It’s October 21, 2014 — fifty years to the day that the musical “My Fair Lady” starring Audrey Hepburn was released.
Audrey Hepburn was a true style icon. She could pull off the short-haired “gamin” look like no one else and her expressive brown eyes spoke volumes.
(This heavy eyebrow is back in style again!)
When she was older she was as beautiful as ever….
One of her most famous films was the 1961 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Talk about your classic movie looks.
There’s a taxi scene in the movie where Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, says, “Hand me my purse, will you darling? A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick,” and then proceeds to apply said lipstick.
I don’t know what actual brand and color that is, but the general consensus on the internet is that Revlon’s Pink in the Afternoon is darn close. So I’d been hoping to write about this shade, another lipstick from the company’s Super Lustrous line… but I had to track it down first! It’s been discontinued.
Sure, I could’ve bought it online but I wanted to see if I could find it in person. Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Ulta — nope. Not even listed in their Revlon displays. But last week I took a shopping trip out of town to the city I lived in until a few months ago, and two stores had it. These were two — CVS Pharmacy and Shopko — that were infamous (in my mind) for having outdated displays — turns out that can be a good thing!
I bought one Pink in the Afternoon (PITA, not to be confused with the better-know acronym for Pain in the ***) and then a spare for good measure since it’s dc’d. It’s a warm, slightly peach-toned, pink creme. You’d think it’d be an easy shade to copy but I searched and searched for dupes without success. Nothing else was exactly like it. Too pink. Too peach. Too brown. Too frosty.
I absolutely love this one. It’s one of those rare colors I and others call “my lips but better,” meaning that it’s close to my own natural lip color yet looks smoother and more finished. Doesn’t scream, “I’m wearing heavy lipstick!” or “Look at my purple sparkly lips!” It looks fine on me now but I know I’m going to love it even more in the late winter and spring when my skin is paler.
Here’s a swatch of it on my inner arm, under indirect bright outdoor light and then with the flash:
Compared to Revlon’s Teak Rose that I showed last week, Pink in the Afternoon is lighter and pinker. Same lighting, with Teak Rose on top and PITA on the bottom:
If you’re interested in this color — and if you’re like me in that waving the “discontinued” flag makes you want something even more — check your local CVS Pharmacy or Shopko, because that’s where I found mine. I suspect Rite Aid, Kmart, or dollar stores might be other options, and then there are online shops such as Drugstore.com , where it’s in stock as of this writing.
EDIT: 4/1/15 — Is back in stock, new, at Ulta. Not an April Fool’s joke!