This season has gone all shades of peachy. The subdued orange tone is popping up everywhere, and is in nearly every current limited line. The problem for some ladies, is this--olive undertones combined with pigmented lips, means that certain shades of orange can wash you out, make you appear ill, or just look clownish. The light colored opaque formulas tend to come off as pasty, giving the appearance of tacky lips...not the pouty, moisturized ones many of us are after. Such was the issue when I went to test out the popular YSL's Rouge Volupte in Faubourg Peach. Who was I trying to kid? Even the makeup artist laughed.
A solution has been found. Someone with my skin tone or deeper can safely avert their attention to coral shades--ones with a little more warmth, and a little less of the cool undertone.
Paul and Joe's Lipstick in Poppy is an example of the direction we're heading. Although it's not the same as the lighter peaches we're seeing, the lip will actually grab a bit more of the orange than first meets the eye.
On the glossier end of things, I found a formula that is a tad sheer, yet still cancels out the rosiness of my natural lip tone.
The Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick in Sensation Coral (#346) was brought to my attention as an option that could be effortlessly applied throughout the Spring, sans the need for a mirror. The formula is very moisturizing and consistent. The color is buildable, and the above is shown with two coats.
When compared to YSL's Peach Fauborg, it was clear that it would allow the best to shine through, while still achieving the bronzey peach that I was after.
And now for some major shine...
Combining the peach and the pink, in a formula that would almost seem too milky to pass as natural, Paul and Joe's lipgloss in Icing is the ideal in-between. The paintbrush style applicator spreads product in a way that evenly coats the lip. As the intensity wears thin, it leaves a very light stain to the lip which giving a healthier-than-normal appeal.
Which shades have you turned to for your peach fix this Spring? Have you had to veer away from a must-have shade because it just wasn't right for you?