The idea behind it is great: that every woman can have a flattering nude lipstick based around their skin tone. Australia's version of the collection saw L'Oreal Paris team up with five celebrity spokeswomen -- some countries feature a sixth -- to create a stunning line-up of nude lipsticks. Despite the idea that it's not meant to be a one-lady-suits-all, I was determined to get my paws on all of them, and figure out a way to make them work.
Let's take a closer look!
|L to R: Frieda's Nude, Doutzen's Nude, Julianne's Nude|
|L to R: Julianne's Nude, Eva's Nude|
|L to R: Eva's Nude, JLo's Nude|
The lipsticks vary in opacity. Some will seem rather sheer at first, but can be built up somewhat to show more colours. Some don't seem to build in colour on me no matter how thick I try to layer it, and others don't really need any layering at all.
|L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive Nudes - swatches|
|Wearing Frieda's Nude|
Doutzen's Nude (Hint of Pink) || This can sometimes be a bit of a miss for me -- it's the sheerest of all the shades, and has a tendency to look like a milky white pink. It's better suited to my skin in the colder months, when my skin looks as pale as Jon Snow's.
|Wearing Doutzen's Nude|
Julianne's Nude (Rosewood Beige) || As a lover of pink lipsticks and Julianne Moore, I was after this one the most. It's a beautiful natural pink that suits my MAC NW20 skin tone all year around, come rain or shine. What's great about this particular shade is that you can either keep it sheer or build it up for a fuller pink lip.
|Wearing Julianne's Nude|
Eva's Nude (Peach Skin) || I was very curious about this, because based on everything I'd read, it was meant to be the shade that suited my skin tone best. For a peachy nude, it does really look quite nice, being natural without washing out my skin. It's probably best that I keep it for the summer months, however, as warm-toned lipsticks tend to make my skin look more orange in the winter.
|Wearing Eva's Nude|
JLo's Nude (Greige Glow) || I have no idea what 'greige' is, but this lipstick is generally a miss for my skin type. It's similar in colour to Eva's Nude, but it does make my skin look washed out and flat unless it's a blisteringly hot day outside -- in which case it looks sizzingly good. How or why it happens that way, I don't know.
|Wearing JLo's Nude|
The collection is not as widely available as it once was, but it is still out there -- I was in my local Big W recently and saw three of the shades tucked away near the regular Colour Riche lipsticks!
Padawan Product Rating: B+
Did you get your paws on any of the shades in this collection? Which looks like your favourite?