Thursday, June 2, 2016
Another Nude Bites the Dust
I've been on an accidentally secret mission to find a beige-ish nude lipstick that looks good on me. I say "accidentally secret" because I never actually mentioned it, barring off-hand comments about Bite Beauty lipsticks like "Meringue is a peachy nude" and "Bouquet reads more peachy-pink than nude." It wasn't on purpose, though. It just...didn't come up. So here's my admission: I've been trying to find a nude lipstick that looks good on me. And I'm finally at the point where I'm admitting defeat. The Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Sonic Truth was the nail in my coffin.
The Le Marc Lip Cremes are $30 for 0.12oz of product in a sleek black case with a magnetic closure. The range seems to be primarily nudes and other more muted shades, though they do have a few reds and brights. They have a vague candyish scent, but nothing too overwhelming, and I can't smell it at all when it's on my lips.
I was initially inspired to try this color because I liked the formula of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang so much; it was lightweight, incredibly smooth, and very pigmented. This didn't surprise me, since the formula is loaded with emollients like olive oil and cocoa butter. Really, it seemed like this would be the creamy, full-coverage nude of my dreams.
But Sonic Truth didn't have quite the same feeling as KKBB. It still wasn't especially heavy or drying, but even with my lips freshly exfoliated and balmed, it settled in to fine lines and highlighted dry patches I didn't know where there--check out the chunk on my top lip. This isn't very visible unless you're about a foot away from my face, but it's still not comparable to the smoothness of some other nude shades I've tried, like the aforementioned Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in Meringue. (I don't know if Sonic Truth is the "odd man out" in this shade range, or if Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is "especially nice" compared to the others, so if anybody knows, feel free to leave a comment!)
We were probably doomed from the start, though, because I don't think this is a color that suits me. It's a gorgeous shade, don't get me wrong. It's hard not to feel like Cindy Crawford circa the 90s when you wear it--I laughed when I scrolled through my photo reel and realized I'd subconsciously pulled a bunch of super model faces. (They look derpy on me, by the way, not super model-y.) Yet it just...doesn't seem to work. There's something always off about my face, like I need to take a few more steps to make the lip color fit.
You know what almost nude shade really does seem to suit me? MAC Faux.
Here's Sonic Truth swatched against Faux. They're clearly in the same shade family, but Faux has more pink tones in it. That subtle difference seems to make a world of change for me and my coloring, because while Sonic Truth washes me out, Faux brightens me up.
I didn't give this product a rating or treat this post like a full review because I was focusing more on the color rather than the formula, and in fact, I'm returning Sonic Truth this afternoon. But if I had to give my final word on this lipstick, I'd say this: it's a pretty color in what appears to be a half-decent formula. This beige nude just didn't work for me...and honestly, I don't think any of them ever will.