Sunday, 23 October 2016

Send me nudes: A lipstick love story

There's something understated, yet incredibly chic about a nude lipstick. Its the equivalent of wearing foundation, in the way that it evens out the skin tone and makes your lips look like a more polished version of itself. For what felt like years, I'd been in search of that elusive 'your lips but better' shade, but for anyone darker than an NC35 (MAC terms) it can be difficult to find a nude lipstick for your skin tone because there's not as much choice. Although over the years (and thanks to the 90's dark brown lip trend coming back) there are more nude shades than ever for darker skinned people to choose from.

The first nude I discovered was Charlotte Tilbury's matte revolution lipstick in 'Birkin Brown' which in typical Tilbury style, comes in stunning packaging, mine looks worse for wear because its always in the bottom of my handbag.

'Birkin Brown' is a pretty, warm toned, brown nude. Its a slightly darker, warm toned version of my own lip colour. The Charlotte Tilbury formula of matte revolution lipsticks are some of the most comfortable mattes I've ever worn. It a very light, thin texture - practically weightless, feels like you're not wearing lipstick - that sets matte on the lips and doesn't feel drying.

Gosh have a great range of matte lipsticks that I only discovered last year. 'Raisin' is a cool toned, pink based nude. 

Its much lighter than Birkin Brown - if you're any darker than me in skin tone, you may want to pair this with a darker brown lip  liner to make it more flattering. Good formula, dries semi-matte but doesn't feel drying, a thicker textured lipstick. Velvet finish.

'Toolips' is a stunning, cool toned, dark plum, brown nude. Ideal for very dark skin tones. I am obsessed with this shade, it goes with every make-up look. Its the balance between casual nude and statement nude.

'Toolips' is from the new 'Ultra Satin' range by Colorpop which I've fallen in love with recently. Its a semi-matte finish, super pigmented formula that feels comfortable on the lips all day long. In fact, this is the most comfortable matte out there. I prefer this range over their 'Ultra Matte' formula which can be very drying and uncomfortable not just throughout the day, but upon first application. I hope they make more shades in the Satin formula!

My perfect nude, the ultimate 'my lips but better' will always be the soft matte lip cream by NYX in the shade 'Berlin'. Its almost the same colour as my actual lips, but a much more warm toned, smooth, matte version. The warmth in this brings life to my face, makes me feel put together, but in a casual 'I didn't try' kind of way.

I applaud NYX for really considering every skin tone, they have 34 shades, ranging from vivid brights to daytime nudes, whatever skin tone you are, you'll find at least three nude shades to suit you from this range. I guarantee.

NYX soft matte lip creams are some of the best liquid to mattes you can find on the high street, and they're very affordable. Its a light, almost mousse-like texture that glides on effortlessly, and dries down matte, this can be a little drying, but if you put a thin coat of lip balm on underneath, it shouldn't be too uncomfortable throughout the day.

As you can tell, all four shades are pretty different when you see them side by side. These are my all time favourites, but I also love the nudes in the Kate Rimmel collection, Revlon do some great shades for all skin tones, and MAC do every shade you can think of, but I find most of their dark girl nude shades are in the 'cream sheen' formula ie: not matte.

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