Sunday, February 07, 2010

Beyond The Basics: Nude Lipstick

Here's a question for you: Why is it that, as soon as I find the perfect nude lipstick, I suddenly find that it's being phased out?

It happened last year with Max Factor's Vivid Impact Lipstick in Vegas, Baby...

...and it's happening again this year with BeneFit's Full Finish Lipstick in Lady's Choice, which I discovered via the Celebutante set.

(Disclaimer: I have no idea if BeneFit is really discontinuing this; I just happened to find out from Makeup and Beauty Blog that it's being sold for 50% off under the BeneFit site's"buh-buys" section. Still and all, though: WAAAHHH!)

Seriously, people, it's not easy to find the perfect nude lipstick anywhere... short of wearing dark concealer on my lips and applying stuff over that, which is ultimately impractical for my schedule. What I liked about both the Max Factor and BeneFit ones is that they both had a hint of peachy-pink undertone, which not only flattered my existing skin tone but ultimately made everything else I wore on my face look much, much better.

The other thing that makes this situation more of a bummer for me is the fact that I don't live anywhere near a Sephora right now. I could, of course, save up for my next trip to Manila... which means that I'll have to check the nearest counters for Max Factor and other mid-range/ high-street brands (ie. Maybelline, L'Oreal, Face Shop, Body Shop, etc.) before shelling out for the big guns at the likes of MAC and Shiseido. I could also go the Avon-lady route, which could at least save me money for gas.

So, readers, I'm opening this discussion up with you now: Where should I get my next nude? Which brands should I try? Leave me a message in the comments!


kuri said...

hrm, accessibility is a problem.
I would probably try some drugstore versions first, just because they're more easily accessible. But I haven't been patient enough to find the perfect nude yet. Formula-wise Maybelline and L'oreal seem decent, but you can't go wrong with Shiseido and Shu :)

meimei said...

@Kuri: Thank you! You're right, accessibility *is* quite problematic at this point. I'm just glad that there are Watsons and PCX stores in Alabang, which is not too far from where I live - so lower-mid-range drugstore brands (as opposed to, say, ELF or Prestige) are definitely an option.

If I had the dough, though, I would've sprung for a Shiseido lipstick by now - especially after all the drooling I did over the Alexander Wang collection! And Shu Uemura, of course, but I still haven't seen it outside of the flagship store in Makati.

Keep those hits coming!

PANNA said...

i've given up on nudes, they all wash me out. ask me about reds and we could be here all day. :) the closest i've gotten to a nude is stella (!) by NARS. that one i *love.*

drugstore-wise, color sensational by maybelline has been getting some pretty good reviews on MUA. that and revlon's colorburst. maybelline in particular has a wide range of colors, i think there are at least ten in the nude category? the texture is nice, too. very moisturizing. worth checking out!

meimei said...

@Panna: Unfortunately, the Maybelline product lines here don't correspond directly with the US counterpart; I think we get ours from China or Japan, since the brand names are different (the Colossal mascara is called Magnum here) and the distribution can sometimes be inconsistent. I am, however, looking forward to seeing more Revlon on our shelves now, since they do carry the actual American products. I'd totally buy Revlon if the markup wasn't so ridiculously high back here!

Until that happens, I am going to keep an eye on US and international product launches from here...