So I finally got my hands on the fabled Gosh ‘Darling’, the true nude, but even as I unwrapped it I just wasn’t sure about this lipstick. I’ve been anti-nude lipstick without having tried a genuinely nude lipstick because I assumed they would make my already fair complexion look deathly ill, but this doesn’t. I think it has just enough peachy-pink in it to make my lips look muted rather than corpse-like.
The formula is good – if a little drying with extended wear – and the scent is something sweet, vanilla I think. However, in applying this lipstick, you need to use the same principle you would use when applying a red lipstick: only apply to exfoliated lips in good condition, otherwise the lipstick will accentuate all the dry patches on your lips. I also find that, like a red lipstick, it requires a bit of maintenance during the day. Typical considerations during your day of wearing this lipstick will include: “Has the ‘line’ where my top lip meets my bottom lip appeared?”; and, “Do my lips look flakey?”. For those of you who want to apply lipstick and go, Gosh ‘Darling’ may cause you unnecessary consternation.
I do find that this lipstick doesn’t apply as evenly as many of my other lipsticks (but I’m mainly referring to Chanel Rouge Allure and YSL Rouge Pur here), but it’s the kind of thing that only you would notice peering at close range into a mirror. Having said all of this, I do like this lipstick. It has just enough colour to give me healthy, muted lips. Needless-to-say, this is great for pairing with a strong, smokey eye, so it’s an easy lipstick to throw into a collection. It also works as a kind of poor-man’s lip erase if you feel like muting your natural colour to apply something bold over the top. Here’s a picture of the lipstick on me: