I love the idea of wearing a nude lip. Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible for me because opposite to my very light skin tone I have unusually pigmented lips. Not that I’m complaining, it’s just a fact. That means sheer nudes don’t do anything and creamy, opaque nudes look patchy and horrible. Plus I look super weird and washed out. That’s how I found out shades that are very similar to my natural lip colour intensity are going to be my best friends. And today I’m going to share with you three of my everyday lipsticks that are not really nude but for me kind of are.
First up we have the MAC Crosswires (wearing here). It’s a lovely pinky coral with ‘Cremesheen’ finish. It can look dull in the bullet but applies very flattering on the lips. It’s not very bright but not really muted either so it’s perfect for everyday use. The finish is (as the name suggest) very creamy and shiny but fully opaque in two swipes. It might seem like like a spring/summer shade but I think it’s great all year round.
Another MAC offering is Plumful, a gorgeous rosy plum in ‘Lustre’ finish. It’s the first MAC lipstick I’ve bought (last year) and still my favourite. The finish makes it the most sheer and glossy of the bunch. It’s a shade that would look a bit different on everyone who wears it depending on the tone of their lips. On me it looks definitely more plumy than on most of the swatches I’ve seen.
And last but not least my most recent purchase, the Clinique Pop Lip in Plum Pop. Even though it seems really similar to Plumful on the swatch it looks more different on the lips. It’s prominently more pink and the texture is super creamy, smoothing and fully opaque in one swipe and it has a semi-matte finish. I guess this would be the shade that suits most of the complexions.