Brown Lipsticks For a Brown Girl [NYX, MAC and MORE]

The great thing about this brown lipstick trend is that it allows us darker-skinned folk to get MLBB/nudes that don’t have white undertones. But I’m still on the hunt for darker browns that will properly channel the 90s look we’re going for!

Here are five options that I’ve found thus far. The first two are quite light but I included them for those who are fairer than me (plus they also make great nudes!). 

NYX Brown Lip Liner w/ L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Caresse    Stick Lipstick in Silky Java overtop
NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Brown & Rimmel Lasting Finish in 105.

Note: Rimmel Lasting Finish in 105 is also a good dupe (colour wise) for MAC Crème in Your Coffee. But it may pose a problem if you have any sensitivity to fragrance.

NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Brown

In my opinion NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Brown is a perfect 90s brown. But it is very drying and exaggerates creases in the lips. You have to apply a good lip balm and then wait for it to dry a bit before you apply the liner, otherwise the colour won’t transfer properly. This one is still my Holy Grail brown lippie because I can pair it with any of my other lipsticks to make them more 90s.

MAC Photo

MAC Photo was definitely not very flattering on me. Being a medium tone shade with a lot of gray made me feel like a corpse. I still included it in here because I’m a selfless person. I could see this looking great on East Asian women (as it’s similar-ish to the NYX Maison family).

MAC Paramount

MAC Paramount does have a bit of red to it but it’s the darkest brown that I can currently find that’s flattering on my skin. YMMV on what tone is picked up in the lipstick by your skin.


NYX Enamoured Simply Vamp Lip Cream might work although I think the problem with this one is that it’ll go a bit purple on dark pigmented lips (which many WOC have).

Jaclyn Hill Gerard Lipstick in 1995 might be good option if you’re on the fairer side, but a hear it’s got a bit of red in it. It may be worth checking out as you can easily find coupon codes. And paired with a brown lip liner it may a perfect rendition of a 90s brown.

NYX Matte Lipstick in Maison from what I’ve seen looks gorgeous on East Asian women, especially Filipinas. It’s a beautiful brown-gray, but unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

Maybelline Untainted Spice is along the same lines as NYX Maison except the swatch on my hand seemed to have hints of lilac so I’m not sure how well that would translate on my yellow skin.