MAC Velvet Teddy (£15.50) – The matte brown nude that is most reminiscent of the 90s *sits and reminisces in a nostalgic haze*. At first glance of the bullet it looked a lot darker and I was worried over whether it would suit my fairer skin, but I find it really warms up my complexion and is the perfect brown nude shade for every day wear. I don’t find the lipstick at all drying, which can sometimes be the case with the MAC matte formulas; it’s rather smooth and feels subtly moisturising when I rub my lips together – not in the seductive way either I hasten to add. I also should mention that I love this shade for mixing my own lipstick colours – I layered it with a deep purple the other day and it made the most gorgeous taupe shade.
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Nude (£20)* – This was one of the first lipsticks I tried from Bobbi Brown, and it was like love at first swatch. This is more of a medium brown with warm pink/red undertones. The semi-matte formula is incredibly creamy and particularly hydrating – it glides onto lips with ease. Since this is on the creamier side I do find I need to top up every so often, but it’s also one of those you can do without a mirror – do you need anything else from a lipstick?
Maybelline Color Drama Nude Perfection (£4.99) – This is one of those products that suitably defines 'MAC Velvet Teddy dupe', so there was no hesitation in purchasing; I knew I would adore it. Very similar in colour, despite being ever so slightly cooler toned, but slightly creamier in formula. This lasts a pretty decent amount of time too, but not quite as long-lasting as the MAC alternative.
GOSH Forever Lip Shine 003 Love Story (£6.99)* - This is one of those easy products that you can just throw in your bag for any occasion that you're without a lip colour and need to pull of an easy pout with a sheer wash of colour. Great for work; a crayon that is more than a tinted balm but not the consistency of a sticky gloss - very reminiscent of the Clinique Chubby Stick Balms. I also really like how this has a screw up mechanism as it is compact, easily applied on the go and doesn't get as messy as some crayons that need sharpening. Love Story is a very light nude brown with a hint of pink with a moisturising balmy texture that can be layered for more of an opaque colour. This is one that you have to reapply quite often, but in this shade, that doesn't bother me. Again, it is great for applying without a mirror.
Left to right: Charlotte Tilbury Stoned Rose, MAC Velvet Teddy, Bobbi Brown Nude, Maybelline Color Drama Nude Perfection and Gosh Love Story.