I’m actually surprised by the volume of warmer-toned pinks featured in the Spring Season. I always thought finding the right warm pink was difficult, but perhaps not!
#1 (Benefit Candy Store) is a more pigmented, slightly more coral version of #3 (Chanel Exquise).
#8 (Guerlain Gemma) is a stunning shade, and the closest dupe I’ve encountered thus far is #10 (Korres #22)–Gemma is brighter and pinker, but Korres #22 has the cool golden sheen of Gemma that makes it so unique.
#11 (Lancome Voile de Rose) made a big splash amongst readers, and though we have no exact dupe, #9 (Korres #13) and #15 (Shiseido PK 327) come close.
#7 (Guerlain Gabrielle) seems like a slightly more coral version of #17 (Urban Decay Peroxide).
#5 (Cle de Peau #106) is a brighter, more intense version of #16 (Urban Decay Naked).
The Spring Season: Guerlain Garance Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Garance (06) Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is this mix of coral and pink with a hint of beige/nude. It’s not quite a coral, but it’s not a true pink… and it’s muted by an almost pinky-nude shade. I wasn’t even sure if this was better classified as a spring season shade or perhaps more suitable for summer, because it seems too summery for spring yet not quite summery enough for summer! Maybe it’s best to call this a nice transitional shade that can be worn easily in the spring or summer. It has a glossy sheen, creamy but lightweight texture, and very subtle sparkle. It also gave my lips nearly opaque coverage, but the application itself was incredibly even and smooth.
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I’m partial to warmer nudes myself, and I discovered several new favorites through the Spring Season–I hope you did, too! One reason I love doing end-of-series roundups is because it gives me an opportunity to see if there are good dupes for certain shades.
For instance, #7 (Guerlain Guerlinade) is a new favorite nude for me, and the closest dupe here is #12 (MAC Freckletone), but it’s not quite there.
On the other hand, #9 (Korres #34 Nude) and #14 (MAC Touch) have similar coloring but different textures.
#8 (Julie Hewett Simone) is a pinker, more pigmented version of #2 (Chanel Mythic). #10 (Lancome Rich Cashmere) seems similar to #11 (MAC Cherish).
#3 (Cle de Peau #103) seems like a cross between #9 (Korres #34 Nude) and #12 (MAC Freckletone).
We’re winding down the Spring Season, and the best way to do that is by giving you a visual summary of all of the colors we’ve taken a look at in the past three months! This post features cooler nude lipstick shades.
MAC may have a lot of nudes, but it definitely looks like you don’t need to own every single one to have your nude lips covered. #5 (MAC Creme d’Nude), #6 (MAC Fleshpot), and #7 (MAC Myth) are all quite similar–Creme d’Nude is sheerer and glossier, while Fleshpot and Myth have similar textures, Fleshpot is pinker, Myth is peachier.
#1 (Benefit Lady’s Choice) and #4 (Korres #13 Natural Pink) seem to be similar, except Lady’s Choice has a glossier finish; #8 (MAC Velvet Teddy) is also similar to these two, but seems a little darker and cooler.
The Spring Season: Guerlain Guerlinade Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Guerlinade (01) Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a creamy, opaque peach-nude with a glossy sheen. I have tried my fair share of Rouge Gs, but this shade in particular really showcases the Rouge G formula to its fullest potential. It’s soft, lightweight, but oh-so-creamy. It delivers incredible full coverage color in a single layer and wears a solid four hours on my lips. Guerlinade may become one of my go-to nudes for smoky eyes. I can’t believe I had never bothered to take a look at it prior to the Spring Season–thank goodness that’s been rectified!
Is this the right nude lipstick for you? Would you wear it?
The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.