Colour-changing makeup has taken over the shelves at our favourite beauty stores and is all over social media. These products might sound like something out of a TV show, but they’re actually a perfect blend of science and style. Let’s decode the cool chemistry that makes these pH-powered products adjust to your skin tones, giving you a flawless finish every single time.

All about the pH

Without getting too technical, pH, or potential of hydrogen, plays a crucial role in the colour-changing makeup. Our skin is slightly acidic and sets the stage for these makeup products. Utilizing colourless, gentle acids, these products undergo a chemical reaction when meeting the skin’s higher pH level, resulting in a personalized hue. Imagine a black blush transforming into a berry pink shade—pretty, right?

 Top Picks for Your Vanity

1. Tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip & Cheek Shift


Tarte’s pH-powered lip and cheek tint shift turns into a delicious bubblegum pink shade. Packed with hyaluronic acid and natural ingredients, it keeps your skin hydrated and plump.

2. Givenchy Le Rouge Interdit Baume N10


Givenchy’s lip balm is a unique blend of hyaluronic acid, jojoba seed extract, and acmella oleracea flower extract. With 24-hour hydration, it leaves a berry popsicle-like tint on the lips—perfect for your on-the-go beauty bag.

3. Espressoh Glassy Blush


This transparent gel blush turns into a pinkish tint and suits all skin tones based on intensity and shade variation. Infused with caffeine, it not only boosts hydration but also gives a healthy-looking glow to the skin.

4. Clinique Almost Lipstick Black Honey


Clinique’s Black Honey lipstick is a blend of lipstick and lip gloss. It surprises with its dark shade transforming into a berry-like sheer tint upon application. If lightweight is your priority this one is for you.

5. Dior Addict Lip Glow

Dior’s Lip Glow boasts colour reviver technology that interacts with lip moisture to reveal a custom shade. Infused with cherry oil, it not only hydrates for 24 hours but also adds a subtle shine.

6. Milani Rose Transforming Lip Balm


This one is our favourite. The lip balm is vegan and cruelty-free, enriched with rose oil, coconut oil, and Vitamin E, it transforms into a rosy hue with pH-reacting polymers, ensuring full and radiant lips.