MAC Shy Girl lipstick ; £15
Shy Girl was (and is) my first ever MAC lipstick. Although I don't always get enough use out of it and regrettably let it slip unnoticed into the back of my lipstick collection; it's still one of my absolute favourites. As a cremesheen finish, it has a really nice satiny hydrating formula which doesn't enhance dry or chapped lips. It's a fairly sheer colour, which tends to be the nature of the cremesheen formulation, but still adds a nice amount of pigmentation. The texture is almost balmy with a very very slight shimmer/glitter in there, although it doesn't necessarily translate onto the lips.
The staying power is pretty decent, lasting a good hour (which in my eyes is impressive for both a balmy and light shade of lipstick). Unlike many other nudes which can wash you out, Shy Girl has a definite peach undertone, which looks amazing with a tan. Having said that, in my experience, it can look a bit off with very pale skin, so it's worth bronzing up to see it work it's magic.My only qualms here are that I personally find the overpowering vanilla scent a little too much to handle (at times!) but this is true of all MAC lipsticks and not necessarily a reflection of this one alone. Also, all the MAC lipsticks have rocketed up to £15, which in my opinion is really pushing the boat out.
Although is continues to be one of my favourites, I don't think I could justify splurging £15, despite my love for this lipstick (sort it out MAC!) but apart from that I would really recommend it as a refreshing alternative to 'concealer' nudes!