Other than a bold, classic red, I live for a good nude lip color. But when you’re a brown girl, finding the perfect nude lip shade can prove to be quite difficult. Most shades are way too light, others are too dark and muddy to give a natural, realistic look. So when I first spied the Ardency Inn Natural Lip Color, which comes in natural lip colors, I knew I had to check it out!

Of the 5 shades the pencil comes in, I chose the two deepest shades, Essex (below left), a medium/deep nude with golden undertones, and Kenmare (below right), a deep nude with red undertones.


At first glance, I just knew that Essex would be the ideal shade for me, but once I applied it it didn’t look so great with my coloring. I really tried to work and manipulate it to make it look its best, but it just didn’t look good on me. Kenmare was too dark to be a nude on me, so it didn’t work either.

I was really disappointed that neither of these shades worked out, as I loved the formula and natural finish. I always fall between foundation shades (womp), so I shouldn’t have been too surprised that I fell between shades here as well. It may not have worked out for me, but if either of these shades looks like a good match for you, I recommend giving this a whirl as they’re some of the best nude lip hues I’ve seen for brown skin.


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