So, I have been on the hunt for a relatively cheap nude/natural lipstick for every day that will go with anything. As you all know i’m sure, it can be rather tricky to find one that fits that description that doesn’t make you look a bit dead. Finally, however, I have found it!
Trusty L’Oreal released a range of Color Riche lipsticks for individual hair colours, this lovely nudey/natural/soft pink shade just so happens to be meant for blondes (which i am not) but who cares! It’s the perfect nude, natural every day colour that many of us have been searching for so I thought I would share it with you all 🙂
As a bonus, you’ll be delighted to know I also found a lip liner pencil that is also nearly an exact match colour wise to go with it yay!
Here are some piccies and the colour names/numbers and prices for you :
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in shade: 235 Natural Blondes Nude
£8.19 from Boots, also available at Superdrug and larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.
Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in shade: 132 Sweet Pink
£3.99 from Boots, also available at Superdrug and larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.
What is it?
A new mascara by Maybelline based on the original Volume Express Colossal but with the addition of black matte eyeshadow to the formula to give a smokey look.
The brush is really big but surprisingly easy to use and control – it grabs all of the lashes including the ones right in the corners. I have to say, I don’t quite understand the addition of the eyeshadow to the formula, to me it doesn’t necessarily look more smokey but does make the lashes noticeably more matte.
I love Maybelline mascaras in general and the original Volume Express is a staple in my make up bag. I can’t really see a smokey effect personally but there is definitely something a bit different about it, to me it seems to give the lashes a really volumising feathery effect.
Worth the Money?
I love this mascara, it’s long wearing, doesn’t flake on me and gives the lashes lots of volume and some added length. I often feel like the more high street or ‘drugstore’ brands’ offering of mascaras are way better value for money and at £7.99 for a tube this one is no different.
This mascara is available from Boots, Superdrug, larger chain supermarkets with a make up section and as always, the official Maybelline website:
I started by using Maybelline’s 24hr Colour Tattoo eyeshadow in 40 – ‘Permanent Taupe’ as my base all over the lid and up to the crease. I also used my finger to lightly place some along the lower lashes.
Using the Naked palette by Urban Decay I used a flat stiff brush to pat ‘Sidecar’ on top of this on the lid.
Next I used a fluffly dome brush to blend ‘Toasted’ into my crease and on the outer part of my lower lashes.
I then took a smaller stiff dome brush to darken the outer corners with ‘Hustle’.
I then used Stila’s Convertable Eye Colour in ‘Berry’ as a liner along my top and bottom lashes and finished with a coat of Lancome’s Hynose Drama mascara.
I blended MAC’s ‘Tenderling blusher along my cheekbones and up towards my temples.
The eyes are the focus here so I kept the lips fairly neutral with just a swipe of Barry M’s lipgloss in number 2.
What are they?
These are vibrant, long lasting cream gel eyeshadows similar to MAC’s Paint Pots.
I bought 4 of the colours but will definitely be going back for more! These applied smoothly, blended easily and lasted all day. I would recommend applying the bulk of the colour with your finger or a synthetic flat eyeshadows brush. I sheered the colour out with a fluffy dome brush towards the edges but if you do this make sure you wash your brush as soon as you can afterwards to prevent the colour staining.
The colours I have are as follows:
40 – Permanent Taupe
05 – Bold Gold
20 – Turquoise Forever
15 – Endless Purple
I have recently become aware that although the colours are exactly the same, it seems that in the US at least the names of these shadows are different from here in the UK – something I findly slightly odd! Oh well! Makes no difference to how brilliant they are 🙂
Although I only have 4 of these, I believe there are actually 10 colours available, all of which are gorgeous and brilliantly vibrant. These shadows are ideal as a base for powder shadows, just on their own or even as liner – I’ve been using the purple as one all week and am loving it!
These are a brilliant alternative to MAC’s Paint Pots and are far cheaper, yay! The packaging is great too, I like the screw top jar on these as it stops them drying out.
Here are the shades I have swatched: left to right : Permanent Taupe, Eternal Gold, Turquoise Forever and Endless Purple
Worth the Money?
I honestly can’t think of anything negative to say about these except maybe that they should bring out even more colours 🙂 These are £4.99 and available from Superdrug, Boots, most larger chain supermarkets and the official Maybelline website: