I love kits. Since my make-up collection is quite large I live for high-grade samples in smaller sizes. This $33 CAD nude lip sample pack is awesome and delivers in value. Did I love everything? Of course not but, I did get introduce to some new brands and products that I will be considering buying full size versions of.
I find this season’s make-up trends tough to pull off. While I love nude matte lips on models, it doesn’t necessarily look good on me. This year’s nude lip is expected to be more brown too rather than rosy which is tough for my fair skin tone to pull of. This multi-branded lip set with five lip colors in different formulas was a perfect way for me to test drive this look.
Like most make-up consumers I want my lip color to:
a) look good on my lips;
b) feel good on my lips and;
c) last (or at least fade away attractively).
With those three criteria in mind, here’s what I have to say about the 5 items contained in this set. I’ll start with the bad and end on a positive note 🙂
Laura Mercier Milky Way Crème Smooth Lipstick in Miky Way 😦
Ugh … TOO BROWN. Its more the color of a milk chocolate bronzer then a lipstick. The picture on the packaging is deceptive. I expected a warm apricot shade but that is not the case. I’m sure this color works for some skin tones but I will definitely not be wearing it with my fair skin. It’s too bad too because the formula seems very nice.
NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Crayon in Whisper 😦
I was excited to try this brand since I had never had the cause to buy any of their stuff before. I also love make-up crayons and any product that does double duty since those kind of products keep well in purses and travel bags. But all I can say about his item is ‘meh’. It’s not terrible but it’s not great. The color is bland on my lips and cheeks and the consistency is too thick for either. I haven’t really touched it since the first time I tried it and I probably won’t buy anything from this brand again.
Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Namaste Nude :!
I’ve been hearing really good things about this lip paint and I’m glad I got to try it in this kit. However, I don’t think I even LIKE lip paint in general. I keep wanting to like lip paint but I just find them awful to work with! Maybe I’m doing something wrong but I find lip paints feather much too easily and it is difficult to get a good even application of product. Out of all the lip paints I’ve tried, I’d say this is one of the best for color, feel, and longevity but I just don’t see myself using it very much.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Mini Outliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Prim 🙂
This is BY FAR my favorite item of this set. I use it practically every day. What’s great about this pencil is that it is creamy enough to be worn alone but works under most lipsticks. I also find that its rose/cocoa hue subtly updates my older lipsticks to the appropriate 2016 tones. I will definitely be buying this product again.
NARS Dolce Vita Lipstick in Dolce Vita 🙂
This is just a beautiful lipstick. Long lasting, creamy, with just the right amount of light diffusion to make lips look full and luscious. I’ve found NARS products are always very sophisticated and spot on with their benefits. Since the brand is so pricey I don’t indulge in my NARS obsession too much. I find the kit is worth it just for this lipstick.
I found this kit to be worth it just for the Marc Jacobs liner and Nars Lipstick. Since those items retails for around $30 CAD each I feel like I’m ahead. It was fun to try the other items and I still plan to experiment with the lip paint. Do you have a favorite nude lippie?