I’m not sure if I have warm undertones or cool undertones or what but I find that warm lipstick shades (with a few exceptions) look terrible on me and cool-tones are much more flattering. THAT BEING SAID, a lot of “nude” or “neutral” shades that brands release are often very warm and have lots of peach undertones in them. Exhibit A: MAC’s new “Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks” nudes are all very peachy or very pink. So I found these liquid lipsticks at Sephora that are pretty ashy and have grey undertones & I have quite a bit to say about them, but first let’s get the pics out of the way.
Before I begin, I would like to discuss the gloss topper on these. This topper’s function is to make the lipstick more comfortable to wear. Without the gloss topper, the lip color alone feels very sticky and uncomfortable on the lips but once you put on the gloss it’s very smooth and comfortable. Upon first application, it looks slightly glossy but a few minutes later it sorta morphs into the lip color and becomes matte again. The gloss wears off faster than the lip color so you might have to reapply the gloss a few times throughout the day.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 1
This shade is the lightest of the bunch . It’s a cool nude with a very strong grey undertone. If it were any lighter, I wouldn’t be able to pull it off and I’m about an NC37 right now. I like wearing it on top of MAC Stripdown lip pencil as I find that it makes it blend into my skin better.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 2
This one is in the whole Kat Von D Lolita Family. It’s that dusty mauve/brown shade but the formula of these MUFE Aqua Rouges are sheerer than the KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks so it gives a more natural look on the lips.
Here it is swatched next to the two KVD Lolita’s I have:
L-R: KVD Lolita (Bad batch), MUFE Aqua Rouge 2, KVD Lolita (latest release)
When swatched, the 3 look almost identical but hopefully the following photos will demonstrate how different they actually are when worn on the lips.
Here is KVD Lolita “bad batch” on the left and MUFE Aqua Rouge 2 on the right:
Here is KVD Lolita (latest release) on the left and MUFE Aqua Rouge 2 on the right:
Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 3
This one is a greyish pinky mauve. If you find that all these popular “Mauve” shades look too pink on you (for example, Sephora Marvellous Mauve), try this one. The pink is very subtle and it just ends up looking like a natural lip color. This is probably my favorite of the three simply because it’s effortless.
L-R: MUFE Aqua Rouge 1, MUFE Aqua Rouge 2, KVD Lolita (bad batch), KVD Lolita (latest release), MUFE Aqua Rouge 3
So here’s the important part.
- Color selection (cool-toned nudes, YAY!)
- Extremely long-wearing : better than the KVD ELL’s, I have gone through greasy meals and these do not come off!
- Comfortable on the lips as long as you have the gloss topper on
- Extremely uncomfortable on the lips if the gloss wears off
- Gloss wears off faster than the lip color therefore you have to reapply it more often than the lip color so I feel like the gloss will run out before the lip color
- They have a particular smell (old lipstick smell) that some people might not like. However, the scent does not linger so it shouldn’t be a dealbreaker but it’s worth mentioning.