No girl can ever have enough nude lipsticks. Ever.
I was never the one to wear nude lipsticks because they weren’t really a trend in India until recently. Until a couple of years ago, lipsticks meant ‘adding colour to your lips‘ and not the ‘my lips but better‘ rage that is possibly the most everlasting beauty trend there ever was or ever will be. It was unfortunate that brands rarely catered to nudes that complemented India skin — because brown-skinned girls need nudes that aren’t concealer-nudes, you know what I mean?
It is still a happy challenge for me to find nudes that I really like to wear, versatile nudes that don’t wash me out or make me look pale. I prefer pinky nudes to browny nudes because that’s what flatters my skin tone. I don’t wear nude lipsticks without a lip liner because they always apply patchy on me and the actual colour doesn’t come through. Lip crayons and matt lipsticks are more forgiving that way. I always carry M.A.C Mehr in my handbag, because no matter what makeup look I’m wearing, I know that Mehr is gonna take me through the night.
I tried to stop at five favourites. I really did. But it wouldn’t be fair to the love we share. For nudes.
Nykaa Mattelicious Lip Crayon in Lacy Luck and Next Level Nude
If you have heard me talk about these lip crayons before (see link to an older review here) then you have been here a long time, so thank you dear friend.
Every shade in this range of lip crayons is divine, but the nudes steal the show. Both Lacy Luck and Next Level Nude are the right tones of nude for fair to medium Indian skin. Lacy Luck tends towards a neutral-toned brown whereas Next Level Nude is a warmer, pink-undertone nude.
At the risk of being deathly repetitive, the formula on these crayons is nothing like I have ever come across before. They go on creamy, set to a matt finish and stay forever. They are affordable and made by an Indian brand. They make me proud, that’s all.
P.S : I cannot seem to find my Next Level Nude, so if you want to see swatches, see an older review post here.
Nyx Lip Lingerie in Ruffle Trim
I contemplated for months before I got involved with these lip lingeries from NYX. I really wanted to try these lip lingeries but the colour selection runs very pale for medium Indian skin such as mine. Finally, after looking at a million swatches online, I decided on Ruffle Trim — the only shade that looked vaguely wearable for my skin colour.
I’ll be honest — the first time I tried it, it was that whitish, pale, lifeless concealer nude on me. I looked like I had been frost-bitten. But, I was determined to make it work. Because, the formula of these liquid lipsticks is silky smooth to apply, it is opaque, the finish is non-drying, and the staying power is phenomenal. They don’t apply patchy or cakey on reapplication, they feel satiny smooth on the lips and survive meals.
So, I wore all my makeup — smokey eyes and what not, and wore my soul companion —M.A.C Lip pencil in Spice underneath Ruffle Trim. It made a world of a difference. Look at this picture of me wearing Ruffle Trim and tell me you wouldn’t buy it. Tell me, baby.
M.A.C Matt lipstick in Mehr
This. lipstick. is. life.
There is nothing to say about Mehr that hasn’t already been said before. I might need to bring out the poetess in me to try to express my undying love towards Mehr. Mehr and I, we have a history. Again, if you know of our history, you have been here since my second post, and that’s forever. And, I love you.
The most universally flattering cool-toned pink lipstick to be ever experienced by mankind, Mehr lives with me in my handbag just as much as it lives with me in my heart.
It is the only M.A.C lipstick that you should own no matter who you are, where you are or what you look like. I know that most of you here probably wear Mehr all the time — Respect.
Wet n Wild MegaLast Catsuit Liquid Matt Lipstick in Nudist Peach and Rebel Rose
This is a fairly new favourite, and might even be a temporary infatuation. Wet N Wild is a refreshingly cool drugstore brand that is finally available in India. These lipsticks were all the rage when they were launched so it was obvious that I had to give them a go.
The pigmentation and colour pay-off on these is fantastic. However, they are drying. They need gracious amounts of lip prepping with lip balm or lip primer. But, the nudes are worth it. Always, right?
Nudist peach is a warm-toned, pale peachy nude. If you are any deeper than me, then you might not be able to pull off this shade. It is flaky beyond two coats, and it isn’t opaque in one. So, application will require some skill, some trial and error. It will also require a lip liner underneath — ideally in a neutral, deeper colour (Like M.A.C Spice or M.A.C Boldly Bare for Nudist Peach, and M.A.C Soar for Rebel Rose). The same principles go with Rebel Rose, a shade that comes close to Mehr but is just a tad bit deeper, tending towards a mauve-ish, dirtier rose rather than a fresher, rosier pink — if you know what I mean. I don’t think you do. Just look at the pictures, okay?
Would I recommend them? Well, yes. Here, in the beauty world we make a few compromises just because they are worth it. Look at it as wearing stilettos even when your feet are killing you.
L.A. Girl Matt Flat Pigment Lip Gloss in Fleur
I am on the fence about these, I really am. The colours are so beautiful, the pigmentation is spot-on, they are transfer proof, the lasting power is great, they set to a flat matt finish (not sure why they are called pigment glosses), but, they are so drying that putting on two coats means absolutely no kissing. I don’t know how else to explain it! They tend to be powdery or flaky on reapplication and that’s a complete turn-off for me. But, I’m in it for the colour (Timeless is my non-nudey favourite from the range, a colour that grows on you).
Fleur is a warm-toned nude beige with a hint of peach or orange in it. It is a dupe for the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Lolita, and it flatters most skin tones. It looks deeper in the pictures and the swatches, but is way more nudey in real.
I can bear drying formulas of lipstick, I can make it work. But, be warned — this liquid lipstick isn’t everybody’s piece of cake. However, they are priced very reasonably, so you might give them a shot. The darker colours will be less forgiving, so tread with caution there.
M.A.C lip pencil Spice/Soar topped with Essence Nude Lip Gloss in Taste the Sweets
Finding happiness where I least expect it is everything my life is about. This Essence lip gloss that costs too little takes me back to my teenage years when lip gloss was in vehement vogue. After the matte fixation, I see beauty butterflies finding nectar in the good ol’ gloss once again. The wet, juicy, full-on lips are coming back with bigger, better promises, and it’s time to Taste the Sweets. This colour is a beautiful warm, milky pink that smells of candy, doesn’t feel sticky, re-applies like a dream and looks even better. Best paired with a MLBB lip pencil underneath, you’ve got yourself some legit soft glam swag.
That’s all I have for you today.
As strange as it might sound, I have real relationships with my lipsticks — so if my writing sounds like I’m talking about love all the time, know that there is enough love to give to deserving humans and deserving lipsticks. Enough and more.
Until next time, XOXO