Unnatural Natural is, I think, discont’ now but there’s plenty still knocking around online; I salute my budget-conscious hos with this belated review.
On a light face (my personal experience), UN is a lot; dark, strident, graphic and not something the casual lipstick person will probably enjoy. For one, it comes out swinging from the tube with 100% intensity. You can’t really cut it back for a daytime look.
The shade itself is a deep, highbrow, violet milk-chocolate brown. The former keeps the latter decidedly neutral, even somewhat cool, so don’t pick this up thinking you’re getting a cosy ochre that will fuck well with your spray tan; Unnatural Natural will possibly hiss at your bronzer and any yellow tones you might have knocking around.
The violet element was apparent in the stain left by the palm-swatch, so please note its low-key pervasive influence on this shade if that's a tone you struggle with. UN plays down the green in my eyes and emphasises the darker greyish murk, but makes my neutral to pinkish skin look great.
UN in this Luxetrance formula is quite... heavily present on the lip, reminding me of another slightly annoying formulation, maybe some of MAC’s gluggier mattes, without the overt chalkiness? It’s not so much uncomfortable as distracting and I do find it a wee bit drying on wipe-off. There is a thick, waxy satin finish that persists, but the overall, socially-distanced impression is of a dense off-matte rather than any obvious lustre.
Most disappointingly, it thins out on the centre of my lower lip after a few minutes under no particular duress, which fucks with the shade’s uniformity. That is not something I’m inclined to forgive in a product at this price point.
Unnatural Natural is a nice product, overall. That I wouldn’t put it in my top five is a bit of a surprise to me, given the hype. The colour is sophisticated but the formula has some tactile drawbacks and the price makes me abandon cart every fucking time. Oh well.
Russian Red, Sin, PMcG Unnatural Natural, Jasper, Paramount,
Nars Golshan, Nars Lonely Heart, Marrakesh, Spice It Up