I know, I know…it’s a crazy title, but if lips could kill would they be nude, a fire-engine red or a mysterious dark plum… it’s gotten you thinking hasn’t it?
Ordinarily I’m a massive fan of bright lips—super bright, the kind of bright that is difficult to rub off and would leave the ultimate signature mark on my murdered subjects…in the 1940’s film noir that exists in my imagination!
These days if I’m not sporting a bright red, then my weapon of choice is a nude lip. It shouldn’t leave a trace, and adds just the right amount of colour to offset a rounded, smokey eye.
But finding the right shade of nude has evaded me since my foray into lipstick began in my teens.With a ruddy complexion and a slight pink (rather than yellow) undertone, the quest for Nude has not been easy.
Heading to a cosmetics counter in search for anything resembling skin-tone—’beige,’ ‘nude,’ ‘light peach,’ or ‘barely there’—leaves me walking away longingly. I bite the bullet, glancing sideways at the makeup artists with their perfect smokey eyes and nude lips, departing yet again with another bright lipstick in hand.
“Nudes are not for me!” I exclaim.
That is, until last November when I came across what is now the most reliable staple in my makeup arsenal—Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Rose.
I have been through three of these already and they have lasted about 3-months each with almost daily use. The lipstick is applied with a doe-foot (much like a lip gloss), although I tend to apply it with a brush first (after lining my lips) and I use the doe foot for touch-ups. It has a creamy texture on application and best of all—it sets like a matte. Once it has dried, it is best not to rub your lips together as this actually pulls the colour away and you’ll end up with bald patches where the lipstick has come off (it’s not really as bad as it sounds). The other day I realized I had eaten my morning tea and lunch without need for reapplication…how good is that!?
This lip colour in ‘Rose’ is ‘the one’ for me—the perfect nude that isn’t officially a nude. Because I loved this so much I decided to try the lighter colour in Canvas, but it left me looking a little washed out, despite trying really hard to love it. It always pays to stick with what you know (and love!).
I give this lipstick a rating of 9 out of 10 only because it does run out faster than other lipsticks.
You can pick this up from your local Mecca Cosmetica counter for NZ$45.00 here or click on the images (below) to shop.
Easy to apply, smooth, light-weight texture and it lasts all day with a beautiful selection of colours on offer.