Ladies and gentlemen, I've fallen into the nude trap again! Let me elaborate: a couple weeks ago, I decided that the only shade of nail polish I was truly missing in my collection was a good nude. So, like any sensible beauty blogger, I perused some reviews and got myself this: Essie Topless & Barefoot. Oh, I should have known better!
The application's a breeze, the formula just right, the brush easy to manipulate... But, the result is obvious: corpse fingers!
While we're on the subject of deathly nudes, let me present to you two other mistakes I've committed in the past lip-wise: Gosh Darling lipstick and Rimmel Mirror Shine lipgloss in East End Snob. These two clearly don't do it for me on their own, but I can make them work when layered with darker and/or more vibrant shades - I'm desperate to use them up!
In my modest experience, all universally acclaimed nude shades look quite horrible on me; having porcelain skin, I'm just too 'nude' myself. There isn't enough contrast between the skin and the nude color, and it just makes me look... yep, I'll say it again, quite dead. However, if you're pale like me and looking for a good everyday shade, I recommend you take a look at my '3 Neutral Lipsticks' post - these work for me nicely!
What are your favorite nude nail polish and lipstick shades?
P.S. No nude polishes were harmed in the writing of this post; in fact, Essie Topless & Barefoot has just found a loving home today.
Oh, no! lol This post gave me a good chuckle. I've experienced the dead hands effect but I don't think this looks as bad on you as you thought! My favourite nude is a discontinued CK nail polish that's slightly pink and shimmery. I don't do nude nails often but it can be a good palate cleanser. Hope you find your perfect nude!ReplyDelete
Bleh. I caved into the Darling craze a few years back, too, and it just - *makes a squishy face*. On its own, it just looks really, really bad on me; that's all there is to it! >.<ReplyDelete
The closest-to-nude nail polish I own is a chalky light gray from Barielle called Sneak a Peek, which magically matches my winter skin tone. The lightest nude polish I can actually pull off would be medium milky taupe from NYX.ReplyDelete
As for lips, pale lilac usually appears like a nude on me otherwise I need a brownish rose (to not wash me out). Anyway, I don't usually buy those since I know they wouldn't be flattering.
@Liz: I don't know, in some lights it's terrible, in others it's kinda ok... I used to have a China Glaze shimmery nude that didn't look too bad!ReplyDelete
@Rae: I know, we fall into the hype and then the products just doesn't live up to the rave :(
@Citrine: I look quite good in pastels, so maybe I should look into light gray polishes :) I usually go for slightly darker neutral colors too!
I know what you mean with the "No contrast with nude lipstick"... I have the same problem, I have tried tons of lipsticks at MAC but none of their nude lipsticks look any good on me :(ReplyDelete
Oh, I love nude nails! Classy and safe all the way :) The Essie one looks beautiful! I'm still looking for my perfect neutral/nude nail polish (nude with teeny bit of pink thrown in), it is something close to OPI Dulce De Leche. Yet to own it!ReplyDelete
Wszystkie kosmetyki mają piękne odcienie. Zachęciłaś mnie, żeby wrócić do moich pomadek w cielistym odcieniu :) Pozdrawiam!ReplyDelete
But look on the bright side - Youi have instant Halowe'en costume. Pair them with dramatic eye- makeup and some black lace and You're Anne Rice vampire in no time ;).ReplyDelete
Aw, I don't think it looks bad at all! The problem is finding just the right nude. How did the Zoya one you ordered work out?ReplyDelete
I usually can't do a nude lip either... but strangely I'm in love with Lancome's Pale Lip lipstick :)ReplyDelete