I could happily spend an entire day (or night!) with a good book on my couch, just reading and reading for hours on end, and maybe that’s one of the reasons I love things that have a good story behind them, even makeup, whether it’s an entire collection like Chanel’s Travel Diary, or individual items with catchy backstories, like the pencils in the NUDESTIX Nude(art)ist Creator’s Palette ($59).
It’s a little funny to me that this is called a palette, because the cute tin actually contains a set of six new full-sized LE shades of NUDESTIX Magnetic Matte Lip Color, the brand’s line of creamy, smooth long-wearing waterproof — I wanna call them liquid lipsticks — lip crayons.
The Magnetic Mattes are three-in-one liquid lipsticks/lip pencils/lip stains, and they last me anywhere from six to nine hours.
Each of the colors in the Creator’s Palette was developed by a different social media influencer, and every one has a story behind it, like matte dark chocolate brown Joyce, which was created by Instagram artist @cydbee, whose first memories of makeup are of her mom putting on her favorite chocolate brown lipstick.
I think that’s so sweet!
“I wanted to create Freckle to suit a larger range of skin tones — something dramatic and grungy on fairer skin, and a gorgeous everyday color for deeper skin tones. This shade is in my absolute favorite matte formula, something creamy and easy to apply that isn’t overly drying, but has insane staying power.” —@ssssamanthaa
“Go Girl represents feeling confident in yourself, taking your power back, and letting your natural beauty take center stage.” —@saythelees
“I wanted something I could wear everyday but that still stood out. BABY K compliments any makeup look, but can still be worn on its own. This lip color is for the girl that doesn’t want too much fuss but still wants to be different — an everyday color for the spunky girl.” —@iamkareno
“The Sonoran desert spans across Arizona where I am originally from, which is what inspired the name of my lip color, Sonoran. I wanted to create an everyday nude to match the color palette of the desert, but I added in gold flecks because there is nothing quite as magical like a sunset spilling over the stillness of the desert.” —@lynettecenee
“I created my color Montaigne because it’s the perfect nude lip color to match any look in my favorite long lasting formula. It is the definition of an iconic nude.” —@makeupbydg
“I’m calling my lip color Joyce because my earliest memory of makeup is my mom wearing her favorite chocolate brown lipstick. I wanted to create a color that brings back those nostalgic feelings, and name it after my favorite person, my mom!” —@cydbee
The palette’s a pretty good deal for $59, because the Magnetic Matte Lip Color crayons are usually $24 each.
For completely opaque, kiss-proof color, I swipe these once on my top lip and once on my bottom lip — so, like, if you want long-lasting matte lip color that doesn’t transfer onto your tabby cat’s luxuriously plush fur (or your current crush’s cheek), you can totally get that with the Magnetic Mattes.
But FYI, keep your fave lip balm around if your lips are hella dry like mine because these can be drying.
Any of these catch your eye? My faves are light pink Go Girl and warm reddish brown Freckle.
Like the rest of the gnarly NUDESTIX line, the Creator’s Palette is cruelty- and fragrance-free, and you can find it now at Sephora.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,