The Lipstick Bandits: Summer Brights | Colour-blocked coral & fuchsia lips

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really wear bright lips, so I suppose “Summer Brights” are rather incongruous with my personality. Don’t get me wrong; I love a bright lipstick, but they’re not really something I associate with myself in reality, you know? They’re more of… something I find, love, and secret away like a small animal with shiny things.

That said: I’m trying to get better, but it’s slow going.

This round of Lipstick Bandits posts focuses on bold, bright Summer lip picks, but I couldn’t choose only one – Marcelle Paris Rose and Cleopatra have  been sitting in my drawer all winter, just waiting to be picked up again, and they’re both such great shades.

[Interjection: Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick formula review here; swatches here and here.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.]

Anyhow, I figured: what’s a better time of year to try colour blocked lips than the Summer?

On the top lip, I’m wearing Paris Rose, a light, peachy-pink coral. As I’m sure you all know by now, I’m a huge fan of the shade – it’s such a great, soft shade compared to most other corals, and it manages to keep its brightness and intensity without straying into the Realm of Orangedom.

(Let it be known that I hate the Realm of Orangedom, and I think it looks weird on my face.)

On the bottom, I’m wearing Cleopatra, a bold, punchy fuchsia. It’s probably one of the most intense lip colours that I own, which is saying something – even though these are both cream-finish lipsticks from the drugstore, they can hold their own against Bite mattes and MAC lip pencils. Not to mention, they’re a heck of a lot more comfortable!

Duo-toned, colour-blocked lips are definitely not something I’m about to start wearing out of the house, but it’s a fun look if you can pull it off. (I can’t, but honestly, I don’t think my naked cacti much care what I look like.)

I’ve been thinking about a colour-blocked lip on and off since Callula Lillibelle Spring 2012, but I think I might like this version even more – the Rouge Xpressions are really comfortable, and it’s so much easier to prep with concealer & swipe from the bullet than it would be to layer on MUFE Flash Colours and Stila Long Wears.

What bright lip look do you want to try this Summer?

Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipsticks in Paris Rose, Cleopatra

See the rest of the Lipstick Bandits’ picks

Marcelle Paris Rose

Marcelle Cleopatra

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    Oh this is way fun! I've never thought about color-blocking my lips that way, but I should try! I've experimented with more lip colors by now. Even though I still prefer to stay sheer and glossy, it feels like I've made an improvement :)
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    • Glad you like the look, Sunny! I tend to go sheer and glossy on a day-to-day basis, too, if that helps any :P Sheer's a great way to try out some of the more punchy shades, after all!

  • Musing on Beauty

    I love this trend of associating orange and pink on the lips! Great choice!
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  • Oh I love this on you! I always liked the idea of colourblocking your lips, especially these two colours go so well together! I want to get more into orange and red bright lips this summer, I discovered that I am neglecting those shades!
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    • Thanks, Teri! Glad you like it :) I'd love to see an orange and red lip on you – I think it'd be stunning ;o)

  • bloominbeauty

    What a fun look! I think both colors work really nicely together! Like you said, fun and pretty- but not something I would wear out of the house (unless I could find the perfect occasion for it!) because I'd be a chicken about it. :)

    • Haha, that's pretty much an apt descriptor of me, too :P I'm way too chicken to wear something like this out of the house!

  • Eli

    Love the combination – shows that colour blocking ca be wearable. Thanks for the inspiration :*
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  • You and Jessica! Lipstick colour blocking twinsies!!! <3 I love love love.
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  • Larie

    Rae! Your hair! Your face! *flails* I LOVE your color blocking combo and I want to try it so badly now, but I don't own demure lipsticks like that. #headdesk

    • You don't!? :o Larie, you NEED some more brights! Carthage would be a great shade to do a duo-toned lip in, if you ask me – you'd just need one more ;)

  • Alright … so how bizarre is it that in addition to color blocking we both chose almost identical shades?! Great minds think alike I suppose :) This looks lovely on you, doll!

    ♥ Jessica
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    • Thanks, hon! I loved your lip, too – I think I'd almost want to choose shades that are a bit more different, (if there's a) next time, you know? I found that these ones looked pretty similar from afar, too.

