The sixth and final instalment of the lips series is all about the nudes. I love a nude lip; I think it's normally very easy to wear, you don't need to be overly concerned when eating or drinking and the 'your lips but better' shades are perfect for an understated look. So, here's my favourite nudes from my collection ...
First up a little trio from MAC, this was a limited edition product from the Antonio Lopez collection that I picked up from Selfridges.
Inside the gorgeous packaging are three nude lip shades: a nude baby pink, a more peach shade and then finally a champagne shade. The champagne shade doesn't have much pigment at all but adds a lovely subtle sheen when patted over a nude colour, this is great for stopping skin like shades from looking too flat. The staying power of these is OK, normally a couple of hours, and the palette has the bonus of a mirror in the lid. I think this was a bit of a bargain at £25, Selfridges still have the Fuchsia and Red colour options available.
Fleshpot: A satin formula from MAC that can be picked up from Pro Stores in the UK, mine is from America where they are readily available. This is the 'nudest' of my collection and the hardest to wear. This is a very pigmented formula that blanks out all of your lips' natural colour and leaves them looking a white nude, less is more with this one. If worn with a natural face this can leave you looking like a corpse, the key to success is a dark smokey eye and chiselled cheek bones. Lasts ages. I love this for a night out.
Myth: Another satin formula from MAC, this is more lightweight and easy to wear. You only need a really small amount applied to the centre of the lips and then use your finger to spread the products across the lips. It gives the lips a muted pink colour and is ideal for a relaxed makeup look; I think it's great, it's my most repurchased MAC item. Myth is quite drying to a quick scrub and a lip of balm before wearing is a good idea.
Shy Girl: This is a Cremesheen formula so much more creamy and less drying than both Fleshpot and Myth. Shy Girl is a peach toned nude that looks very natural and is really comfortable on the lips, it lasts a couple of hours. There are quite a few cremesheen lipsticks that I like including 'Crème de Nude' and 'Japanese Maple', however, you need to be really careful with these in the summer. Once the temperature rises they do start to melt if you're not careful snap... keep them in the fridge when you can.
Let's Get Naked: Part of the Moisture Renew collection from Rimmel. A pink / brown nude that enhances the lips with a gentle sheen. Wears well and can easily be applied without a mirror. I don't feel like these add any moisture to the lips but they aren't drying either. I think this would suit most skin tones and is a nice shade to try is you're not sure about nudes.
Secret Admirer: A very pale pink nude from Topshop. Creamy on application but doesn't last very long and it can go patchy. Looks great in the summer with bronzed skin.
Hush: A gorgeous 'lip tar' from OCC, this stuff last absolutely ages, sometimes I need to use an eye makeup remover to get it all off at night. OCC Lip Tars come in a little pouch with a mini lip brush; I prefer to add the smallest amount to the centre of the lip and blend with my finger as I find the brush turns it patchy. This shade is a pink nude that again looks great with bronzed skin, this may wash you out if you're pale.
Finally Bare Minimum: A 'Pout Polish' from Sleek. As mentioned within my liner post I love to apply this over a nude lip pencil for a gorgeous natural lip with a hint of shine. This is definitely a 'your lips but better' product and would suit nearly everyone.
Next time I treat myself to a nude I think I'll be heading to Tom Ford, the 'Blush Nude' and 'Vanilla Suede' look right up my street.
I'd love to know what you think ...What's your favourite nude?
Check out the rest of the Lip Series
Lips # 1: Prepare and Care
Lips # 2: Tools and Applicators
Lips #3: Berries, Reds & Purples
Lips # 4: The Liner
Lips # 5: (Summer) Brights