bold.


Boy 3: Someone who is off-duty probably.


3. Where should I wear this colour? (Eg. Work, wedding, costume party, whatever.)


Boy 1: On most casual, chilled out occasions. Like a house pyjama party or something.


Boy 2: Can be worn anywhere.


Boy 3: Anywhere, every day.


4. On a scale of very approachable to intimidating. Rate each colour.


Boy 1: Highly approachable.


Boy 2:  Approachable but with some hesitation.


Boy 3: Highly approachable.


This was so insightful! I started this as a fun thing to put my friends on the spot for a few laughs. But now I know, your lips talk even before you speak!

Published on Sep 20, 2017
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