Pink in the Afternoon, Audrey, and me

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It’s October 21, 2014 — fifty years to the day that the musical “My Fair Lady” starring Audrey Hepburn was released.

Actress Audrey Hepburn - Film My Fair Lady

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.

Audrey Hepburn

(This heavy eyebrow is back in style again!)

When she was older she was as beautiful as ever….

Audrey Hepburn Revlon ad 1980s

One of her most famous films was the 1961 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”  Talk about your classic movie looks.

Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's

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.

Audrey Hepburn pink 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  These were two — CVS Pharmacy and Shopko — that were infamous (in my mind) for having outdated displays — turns out that can be a good thing!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.

Pink in the Afternoon

Pink in the Afternoon label

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:

Pink in the Afternoon outd

Pink in the Afternoon 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:

Pink in the Afternoon w Teak Rose outd

Pink in the Afternoon w Teak Rose flash

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 , 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!


13 responses »

  1. Love” My Fair Lady”, one of my favorite musicals. I’m a big fan of musicals. Love “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as well. Yes, I agree it must be a Revlon lipstick, and Pink in the Afternoon is a good guess. I don’t have this one. I think I had picked up one at Walgreens that I returned, and I think it was called “Gentlemen Prefer Pink”. It was too light and didn’t show up if I remember correctly. I’ll have to check online swatches and compare the differences. I usually only get the cremes now, so Gentlemen Prefer Pink may be a frost, or shine, and they generally don’t show up as well as cremes do. I do love this pink.

  2. Just looked up Gentlemen Prefer Pink, and it’s a pearl, which again doesn’t show up as well as the cremes.

  3. I need this. Well, especially since it is LE and discontinued. Why does the word discontinued make me want this even more? Crazy, right? I found it on Amazon but I am going to scour my dollar stores first and then if I can’t find it I’ll pay the extra for shipping and handling because I really need this. Like another hole in my head…as my mom would say. I’m worth the ten to feel like Audrey.

  4. P.S. If you’re looking for it in a store’s older Revlon Super Lustrous display, it’s in the “Pinks” section. I know that sounds like a no-brainer, but there are pinks under the browns, mauves, plums, etc.

  5. I called up my local Walgreens and Walmart, was just curious, but no luck. And, I never go by the color section either. I’ve seen pinks under the browns, etc too. It’s best to just take a look at all the color sections. Now, we all want that lipstick, Susan.

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  7. LOL I’m soooo one of those people that the word “discontinued” makes me want to hunt it down and own it. Discontinued is even worse than limited edition for me.
    Well, someone on a forum mentioned this being Audrey’s lipstick (perhaps she read your blog?) and so I went on a search. Couldn’t find it anywhere. Ordered it from Amazon and finally got it. I do love it. It’s such a pretty pink but definitely a lot of peach. Why would they keep certain lipsticks around for 20 years but discontinue this one I don’t know.

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  9. Try Loreal Julianne ´s nude. I have Pink in the afternoon an loreál an it is almost the same. In lips it looks identical. Hope that helps you 😄

  10. Thank u for writing this. I been wondering about that lipstick. Awesome info!

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