Still searching for the perfect nude lipstick

I’ve been going through lipsticks like they are being taken off the market. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried just about every drugstore brand, and as soon as I have the time to get to Sephora, I’ll be looking there, too. But in my search for the perfect nude lipstick, I have four more to share with you. Actually three, but I’ll get to that in just a minute.

The first is the L’Oreal Collection Privee celebrity nudes. These are mostly matte, and I picked JLo’s shade, because it seemed the most neutral. I have a funky skin tone – sometimes it’s warm, sometimes it’s cool, but mostly it’s just kind of neutral, and I have the best luck when I stay somewhere in the middle. This is a lovely matte, and I like it quite a bit. The downside is that I’m not always wanting a matte, especially when my lips are in questionable condition (which is far more often than I would like). But it’s an excellent choice if you are way into the matte look. This is a limited edition, so there is no telling how long they will be around. I’m still seeing them in my local Walgreens, and I bought it months ago, so take that for what it’s worth.

Next is NYX Cosmetics‘ Tea Rose with a satin finish. I swear I was searching for a nude lipstick, but somehow ended up with this one. Store lighting? A momentary lapse of reason? I’m not sure. But this obviously is more of a pink than a nude, but it’s somewhere in between and it’s lovely. Also a neutral, which I like.

The last one I tried in both a pencil and a traditional lipstick formula, Sonia Kashuk’s Barely Nude. I always have great luck with her products, and this is no exception. One thing I did learn is that I’m really not a crayon/pencil girl with lipsticks, although I’m keeping an open mind. But the lipstick version was far easier for me to apply than the crayon. I have a hard time staying in the lines. Another neutral, this was my favorite out of the three. It might be a bit dark for very light skin tones, but almost everyone else will find that it’s pretty nude.

All of these are very inexpensive, but great formulas. It’s hard to be upset about a shade selection that doesn’t quite work when you’re paying less than $10 a tube. All three are going into rotation.

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