The Launch of Nude Envie’s Three Newest Shades: Attitude, Intuition, and TimelessLEFAIR
Written By: Jaye Younkin
We love how cosmetics have beautiful, fun, trends like metallic beauty (which you can read all about here), glossy eyelids, and even feathered eyebrows. The spectrum of creativity is endless. Though beauty trends come and go, there’s one that is timeless: nude lips. Nude Envie, a new lipstick brand based in Los Angeles, has created every perfect shade of nude to complement one’s unique skin tone. The names of their shades are descriptive adjectives, nouns, and verbs you would associate with the color nude — Cool, Lips, Mesmerize, Naked, Pure, Radiate, and Rush. On December 2nd, we celebrated with the amazing Nude Envie team at their launch party for three new shades, Attitude, Intuition, and Timeless.
The party perfectly set the tone, held at an exquisite mansion on Delfern Drive in Beverly Hills. As we approached the entrance, we enjoyed a red carpet step-and-repeat to capture guest photos. The invitation read “elegant attire.” Guests wore long silk dresses and heels and were greeted by endless vases of pastel pink, peach, and white roses. The house was beautiful and spacious with mirrors and a long, elegant, dark wood stairway. There were five rooms where people gathered: the foyer, the dance floor, the curved bar, the gourmet kitchen, and the dessert room.
With an open bar, it was easy to grab a glass of Prosecco (or two) and socialize with the other guests at the party– makeup artists, gurus, and bloggers. The atmosphere was punctuated by music played by the DJ, and excited voices. There was a globe shaped fish tank that extended into two rooms on either side that added to the party vibe and unique feel of Nude Envie.
In the kitchen, there was magic happening. The long marble counter was covered in fresh ingredients with chefs preparing artistic, handmade sushi right before our eyes. In a connecting room, tiered desserts took up the entire dining room table. Surrounded by more fragrant roses and tapered white candles, delicate compositions of fudge, frosting, cupcakes, cookies, small parfaits, and edible lips and lipsticks, in tones of light pink and shimmering white, made it kind of okay to take a selfie with them before devouring them. They were so pretty you almost didn’t want to splurge, but once you did, there was no going back. If we could’ve smuggled out the confections in our purses without ruining them, we would have.
About halfway through the party, Nude Envie creator Isabel Madison quieted the room to make a toast and thank those who helped her along her company’s journey. “I don’t know how I got so lucky to have all of you in my life,” she said. “You’re all angels and I’m so grateful for all of you.” Isabel’s father had his own cosmetics company which allowed her to grow up immersed in beauty culture. After focusing on motherhood first and foremost, Isabel decided to make her vision a reality and create the brand. She believes that “feeling beautiful is being beautiful; confidence, sophistication, and subtleness, make us feel beautiful.”
Before heading out, we found a small library/office where a psychic gave written readings based on our personal Nude Envie lipstick print we had to make by kissing a card. It was a fun concept, but we were skeptical; how would someone know who we are based on the print made by our lips? Especially since for some of us (me), the first print didn’t turn out so flattering and had to be done a second time. Don’t ask us how, but everything the psychic wrote was accurate, describing hopes, dreams, and what makes us tick. Our lips don’t lie and it was incredible.
Nude Envie presented gift boxes to their guests with the three new shades we were celebrating, Attitude and Intuition which are lipsticks, and Timeless, a lip liner. While the other shade
s like Naked (which we used as a base in one of LEFAIR’s latest photo shoots) and Radiate are lighter with peachy tones, these new shades are mauve-y with a cranberry tone, perfect to wear during the festive holiday season. Attitude even has a pearly sheen that makes the lips appear more volumized, something that lining your lips can help with as well. The Timeless lip liner goes well with both shades and defines the edges of the lips so the color doesn’t bleed into your skin or look messy.
Despite the elegant celebration, none of it matters if the product’s cosmetic formula does not match the gorgeous product packaging and the beautifully-themed party. But I can say with confidence and first-hand experience that Nude Envie is the real deal, holding up throughout a spicy Mexican meal and margaritas with friends. I wore Attitude, expecting to look in the mirror afterwards and be embarrassed by what remained on my lips, but my lips looked so perfect it was like the lipstick and liner had just been applied.. And while I expected my lips to feel dry and flakey in the end, Nude Envie has somehow created the perfect creamy formula without being a gloss that stays put through anything. The cherry on top? They smell so good (almost makes you want to eat them), and are vegan, cruelty-free products. What could be better?
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