  • Wow, you look so beautiful in these 2 shades! It's subtle yet trendy.


  • Oh Rae, this is genius! I would have never thought of doing that… and I'll have to pick up Paris Rose next time I'm in Vancouver! x
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    • Thanks, Monika! <3 Hope you like Paris Rose – it's such a lovely soft coral.

  • HURRAH for colour-blocking! I love when Bandits do something similar or choose similar shades!

    Love these two shades (I simply must get Cleopatra now!) and your lips are SO CUTE! *pinches*

    Wait, can you pinch lips? That's just creepy… *pinches cheeks instead*
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  • Ooooh, love this look! This is definitely a must try! Time to look through my lipsticks and find me some ones I can do this with. I would probably feel a bit self conscious but I'd definitely wear this out of this house paired with a plain outfit. Or you know, a crazy one and just freak everyone out! xo
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    • Glad you like the look, Fleur! : ) Sending good vibes your way – I think it'd be awesome if you wore a colour-blocked lip out of the house! ;)

  • Ahh, you and Jessica, so clever and chic with the color blocking! I adore the shades you picked, they compliment each other well, and the whole look just WORKS. I bet your cacti would applaud if they could :)

    I think Tracy sent me Paris Rose awhile back, must use it at once!
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    • Thanks, hon! I'm glad you and (hypothetically) my cacti approve :P

      Let me know what you think of Paris Rose, yeah? :)

  • <3 Adooooooore Both these shades but together they're a lot more fun. I sincerely doubt that orange looks weird on your face! Everything looks pretty on you~ I see no reason not to wear this out of the house. Seems awesome!
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    • Lies! :p I think orange looks fine on my face, honestly, but it's just — it's so orange! There is absolutely no way that orange could not stick out like a sore thumb! *flails*

  • Jen W

    Oooohhh I really want that Marcelle Paris Rose! Wish we had Marcelle here.

    Great idea on the colour blocking, and really loving your photography.

    • Thanks, Jenny! I was really worried about this photo set, because it was pretty dark when I took the photos, but I kind of liked how they turned out ^.^

      Crossing my fingers & hoping that Marcelle will ship worldwide someday, but let me know if you ever need a CP, yeah? ;)

  • So cute, Rae! I like how Paris Rose looks. I may have a Marcelle lipstick or two (did a CP with Tracy!) and I"m going to have to dig them out and give them a good proper try! :D
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    • Oh, that crazy Tracy. She's becoming everyone's Marcelle dealer! :p

      Hope you like your Rouge Xpressions, hon!

  • Beautiful colours and I love that look on you. It's so fun but not too crazy. You Lipstick Bandits Rock!
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    • Thanks, Christa! Really glad you're liking the look & collab :)

  • Nina

    It's soooo beautiful *.* *.*

  • toyarosie

    Err, sorry to burst you're bubble but you can TOTALLY rock this look! I didn't even realize right away it was two shades (till of course I read more) and it's fabulous and subtle at first but then requires a double-take. It's so edgy, Rae! I think this is terrific and I might just get the balls up to try it out myself – even going so far as to venture outside the house! You make it look THAT cool :)
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    • Aww, thank you! *blushes* That's pretty much the nicest thing anyone could say. Um, ever. <3 I'm really, really glad you like the look – and I say <em>go for it! If you really love it, you may as well rock it, right? ;)

  • You are always full of such amazing ideas, Rae! I was hesitant upon seeing the words “colour-blocked lips” but it looks gorgeous and fashion-forward.

  • Love this.. and there is definitely a softer realm to brights, they don't always have to be approaching neon.
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  • This is great! And for someone who's not into brights, you sure dive in full hog, eh? =)

    One way that I like to color-block lips is to do a heart shape in the center of the lips with the lighter color, and then the darker shade in the corners. It's a little kawaii, and totally not something that I could pull off, but with the right lip shape it looks adorable.
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    • LOL, that's true! I'm sort of all or nothing – if you're doing brights, you might as well go all the way, right? :P

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