There was a time when I didn’t own any nude-y neutral lipstick and it kept me from wearing colorful eyeshadows. I’m not yet skilled enough to make a strong colored lip and eye makeup work.
I thought that a brown neutral matte is the way to go. I spent several weeks choosing between Taupe and Velvet Teddy. I ended up buying the latter first. I was afraid that Taupe was too dark brown.
I was at my lightest when I first wore velvet teddy and it looked ok, but when I got tanner, it made me look sickly so I passed it on. For reference, I have medium yellow-olive skin (I match with MAC NC37; but NARS Stromboli is closest to my skin tone in the summer/ C30 when I’m palest).
MAC says Taupe is a muted reddish-taupe brown. That’s a pretty accurate description looking at the color from the bullet. But my skin color somehow brings out a warm rusty orange tone in the lipstick that I didn’t expect. It doesn’t look totally off but I’d prefer if it looks on me as it does on the tube. From googling, I found out that some of my fellow greenish very-yellow ladies experienced the same thing.
Lipsticks tend to look different on my face (e.g., Mehr, which is supposed to be a dirty blue pink, looks slightly peachy on me and not blue at all).
I hope I was able to catch the rusty orange, but as I said, the lipstick doesn’t look off — AND, if I can wear it with a brick red top, it’s neutral enough. I can see myself finishing the tube but I’m likely to look for another lipstick that will look truly muted reddish-brown.
My lips don’t get dry, so my opinion on this lipstick being ‘not drying’ is irrelevant.