When Illamasqua launched their Glamore lipsticks earlier this year, I fell in love with the easy to wear, creamy formula. Long-wearing, moisturising and still semi-matte at the same time, they were basically my dream lipstick.
For summer, they've expanded the range of Glamore lipsticks to include a much needed nude range* - up until now, every shade was pretty bright! Consisting of 7 nude shades, the Nude collection is designed to help you find your perfect nude.
Being pale and ginger, it's quite tricky to find a nude that suits me - the closest I've come so far is MAC's Snob, but even that can sometimes make me look a little washed out if I'm not careful!
Nudes tend to be soft pink and brown shades that balance warm and cool tones. It's a bit like finding the perfect foundation match - you need to get one that works with the undertones of your complexion. Illamasqua's head of training Daniel Busuttil suggests matching your lipstick to your natural nail bed colour to help you get the right shade. Mine is definitely on the pinker side of the spectrum, so this seems to be a good way of checking!
The Glamore Nudes are broken down into three spectrums: nude corals, rosy and earthy rose shades. Cooler skin tones should check out the rosy shades: Rosepout and Starkers, warmer skin tones should try the earthy rose shades: Tease, Naked or Buff. If you fancy a nude shade with a little more colour, try one of the nude corals: Minx or Cherub, which have a mix of warm and cool tones so should suit most people.
I've been testing out Cherub, Minx and Buff and Cherub is definitely the best match out of the three for me. Although not quite my perfect nude, it's definitely close and I will be heading to Illamasqua in Covent Garden for a swatch of Rosepout, as I have a feeling that will be the perfect shade for me!
If you're a nude lipstick fan, you definitely need to check these out - the formula is just fantastic. At £18.50 each they aren't cheap, but I'd say it's worth it if you can find your ideal nude shade.
You can find the Glamore Nudes in Illamasqua stores and counters from 31st July. If you're keen to get your hands on one now, they're available on www.illamasqua.com.
What do you think of these lipsticks? What's your favourite nude?