What's The Most Unflattering Lip Color You've Bought Recently?

Whenever I try to venture into the world of nude lipstick, I always regret it. This latest purchase was no exception.
Publish date:
February 24, 2014
lipsticks, Revlon, matte, tinted balms, nude lips

Have you ever bought a really
unflattering lipstick? I’m asking you guys because my boyfriend is getting
tired of being on the receiving end of these questions, so I need someone else
to commiserate with. Oh yeah, and because I just bought the worst lip color for
myself ever.

Normally, I love every lip product
Revlon has ever released, especially their new Matte Balms. Unfortunately,
whenever I try to venture into the world of nude lipstick, I always regret it.
I think my lips are too naturally pigmented, which messes with the final

The nude lipstick in question is
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Complex. In the packaging, it looked like a
brown-tinged, peachy nude. It was unlike any other lipstick color that I
currently had in my stash, so I took a risk and bought it.

I immediately put it on when I got
back in my car, as I am wont to do, and as I checked it in the mirror my heart
sank. It looked extremely patchy on my lips and the color washed me out. Hoping
it was just a combination of chapped lips and bad lighting, I resolved to give
it another try in the morning.

It looked slightly better in the
light of the next morning (and after I was sure to exfoliate and moisturize my
lips) but I still wasn’t in love with it. Even when my lips feel completely
soft and smooth, Complex still settles into lines. The natural pink tones of my
lips keep showing through, too, which kind of ruins the intended nude effect.

I’ve had it for a few weeks now and
have yet to wear it out of my house--at least, not on my lips.

I had the
idea to try it on my cheeks as a peachy blush, and I quite like how that looks.
My cheeks are already quite pink, so pink-toned blushes are a bit much for me. I
think blending Complex onto my cheeks really helped to wake up my face.

So although it wasn’t a complete
loss, I still find myself wishing I had gone for the coral Mischievous instead.

I do own two other colors from the line, both of them reds: Striking and
Standout. I wish the names weren’t so similar because I always confuse them,
but other than that, I am completely in love.

Standout is a darker, blue-based
red that makes my teeth look whiter while Striking is a more warmer, orange-tinted
red that glides on beautifully and stays on forever. Here’s a side-by-side

If you’re interested in reading
some more about the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms, I recommend Alle’s review in which she talks about some of the other colors.

Now I’m dying to know about the
lipsticks you’ve tried in the past that looked hilariously wrong on you. You
don’t have to share a picture if you don’t want to, but… c’mon, I did.