Melt Nood Collection Lipsticks

Okay so I know these are sort of old news, BUT they’re some of my absolute favorite lipsticks and have been for a while now, so I figured why not post them?!

As you all probably know, I’m a big fan of Melt! I love their formulas, whether it be for lips or eyes. The company is also cruelty-free and all of the lipsticks in this collection are vegan, which I know is a plus for many people! The formula for all four of these lipsticks is the classic Ultra-Matte, as opposed to their Matte formula found with the Prime Rose collection (I’ll be posting it soon!), or their iridescent formula. All of the lipsticks in the Nood collection are very wearable for most skin tones. The only exception is the lightest, Sext, which may be difficult for deeper skin tones to pull off, but that’s where lip pencils come in so you can make it work!

*Note* I am not sponsored by anyone and didn’t get any type of payment or compensation to do this review. All products mentioned have been purchased out of pocket.

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Sext – Nood – Laced – Catsuit

These are no longer available in a package deal, but you can still get the all individually for $19 each on www.meltcosmetics.com. They each contain 3.2g / 0.11oz of product, which comes out to be $5.94 per gram. This is very comparable to MAC’s pricing at $17 per lipstick / $5.67 per gram, so don’t let Melt’s overall higher price scare you off… They’re worth it, I promise! Also, Melt has sales and special offers from time to time, so be sure to sign up for their emails!

This collection is consistent with Melt’s other lipsticks. The wear time and pigmentation is just as great as anything else they’ve ever release. I’ll go into more detail in the individual reviews, so keep reading!

PRO TIP: Since these are all VERY matte, you MUST make sure your lips are not dry and chapped before applying these lipsticks! Make sure to exfoliate your lips regularly to get rid of any rough or peeling areas, especially during this dry time of year. I also recommend using a lip balm a little while before doing your lips, but wiping off whatever is left right before applying your lipstick… That way, there’s no shine underneath so it will be matte! You can also use a silicone based primer like MAC’s Prep + Prime lip if you like, which will fill in any lines, smooth out dry patches, and even extend the wear time.

Please forgive me if some of the pics have slightly different lighting. I had to redo some of the photos on different days.

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Sext – Nood – Laced – Catsuit

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Swatch photo taken outside in indirect natural light. Lipsticks swatches on NC20 skin.

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Sext

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Sext

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Sext

Sext:   This is the lightest of the lipsticks in this collection and is a slightly warm, peachy (almost peachy-pink) toned nude with a completely matte finish. The texture is smooth and applies evenly with little effort. The color payoff is great, but it may look a little pinker once applied (like in the photo above), due to your natural lip color. That’s actually a good thing when wearing this light of a nude, though, so it doesn’t end up looking too drastic or chalky. Coverage is great as well, but you may have to swipe the lipstick back and forth a few times to get full opacity. Wear time is about 7, give or take a little if you’re eating and drinking. It mostly begins to fade just in the center of the lip after about 3-4 hours, so it makes for easy touchups. Layering this over a liner will maximize the wear time, and will also make it more wearable for medium-dark to deeper skin tones, since you can layer and blend to create a darker nude!

Liners:   My top picks are Naked Liner (true neutral, very light nude), In Synch (light, more pinkish nude), Rosy Rim (light-medium, pinky nude), Boldly Bare (light-medium, peachy nude) or Subculture (light-medium, true nude). If you have a medium dark to deeper skin tone and want to use this lipstick with a liner to create an ombre look, I suggest Spice, Auburn, or Hover, all of which have warmer undertones. You could even do Cork or Chestnut for a cooler undertone if you blend them enough. All of these are part of MAC’s permanent line of Lip Pencils.

If you’re looking for a longer wearing liner, these MAC Pro Longer Lip Pencils are great options and all are permanent: Oh Honey! (light, peachy nude), Etcetera (medium nude with a neutral to warm brown undertone), Cultured (medium, warm toned, pinky-peach nude) or Nice ‘N’ Spicy (medium-dark, warm nude).

Dupes:   Myth is close, but is less pink and has a Satin finish rather than Matte. Creme Cup  has a similar color, but is darker and has a Cremesheen finish, meaning it has a bit of a shine to it. Japanese Maple is another Cremesheen that’s close, but is also darker and more peachy. All of these are permanent lipsticks from MAC.

There is one limited edition lipstick from MAC’s Vibe Tribe collection that’s close and is called Arrowhead, but it’s more of a true nude and less pinky toned than Sext is. It is a Matte, though, so the finish is right.

