I have fallen in love with brown toned lipsticks - this is not a statement I ever thought I would make. I generally stayed away from any form of nude or natural lipsticks, instead much preferring bright toned pinks and purples. However, I have since realised that these are not practical for everyday wear, when I'm stumbling around in the dark at half six in the morning.
I have picked my favourite three lipsticks that have definite brown tones, all of which are in different price ranges - Chanel Rouge Allure 81 Insouciante, NARS Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita and L'oreal Colour Riche 254 Kiss & Blush.
Chanel Rouge Allure, 81 Insouciante
Out of the three, this is the most brown, though there is a hint of a muted pink that makes Insouciante so wearable. The Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks are amongst the most amazing I have ever tried, they blend seamlessly and opaquely onto my lips and leave a beautiful sheen. The colour is long lasting and doesn't settle into the lines of my lips. It is the most expensive of the three at £24 but for the quality of the product, I believe it's worth it!
NARS Sheer Lipstick, Dolce Vita
I have only had DolceVita for a week and already cannot believe I've never owned it before - it's beautiful! It's much rosier than Insouciante but there is definitely a beigey/brown hint that makes this lipstick so natural. I've never tried a lipstick that is as moisturising - it literally glides onto the lips. I really want to try the matte pencil version as I read they used it on Christina Hendricks on Mad Men - her lip colour was always beautiful! If you're not too sure about brown toned lipsticks, I think Dolce Vita is an excellent place to start! NARS Sheer lipsticks are £17.50.
L'oreal Colour Riche, 254 Kiss & Blush.
Kiss and Blush is the least pigmented of the three but leaves a pretty brown toned sheen to the lips. The Colour riche lipsticks are supposedly tailored according to hair colour, however 254 is made for blonde's and I think it looks OK on me! Again, this is a good alternative if you want to dabble in beige/brown lipsticks as it isn't very expensive - around £8.
Lots of Love