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Milky Mauve-pink Lip: Tips for Wear, and Dupes for MAC Snob!


Few shades can make me coo and gush the way a milky blue-based pink can. It’s girly, and it’s glamorous in a 60s mod-kitten way. But let’s face it; it’s not the easiest color to pull off. So how do you make it work a little better for you, and what products are out there that you can use?

Well the most famous shade arguably is MAC’s Snob. This Satin shade is blue-based and pretty opaque, but not as pastel and bright as Saint Germain, so it’s definitely a lot more wearable. That said, it can look a little grey/white against the skin, and applying it haphazardly could give you horribly chalky, streaky, uneven-colored lips.

Tips for wearing any pale, milky lip shade better:

  • If you have very pigmented lips, pale lipsticks can look streaky and uneven over them. Apply a beige lip concealer or primer to mute the color first. MAC and BH Cosmetics have them, but a long-lasting concealer would work as well. Just apply a VERY thin layer, spread it out as much as you can, and then blot of excess before letting it set. If you do this step well, you won’t need lip liner.
  • Apply one coat of lipstick onto the lips, and then lightly pat-pat-pat your lipstick along the rim of your lips (not going past the lip line of course). What this does is it evens out and softens any streaks and that ugly pale line around the edges of your lips. In the lip swatch image above, I applied the lipstick straight from the tube and used no primer, no liner, no tools. If you have pigmented lips, you should still use a primer or concealer first, before trying this.
  • Wax/tweeze/shave around your lips if you have darker hair. Wearing a pale lip can make your mustache stand out. Not cute.
  • Snob works better for pale-to-medium skins. If you have very dark skin, I’m not going to lie. There’s a chance Snob is going to look very grey. The general rule of thumb is the darker your skin, the more pigmentation the shade should have in order for you to get the same look or effect. Try something like MAC Pink Nouveau in place of Snob. (If you’ve seen Nicki Minaj in her pastel pinks, that’s the effect you’re going for.)


Evidently, Snob is a top-seller for MAC because they saw fit to create that shade in 3 different textures. To the naked eye, those 4 shades I swatched are ALMOST identical, with Revlon’s Pink Pout being just slightly less blue-toned than the others.

  1. Relaxation is a Lip & Cheek Color that you apply with your finger or a brush. It’s the glossiest of the lot, and not quite translucent, but definitely not as opaque as the others.
  2. Revlon Pink Pout is the cheapest dupe for the shade if you’re looking for a low-cost alternative. This is a matte texture though, so if you want to mimic the slight sheen, you can add just the barest touch of a gloss. Something with tones that are similar to the shade will work better than a clear one. Try Revlon Colorburst Gloss in Crystal Lilac. 
  3. MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolor in Dress It Up is the version for those who want a low-maintenance version of Snob that they don’t need to touch up often. The added benefit is that pressing your lips together or sipping a drink is not likely to make the lipstick streaky or uneven. The con is that it’s quite drying and you still need to wipe it off and reapply halfway through the day, as these long-wearing lipsticks that set can crack and pill up after a few hours.
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