Milk Shake from Anastasia Beverly Hills is actually the closest match I found for both color and finish, but it’s a liquid lipstick.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Nood

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Nood

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Nood

Nood:   Nood is just a step up from Sext and is a light, warm, peachy toned nude with a very matte finish. It shares the typical creamy texture with the rest of Melt’s lipsticks. Color payoff looks pretty true to the color it is in the tube, so you don’t have to use much product. Coverage is good and even, but as you can see, this one didn’t stick quite as much in the center of my lips, but that’s an easy fix by gently rubbing it around with your finger. Like Sext, this lipstick wore for about 7 hours, only showing some signs of fading in the center after around 3 hours. You’ll get a longer wear time with a liner and also like Sext, you can make this a little darker or more of an ombre-nude look if you have a deeper skin tone and find it difficult to wear nudes this light on their own.

Liners:   Subculture is a near perfect match. Some other good ones are Boldly Bare (light-medium, peachy nude), Whirl (medium, dusty rose, but works well with nudes), Spice (medium, warm brownish nude), or Hover (medium-dark, rusty nude). To make a more ombre lip for deeper skin tones, Mahogany is beautiful (medium-dark to dark, warm mahogany). All liners mentioned are MAC’s permanent Lip Pencils.

As far as MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils go, you can try Cultured, which is almost the exact same color as Nood, something like Oh Honey! (light, peachy nude), or Nice ‘N’ Spicy (medium-dark, warm nude).

Dupes:   I was lucky to find the PERFECT dupe in both color and finish, and it’s MAC’s Honeylove! A few other Matte lipsticks from MAC that are close are Kinda Sexy (slightly darker and more peachy-pink), Yash (cooler toned, more yellow based, darker nude), and Velvet Teddy (deeper, but in the same color family).

Naked Liquid Lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills is also VERY similar in both color and it has a super matte finish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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Laced

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Laced

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Laced

Laced:   Laced is a medium, neutral to cool toned nude with a hint of a gray/beige undertone. It has the same ultra matte finish as the other lipsticks from this collection, and feels very rich and creamy. It may take a moment to dry down and go completely matte due to the creamier texture. The color payoff is wonderful and looks just like it does in the tube. Coverage is also great, but will begin to fade first in the center of the lips, but this is common with any lipstick, especially mattes! Wear time is about 6 hours or a little longer if used with a good liner. Since this is a medium nude, it’s more wearable for everyone! Some people may not always gravitate towards a cooler toned nude like Laced, but in my opinion, it’s very flattering on anyone I’ve seen wearing it!

Liners:   Some of my favorite MAC Lip Pencils to use with Laced are Cork (medium, slightly warm toned, brownish nude), Plum (medium, cool plum), Stone (medium-dark, grayish-beige), or Chestnut (medium-dark, neutral to cool toned brown). You could even pop on something like Nightmoth (deep, wine/plum) to create a beautiful ombre look.

If you prefer one of MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, you can use Etcetera (medium nude with a neutral to warm brown undertone) if you’d like to warm up the color a bit, or even Bittersweet (deep, rich brown), to darken the look.

Dupes:   This was a tricky one to find a good dupe for, but here are a few from MAC’s permanent lineup of Matte lipsticks: Stone (darker, more cool toned and gray) or Really Me (pinker, lighter, but could be mixed with Stone for a similar look to Laced).

The closest dupe from MAC I found is unfortunately limited edition and has been discontinued for a while, but it’s called Styled in Sepia. It has a slightly warmer, more yellow tinted brown undertone, but it’s very similar!

Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 4

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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Catsuit

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Catsuit

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Catsuit

Catsuit:   This is the darkest of the lipsticks in this collection and is probably my favorite. Catsuit is a dark, warm brown with a rich, almost wine stained undertone, so it works well with all skin tones just as long as you’re a sucker for a dark lip like I am! The texture is similar to Laced and has a creamier type of feeling to it. Also like Laced it does take a minute to dry down to a true ultra-matte finish. Color payoff looks just like it does in the tube, though it can lean a little warmer or cooler depending on your natural lip color. Coverage is full and opaque without having to use much product. Wear time is about 6 hours, with the first signs of fading being in the center of the lip after 3 hours or so. With a good liner, you may get a little extra time before any fading occurs.

Liners:   A couple of great Lip Pencils from MAC to use with this lipstick are Burgundy (true deep burgundy) if you want it to lean more red, Vino (deep wine) if you want to add a bit of a wine-stained tone, Cyber World (deep, cool toned smoked purple) or Nightmoth (deep, slightly warm toned blackened plum). None of the previously mentioned liners are super close to Catsuit, but they compliment it very well. You can also use Chestnut if you want a more neutral liner.

My absolute favorite liner to use with this lipstick is Bittersweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil from MAC, since it’s more of a deep, true brown.

Dupes:   Out of any lipstick I’ve found to be a near perfect dupe for Catsuit, it’s Antique Velvet from MAC, which is Matte and has the same undertone, but can be slightly more pigmented and deeper. It looks pretty much the same as Catsuit if you apply it lightly, though! It’s also a permanent color, so it won’t disappear anytime soon.

Overall Rating: 5 / 5

Application: 5

Coverage: 5

Color Payoff: 5

Texture: 5

Wear Time: 5

Packaging: 5

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