The Buffs | Maybelline

In my humble opinion... Nudes will never go out of style. A nude lip is like the Little Black Dress or that classic red manicure. It's timeless and will go with any occasion.

Enter one of the Color Sensational lines form Maybelline: The Buffs

There are eight great shades for a spectrum of different skin tones. That's kind of the premise. A perfect nude to best compliment your skin colouring but then you can also experiment by going up or down a shade. The price varies depending on where you buy or if there's a good deal happening, but you can expect to pay around $9/lipstick (give or take a few dollars).

Now I will preface by saying these nudes do hinge on the balance of brown. If that's not your thing, you probably won't enjoy these very much. 

Here is a list of the shade range to accompany the swatches (from left to right):
  • Bare All (910) — a very pale, ivory beige
  • Blushing Beige (915) — a beige pink
  • Nude Lust (920) — a pinky beige (very similar to Blushing Beige but slightly more beige)
  • Maple Kiss (925) — a pinky caramel
  • Truffle Tease (930) — a light beige/brown
  • Stormy Sahara (945) — a terracotta beige 
  • Untainted Spice (950) — a plumy brown
  • Espresso Exposed (955) — a deep berry

Each shade is beautiful in their own right, but of course there are a few that stand out to me. Maple Kiss, Stormy Sahara and Untainted Spice would definitely be my favourites. I love a nude lip, but there are some shades I avoid (like Bare All, Blushing Beige, and Nude Lust) because they're simply unflattering on my skintone. Warm nudes with a hint of honey are what really draw me in. Espresso Exposed is another favourite. It's not exactly a "nude" colour by my definition, but it's still a gorgeous colour and you know I cannot resist a berry-toned lipstick.

Top left, clockwise: Stormy Sahara, Maple Kiss, Espresso Exposed, and Untainted Spice

The formulation of these lipsticks are notable. Their application is smooth, their lasting power is slightly above average, and they do not dry out my lips. There's not much more I can ask for in a lipstick.

The Buffs are a permanent part of the Maybelline family, so if you haven't checked them out yet, I would recommend it.

If you have one, let me know what favourite nude lipstick is!

(*) This post contains products sent to Stylish & Literate for editorial consideration. Read disclosure here.

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