Let Yer Bright Lipstick Do The Talkin’: Two Perfect Shades For Pale Skin


I’ve mentioned before what a massive lipstick fan I am. I literally own hundreds of shades (check out two of my favourite shades in the latest Bourjois range here and two Chubby Sticks I’m loving by Clinique and Revlon here), and could quite possibly open my own lipstick shop. On the subject of lipsticks’, I’m going to do a post on two of my favourite shades at the moment, one is from the Archie’s Girls Collection by Mac and the other  from the newly released ColourBurst Lip Butter range from Revlon. Both are bright; one is pink and one a more coral shade.  I chose these colours in particular because not only are they very on trend this season, they’re also two brighter shades that are very wearable if you’re as fair skinned as I am.

Go Bright, But Choose Carefully

It can be a hard task finding the right shade to suit those with a ghostly complexion, and I have read an article or two that have said the brighter colours are harder to pull off if you’re very fair, but this isn’t necessarily the case. It’s all about chosing the right shade to compliment your hair and pale complexion.


For example, this Revlon ColourBurst ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ Lip Butter shade (pictured above) ideally contrasts my dark brown hair and white skin tone, and looks perfect with a rosy blusher swept across the apples of your cheeks. It’s all about knowing what suits you and your individual skin tone.

Th ColourBurst Lip Butter is the latest lippy range to be launched by Revlon and is fast becoming my new favourite for a number of reasons:

  • The shades, though some of them brighter than others, are very soft and are perfect for wearing during the day.
  • They have a wide range of brighter colours that are very on trend, yet very wearable.
  • As it’s a ‘Lip Butter,’ it really lives up to this promise. My lips get extremely dry in this freezing weather and the lipstick glides on easily and keeps the lips smooth, and very moisturised.
  • The lipsticks are quite pigmented, but not overly so, so you get a naturel amount of colour.
  • Quite surprisingly, this one stayed put for hours. I had though with it being a butter that it would wear off quite quickly, but on it stayed and didn’t dry out my lips like some can when they stay on for ages.
  • Looks gorgeous against us pale skinned folk (well, that’s my opinion anyway!).

I’ve also always loved Mac for lipsticks (80 per cent of my collection is made up of them), and adore the current Archie Girl’s collection. This one too is a gorgeous shade for those pale skins. It is more of a coral, peachy toned colour  and is a tad brighter than the Revlon shade, but with a good blusher match (I chose the peachy toned Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush to wear with this one), it looks great against the fairer skin tones. Here’s why it firmly deserves a second spot in my lipstick stash at the moment:


  • It’s really pigmented so I needed a much smaller amount, and as it’s a brighter shade, you can apply with a lighter hand.
  • Gives a lovely satin finish.
  • The funky packaging is brilliant, I won’t be able to throw it out when I’m finished!
  • Not as moisturising as the Revlon, but it doesn’t overly dry your lips out.
  • Stayed put for a decent amount of time, but as it came time to reapply this one, my lips became slightly dry
  • Looks great against those white skin tones though!

So there are my two favourite bright shades of lipstick for those pale faces at the moment. The Revlon lipstick is priced at €11.25 and is available at all good Revlon stands now, Betty’s Archie lipstick is €19 and unfortunately, a limited edition so leg it to your nearest Mac counter before this one is gone!

What do you think of the colours? Have you worn any similarly bright shades you could recommend? Tell all in the comments section!


  1. I love Strawberry Shortcake! Great post!

  2. Thanks so much. 🙂 It’s my favourite of the two as well! I’ll definitely be buying more shades from the range.

  3. I love both of these colors so much! I already tried these shades of lipstick, but it looks horrible on me… The only shades I feel I can wear are Dark red and plum shades, and subtle brownish colors… When I wear pinkish colors (even this shades), it looks like i just doesn’t ‘fit’, the combination with my pale skin… Does it possibly have to do with different skin undertones? I love this post! I like both these colors sooo much (especially the 2nd one!!)

    • It could be to do with the undertones in your skin or you could be a different shade of pale if you know what I mean! I have a pink undertone, so despite needing a good blusher, the paler pinker colours look well against my complexion and dark hair. Looking at your picture, I think a pink shade would look great on you, but it’s about maybe finding a slightly different shade. These are fairly bright so why don’t you opt for a slightly darker raspberry pink shade? I think a colour like that you’ll look great. 🙂 I find that if you’re opting for the pinker shades, a rose pinky blusher helps you carry the colour off, so bare this in mind when you decide to wear it 😉

      Thanks a million, so glad you’re enjoying the website! 🙂

  4. I’ve resisted the lure of the Revlon Lip Butters until now because I’m on a spending ban but the more I see Strawberry Shortcake the more I want it. It’s such a pretty colour.

  5. It’s a gorgeous shade Paula, it looks even better on than in my pictures! 🙂