“HIGHR’s New Nudes lip wardrobe encapsulates a nude for every mood,” said makeup artist James Molloy, whom HIGHR tapped to create the looks you see in the campaign images for the launch (shown above). Whilst the three neutral tones appear to follow the “light, medium, dark” paradigm — so the lightest hue being for light complexions and the darkest hue for deeper complexions — all three nudes were developed to work on a wide variety of skin tones. “I love the approach of the brand,” Molloy said, referring to HIGHR Collective’s commitment to ensuring its lipstick shades are inclusive. “Wearable across skin tones and types, these are nudes that you can dress up or dress down,” he added.
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HIGHR Collective Lipstick swatches: Lips on Acid (top), Rhapsody 21 (middle), It Was All a Dream (bottom)
So what are these three new neutrals? First up is It Was a Dream, which is a sheer toffee colour with the faintest hint of rose-gold shimmer (like, it’s basically imperceptible). “It Was All A Dream is a super easy, sophisticated take on a sheer-nude that looks great on dark and light skin tones alike,” said Molloy. “I love using this shade to press lightly into the lip for a natural-looking glazed effect. It’s easily applied with fingertips for this look. Or, you can team it with a neutral lip liner and swipe straight from the bullet to build up the intensity.”
Lips On Acid, on the other hand, is a peachy-pink colour that’s decidedly more peach than pink. Molloy described it as “the perfect brightening summer go-to”, adding that “I love this shade for an easy upgrade to your look, giving a your-lips-but-better tone. It’s flattering on all skin tones and adapts to your own nude.”
Last but not least is Rhapsody 21, which a medium-toned honey brown colour. “With the return of the ’90’s nude in full swing, Rhapsody 21 is the ultimate modern cool girl honey,” Molloy explained. “It’s brilliant as an everyday nude [lipstick] for dark warm skin tones, or dabbed on fair skin tones for a deep ’90s vibes.”
All three shades feature the brand’s creamy, fragrance-free, vegan formula that utilises candelilla wax versus beeswax or synthetic beeswax. “It’s a nice, matte wax that, when you blend it into the butters and oils, gives it that nice grip you want from a lipstick,” founder Molly Hart told POPSUGAR. That grippy-ness also ensures you get a nice layer of intense pigment in one swipe, whilst the natural oils and butters in the formula make it so the lipstick stays creamy and comfortable to wear all day long.
Keep reading to see and shop all three new HIGHR Collective shades.
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