If I'm to forced to choose between nude or red lipstick I'll always choose nude. It's a comfort zone thing, I guess. So when I saw that L'Oréal created the Collection Privee The Perfect Nudes lipsticks in a full range of colors I was definitely intrigued. Each of the celebrities behind the collection represent different skin tones, so there's a nude shade for everyone. The lipsticks are part of the popular Color Riche range, as well, so they up to the standard quality that you would expect from the brand.
Let's get the elephant out of the room and talk about the smell- that chemical-heavy smell that takes me right back to trying on my mom's lipsticks as a kid. As strong as it is when it's first applied, it's oddly nostalgic for me and really doesn't bother me too much. If lipsticks that have any kind of a scent bother you, then these are probably not for you, though.
The formula is creamy and nicely pigmented, making them easy to apply right out of the bullet (maybe even without a mirror, depending on the shade). They typically last about 3-4 hours for me before they need to be re-applied and will definitely need to get touched up if you eat anything. For a drugstore lipstick a 4 hour staying power is good enough for me.
There are six colors in total, ranging from a pale pink to a deep, rich brown. I picked up Doutzen's, JLo's, and Freida's to try out thus far.
The first one I tried is Doutzen's nude, thinking it would be "my" nude, being as pale as I am. (It was a long winter and I practically hibernated, so I desperately need a bit of sun, ok?) The light bubblegum pink was much more pigmented than I thought and definitely comes across as a straight-up pink nude. It's lighter than I usually go for and not terrible on my skin tone, just not what I would reach for as an everyday nude.
I wanted to try a couple of other shades, so I picked up JLo's nude in my last shopping trip. I think this one is my fave out of them all. I'm certainly no Jennifer Lopez (obviously), but it just works for me, I think. The peach undertones to this shade make a completely wearable nude that's not too pale or too brown. This one's a keeper in the rotation, for sure.
Last up, completely out of left field is Frieda's. Now if I'm no JLo, then I am definitely no Frieda Pinto, but this color has been growing on me. It a lavender nude that completely embodies the 90's grunge lip trend. Pair this one with a gray smokey eye and it would be perfection.
Which of these is your favorite? If you've tried any of these before (or any of the shades that I haven't tried yet), let me know in the comments! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this collection!
I hope you all had a great weekend! Now that my long hours at work are finally over (*insert parade here*) I finally took a few days off for a nice long weekend. Some family was in town so we hung out with them a bit, went out to dinner, took Brutus for a haircut, and just caught up on life (and the DVR list)! The Mr and I are thinking of taking a vacation this year, so if you have any suggestions for a great trip please let me know! We're looking to go somewhere in the US in late spring for about 4-5 days. Las Vegas? NYC? I honestly can't decide, so if you've had a fabulous vacay somewhere, I'll definitely take recommendations!!