In the Nude: Ardency Inn Natural Lip Color Pencil


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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1 Comment
  • Kica

    Yeah I have this issue also. What I have found that works for me is Revlon Lip Butter in Fig Jam with Pink Truffle layered over the top in the middle of my lips is my MLBB. However keep in mind that these aren’t lipsticks but more of a pigmented lip balm so re-application more times than you would a true lipstick is a factor and one that I just have to live with.