Is there anything more Kate Moss than a smoky eye and a nude lip? Rimmel’s collaboration with the iconic Brit supermodel has given us countless iconic shades of lipstick, but none more iconic than the Essential Nude Lasting Finish Lipsticks released for Spring 2016 ($5.79 each, available exclusively at Walmart).
From the soft peach packaging marked with Kate’s signature — equal parts modern and evocative of classic vintage lipstick tubes — to the chic range of 10 nudes in varying hues and undertones, all lipstick lovers are bound to find a nude lip to love.
Like Kate’s celebrity status, nude lips can be intimidating. Some may elect to gleefully experiment with all of the shades, while others may want to more carefully follow a playbook. Alas, I belong to the latter group.
Nude lipstick can be a bit of a challenge for me personally — finding the “right” shade can be overwhelming, like picking a foundation! Like all skin-toned products, there are things to consider, from the shade, to the undertone, and a whole host of other aspects from opacity to texture that make a nude lip perfect for an individual’s beautifully unique complexion.
What I love about this collection is the fact that Rimmel seized the opportunity to make nude lips more approachable. At $5.79 each, the Essential Nude Lasting Finish Lipsticks aren’t cost prohibitive, meaning that you can pick up several shades and experiment with them, or mix, match and layer to create a customized hue.
Each lipstick is tagged with an associated undertone (more on that in the captions), making it simpler to target your “my lips but better” shade.
On the other hand, the array of diverse nudes allows you to achieve a particular effect — brightening the overall complexion, adding dimension or adding warmth — should you choose to use your lips as a way to change the overall appearance of your makeup.
Shades 40 through 44 can be considered “traditional” nudes, with undertones such as pink, apricot and coral, whereas 45 through 49 begin to depart from the classics and feature hues such as olive, brandy and coffee. The offering of 10 shades provides a wide selection for varying skin tones (shade 43, for instance, is recommended as being particularly flattering for warm undertone beauties), as well as the ability to select based on trends and fashion.
I promised myself I wouldn’t say “Kylie Jenner lip,” but 46-49 are very in right now.
I swatched all 10 shades wearing otherwise understated makeup and had a blast studying how the varying nudes impacted the overall appearance of my makeup. Shades 40 through 42, for instance, are meant to add warmth; however, given my pale complexion and pigmented lips, I was washed out. Nudes 44, 45 and 46 brightened up my face and overall look while the deepest shades in the range gave my lips dimension and made my pout look plump.
Although I felt that the lightest shades in the collection weren’t for me, I started to hit my comfort zone by the time I got to 43 and was pleasantly surprised and very out of my comfort zone when I reached the deepest shades. All of Rimmel’s Essential Nude Lasting Finish by Kate lipsticks are lovely, and I can imagine them working on others, but for me the sweet spot seemed to be 45, described as a rose nude. (No surprise there!)
Given that I’m not much of a nudist (ha!), the exploration of 10 shades in varying nudes was a welcome opportunity. I found my perfect “my lips but better” shade and dabbled in trendy light and dark pouts. Who knew I’d be so drawn to the way #49 looks on my smackers?
Are you a nude lip lover? Do you select nudes based on trends, or on your complexion and undertones?