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Brown Lipstick Collection Swatches

Warm colors usually don’t suit me.  Most browns age me while oranges (including peaches and corals) dim my skin.

I did find warm colors that kind of work on me.  But I noticed that I haven’t been picking them up.  I think it has something to do with these type of colors not being able to lift up my mood.  Anyway, I did an inventory of them to decide which ones I would keep.

Brown Lipstick Swatches
Left to Right: NARS Audacious Jane, In2It Creamy Matte Sepia, Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige, MUFE Rouge Intense Mat 3, Happy Skin Honeymoon Glow, MAC Toledo Oxblood

Here they are, in no particular order…

Reference Photo | No Lipstick
Reference Photo: No Lipstick | Wearing Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in OC2, Bobbi Brown Black Gel Liner on the lids and brows (yes, brows), Sonia Kashuk Warm Tan Bronzer on the cheeks, Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige

Bobbi Brown describes this lipstick as a pink brown, which I typically would like. So when my sister-in-law called and asked which creamy matte lipsticks I’d like her to pick up for me (she lives near a cosmetics outlet store), I asked for Warm Beige along with a few other colors.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige Swatch (Unblotted)
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige Swatch (Unblotted)
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige Swatch (Unblotted)
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige Swatch (Unblotted)

Unfortunately, Warm Beige is not pink brown. It’s more like a brown with red tones — a darker and less rusty MAC Taupe.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige Swatch (Blotted)
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige Swatch (Blotted)
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige Swatch (Blotted)
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige Swatch (Blotted)

It’s actually not that bad against my skin tone. It just doesn’t make me look and, more importantly, feel happy. I don’t know how else to describe it.

I could keep it just so I can have a 90’s lip color on hand but I’ve never really been about makeup trends so this is a toss.

NARS Audacious Jane

Jane is one of the very few orange lipsticks that work on me. The other two are — MAC Lady Danger and Bobbi Brown Jenna.

NARS Audacious Jane Swatch (Unblotted)
NARS Audacious Jane Swatch (Unblotted)

NARS Jane is an orange claypot color — a muted medium orange with tones of red and brown.  I’ve never seen any other lipstick color like it.

NARS Audacious Jane Swatch (Blotted)
NARS Audacious Jane Swatch (Blotted)

I like wearing it more when I blot the shine off. When it’s matte, the color changes to something a little less rusty. I haven’t been wearing it because it’s not the type of lipstick I can wear without anything else and I’ve been extra-lazy with makeup the past recent months. It needs a face with a lot of contrast (eyeliner, eyebrows, and blush). It’s not for days when my heart has already eaten all of my energy.

NARS Audacious Jane Swatch (Blotted)
NARS Audacious Jane Swatch (Blotted)

I’m keeping it, for now. But I’ll tally the number of uses I get in the next few weeks and reevaluate.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Intense Mat 3 – Matte Caramel

If Bobbi Brown Warm Beige and NARS Jane had a child, it would be MUFE Matte Caramel

1st: NARS Jane;  3rd: Bobbi Brown Warm Beige;  4th: MUFE Matte Caramel
1st: NARS Jane; 3rd: Bobbi Brown Warm Beige; 4th: MUFE Matte Caramel

On me, Matte Caramel is a light-ish medium brown with orange and red tones.

MUFE Rouge Intense Mat 3 Swatch
MUFE Rouge Intense Mat 3 Swatch

I love how I don’t need to blot it to look matte.   But, I hate that it doesn’t really do much for me on its own.  While it’s not unflattering, it’s also not brightening.  It also smells like old school lipstick.

MUFE Rouge Intense Mat 3 Swatch
MUFE Rouge Intense Mat 3 Swatch

It’s a lipstick I would wear if I want something else on my face to take the spotlight.

This is a toss for me.  It sucks because this is my favorite bone-dry matte lipstick formula and the only one I own of MUFE’s matte lipstick line.  I guess that’s an excuse to try out the other bolder colors now.

In2It Long Lasting Creamy Matte Lipstick in Sepia

This lipstick is not long lasting and is also NOT MATTE.

In2It Creamy Matte Sepia Swatch
In2It Creamy Matte Sepia Swatch

I love the color. This is one of the many iterations that I hoped MAC Taupe would be. It’s 65% brick red, 35% brown. How I got the percentages, I don’t know.

I would stick with this if it’s blottable. Unfortunately, this is how it looks like when I blot the shine off:

In2It Creamy Matte Sepia Swatch (Blotted)
In2It Creamy Matte Sepia Swatch (Blotted)

My lips are definitely mattified — because there’s no more lipstick on my lips!!!

This is a toss.

Happy Skin Lippie Stick Honeymoon Glow

I’m not quite sure how to describe this color. It looks different on many people’s faces. On me, it looks like a muted brownish coral-toned pink.

Happy Skin Honeymoon Glow Swatch
Happy Skin Honeymoon Glow Swatch

I like that the lipstick is opaque and semi-matte (blottable to matte). I thought I liked the color, but I think I only liked it because it’s one of the few corals that look ok on me. Problem is, I don’t get ‘lipstick feels’ from it. I also don’t like coral tones in my MLBB lipsticks. I usually go for mauves if I want natural-looking lips. Coral, on me, is NOT natural.

