Lipstick – Dare To Go Nude?

As I may have mentioned before, I’m a complete lipstick-aholic. I have so many lipsticks of all different shapes, shades, and brands, and the latest trend I’m loving is lipsticks in the nude. I’ve been contemplating trying out some nude lippys for a while now but haven’t been sure what to go with. Not one to shy away from a good challenge however, I decided to take two popular shades on the market and put them to the test.

After reading a great blog post on the new Kate Moss nude collection for RIMMEL, I chose one of these shades to be my first lipstick, and after much toing and froing, decided on the lightest shade in the collection, Shade 40 Pale Nude.

For my second lipstick I made a trip to my trusty old favourite, MAC, and played around with several shades until I decided on ‘Fleshpot’ as my other option. Here’s a look at how I got on:


RIMMEL Lasting Finish by Kate Nude Collection – Shade 40 Pale Nude

First off, I really love the pretty packaging of this collection. The creamy, salmon colour really stands out amongst my other lipsticks, and I’m a sucker for good packaging. If I’m honest, I have been known to buy products purely because of packaging in the past and it’s no different now. But now on to the product itself…

On application I had to apply a good amount in order to get it to blend well into my lips, but it was worth it as the colour, although pale, has a lovely creamy, peach undertone. I have a sallow, olive skin tone so these kinds of shades always suit me best and this is definitely a shade I could see myself wearing regularly.

The finish is what I would describe as a glossy matte which is kind of a contradiction in terms but let me explain! It has the feel of being matte, which may just mean that the formula isn’t very moisturising, but has a slightly glossier finish than you would expect from your average matte. It also doesn’t have great staying power – I put this on in the morning and found myself having to reapply it more often that I would have liked which was a little annoying.

Although I had to reapply it often, I really like the colour and it’s a perfect shade for a daytime make up look. Plus it didn’t dry out my lips which is always a bonus in my book.

Here’s how I scored it:

  • Colour 10/10 – I love the peachy undertone and it suits my skin tone well.
  • Moisturisation 8/10 – I wouldn’t say it was particularly moisturising, but it didn’t dry out my lips either.
  • Staying power 6/10 – This is where it falls down for me. Having to reapply as much as I did means that it’s not going to last me very long.
  • Value for money 9/10 – At €6.99 it’s a bargain but going back to my point above, I hope it doesn’t run out too soon.

MAC ‘Fleshpot’ Lipstick

This is a satin finish lipstick, but honestly as the colour is quite opaque on application, I would say it’s more matte like than satin. But given that matte lipsticks are my preference, I don’t mind this at all. As with most MAC lippys, the application is smooth and even, and the colour shows up very well after just one application.

In terms of formula, I love MAC lipsticks, there are very few other brands that compare in my view, but the colour on this one just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. It’s much more pink on the lip than it looks, even when I tested it on my hand in the store it didn’t look as pink as this. Like I mentioned earlier, neutral and peach undertones suit my skin tone better so I was disappointed with this shade I have to say. I really felt it was more of a pink nude rather than neutral nude which is what I wanted.

Here’s how I scored it:

  • Colour 6/10 – There’s nothing wrong with it as such, it’s just too pink for me.
  • Moisturisation 8/10 – As this claims to be a satin finish lipstick, I would have expected it to be more moistursing than a matte lipstick but it’s not.
  • Staying Power 10/10 – I applied this after breakfast and didn’t have to reapply again until lunch time despite having a few cups of tea in between, so it gets high marks from me here. One of the reasons I love MAC lipstick so much!
  • Value for money 8/10 – MAC lipsticks aren’t the cheapest but I love them so that doesn’t usually bother me. In comparison to its RIMMEL counterpart in this case however, the €20.00 price point does seem a little steep, especially as I wasn’t a fan of the shade. In saying that, you do get more lipstick for your money with MAC.

So what’s my overall verdict? There’s not much in it really but RIMMEL has ever so slightly come out on top here. While MAC definitely has better staying power, when it comes to colour and value for money, RIMMEL is the better option in this case.

Have you tried either of these lipsticks? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Also, after I finished testing these, a friend of mine told me about a new nude lippy she bought from Bare Minerals called ‘Be Free’. It looks fab on her and she has nothing but good things to say about it so I think I’ll be putting that to the test next.

So there you have it, my first lipstick review on my blog. Hope you enjoyed it and oh, happy Friday!

Sorcha x

4 thoughts on “Lipstick – Dare To Go Nude?

  1. Hey, great post thank you. Off top here, but: what skin tone do you have? My colouring is very similar to yours but different makeup counters have told me different things (some say I’m golden in undertone, and some say cool)… Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi Kelly! My skin tone is warm, I have sallow skin and tend to wear warm foundations with an olive or golden undertone. Sometimes cool tone foundations can brighten the skin, but for me, I almost always stick to warm! For example, if it helps, I wear shade NW 20 in MAC liquid & C35 in MAC powder or 5.5 in Armani Luminous Silk! X


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