PRO Matte Lip Color In Nude
It’s been a hot minute since I bought any lipsticks. As a hardcore and rather highly selective neutral lipstick lover, I am always trying to find the next best nude. It’s absolutely thrilling to see so many color options available, but in reality many nude colors are a pain for me to pull off as I 1) have naturally pigmented lips and most nudes look completely different on my pout from the swatch on the back of my hand; and 2) I have this idea/vision of what I want the perfect nude to look like so I have a tendency to limit myself until I find that color. I had heard a lot about the Lorac Cosmetics PRO Matte Lip Color ($18) series in the past, and after a successful stint using a few shades from their Alter Ego Lipstick ($17) – review here – which are matte-based as well, I decided that matte lippies are just not for me. No reason other than I love sheen and glosses much better. But, sometimes you have to step outside of the box and while I picked up a whole bunch of new Lorac goodies in my recent mini haul, the PRO Matte Lip Color in the shade Nude was included in that as well.
First off, this is by far one of the best and most hydrating matte lip colors I have ever used. It’s really hard to find a matte lip product that does not feel drying at a certain stage of wear, this lip color doesn’t. According to its description: The formula is infused with anti-aging antioxidants of acai berry, pomegranate, grape seed extract and vitamins C and E to help nourish and protect your lips. The closest I can describe the feel to is kind of similar to that of a soothing lip balm. Encased in a twist-up slim tube, the weightless velvety-smooth formula glides on very easily and even with a medium-full coverage pigment that is perfectly buildable. The precision tip applicator is so handy to use because it gives me full control and accuracy of how I want to define and fill in my lips.
The shade nude is a true nude with slight hints of a soft dusty pink undertone. It packs fantastic pigment and 1 layer will do just fine for me before it provides a full opaque color. Another downfall of many matte formulas is that they accentuate the lines and creases one can have riddled across their lips. Confession, I’m a lip picker and have some tiny lines where I have done some damage in the past- thank the beauty gods that the smooth and thin texture of this lippie acts like almost a filling agent and did accentuate any of my cracks/lines. Despite of the smooth and thin consistency, the color did not feather, settle, or migrate beyond the lips. I got a good 4 hours without touching up before the color started to fade. And even while it faded it did not leave behind those unflattering flakes, nor did it crack.
I give this lippie 2 positive thumbs up. Personally I like to line and fill my lips with the Lorac Alter Ego Lip Liner ($17) in Socialite, layer the matte Nude lip color on top of that before finishing off with their Alter Ego Lip Gloss ($16) in Socialite. The perfect nude trifecta, if you ask me.