See the 2018 Give Me More Lip Review
I have a really hard time passing on a Sephora favorites. When Give Me Some Nude Lip launched, I thought I would pass. Nudes are not really my thing. When I wear lip color, I generally want them bold. My bolder eye looks do pair better with nudes, so I keep some on hand. Lippies are a serious weakness. This is my third mini set. Although I missed the 2015 set, I did partake in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 and 2015, I also purchased the Give Me More Lip sets (which are a lot larger). You could quickly build your lip collection just by investing in these kits. This set has gone in and out of stock online. If it is out of stock again when you check, call your local stores to see if they have any. They can hold it for 24 hours if they do.
Before I get into this set, I have to start by talking about how cute the box is. Yes, this is a nude, lip shaped box. The smaller kit from 2015 was the first to introduce the box, and I almost bought it for the box alone. I have no clue why I hoard boxes, but I may have a problem.
All five lip products are loose inside the lips with scrunched black tissue paper. The inside was a bit of a letdown after seeing how great the outside looked. Sephora kits are usually packed well, so nothing shuffles. Although my items arrived fine, leaving them loose like this can result in transit damage. Anyone with a subscription box knows what I mean. This is actually a case where the lippies side by side do not look smaller than the packaging. That is because the cute lip shaped box is small. It is almost perfectly the size of my hand, which is neither small nor big. Sephora advertises this $28 lip kit with an $86 value.
I do not mind darker browns, but lighter browns are not usually flattering on me. Thankfully, four of the five colors are more pink-nude than brown-nude. The sole brown nude is Laura Mercier Milky Way. This is a repeat shade from the Give Me More Lip Kit and the reason I did not purchase this set sooner. Although the other 4 were new to me, I hate when Sephora repeats shades. Granted, I can find someone to gift the new Milky Way to.
From right to left (yes I am presenting these backwards), these swatches are Laura Mercier Creme Smooth in MilkyWay, NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita, Nudestix Lip + Cheek in Whisper, Marc Jacobs Poutliner Longwear Pencil in Primrose, and Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Namaste. Now that you’ve seen the shades on my arm, take a gander at my lips. They’re light pink and not very pigmented at all. Lipsticks will look brighter and slightly more pink-tinted on me than they look on someone with darker lips and/or a less pink complexion. This is a picture with nothing on my lips for comparison. As I try these on, I will edit the article to include pictures of me wearing them.
This swatch reminds me so much of maple frosting, which is my favorite donut. While it does not taste bad, I promise it does not taste like maple frosting.
The formula is moisturizing and lasts a decent amount of time. There is a little transfer, but I appreciate the fact that it does not highlight the dry patches or lines in my lips. I was nervous about the color for nothing, because it is nowhere near as bold as I thought this would be. On more pigmented lips, I can even see this being nude for some people. It is definitely maple on me, but it wears much prettier than I thought it would.
The 0.12 NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita is full-sized. This retails for $27. If you’re thinking of buying this lipstick, why not grab this set and get the other 4 for $1! It is a sheer dusty rose. The NARS lipstick from the bigger kit was my favorite of all 15, so I have high hopes for this.
When it comes to pinks, dusty rose is one of my favorite shades. It is usually very close to my lip color, which means this will probably be a great nude on me.
This lipstick is incredible. It does not accentuate dry patches or highlight lip lines. The formula is relatively long-lasting for something so moisturizing. I really like the color. This is a great nude for me. It is paired with the Marc Jacobs lipliner in the picture below.
The 0.088oz Nudestix Lip + Cheek Tint in Whisper is worth $24. Nudestix actually contacted me to let me know this full-size. Even though the pencils you buy separately with a separate sharpener and box are marked as 0.05oz, they are 0.088oz as well. It was a misprint from the manufacturer. As nice as it would be to have the sharpener (this is a thick pencil so a standard sharpener will not work), I am not deducting value for it. The box it comes with is also cute but unnecessary. You get the same amount of product, but you need to purchase it separately for the bells and whistles.
