I’ve been taking a hard look at every single makeup item I own and the number of neutrals in my stash surprised me, especially after last week’s matte red lipstick ranking.
So in very loose order, these are currently the most neutral makeup products in my stash and if you’ve been here before, some things may be familiar:
- Givenchy Dual Liner Two-Tone Eyeshadow and Liner is a mix of copper and silver-grey. I use the coppery side so much more especially in the waterline. With a few sparkles that admittedly shift around a bit, it’s still a valuable pencil especially when all I have time for is the fastest pop of colour to wake up my eyes.
- Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil has been a pleasant surprise. An easy to glide on milk-chocolate liner that’s long-wearing as well if you need an anchor pencil to grip lipglosses and lipsticks, this does it effortlessly.
- Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Mordore Nude is always in my makeup bag even when I travel. It’s one of the easiest lipliners to apply, smooth, long-wearing and it can also stand in as a lip shade in a pinch. I’d also recommend it if you have a darker skin tone and your lips are a couple of different shades, as are mine.
- Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Brun Teak (teak brown) was such a great purchase and I’ve gotten tremendous use out of it whether as eyeliner or as an eyeshadow base. The key thing to note is that it’s soft, you won’t have to wrestle to get it to glide on to your eyes and the best part is that it doesn’t smudge.
5. By Terry Stylo Blackstar in Tasty Truffle is the treat that keeps on giving. A liner/eyeshadow pencil that helps you to create a neutral eye or a totally smoked out eye without a lot of effort, this is an extremely user-friendly pencil. Tasty Truffle is also a chocolate-y shade with a hint of shimmer. If you have maturing eyes and need help to softly define and smoke your eyes, I truly recommend this pencil.
6. Surratt Moderniste Lip Pencil in Chocolat Bisous was a late-year discovery that I found on sale. Surratt’s products are definitely cult status stuff and this lip liner, also in a deep chocolate brown has become a true staple. In comparison to the other lip pencils, this point is extremely thin so being precise is easy. I also talked about this pencil in a post detailing how to define your lips using products you already have, and it goes beyond just drawing pencil along the contour of your lips.
- Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Bond Girl has never, ever let me down. If ever there was a lipstick that answers the neutral call without washing you out or making you look ill, this is the answer. A new generation, non-drying matte lipstick that doesn’t require lip liner, I also think this is a perfect neutral for deeper skin tones. Officially described as a berry shade, it’s very easy to not think that at first. Hardly a typical berry, this also has brown and pink undertones, for a true everyday lipstick.
- Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Nuance is a tricky one for me to wear as it requires a lot of lip liner. On the one hand, it’s hydrating and comfortable to wear, but on the other hand, I need to ensure my eye makeup is on the vivid side in order to pull this off. As it’s the most neutral lipstick I own, thankfully it also shines when layered over other lipsticks or under a gloss.
- Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme in Eternel is a lighter shade than Charlotte Tilbury’s Bond Girl. Another matte lipstick that’s delivers on comfort and wear time. I basically lived in this lipstick most of the time and I can see it being completely used up. It’s another neutral lipstick shade that will complement many skin tones including deeper ones. It brightens your face and eyes especially, plus I’ve been able to layer it over the lip liners I mentioned above with tremendous success. I also love pairing it with Chanel’s Rouge Coco Gloss 804.
Nail and Cheek
- Illamasqua Colour Veil Gel Blusher in the shade Entice had been on my radar for a while. As the name states, it’s a gel formula blush that has proven itself in several temperatures. It wears really well and goes on smoothly for a budge-free finish. Don’t be fooled by the swatch as this is especially good even if your skin is dry.
Personally, I prefer to tap it on with clean fingers. Plus it layers well under or over powder blush and powder bronzer, but even better with cream bronzer.
2. Chanel Le Vernis #646 Bleached Mauve is easily one of my favourite nail polishes from the brand. I hesitated to get it but was beyond pleased once I added it to my collection. It’s the most perfect neutral nail shade, arguably more so than even the palest pink which can be tricky sometimes. This brown-y peach/salmon shade is such a standout that I hope Chanel never discontinues it.
- Tom Ford Private Shadow Agenda Rouge Suede had me a little concerned at first but it only took one wear before I was sold on the brilliance of the formula. This is a silky, soft formula that is a pleasure to apply with fingers and brushes. It can also be built up or worn lightly in a single wash over the mobile eyelid. On me, the brown-based, coppery orange pigment fades a bit but it really brings out brown eyes so the fading doesn’t bother me too much as it’s less intense on the skin than it appears in the pan and softens even more when worn over the course of the day.
- Chanel Ombre Premiere 814 Silver Pink stole my heart a thousand different ways. The ideal mix of brown, mauve and metallic undertones, this is a neutral lover’s dream cream eyeshadow. There’s one downside though, it starts to get crumbly in the pot over time. While that doesn’t take anything away from the longwear ability of the formula once it’s on your skin, it just takes a bit more work to clear the crumbs away before applying it whether with fingers or a brush. Otherwise, it one of the most beautiful shades in Chanel’s cream eyeshadow collection because of its versatility.
- Chanel Ombre Premiere 802 Undertone is that champagne shade that never goes out of style. Whether it’s worn as a base for other shadows or on its own, this is the shade you reach for especially when time is short. Perfect for your water-line as well, it just ticks all the boxes as the poster child for a neutral makeup product that absolutely anyone can use.
- Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad 308 Clair Obscur is fail-proof, long-wearing and contains four neutral powder eyeshadow shades that are timeless. With buttery textures and little fall-out, these eyeshadows create that ‘are you or are you not wearing anything’ on your eyelids vibe. Barely there, yet also very buildable, the shades in the Clair Obscur palette range from chocolate brown to a greige-taupe shade to a pale yellow shade for highlighting/illuminating and a black-brown shade.
That was quite the hike but it’s everything that’s currently the most neutral makeup products in my stash. And more often than not, it’s usually pulled together with these two powders. Hopefully, you’ll come away with some new ideas for your own collection and I hope this helps.
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