I recently stopped by the drugstore and was pulled in by the siren call of lipsticks on sale. Included in my haul was the highly recommended Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry. While I’ve heard a lot about this colour I wanted to see how it would look on dark skin.

The popular comparison I see on fair skin is between BITE Rhubarb and Revlon Sultry. When I got home and swatched it I saw a similarity between it and MAC Captive. Continue reading to see how these ‘dupes’ played out on darker skin.

We’re bringing back an old “favourite” today, NARS Orgasm. I got this as part of the Sephora Superstars gift set last year and it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since.

When I started getting really interested in makeup in high school NARS was one of the brands I remember everyone touted (as they still do of course). The ‘must-have’ “universally flattering” product recommended to me, both online and by my fairer friends was NARS Orgasm. You can imagine young me’s disappointment when I went into Sephora, swatched it, and saw a mess of sparkly light pink.

It was one of my first realizations that there weren’t enough good recommendations for dark skin.

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Natural lighting

WOC of the world rejoice. Finally a colour of the year that won’t result in people saying “it’s just so vibrant against your skin tone.” We’ll need to make sure to stock up on all the “nude” lipsticks and ‘girl next door’ blushes that will result from Pantone’s colour of the year in Marsala. (Italian wine, not a misspelling of the Indian food Masala as I originally thought).

On the internet the colour is being applied to many different shades quite liberally.

Here’s the colour as Pantone described it:

Marsala Colour

I have to admit that I’m often reluctant to buy drugstore products. Thankfully a lot has changed since middle school and the advent of the online beauty community now allows me to make very important makeup buying decisions that I don’t regret shortly afterwards. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Palette is one such recommendation that I picked up from Tati @glamlifeguru whose drugstore recs are always on point.

I also had a gift card because so I figured why not? The palette was $4.67 before taxes and the prices are about the same in Canada vs. the US which makes it feel all the sweeter.

On to the pictures!

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone

I recently posted some lip swatches of a few NARS Audacious lipsticks I tried on. For those who don’t have the ability to go to a store I (arm) swatched all the colours I think will be flattering on dark skin. That’s not to say you shouldn’t buy any other colour not listed here of course!

Some are bright and some are more neutral. But even the bright ones (I’ve recommended) won’t make us look like Mrs. Potato Head. The formula is really just that great.


The great thing about this brown lipstick trend is that it allows us darker-skinned folk to get MLBB/nudes that don’t have white undertones. But I’m still on the hunt for darker browns that will properly channel the 90s look we’re going for!

Here are five options that I’ve found thus far. The first two are quite light but I included them for those who are fairer than me (plus they also make great nudes!). 

Since my boyfriend is heading home to Boston for the weekend I decided to ask him to bring me back a new lippie, as they’re significantly more expensive up here. I was particularly looking to add a new and interesting colour to my collection. So nothing in a family of colours/tones I already have.

NARS Audacious Lipsticks retail for $32USD and $37CAD. The exclusive shades are found at Barney’s stateside and at Holt Renfrews up north.

I apologize in advance for poor picture quality and lighting. These are just photos I took to send to friends for a quick opinion. But I noticed there weren’t many pictures of darker women wearing these yet so I thought I’d put them up in case anyone’s interested.