It’s hardly a secret that ’90s beauty trends are making a strong comeback this year. From the androgynous mullet to voluminous bangs, fads from the past have been resurging in popularity — and we’re not mad about it.
But what has been making waves on the newsfeeds in China may be the most iconic ’90s throwback yet. The retro “caramel coffee” colour is now being donned on the lips of many Chinese influencers on RED (a.k.a. China’s Instagram).
Unlike the jarring brown mattes we’re used to seeing on celebs and models of the ’90s, the trending “caramel coffee” shade has a tinge of red in it, making it extremely flattering on many skin tones.
The lippies also tend to have a creamier texture, with either a velvety matte or glossy finish to highlight those juicy pouts.
So while your memories of the ’90s may be a distant blur, we guarantee that this delicious lipstick trend is here to stay. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some popular “caramel coffee” lipsticks that you should grab now before they’re swept off the shelves.
Popular “caramel coffee” lipsticks to try
Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Shine Lipstick (902 Profound)
902 Profound is a muted, light-medium brown with subtle warm undertones that will make you feel like a ’90s supermodel. Formulated with a blend of hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and triglycerides, its lightweight formula will give you a buildable sheer to medium coverage while nourishing your lips for a luminous glow.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Shine Lipstick (902 Profound) retails for S$52.
Colorkey Moist Water Satin Mist Lip Lacquer (905 Light Brown Coffee)
For a blurred lip look, try Colorkey’s Moist Water Satin Mist Lip Lacquer in 905 Light Brown Coffee. Infused with a blend of botanical extracts such as edelweiss, purple coneflower, and sea daffodil, this lipstick will repair and moisturise your pout while leaving a dreamy, velvety matte finish.
Colorkey Moist Water Satin Mist Lip Lacquer (905 Light Brown Coffee) retails for S$16.15.
NARS Loaded Lip Lacquer (Foxy)
True to its name, NARS Loaded Lip Lacquer in Foxy packs plenty of rich light-medium brown colour with warm orange undertones that offers a complete colour payoff in just one coat. While it has a glossy finish, its smooth, almost cream-like texture does not leave any tackiness and sits on your lips comfortably like a balm.
NARS Loaded Lip Lacquer (Foxy) retails for S$40.
Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lipstick (Haute Cocoa)
Bobbi Brown’s Crush Liquid Lipstick in Haute Cocoa is the perfect balance between deep brown and red, making it flattering for anyone to wear. A full-coverage formula that glides on like butter, it also features a juicy, superfruit trio of cranberry, blueberry, and raspberry extracts that will make your lips feel extra hydrated and pampered.
Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lipstick (Haute Cocoa) retails for S$41.
Burberry Beauty Kisses Lip Lacquer (07 Creamy Rose)
If you aren’t quite ready to rock a true brown, try Burberry Beauty’s Kisses Lip Lacquer in 07 Creamy Rose is a dusty pink shade that’s universally flattering and will perk up your overall complexion.
Formulated in Italy with sunflower seed oil, the lip lacquer will add moisture to your lips while delivering great pigmentation with a velvety semi-matte finish. To top it off, it is also nourished with extracts of ginger root which promotes blood circulation and gives you that luscious Kardashian pout you’ve always wanted.
Burberry Beauty Kisses Lip Lacquer (07 Creamy Rose) retails for S$48.
Dior Addict Lacquer Stick (620 Poisonous)
This milk chocolate shade glides on your lips smoothly to give it an extremely high-pigment pop of colour with that lacquered shine. Made with a nourishing blend of five ultra-shiny but light oils, the formula imparts a gloss like no other without leaving any trace of stickiness for up to six hours of wear.
Dior Addict Lacquer Stick (620 Poisonous) retails for S$54.45.
Featured Image Credits: RED