An Ode to the Nude Lipstick That Works for My Deep Skin Tone

Updated 03/29/18
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Maya Allen

I'd always heard the best love story comes when you least expect it, but I never thought it was true—until I experienced it firsthand. After an insanely busy day, I was rushing to put myself together for an evening beauty event. I usually keep a stash of go-to beauty products at my desk for days when I'm on the run, but on this day, I didn't quite have my life together.

I touched up most of my face with a dust of foundation powder here, a bit of highlighter there, but I was missing just one thing: a good lipstick. In a more understated mood at the time, I didn't feel like rocking a red that day. Rather, low-key's what I was after. The same day, Inglot sent over its then-new fall 2016 What a Spice collection of matte lipsticks. I'm a self-proclaimed lipstick addict, and there's no shame in my game (if you only you could see my vanity). Even with loads of new products coming at our desks every single day, I'm never not excited to swatch and swipe on a new lipstick. It's just my thing, and I don't think I'll be jaded by it anytime soon.

So it was only right to give these new babies a chance. After a quick glance, I picked up this mauve-brown hue. To be honest, I don't really know why—it just felt right.

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Thank god I followed my heart. The second I glided this creamy matte texture across my lips, I was sold. Real talk: It was love at first sight. I thought to myself, Did I really just find my perfect nude? The soft brown hue seriously resembled my natural lip color, but better, which is the secret sauce of the most idyllic nude. It has a light, brownish burgundy undertone, so it doesn't leave an unattractive ashy hue against my deep skin tone, which is my problem with most nudes.

What's even better is that I can comfortably wear this all day. Shout-out to the lazy ones like me who can't bear to reapply their lipstick throughout the day—it's too much effort, in my opinion. This stay-all-day texture outlasts many meals and coffees, so I can definitely attest to its longevity powers. Plus, it doesn't ever feel tacky or dry. I hydrate my lips every night and morning with Aquaphor ($7), which sets a good foundation for any matte lipstick. And if you can't tell by now, I wear this every single day.

To rewind a bit, I've been around the block when it comes to nude lipsticks. It feels like I've literally tried 'em all. I have rather full lips and often find that nude lipsticks look too tan or light against my deep skin tone. Soft pink or standard nude tones don't work for my complexion, and it felt like that was all there was on the market until I found this gem. Many brown girls share the same testimony. The struggle with finding nudes to fit our skin tone has been a woe for women of color for years and years. More recently, brands have been doing a better job at creating inclusive nude lipsticks with all skin tones in mind—and big ups to Inglot for dreaming up my perfect match.

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