There are few things I hate more than spending money on a new lip color only to find out that the shade looks completely different on my lips than it did in the tube. Over the years, through much trial & error, I’ve discovered a handful of lipsticks that I love & wear repeatedly. So, I decided to put together this handy guide to share my go-to colors with you in a way that shows how they actually look both in the tube & on my lips. I chose to focus just on pinks & oranges, because they are ideal for the upcoming season. I am sharing three different hues in each color group so you can find your favorite based on the intensity & brightness you are most comfortable with. I have tested these on two of my girlfriends who have different skin color than mine (olive & medium) and each shade passed with flying colors. Even better, these are all drugstore brands so it’s an affordable way to update your beauty routine for spring!