It is cursed or what? first, these beauties were part of the batch of photos that got corrupted when my Mac Air crossed the underworld two weeks ago. I had to reshoot including moi wearing each shade. But guess what, while the product shots came out nice, the actual lip swatches emerged blurry! Oh well, scrap that and let’s settle with arm swatches for the time being, otherwise these nude lippies from bareMinerals will be forever pushed to the backend. Things that happened behind the scene, I tell ya!

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bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color swatch review, bareMinerals Buttercream Lip Gloss swatch review


Available in a rather extensive shade range, the Gen Nude collection from bareMinerals has two varieties: the matte liquid lip color (20 shades) and buttercream lip gloss (15 shades in shimmer or high shine finish). Each retails for $18 and features neutral colors that suit every skin tone vis-a-vis intensity preference. I purchased three matte and two lip gloss to see if they’re right up my alley. From the photos, they look similar in terms of packaging but the matte version has quite an opaque feel to it while the gloss is clear. Also, the matte has a distinctive cocoa fragrance while the gloss smells part-candy, part-chemical.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color swatch review, bareMinerals Buttercream Lip Gloss swatch review

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color swatch review, bareMinerals Buttercream Lip Gloss swatch review

I’m a liquid lipstick junkie so I am more than enthused to add these matte lipsticks to my collection. In comparison to Anastasia (reviewed here and here) and Smashbox (reviewed here and here), these look less intense in terms of pigmentation and opacity. Hence, they are really made for women who prefer delicate neutrals while keeping up with the matte lip trend. They also glide with ease and feel more lightweight on the lips. In terms of longevity, I don’t consider them powerhouse just like Anastasia. They stay intact if left untouched but totally erased after a hearty meal. The sponge doe foot is thin and flat which allows seamless application. The shades I have are Scandal (brown berry), Boss (pink beige) and Friendship (rose).

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color swatch review, bareMinerals Buttercream Lip Gloss swatch review

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color swatch review, bareMinerals Buttercream Lip Gloss swatch review

While I’m not huge on lip gloss (but I used to be back in the day), I don’t mind adding Sugar (pinkish mauve) and Minx (dark brown, my kind of shade) to my stash. They are both office-appropriate (if you work in a conservative setting) and feel comfortable on the lips. The doe foot is slanted which hugs the lips congruently during application. One of fall’s beauty trend this year is minimalist makeup so these are certainly must-try!

bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color, bareMinerals Buttercream Lip Gloss swatch review

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