Monday, 7 May 2012

My personal take on nude lipsticks (incl. swatches)

Hi everybody, 

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments following from yesterday's post on red lipsticks. Today I have something similar- an exposition of the nudes in my lipstick collection.

I should start this post with an admission. I am not really a nude lover. For the longest time now, I have pretty much avoided nudes because I am definitely a pinks and reds girl at heart, but over the last few years, I have begun to experiment with different nudes- pink nudes, skin coloured nudes, etc. I used to just use a clear or a light gloss, but I do like opaque colour too so I was conflicted.

There is something very endearing and nymph like about nude lips but there is also a fine line to tread between that Brigitte Bardot glamour and looking like the living dead. There is also the ongoing debate as to what actually constitutes a nude- some theorists believe that the perfect nude must be within one or two shades of your natural lip colour or else it cannot be considered to be a true nude. I think I am part of the more flexible camp that considers any naturalish colour to be a nude. I love the whole smoky or metallic eye with a nude and glossed lip and a little dab of peach bronzer for extra oomph and that's really why I perused many a blog and vlog looking for the perfect nude.

I would still say I'm not really a nude lips kinda gal but I am coming around to it more and more, especially the older I get. I also think nude lips are far more office appropriate for conservative lawyerly folk and judges so I am really trying out some different nude lips looks to see what I like and what doesn't appeal. 

(Top Photo: MUA Shade 14 Bare, ELF Mineral Lipsticks in Natural Nymph and Nicely Nude, Rimmel Kate Moss Collection in 03)
(Bottom Photo: ELF Studio Matte Lip Color in Natural)

(L-R: Bare, Natural Nymph, Nicely Nude, Kate Moss 03, SMLC in Natural)

I really like the MUA lipstick in Shade 14 Bare, I think it's a nice nude for pale skin, not too brown on the lips, and doesn't wash you out. The ELF Mineral Lipstick in Natural Nymph is defo a no-go for me- it completely washes me out and makes me look like I have no lips. It actually was like applying concealer to my lips- SO not a good look! Nicely Nude is, erm, quite a nice nude (original!)- this is what I would call a 'your lips only better' colour. I quite like this, pink nudes are good for me. The fourth swatch is Shade 03 from the Rimmel Kate Moss collection and even though it pictures quite dark and looks brown, it's actually not really that brown on the lips- in fact I would say that there is a pink undertone. The final swatch is the ELF Studio Matte Lip Color in Natural and I use this from time to time also.

(L-R: NYX Round Lipsticks in Circe, Summer Love, Rea, Pumpkin Pie, Iris, Thalia)

I also picked up a few NYX Round Lipsticks in various nude colours. I really like the creamy, emolient formula of NYX round lipsticks and I thought if there was ever a colour to pull me over to the nude side, it would probably be a nice offering. However, it has turned out to be quite a mixed bunch. I know most of the blogging community actually raves about Circe, and it is not an awful colour, it just doesn't really suit me. I much prefer Summer Love. I read on a blog somewhere that Rea would be a great nude for pale skin but I really dislike it, it looks like a muddy brown on my lips and I never wear brown lipsticks at all. Pumpkin Pie is a peachy orange colour but I wear this as a nude, with a smokey eye or whatever, as is the case with Iris. I really like Iris actually. I totally purchased Thalia because bloggers high and low raved about it, but I hate this on me, like the ELF Studio Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose, this makes me look like a warmed up corpse, it really does me no favours at all! It's hard to describe the colour- kind of a pinky brown with mauve, purple undertones. I really don't think I will ever be able to work this.

Which brings me to my next point. I really think the best way to choose a nude lip colour is to really consider your natural skin colour more than your lip colour. I am very fair and I think a pink toned nude suits me better than a cream or beige nude. Therefore, I could deduce from that alone that if you have warm undertones, cream or beige nudes may be the colour for you! 

I hope this was helpful in some way. If you are fair skinned with cool undertones too and you have found a HG nude, please share with us, I feel like I am still searching for that coveted HG nude!

Thanks for reading 


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