Nude lipstick has come a long way in recent years. Previously, a “nude” shade was basically an ultra-light beige that brands put out without realizing it only matches a few skin tones. (Okay, some sadly still do this.) That’s why we’re so excited about the new MAC nude lipstick collection called Strip Down. It’s the biggest natural lipstick launch ever for the brand, with a whopping 24 hues ranging from light to deep.
There are 17 Lipsticks in the collection, in a mix of matte, amplified, lustre, satin, cremesheen and frost finishes, plus seven hues of Lipglass lipgloss. When I first saw the below photo, the shades looked promising. But you seriously have to see the colors on real, not digitally altered, lips to see if the collection works on a wide range of skin tones, especially deep ones.
Luckily, a few MAC makeup artists have been posting both arm and lip swatches to Instagram and you can tell by their faces that they’re obsessed with the line. Everyone seems to be loving the cheeky names as well, which include Kinkster (a mid-tone olive nude with gold undertones), Derrière (a dirty brown with gold undertones) and Dangerous Curves (a mid-tone nude with gold undertones).
Beauty influencer TikaMargarita shared some gorgeous swatches of her favorite shades from the line.
MAC makeup artist Jordan Creek showed off six lip swatches that are honestly very impressive. They all look great on her—no ashy undertones in sight.
Find your perfect nude when Strip Bare launches Thursday, April 4 in MAC stores and online.