I recently posted a drugstore red lipstick comparison, and a commenter asked about a nude lipstick comparison. I thought that was a fantastic idea, so that’s what I have for you today! Today’s lipsticks range from a pale nude to a my lips but better (MLBB) rosy neutral, and I’ve also included a lip crayon and two glosses.
Revlon Rosy Nude, Wet n Wild 902C Bare It All, Essence Creamy Nude, Rimmel Kate 14, L’oreal Sheer Linen,Boots / Poppy King Confidence, Ulta American Girl, Revlon Nude Lustre, NYC Nude York City
Revlon Colorburst Rosy Nude
Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Rosy Nude is more of a MLBB / neutral than a nude. I really like this lipstick, both for color and formula.
Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color – 902C Bare It All
Wet n Wild MegaLast is too matte for me to wear alone. I absolute LOVE matte lipstick, but I need my nude lipstick to have some gloss or sheen. It’s a great lipstick to mix / layer with other products, though.
Essence Creamy Nude
Essence Creamy Nude is fantastic – both color and formula. The hint of pink makes it wearable alone. Read my full review on Essence lipsticks here.
Rimmel Kate – 14
I’m not a huge fan of Rimmel Kate 14. I bought it because it looks amazingly fabulous here on Lilit of Makeup & Macaroons, but we have very different skintones, and it doesn’t work as well one me. It has a fruity scent that I dislike.
L’oreal Rouge Caresse – Sheer Linen
L’oreal Rouge Caresse in Sheer Linen feels nice when applied, but a) it barely shows up on me, and b) it doesn’t last longer than an hour. There’s nothing wrong with it, exactly, but wearing it reminds me of wearing clear lipbalm. I have a review of the Rouge Caresse formula here.
Boots / Poppy King – Number Six Confidence
Boots / Poppy King Confidence is very close to my natural lip color, but adds a hint of brown. I like to layer it with too-light nudes to create a wearable shade.
Ulta Lip Crayon- American Girl
I really like the formula of Ulta’s Lip Crayons. American Girl is lovely color – definitely wearable alone on me, and long lasting.
Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss – Nude Lustre
Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in Nude Lustre is very sheer. It has a slight sparkle, but that isn’t very noticeable on me. It has a really nice texture – not sticky or too slippery; it’s just right. I don’t wear it often, but when I do want a barely colored gloss, it’s what I reach for.
NYC Liquid Lipshine – Nude York City
NYC Liquid Lipshine is also a barely tinted gloss – it pretty much shows up as clear with some sparkle on me. The sparkle is very subtle and pretty though, and I love the texture – again, it’s not too sticky or slippery. However, I HATE the scent – it’s very sweet / cloying, and it prevents me from wearing this gloss.
That’s it for today’s round-up! Any interest in pinks, oranges, corals?
Today, I have something slightly different for you – a comparison of eight different drugstore red lipsticks. And, not only are these drugstore brands, these are cheap drugstore brands – NYC and Wet n Wild. Each lipstick is either 99 cents (the NYC lipsticks and Wet n Wild Silk Finish lipsticks) or $1.99 (the WnW Mega Last lip colors).
I am fairly picky about texture, but I really like all three of these lipstick formulas. The WnW Mega Lasts are probably my favorite – just because I love matte lipstick – but the Silk Finish and NYC lipsticks are also very nice; creamy, moisturizing, and not greasy. (I can’t stand a greasy – slippery feeling lipstick – I avoid Wet n Wild’s Mega Shield lipsticks and NYX lipsticks because of their textures.)
Here are the lip swatches; please note that bright red lipsticks often pull pink on me (which is why I tend to prefer deeper reds). All photos are in natural light.
WnW Mega Last Stoplight Red – matte, slightly cool
WnW Mega Last Red Velvet – matte, slightly warm
WnW Silk Finish Hot Red 519A- creme, a slight sheerness, bright
I’ve previously reviewed Wet n Wild’s Megalast Lip Colors, and they’re still one of my favorite drugstore lipstick formulas. Recently, Wet n Wild released several new colors for Spring 2012 – I believe all of them are now additions to the permanent line – and after poring over swatches, I bought two: 970 Purty Persimmon and 965 Cherry Picking.
As I wrote before, the Megalast Lip Colors have very basic packaging – as you can see, it’s solid black plastic. The caps are clear plastic, which is useful because you can see the color of the lipstick. Since I have several of these, it’s a nice feature. The bullet retracts all the way down, so there’s no fear of hurting the lipstick. I would say that the packaging is utilitarian and well-designed, but not pretty. One new feature is that Wet n Wild has redesigned the bottom label so that in addition to the number of the lipstick, it now features the name of the lipstick as well – this is fantastic, as the names are much easier to remember than the numbers. I appreciate it very much!
The Megalast lip colors are matte, and the older ones I have are on the drier side. However, Purty Persimmon and Cherry Picking are verging on a satin finish, and are definitely more moisturizing than the older ones I have. I’m fairly sure that it’s not just because they’re newer; I think the formula has been tweaked. I didn’t mind the dryer formula, but I like this formula too.
Cherry Picking; Purty Persimmon
Cherry Picking is a really lovely (and surprisingly wearable!) deep, but bright, pink, while Purty Persimmon is a vivid orange that really didn’t work on me – despite my love of orange lips! I had hoped it would have more red in it; still I’m sure I’ll be able to layer it and make it work. On to the lip swatches!
One of my favorite drugstore lipstick formulas is Wet n Wild’s Megalast Lipstick. I own several of these, but I’ll be reviewing my favorite two shades for you today – 909d (Coral-ine), and 908c (Sugar Plum Fairy). The lipsticks themselves only have the numbers printed on the bottoms, but the packaging has color names.
These have very basic packaging – as you can see, it’s solid black plastic. The caps are clear plastic, which is useful because you can see the color of the lipstick. Since I have several of these, it’s a nice feature. They are sturdy, but definitely not luxe. The bullet retracts all the way down, so there’s no fear of hurting the lipstick. I would say that the packaging is utilitarian and well-designed, but not pretty.
908c sugar plum fairy
I really like the formula – but, some may find it drying. It is on the thicker side, and it stains a little bit. These are some of the dryest lipsticks I own, and they do drag a little bit on the lips. However, I don’t find that they dry my lips out when I wear them. Because they are matte and fairly dry, they last a VERY long time. I really enjoy wearing this formula – but then again, I love matte lipsticks.
Wet n Wild has a really great shade range. There are at least 20 shades in the permanent range, though not all drugstores carry all shades. I went out and bought about 10 of these because I like the formula so much, and I currently own about five of them (I gave away the shades that don’t work with my skin tone). I have lip swatches for you today of my two favorite shades!
If you’d like to see more shades, check out Vampy Varnish’s awesome swatches of 19 shades here!