Today's review is about a nude lipstick that I've been
obsessing loving since I bought it almost almost a week ago! When I purchased it, I didn't think it would be any more special than other nude lipsticks I already have. Cliché to say, but this is another item that fits perfectly into the “love at first swipe” category!
Each of the nude lipstick in the Collection Privée was created to suit women of all skin tones. Each shade is represented by its own ambassador — Eva Longoria, doutzen Kroes, Freida Pinto, Julianne Moore, Liya Kebede, or Jennifer Lopez. Pretty neat concept. This makes me it easy for us to visualize what color would suit our skin tone best.
The packaging for the Collection Privée lipstick is a basic rubbery matte black casing with gold accents, completed with a signature of its ambassador. The bullet of the lipstick itself also has a L'Oréal logo debossed at the tip. Overall, I think it's a classic design. The scent, though, reminds me of an old school lipstick scent. I'm not a fan but it doesn't bother me too much as it fades within 15-20 minutes.
Technically, my perfect shade would be either Eva or Freida's Nude. But I'm not one to follow the norm! I went with Julianne Moore — the super pale skin with red hair. I have yellow skin and black hair and guess what, Julianne's Nude is *the* perfect nude for me. I think. :)
Julianne's Nude is described by L'Oréal as a barely peach shade. On my lips, it is this pink-toned nude with peach undertones. It's the kind of nude that you can wear any day, any time, any where, and compliments any makeup look. The texture has some very fine iridescent shimmer in it. Thus, this lipstick will leave your lips a soft, pearly finish (I don't find it to be frosty at all) with subtle luminous shine.
The formula is slightly creamy and best applied on moisturized lips. Even with high shimmer content, it does not feel gritty at all. I'd categorize Julianne's Nude as a semi-sheer shade — it goes on sheer but can be layered for a higher coverage without looking cakey or heavy.
While the pigmentation is light, you have to appreciate the fact that it makes for a super user-friendly/easy-to-use/apply-and-go type of lipstick! You literally do not need a lip liner/lip brush/mirror to apply this (something you can't say for most nude lipsticks!).
In terms of lasting power, it's fairly decent. It wears beautifully for several hours and only fades ever so slightly after meal. It does not dry out my lips at the end of the day which I really like it for that.
If you are unhappy with your current nude lipstick, whether it is too thick, too pigmented/opaque, or just plain cakey, do give Collection Privée a try. I can't get enough of how natural it looks on me — so wearable, so flattering. I am contemplating on getting the Freida's Nude next. It has this subtle hint of purple in it that I think would compliment my complexion. :)