Color Your Summer! The Coral-Poppy Lipstick Review


For a smoldering summer makeover, consider a resort-worthy pop of color. Corals and poppies flatter all skin tones, yet are slightly unexpected and attention-grabbing. With the garden variety below, it won’t be hard to pick the perfect hue for you. Get ready to scorch ’em.


Lipstick in Coral Punch | $5

This creamy, matte lipstick budget pick glides on evenly, delivering a power punch of poppy orange. The eye-catching, electric shade wears long and demands a second glance.** **


Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in #885 Vibrant Mandarin | $5.99

One of the most neon shades in the group, this tangerine-fuschia is almost identical to its electrifying tube. An affordable drugstore staple that’s creamy, highly pigmented, and wears well; it looks more expensive than it is. Wear it to light up a hot day.

Inglot Cosmetics

Lipstick in #107 | $13 | shop it

Though it looks beigey-pink in the tube, on the lips this one proved to be a lively warm orange with a subtle shimmer and a candy-sweet scent. For newbies looking to experiment with brighter lips, make this shade your go-to.** **


Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger | $15

A criminally bright poppy that’s downright dangerous, it’s mostly matte with the tiniest hint of creamy lustre. Caught somewhere between red, orange, and pink, this popular MAC pick flatters any skin tone, guaranteed to be among the boldest at the party or on the street. A fail-proof way to get noticed now.


Mango Butter Lipstick in #45 Coral | $18 | shop it

Attention mango lovers—we’ve found your new favorite lipstick! Balmy and smooth, this butter–based lip color has a hint of mango scent. The pinkish-orange coral color is chock full of shimmering micro particles for enhanced shine—fruitopia in a tube.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Stained Gloss in Meta | $18

We’re loving the latest lip innovation from our pals at cult-favorite OCC, and this popsicle-inspired shade is a sexy option for a day in the sun or a night out. The no-bleed formula glides on perfectly with the included mini OCC lip brush and stays put with a subtle gloss finish.

Too Faced

La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream in Coral Fire | $22 | shop it

This glossy, spicy-sweet smelling shade is full of enough pink-toned coral pigment to light up a room, or at least your face. The neutral undertone makes it a little more unexpected and perfect for day-to-evening looks. And with a formula this moisturizing, you may not ever want to wash it off!

Deborah Lippmann

Lipstick in Call Me Maybe | $22

Flirty name, flirtier product. This rich lipstick from manicure master Deborah Lippmann glides on thick and glossy, looking fresh, sexy, and summer-ready. A pink-toned poppy is fabulously sheer yet vibrant. Can we get a matching nail polish?


Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Muse | $28

We recently fell for this liquid lipstick, and this coral with a strong orange undertone is no exception. The creamy formula goes on like a gloss but dries matte. It lasts, even on a humid day. You’ll be amazed at how it stays on through errands, meetings, and even your lunch break. It’s marathon makeup in a retro, chic shade.

Anna Sui

Lipstick in #601 | $30 | shop it

Creamy, dreamy, and feminine to the max. A pretty poppy that smells like roses and looks the color of fruit punch. By far the prettiest packaging of the lot, we love that everything about this lipstick is floral-inspired, including the tube. It’s a hot and sheer shade that’s meant to be admired.

rms beauty

Lip2Cheek in Smile | $36 | shop it

This creamy paint-on lip color doubles as cheek stain, making it a must have in your makeup bag. The soft coral looks naturally pretty no matter where you dab it—you’ll get healthy glow that’s fast and foolproof. It’s a great summery pick that’s sheer but buildable.** **