Lancome’s L’Absolu Nu is the fifth and final (knock on wood) new lipstick out this summer. (Go back to swatches of Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip, Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine, Dior’s Addict, and Guerlain’s Rouge Automatique.)
L’Absolu Nu is the sheer, glossy counterpart to Lancome’s fuller coverage L’Absolu Rouge lipstick. Both formulas contain Pro-Xylane, the hydrating ingredient found in Lancome’s Absolue skincare line. Both lipsticks also have a rose scent.
L’Absolu Nu lipsticks are $29 each, with a magnetic-close case. The numbering of shades is extremely systematic (though you can decide whether you agree with Lancome’s assessment). Shades in the 100s are reds and corals; shades in the 200s are browns and neutrals; shades in the 300s are pinks and berries. Even numbers denote a warm shade; odd numbers mean cool.
112 Coral Sand is a warm, natural pink. 124 Buff Silk is a peachier warm pink. 148 Coral Ribbon is sheer red-coral; it looks orangey compared to Red Chiffon. 161 Red Chiffon is sheer strawberry red. It is cooler than Coral Ribbon, but not so cool that I wouldn’t want to wear it. 179 Rose Accent is sheer berry-plum.
209 Beige Tulle milky pale pink. 214 Cream Lace is warm pink with shimmer (to me it feels more “pink” than 112 Coral Sand). 242 Beige Silk is muted, mauvey brown pink. 254 Sienna Lace is red-brown. 277 Sheer Mousse is muted mauve-plum with shimmer (by comparison, 179 Rose Accent is a much brighter violet). 284 Satin Toffee is purple chocolate.
311 Pale Petal is cool pink (or blue-pink). 318 Pink Moire is warm sheer pink. Compared to Pink Moire, 112 Coral Sand and 124 Buff Silk look beigey. Pink Moire and 214 Cream Lace do swatch similarly, but I think Pink Moire is a brighter, clearer pink. Cream Lace is just slightly deeper, maybe ever so slightly mauvier, for a more “natural” look (also Cream Lace has shimmer).
346 Rose Veil is a medium rose-pink. 375 Blushed Rose is berry-rose with shimmer. 386 Evening Lace is warm rose.
I haven’t yet tried an Absolu Nu on my lips, though diligence insists that I write a post soon enunciating the differences between Rouge Coco Shine, Addict, Absolu Nu, and Rouge Automatique.
Have you tried them? Care to weigh in?