As much as I adore Mac lipsticks and lipliners, I do love finding drugstore gems that can be used to create a similar look. If like me you love the ‘nude’ shades at Mac (personally I adore the nudes that have a little mauve/pink running through the brown…none of which is actually nude on my skin tone but you know what I mean) then the drugstore has a wealth of options that are enjoyable to use and great value for money.
The lip combo I’m showing you today combined two of my favourite drugstore brands – Rimmel and Essence. Rimmel is very well known and the ongoing collaboration with Kate Moss has helped keep it popular. Essence is newer to the UK and not as widely available (try Wilko online or Beauty Crowd) but has some lovely products at astoundingly cheap prices.
Being a fan of Mac shades like Soar, Brave and Mehr, it’s not surprising these two products appealed to me.
The liner from Essence can be a little dry but warm the tip up slightly on the back of your hand and it does a great job; I use it over the entire lip and it really helps the lip look stay in place. It only cost £1 so these liners are a great way to try out new shades without investing enough money that you’re disappointed if it doesn’t work out (I’m still gutted that Velvet Teddy looked awful on me but I’m slowly getting over it 😜).
The Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick applies really smoothly and is an excellent choice if you find matte finishes too flat. Formula wise I’d say it’s closest to Mac’s Satin finish; it’s pigmented and creamy with a slightly glossy finish.
There I am, hiding my broken brain from daylight as usual but enjoying this lip combo 😊. It’s a look that really could work on any skin tone and is a lovely choice for daytime; a very easy way to look like you’ve spent more time on your makeup than you actually have, which is always handy if you happen to have a chronic illness like I do. Much like my beloved Soar & Brave, this is a combination I can reach for and know it’s going to be a winner.
Do you have a favourite drugstore ‘nude’ lip product?
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