I’m a lipgloss junkie. I have it all, my trusty Blistex, painful plumping versions, Lip Smackers á la eighth grade…well, you get the idea. But until now, I’ve never found a gloss I was willing to go nude for.
As soon as I got my hands on MUD’s full line of Lip Glazes (3 carefully selected shades) I was hooked. These little tubes of perfection are truly the “grownup” answer to the middle school era gunk that I just couldn’t completely cut ties with. And at only $12 each, a bargain!
MUD, or Make-Up Designory, is a particularly fun makeup line because it’s a spinoff from their schools in Los Angeles and New York. You know it’s got to be good when it’s being put to the test every day by makeup artists and industry experts! The best part is that MUD provides shoppers with all the tools to get the same looks that they put together, like the professional-quality lip brush (need!) that retracts for the perfect throw-in-your-purse favorite to get glam on the go.
My favorite Lip Glaze was most definitely Bare. MUD describes the color as a warm beige-pink, but I don’t think that even comes close to doing it justice. This is the first nude glaze I’ve ever tried, and it has kicked off a whole new look in my makeup repertoire. I’m very fair, and it gives my lips a natural-meets-glam shine without any shimmer. I pat a bit of face powder over my lips before applying this to neutralize my natural lip color and give it a really great base. I love to wear this gloss with a peachy blush and soft pink eyeshadow for a really youthful glow. Bare is really the perfect color for summer and would pair wonderfully with all those China Glaze pastels we’ve been eyeing!
Magnolia, a light blush color with soft flecks of gold, definitely lips up to its description. The golden flecks add a ton of depth and really dress this gloss up for a very polished look. The base color, a deep rose, strikes me as one that would be very universally-flattering, and the shimmer brings this glaze up to a nighttime-caliber look. Magnolia’s warm glow pulled me and my dried-up pucker out of a fierce winter slump. This shade could flawlessly transition from winter to spring and well beyond with its incredibly versatile tones.
The last shade in my new arsenal is Java, a deep, rich chocolate with hints of berry. I have to give the MUD masterminds credit – they’re quite adept at describing a color to a T, and this one really takes the cake. Java really is a deep, chocolatey tone. I think that this would be gorgeous on olive-skinned (my mother – *sigh*) or African American women, but on somebody as sheet-white as myself, it was a little overwhelming.
All three shades went on smoothly and lived up to their reputation of never being sticky. The color lasted longer than most tinted glosses, and the shimmer sticks around even after the color’s gone. I really like that the glazes had only a very subtle, adult scent (because a strong scent can be a real turnoff for me). The squeezable tube applicator delivers the perfect amount of color and is great for on-the-go touchups without a mirror. The MUD site suggests makeup pairings for each gloss, so the whole thing’s completely foolproof. I can confidently recommend these glazes to any woman out there.
Think you’d like to see for yourself? Right now until 4/30/10, you can get 15% off any order at mudshop.com. Just use code spring at checkout. (Cannot be combined with other offers. Excludes Picture Perfect Make-Up Kit.)
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