I know, I’m a little late on the J.Crew orange lipstick boat. I wasn’t convinced I could pull it off, then I got the J.Crew June 2011 catalog in the mail (a.k.a. torture for individuals that don’t have a steady income) and I was convinced that I couldn’t not try it. I am a nude lip girl through and through but this color is the equivalent of happiness for your lips. How can you not envy a girl wearing tangerine lipstick? So sweet + chic. There was plenty of nude lip presence in the catalog, but I haven’t found out what the color is, yet–don’t worry I will. So the rumors going around was that this orange lipstick nirvana was either Nars Heat Wave or Mac’s Lady Danger. After Jules found the perfect lipgloss in the coveted shade it sold out immediately coast-to-coast as there was not a tube in sight. Fine. I made the terrible trek to the,*cringe* mall. I don’t like malls but I am nothing if not persistent (even for a chronic procrastinator). I went to Sephora tried Heat Wave and looked like Baby Jane if Baby Jane was crazy enough to wear a neon orange lipstick. I wondered if this was my guilty conscience steering me away from the $24 lipsticks? I know myself too well, I may want the J.Crew lip look but will I really wear it enough to justify the purchase? I don’t think so. I found some excellent alternatives from Sephora’s brand, they have a matte-ish lipstick called ‘It Girl’ (they must have heard the cries of delight from the interwebs over this color) they describe it as ‘muted coral tangerine’ (it’s number 6 on the page). Sephora has an equally wonderful gloss called ‘Shimmery Orange Juice’ (for those that don’t want an opaque lip). I bought them both because who knows how I will feel? Will I want full color or just a sheer pop of it? I wore my purchase home and the Fancy that usually hates my matte red lipstick commented on how pretty I looked. Nice. Have you caught the orangey-red lipstick fever as well? Any other suggestions of great colors?