I’m a nude lip addict. I’ll be the first to admit that, so when this huge package of dreamy lip products arrived on my doorstep, I might’ve squealed a little. The Bare Minerals Gen Nude Collection is making it’s way to Australia, launching in Mecca on the 31st of January. And I thought what better way to celebrate than with a bunch of swatches so you could have a peek at the collection before heading in store? There are twenty shades of the matte lip colors, twenty lipsticks, fifteen glosses and five lip pencils – I’ve been lucky enough to receive a majority of the collection so let’s take a look.
The collection has four parts – liquid lipsticks, cream lipsticks, lip glosses and lip pencils. There’s truly something for every lip lover here. And my favourite thing about the range is how inclusive it is – the Bare Minerals definition of nude really tries to cover every skin tone. I’ll go through all of the formulas with my initial thoughts, I’ve been testing these for a while but have been a little overwhelmed with all of the colour choices. The whole range has a subtle vanilla scent to them, a little more pronounced in the liquid lipsticks than the rest of the range.
The Bare Minerals liquid lip goes on creamy and dries down to a beautiful, comfortable satin matte. It feels incredibly lightweight on the lips and wears beautifully. I actually purchased one of the liquid lipsticks, Swag, from this range when I was in the U.S. last year and since falling in love with that one, I’d say this liquid lip formula is in my top three favourites that I’ve tried. The flat paddle applicator is incredibly easy to work with, I find. It’s also worth mentioning that one of my tubes went a little strange and started leaking oil around the lid, something that I’ve experienced in the past with the Tarte Lippie Paint, so that’s something to keep an eye on.
My favourites include Swag, the one I purchased 6 months ago, Infamous and Slay.
The classic lipstick offering from the range is a comfortable, creamy, moisturising kind of formula. Each of the shades apply quite sheerly with a bit of a sheen. They feel almost like balms on the lips but, because of this, they can also gather a little on any dry patches on the lips if you’re not careful. I really like the rounded shape of the bullet for smooth and quick application but it can take some getting used to.
My favourites are Notorious, Heaven, Crave & XOX – of course, the deeper nude-y shades that work so beautifully as a my-lips-but-better shade.
The Buttercream lip glosses are another favourite from the range – they provide a really high shine, glossy finish and have a great amount of pigmentation. Some of the lighter shades apply a little sheerer but the deeper shades go on quite intensely, with no need for additional colour underneath. Some of the shades have a shimmer to them but I don’t find it as noticeable on the lips as they appear in the tube. They have a hint of a tingle to them, thanks to the plumping ingredients, and although I’m normally pretty sensitive to how they feel on the lips, these still feel comfortable.
My favourites are Forbidden, Snarky, Fancy and Heartbreaker. Forbidden is the only one of the four with no glitter in it but as you can see from the swatches, the shimmer doesn’t really come across.
The final part of the collection is the lip liners, each of the shades is quite deep but complement the range well. The pencils are incredibly creamy and soft, with no dragging when I apply them to the lips.
In summary, if you’re a nude lip lover or someone who’s on the everlasting search for the perfect my-lips-but-better, this range is for you. There’s something for just about everyone in this range. My picks are definitely the Matte Liquid Lipsticks but the whole range has really impressed.
What shades appeal to you from this range?
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!