I will give this a fair shot, but I have not been overly impressed by this product in the past. This is a new color for me though. Like many other colors (that are all different), this is only classified as nude. It is a lot lighter than the one I used last and had a hard time noticing on my cheeks. It did better on my lips (even though it highlighted dry patches more than I would have liked).
I prefer the color of this to Blush, but the formula is similar. It is creamy (which is surprising for a matte pencil), but the light color and lack of gloss highlights every line in my lips. Dry patches were not overly accentuated, so that is a plus. If you like matte formulas and do not mind showing off lip lines, you will probably like this formula. The pencil makes me easy application and it lasts a decent amount of time on my lips. In the picture below, I also used it on my cheeks. Despite using a lot of product and setting it with powder and setting spray, it disappeared quickly. I am used to blushes disappearing in 2-3 hours, but this does not even last that long. Blush did the same thing, so I think there is something in this formula that does not agree with my overly dry cheeks.
The 0.01oz Marc Jacobs Poutliner Longwear Pencil in Primrose is a cocoa spice color. The full-size pencil retails for $24. It is 0.01oz like this one claims. There is no way this is the full-sized pencil, because it looks smaller and different. My only guess on how they could list them as the same size is that they’re rounding. Maybe, they round up on the sample and round down on the full-size. I remember someone saying the samples are 0.08oz and the full-size pencils are 0.12oz, which would both round to 0.1oz. Assuming this is correct, I am calculating the value of this at $16. That is 2/3 the price for the comparable size.
This is how much product is inside the sample. It will last a decent amount of time. Yes, my line is crooked. Unlike the bigger formulas, this is hard to hide when you swatch unevenly. That is good and bad. On the one hand, it will draw the line right where you place it (no bleeding), but that is not always good when your hands shake. It was very hard to remove this and was the only shade I swatched that stuck around after washing.
This liner is not perfectly nude on my lips. My lips are a similar pink shade, but they are a bit more pale. It is pictured below with nothing but liner to show the liner on its own. I later paired this with the NARS Dolce Vita lipstick and thought they complimented each other nicely. The liner glides on easily and lasts a long time. If I had any complaint, it would be that the line is not consistent. It applies darker in some spots than it does in others, but doubling up and blending out corrects that nicely.
The 0.1oz Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Namaste is worth $10. It’s only listed as nude, but there is definitely a lot of pink in this shade.
This may look like a standard liquid lipstick, but it is not. When I swatch most liquid lipsticks, I have a hard time removing them. With a dry tissue, this rubbed right off. It is probably not long-lasting as a normal liquid lipstick is.
I was pleasantly surprised with how this felt on my lips. It is the first liquid lipstick that felt comfortable on. It stays a little wet (even though it looks completely dry), so it keeps moisture on. This was not drying at all even though I would not call it the most moisturizing formula either. For a liquid lipstick, I was impressed with the way it felt. Like all matte, liquid lipsticks (on me), it accentuated my lip lines. Having the photoshopped looking lips is never going to happen for me. It actually lasted a decent amount of time on my lips, which was unexpected based on how easily it rubbed off my arm with a dry tissue. Expect wear around 4-5 hours. That is longer than most lipsticks but nowhere near as long as a liquid lipstick. The trade off in wear time is comfort. I will take that any day. Though the shade looked a lot less pink on my lips than it did in the swatch, I still find the color acceptable. It is not a shade I would select if I were buying a single lipstick though.
I calculate the value at $90.50, which is close to the $86 Sephora estimate. These values are somewhat subjective, because it is hard to calculate the Marc Jacobs and the Nudestix when the sizes listed are at or larger than the full-size. The NARS lipstick almost covers the value on its own, so I think this is a really good deal for someone who does not already have that lipstick but wants to try it. With the Nudestix and Marc Jacobs having so much product compared to the full-size, getting this set for them is not a bad idea either. If you’re picking up in person, call ahead of time to make sure they place this on hold for you.
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