There was a time when I didn’t own any nude-y neutral lipstick and it kept me from wearing colorful eyeshadows. Is that too OC? I’m not yet skilled enough to make a strong colored lip and eye makeup work.
I thought that a brown neutral matte is the way to go. I spent several weeks choosing between Taupe and Velvet Teddy. I ended up buying the latter first. I was afraid that Taupe was too dark a brown.
Bare Lips/ Face
I was at my lightest when I first wore velvet teddy and it looked ok, but when I got a little darker, it made me look sickly so I disposed of it right away. For reference, I have medium yellow-olive skin (I match with MAC NC37; but NARS Stromboli is closest to my skin tone).
I bought Taupe soon after, and I like it more. But it’s not staple lipstick-material.
MAC says Taupe is a muted reddish-taupe brown. That’s a pretty accurate description looking at the color from the bullet. But my skin color somehow brings out a warm rusty orange tone in the lipstick that I didn’t expect. It doesn’t look totally off but I’d prefer if it looks on me as it does on the tube. From googling, I found out that some of my fellow greenish very-yellow ladies experienced the same thing.
Lipsticks have a knack for looking a different color on my face (e.g., Mehr, which is supposed to be a dirty blue pink, looks slightly peachy on me and not blue at all).
MAC Taupe + Bare Face
I hope I was able to catch the rusty orange, but as I said, the lipstick doesn’t look off — AND, if I can wear it with a brick red top, it’s neutral enough. I can see myself finishing the tube but I’m likely to look for another lipstick that will look truly muted reddish-brown.
P.S. Notice anything different? I went to the optometrist to update my prescription and got clear contacts, finally. I’m still getting dizzy with my eyeglasses because my left eye is +4.00 and my right is +1.00.
My lips don’t get dry, so my opinion on this lipstick being ‘not drying’ is irrelevant.