Choosing a perfect nude lipstick is like choosing a foundation–you should really take your skin tone and undertone in consideration, more so than when choosing other lipstick shades. That is why it is very important to look closely at each nude shade before buying it. The reason why I love MAC Kinda Sexy so much is: first of all, it is one of the rare nude shades that actually suits me and does not make me look dead.
It has gorgeous warm orange undertones and looks beautiful and natural against my light-medium skin tone. The color itself is a warm medium beige and is great for a toned-down look or paired with bold eyeshadow look.
The formula is also great. It is super opaque and very matte. One swipe provides full coverage, transfer is minimal and lasts for about 5-6 hours. I did not find it to be very drying, but I did not find it hydrating either. When removed, it leaves a very light stain, that is gone within an hour or so.
Kinda Sexy smells exactly like the rest of all MAC lipsticks, which is vanilla with a hint of chocolate. Personally, I love this smell!!
Undertones: warm, orange
Who can pull it off: light to medium skin tones with warm undertones
Closest dupe: 95% match–NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”
Best matching Lip Liner: MAC in “Shore leave”