Saturday, June 6, 2015

That 90's Nude Lip: bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Make Your Move

Seriously, mini-sized beauty products are my downfall - whenever there's a coupon code or some other offer to get a teeny tiny eye pencil, or a miniscule lipstick, I'll consider an otherwise totally unnecessary order just to get the adorable gift with purchase. I believe this mini bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Make Your Move ($18 for 0.12 oz) came with a order - they often have some of the best GWPs around, so if you already shop from their website, make sure you're taking advantage of these offers!
I've never tried any of the Marvelous Moxie lip products from bareMinerals, and Make Your Move looked like a pretty nude from online swatches, so I was really excited to try it out. The deluxe sample even came in its own box with a color-coded top and a bottom label with the shade name - not all brands go to the same trouble when it comes to their minis. So far so good!
In the bullet, Make Your Move looks like a very universal neutral nude/ My Lips But Better shade - a perfect mix between pink and brown tones that should suit a wide range of skintones. On my lips however... boy, it's trouble. Or maybe not, if you're into the 90's brown nudes/ Kylie Jenner lips, because it gives me precisely that. Coincidentally, it looks very similar to the very first lipstick I ever bought in early 2000's. Yeah... I don't think it's a great look on me.
The formula is nothing to write home about either; reasonably smooth but not very creamy, I found it dragged just a little bit on my lips. It's also not particularly kind to my vertical lip lines, nor does it feel moisturizing. It's just alright - I was quite surprised to see that these Marvelous Moxie lipsticks had very high ratings both on Sephora and Ulta. To me, Make Your Move doesn't stand out in any way; not a bad lipstick, but not a great one either. There's a very faint old school lipstick scent to it in the tube that doesn't linger on the lips, so if you're sensitive to fragrance, it may be worth checking out.
Compared to my other nudey neutrals, you can see how much more brown bareMinerals Make Your Move is to another universal favorite, MAC Viva Glam V. Looking at these swatches, it's clear to me why I always gravitate towards Viva Glam V and Maybelline Warm Me Up over the Make Up For Ever N9 that was part of last year's birthday gift at Sephora - the pinky tones just look so much better on my complexion.
L-R: bareMinerals Make Your Move, MUFE Rouge Artist Natural N9, MAC Viva Glam V, Maybelline Color Sensational in Warm Me Up
While I wasn't particularly vowed by this shade or formula, I'm sure I'll be able to find a warmer-toned family member who will more than appreciate it (and while I'm at it, I may give away MUFE N9 as well, since it's not getting much wear around here). Have you ever tried any of the Marvelous Moxie lipsticks? What is your current favorite nude/ MLBB shade?


  1. Yeah, this color wouldn't be ideal for me either. It reminds me of Maybelline Crazy for Coffee, which I bought two years ago during a short-lived '90s phase and have worn maybe twice since. I'm waiting for the culture to move on from the '90s brown lip, but I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

    However, there are a few brownish lipsticks I do like. My current favorite is Milani Matte Naked, which has a very faint hint of plum. I think you might find it flattering, too!

  2. Gosh, I know what you mean by buying minis! I was traveling a few weeks back and I invariably bought too many minis that I regretted. I can use them up, for sure, but probably better not to purchase them in the first place.
    Yes, that lippie is so 90s :-) Reminds me of the Bobbi Brown era of "neutrals/natural" makeup. My current MLBB is a surprise combo of NARS Rikuigen (a Sephora BI Birthday gift this year) + nude lip gloss. The NARS by itself is a bit too "dowdy" looking for me, but a pinky-nude lip gloss on top lifts the color up a bit.

  3. I have seen Moxie Lipsticks but it didn't convinced me to try it out. I do not like the colors and it does give a good coverage too that I expect.

  4. That is a bit too brown for my taste too - I prefer a mauve tone when I'm going for the Kylie Jenner lip, and it is much easier to wear and not look old school lol