October 7, 2011

What Color Lipstick Makes Teeth Appear Whiter?

I love a good set of super white teeth - the whiter the better!!  Since makeup can enhance every aspect of the face, I figured there must be a shade out there that can help me in my confusing quest for whiter appearing teeth.  

Hmmm, what shade will make my teeth look pearly white??

I'm a big coffee drinker (hey, I have 3 kids, it's a necessary evil), so it's a constant battle to keep my teeth looking shiny white.  Buying those pricey whitening trays or even the drugstore white strips is just not always in my beauty budget.  I have been wanting to do this test for the longest time to see what color lipstick could help me fake whiter appearing teeth.  So I took some time to try on various colors and put them up against one another to see which shade made my teeth appear whiter than they really are.

On a side note, I've been using this new Optic White by Colgate for 3 days, bc it promises whiter teeth in one week of use.  It apparently has some same properties as white strips and a lot cheaper- $2.99 for a tube.

Pictures speak a thousand words, so here are my comparison shots with the shade I applied listed underneath.  I used only lipsticks (although they are slightly different textures) instead of glosses, so you be the judge. I will tell you which one I decided gets the trophy at the end!

 Too Faced "Totally Nude" an unassuming neutral beige.

 MAC "Viva Glam Gaga"- a light pink

Maybelline Color Sensational "Coral Crush"- a bright pure coral

Lipstick Queen "Medieval"- a sheer red
(I couldn't find my MAC Russian Red which would have been great to compare bc it's more matte and vibrant, but what can you do.  It's prob lost in one of my 5 purses or diaper bag I switch out of on a daily basis! Check out my link above to see it, although I'm not smiling in that blog!)

 Revlon "Wine Not"- a dark matte bordeaux color

The big winner- Maybelline's Coral Crush!!!

In my opinion in looking at the photographs and myself in person in the mirror, the bright coral color definitely won the white test.  I felt like this vibrant shade just felt happier over all and made me smile bigger anyway! 

What do you think? Do you have a shade that makes you smile a little bigger and brighter?? Is coral the way to go or do you have a different opinion?


Alison M said...

I've been using Optic White too...it was on sale and I had a coupon so I thought I'd give it a try. I've been using it two weeks now and should have taken before and after pictures because I'm not noticing an obvious difference. However, the amazing minty freshness is worth it. I also started using a Spinbrush Pro Whitening toothbrush (though I don't find a difference from the other battery-operated Spinbrushes)and with that I can FEEL the difference. If not whiter, at least cleaner! My favorite whitening is the cheap old standby of baking soda and peroxide. Tastes awful, but it does the trick. With lipsticks I find the more pink, the whiter my teeth look. But I don't show my teeth in many smiles so I have no pictures to put to the test.

Arianne said...

I think it's a tie between the wine and coral, actually. And I'm not just saying that because I really like the wine lipstick. :P

Mrs. Becky Henderson said...

My go-to lipstick for teeth to appear whiter is Revlon's Cherries in the Snow.

JennySue said...

@Arianne-I'm actually with you on that call- it was a close one between the darkest wine and the brightest coral!!
@Alison- I'm not seeing a huge difference in the whiteness of my teeth yet, but it certainly is refreshing and makes my teeth tingle like they're getting whiter as I brush!
@Mrs. Becky- love love Cherries in the Snow- did a blog post on that shade months ago, an all time favorite!!

The Long & Winding Bobbin said...

ohhh I love this post. I have two shades that always make my teeth appear whiter... MAC Ruby Woo and Nars Schiap. Everytime I wear them I get white teeth comments. It must be something to do with the blue pigments?