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.
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Whenever I try to venture into the world of nude lipstick, I always regret it. This latest purchase was no exception.

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.

I dunno about this shade, guys…

I dunno about this shade, guys…

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 result.

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.

I promise my lips aren’t as chapped and dry as this makes them look.

I promise my lips aren’t as chapped and dry as this makes them look.

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’d make some sort of “grin and bear it” joke but it looks even worse when I smile.

I’d make some sort of “grin and bear it” joke but it looks even worse when I smile.

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.

Subtle but pretty, right?

Subtle but pretty, right?

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.

From top to bottom: Standout, Striking, and Complex.

From top to bottom: Standout, Striking, and Complex.

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 comparison.

I’m wearing Striking on the left, and creepily showing off my teeth with Standout on the right.

I’m wearing Striking on the left, and creepily showing off my teeth with Standout on the right.

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. Solidarity!