Hi! Today’s rushed NOTD I went with a neutral palette of beige and bronze for some leaf stamp art. I used Sally Hansen Bare It All, Essie Summit of Style and Avon Glimmer. I had some trouble with Bare It All. The brush held on to a lot of product and the formula was thin, making application a bit tricky. Good thing it’s a forgiving nude. I also had some trouble capturing the leaf stamps in a photograph due to the pale tones. I’d wait for sun for a better shot, but there’s none in the forecast so these will have to do! Overall it’s a bit too subdued for my taste even with the glitter. I’ll mix it up with the occasional neutral like this but I love my darks and brights! Some pics in crappy lighting because that’s all we get here in Vancouver now! On the upside (?) I guess I’ve accidentally found my mannequin hands nude!
I have been hearing and reading on various beauty blogs for a while now about this lipstick from Rimmel as being wonderful for pale people who desire to wear a nude lipstick that won’t make them look even more like pasty reheated death. I prefer reds and brights to liven up my NC20/25 skin but apparently this is frowned upon for job interviews, so I had to find myself something that helped me look put together and professional. Rimmel displays are usually well picked over by the time I get to them, and I had a hard time finding this but managed to grab one for $4 at Superstore in Canada recently! At that price I couldn’t resist finding out if it was everything these lovely beauty bloggers claimed it to be!
Rimmel Airy Fairy is a mauve/pink leaning nude-ish shade. This very definitely -thankfully- leans on the cool side, making it well suited to my cool tone skin. I can see this looking horrid on skin that is really very warm, dark, or yellow based. This shade was made with pale cool toned people in mind, which is a relief as I have issue with other “holy grail nudes” being way too brown for me. It has some barely noticeable golden micro glitter which I can see in the tube, but I can’t personally see in the finished swatches on either arm or lip. Coverage is opaque after a few swipes. I wouldn’t call this a “Lasting Finish”, as it wears about the same as any lipstick that doesn’t claim to be long wearing, but at least it seems to wear off evenly. Texture is creamy, smooth and reasonably emollient. I would judge this to have a satin finish. Below is a swatch on lip, NC20/25 skin, taken in outdoor light.
Worth noting is the scent, which might bother some. I’ve gotten used to it as I have a few of these from Rimmel’s Lasting Finish line. It’s a sweet, slightly spicy (cinnamony?) kind of scent. It’s unique to these lipsticks, I can’t think of any other products that smell like this. If you absolutely can not stand fragrance in a facial beauty product, this may be a deal breaker for you.
The packaging is a dark purplish shade with red microglitter you can see in the sun, has an angled top with the Rimmel crown logo on it, a metal ring around the middle with the Rimmel text logo, and a metal tube inside holding the product. The lipstick does wind all the way down inside the tube so protect the product from knicks and bumping, which I appreciate. You can see the label sticker matches the shade of the lipstick inside, handy!
Overall I do like this lipstick and think it’s a fantastic deal at $4! I wouldn’t call it fancy, luxurious or dramatic but it’s a perfect “safe” shade for job interviews! If you’re of cool toned pale skin and can find it on sale I encourage you to check it out! I will be using this as my “nude” shade until I find something more magical than Airy Fairy (unlikely) or they stop making it. Apparently Rimmel Airy Fairy is a dupe for various MAC lipsticks such as High Tea, Angel, Hug Me or Creme Cup (and more…) depending on who you ask. I don’t have any of these so I can’t substantiate 😦