Sunday, November 18, 2012

Shopping my stash for the perfect nude lip

Lately, I've been searching for the perfect nude. And I'm finding the search (from behind my computer) absolutely impossible. It is SO HARD to tell from online swatches whether a nude will flatter your skintone or not.

After a twitter conversation with the lovely Claire from aucuparia brumalis about "the nudes" I decided to shop my stash and see what my favorite nudes are!

Here's what I came up with:

 From left to right, we've got: MAC Blankety, MAC Hue, MAC Hug Me, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby, Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Sincerity, Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream in White Russian, Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey, MAC Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait.

From left to right, again: MAC Blankety, MAC Hue, MAC Hug Me, Estee Lauder Crystal Baby, Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Sincerity, Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream in White Russian, Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey, MAC Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait.

My daily favorites of the bunch are Estee Lauder Crystal Baby and the Clinique Chubby Stick. As nudes though, Crystal Baby literally looks pink on me, and the Chubby Stick is too dark to be a true nude. I love the creaminess of MAC's Blankety, but it tends to make me look a bit washed out, and if my lips are dry, it emphasizes that fact. I almost never reach for MAC Hue or Hug Me as I find them quite sheer, and prefer a more opaque finish. Plus, both of them are harsh on my already dry lips. Hue isn't incredibly flattering on me, and I never think to use Hug Me even though I like the color on me.

The closest "nude" I own that I consider nude on my skintone, is actually the Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream in White Russian. I got this lip gloss in a Sephora 100 point perk and really really like it. I'm not a lip gloss girl at all - I much prefer lipsticks. But this lip gloss' combination of being plumping (and not being allergic to the plumping agents for once!) and the perfect nude made me fall in love. Perhaps nudes work better on me as glosses? MAC's Boy Bait on the other hand, is too sheer  to give me the "nude lip effect".

Have you ever been on a mad search for the perfect nude? Right now, I'm contemplating NARS Pago Pago, MAC's High Tea, and various Le Metier de Beaute Lip Cremes.

Have you found your perfect nude lip? If so, please share! I'm so interested to know what your favorite nude lip products are!

17 comments:

  1. I struggle with nudes. I like them but against the paleness of my complexion I need a bit more contrast. You've selected some pretty ones though!

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    1. Thanks! :) And thank you for the comment! :)

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  2. You should look through Une's Sheer Lips Balm range, it has gorgeous nudes. Their other ranges are also aimed at the nude look, but this one is my favourite :)

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    1. Oooh, sounds great! I'll take a look!

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  3. Gorgeous colours! x

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  4. I also have Buxom White Russian - so beautiful! I agree on everything, they either tend to wash me out, or just look too pink. MAC pure zen is my most 'nude' colour I own. I have to have a 'good makeup' day though when I am going to wear it + a soft smokey eye. I think Lana Del Rey looks (most of the time) really pretty in the nudes she's wearing. I will jump on the bandwagon and do a 'nude' post as well ;) Thank you for mentioning me Annick <3 / Claire

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    1. Yay! Can't wait to see your post! :) Nudes are so finicky and difficult - and they're different for every one! You're right though, Lana Del Rey always has the perfect nude on.

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  5. A nude lip is so so so difficult to find! I have trouble not looking dead or like my lips are HUGE. But all the nudey/mauvey/berry pinks either pull really purple or brown, so I'm trying to experiment with some colour theory to mix my perfect nude. PS MAC Hue kind of looks like a lipstick version of White Russian!

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    1. I know what you mean though - most pull pink on me, or too brown. You're right about MAC's Hue - maybe I should layer both! You've given me a good idea here!

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  6. My favorite nude is MUFE N5 when I'm tanned, but I just discovered Bite Beauty Musk and I love it too!

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    1. Ugh, I'm so in love with Bite Beauty - too bad Musk isn't in my Library palette! I'll have to try to swatch that one! Let me know if you review it!: )

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  7. With my bright red hair I need a peachier nude, and NARS Barbarella works for me! I want White Russian, but it's always out of stock here!

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    1. Barbarella looks amazing in swatches! I can see it looking amazing on you with your red hair - totally makes sense! White Russian was sold out at my Sephora too but I lucked out getting it in a 100 points perk! I think you'd really like it :)

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  8. i love nude lips, not easy to find the right color though. as from this list i guess i should like MAC Hue

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    1. Hue is flattering on almost anyone! :) The only problem I have with it is that if my lips are dry, it can emphasize that. But definitely give it a try if you can! :)

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