Sometimes, instead of fantasizing about new products, it’s nice to look back at what you already have or have already fallen in love with and rediscover what made it so great. Better yet, I like to locate things that just sit in my makeup case most of the time and find uses for them.
Recently I re-made the acquaintance of my MAC Honey Lust eyeshadow. It’s one of those Lustre finish shadows, and I had sworn off them — even though I owned two. I had gone so far as to give Muffy my Mythology and had figured that Honey Lust might well go Back 2 MAC as soon as I had enough empties to accompany it. But I was recently trying out Muffy’s Bronze Cream Colour Base and applied Honey Lust over it wet just for a laugh. It was gorgeous! My lids looked wet, not sparkly. I’ve worn it quite a few times since. I bought it originally because I loved the color and now I have finally learned how to make it work for me — color, finish, and all! I may even consider other Lustres in the near future. (I love love love greens, so Swimming might be mine soon.)
Nude Lips: Impossible Dream?
I’ve been flirting with the idea of getting MAC Shitaki lipstick for a long time. It is — hopefully — the last in a lengthy search for my perfect nude or everyday brown lipstick. I have been wearing glosses for some time now because it seems so hard to find a lipstick that is both the right color and the right consistency. [Sigh]
Anyway, the first MAC brown lipstick I tried was Oolong from the High Tea limited edition collection; I loved it and still have a nub of it. When it reached nub level, I panicked and went back to MAC, hoping they’d still have it. Alas, it was many months later and I was forced to look for an acceptable dupe. The artist recommended Photo. In the tube, Photo looks much like Oolong; but on the lips, it is significantly darker. Plus, it has a Satin finish that tends toward matte, so it does not have anything like Oolong’s lovely Lustre finish (which is smooth and slightly glossy, not to be confused with the sparkly eyeshadow Lustre finish).
I gave up the search for a while until Muffy accidentally bought two tubes of a single L’Oreal HIP lipstick called Charming and offered me one. When I first tried the color — alone, without liner — I was unimpressed and thought it might be a bit too light and too pink. But I took it back to my apartment and gave it a home in my makeup case. Weeks, or maybe even months, later I gave it another try, applying it over MAC Cushy Cremestick Liner, and it was lovely! Sometimes I add MAC Revealing Lipglass.
But, in the end, it is still a bit too pink/orange/warm. As a matter of fact, that has been the problem with many nude browns I’ve tried, be they lipsticks or lipglosses. So when I was looking about most recently for a nude brown lipstick, I kept that in mind and focused my search on completely neutral ones: not orangey, not pinky, not yellowy. Just brown. Shitaki fit the bill: completely neutral, semi-sheer, with just a hint of golden shimmer. And a few weeks later, I stumbled upon Bare Fetish lipglass, which is a great complement for Shitaki or just on its own for a light neutral brown nude lip.
So, the point is that I have at last found some colors that I can use to give myself a super-soft nude lip. Yay!