No, you’re not dreaming. I’m reviewing a nude lipstick! I’m sure there will be more, so we are going to see how many different ways I can say “true nude,” “beige,” and “more on the pink/peach” side. I shall consider reviewing nude lipsticks a writing exercise.
After Nars’ Belle de Jour, which for me is still the most beautiful nude shade, let me down with its less than stellar formulation, I’ve been heartbrokenly eyeing every nude lipstick with suspicion and doubt. Every time I pick up a sample tube, I’m like, “Well, you’re pretty. What’s wrong with you?” Nevertheless, out of sheer necessity- and really this word acquires a different meaning when you’re a gunkie- I decided to give nudes another chance. Perhaps not all nude lipsticks will focus on my flaws, aka chapped lips, like Belle de Jour did.
This is what singlehood has come to; I am jaded from a bad relationship with a lipstick.
MAC’s lipstick in Jubilee is a lustre finish, meaning it’s sheerer and glossier. I would describe a lustre to be somewhere between a lipgloss and a lipstick. I’ve come to realize that equivalent finishes in other brands can lead to disastrous results: accentuated lines and dryness, uneven application, or totally invisible color. However, MAC’s lustres have been excellent, including this one.
MAC describes Jubilee as a “naked, beigey-pink,” which is pretty accurate. I tend to stay away from really pinky nudes, because typically, when I’m looking for a nude, I’m looking for something complementary to my warm skin tone. That usually means true beiges, pale browns, or peachy nudes. However, the pink in Jubilee is so subtle, as if it had been sneakily dropped into the shade mixture just to elevate the beige to a healthier, more alive color. The pink was not a problem but rather, an intelligent addition to an otherwise boring color.
This being not only a lustre but a nude as well, I was worried that the shade might not show up at all. Though I’ve worked with lustres before and have had no problems with the results versus my expectations regarding color, I was still leery about this one. I always found Jubilee to be a very meek color, if that makes sense, but I have since realized that it’s understated but also quite powerful and elegant in its own way. It’s very soft-looking, and unlike other nudes, it makes my lips look healthy rather than bloodless and/or camouflaged unattractively against the rest of my face.
As you can see, the formulation is awesome. It doesn’t settle into cracks and imperfections, has good slippage but doesn’t bleed, and covers fairly well.
For the longest time, I’d been picking up and setting down Jubilee testers. In a line-up of nude lipsticks, I would always pick up Jubilee even without looking at the label. Now that I’ve got it, I can’t imagine why I hadn’t gotten it earlier. It’s an absolutely gorgeous nude- a bit pinker than Belle de Jour, but considering other factors like formulation and overall workability, Jubilee is the clear winner. While it’s most definitely not as popular as Myth or Creme d’ Nude, I’m going to go so far as to say that it’s just as pretty. It doesn’t look stark against my skin, nor is dismissible as a shade.
MAC Lipsticks are 1,000PHP each.
I think Jubilee is teaching me to love (nudes) again.