Happy Skin Lippie Stick

If it leaned a little more tangerine, like the color of the packaging, I might’ve loved it.

This is a toss.

Happy Skin Honeymoon Glow Swatch
Happy Skin Honeymoon Glow Swatch

MAC Toledo Oxblood

MAC accurately describes this a light peachy nude.

MAC Toledo Oxblood Lipstick Swatch
MAC Toledo Oxblood Lipstick Swatch

It swatches a little bit darker on my forearms, but on my lips, it’s pale AF.

But it works surprisingly, even when I’m only wearing a subtly applied blush and an eyeliner.

MAC Toledo Oxblood Lipstick Swatch B.JPG

Verdict: Keep for now. The lighter colors in the MAC matte lipstick line do not look very flattering on my lips. Until such time that I find a pale nude lipstick that I really, really like, I’m not letting it go.

Left to Right: MUFE Matte Caramel; Happy Skin Honeymoon Glow, Bobbi Brown Warm Beige, NARS Jane, In2It Sepia, MAC Oxblood
Left to Right: MUFE Matte Caramel; Happy Skin Honeymoon Glow, Bobbi Brown Warm Beige, NARS Jane, In2It Sepia, MAC Oxblood
Left to Right: NARS Jane; In2It Sepia, Bobbi Brown Warm Beige, MUFE Matte Caramel, Happy Skin Honeymoon Glow, MAC Oxblood
Left to Right: NARS Jane; In2It Sepia, Bobbi Brown Warm Beige, MUFE Matte Caramel, Happy Skin Honeymoon Glow, MAC Oxblood

NEXT: Red Lipstick Collection

I wonder, if you own these lipsticks, which ones are your keeps?

25 Comment

  1. I apply it to full opacity kaya, I think it’s not my natural lip color. I think it’s my skin tone. My undertones either tone down or bring out colors in almost all lip products.

    I think Iana (thebeautybeeblog.com) and I are similar. Her skin tone brings out the red in lipsticks.

    Kaya I always check blogs/vlogs who use exactly the same foundations shades as I do.

  2. Happy Skin’s Honeymoon glow does look a little different on you from the other pictures I’ve seen of people wearing it. Must be your natural lipcolor or body chemistry(?)

  3. Exactly. I think I’m giving up on browny shades. I did find a few that doesn’t clash with my skin tone but they just don’t make me happy. :P

  4. Sorry Juvy, I thought you’re not interested na din. Also, dami kong napagdaanan the past several weeks, haha.

    Hinahalo ko na lang Oxblood with other lipsticks to nude-ify them.

  5. A friend gave me a scrape if her Pander Me lipstick for me to try and I like it. I hate that it’s not included in the MAC Matte Lip permanent collection.

  6. I think my coloring might be similar to yours. :) I haven’t had the chance to try NARS Jane, but if you can get your hands on MAC Pander me you might like it. It is absolutely my HG mlbb and I’m crying over the fact that it’s LE. I’m hoping that MAC Persistence from the soon-to-be-released matte lipstick line will be a dupe

  7. ay same here, brown shades look orangey oon me :( hirap ako to find a brown shade that actually looks comfy and yes happy to wear. bobbi brown warm beige looks similar to WnW megalast in the flesh though… in the flesh nga lang is a little pinker which is nice :)

  8. I like the Bobbi Brown and NARS on you! You got the MAC Oxblood na pala kaya pala di na tayo nagswap. Hehe. MAC Oxblood is growing on me, but I like to put a little gloss over it para di mukhang pale. I can’t part with my lipsticks that easily kahit di ko masyado ginagamit. LOL! Nice nitong post! :)

  9. I still can’t believe that NARS is not as accessible to you. Haha. I hope you can get at least one of the NARS Audacious lipsticks soon.

  10. They all look really nice, but I totally understand you.
    I don’t really go for nudes too. I have 2 more “lighter” and 3 more “darker” e and I’ll probably stay with them. I almost got a shade from Etude House but…I usually go for bright shades during the summer and reds for the winter. I only go for nudes when I don’t know what to use or I want something that will look nice no matter what it the occasion.

    Although I have to say that the Nars Jane looks really pretty I might ask a friend to get it for me <3
    Take care :3

  11. I scrolled through these, thought they all looked quite nice. Then, I scrolled back up and saw your first pic, and thought, hey I like that one the best! What is it? Turns out it’s your natural lip color =P.

    I know what you mean about these lighter/coral/browny shades. I like the colors themselves a lot, but brighter colors just make me feel brighter and prettier.

  12. I like most of these and would ask you to reconsider the toss option.
    Sometimes, lip colours really blossom with different eye makeup. Not sure how you feel about trying new looks on the lids but it could make all the difference

  13. Hi Kari! Yes, I am. :) I’m selling it for half the price it’s selling for + shipping. E-mail me if you’re still interested.

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