When I want a check out the eyes dammit lip I have to reach for something at least as dark as my natural mouth but still subdued enough to be considered neutral. Or risk the abovementioned ABC syndromes, which doesn't leave me with too many options. Babes of colour will possibly sympathise. Enter Del Rio. Heard of this shade before now? Me either. I don't know why it took me so long to discover it- possibly due to the lack of decent reviews :p
After trial and a shitload of error, my absolute favourite neutral is MAC Riri Bad Girl but that's LE and I have to conserve it; my walking to the shops to buy milk stick is probably MAC Hot Tahiti, which is... lame, in an MOR sort of way and just takes the edge off a bald lip situation. Del Rio may look twinsies with Hot Tahiti in these pics but don't be fooled. They're different beasts. The image at right (with this very review in drafts as a backdrop ohmygerrrd!) is the closest to reality.
BELOW (from bottom, all MAC) Hot Tahiti, Del Rio, Riri Bad Girl (LE), Taupe, Mehr (LE).
< This swatch was taken in neutral indoor daylight. Del Rio a deepish, half-dirty pink/half-latte brown. Think cinnamon quills and hot chocolate- not cool, not warm... rose-flushed mud. Pink deer brown. The sort of tone Nature spreads around quite a bit and that's always a good sign. It definitely favours the brunette. I can see this on an icy blonde, but warm/golden-toned girls should probably leave it alone and conversely, if you're very cool-complected or battling under-eye bags, discolouration etc, it may party with those problems and end up too ashy.
RIGHT (from bottom, all MAC) Hot Tahiti,
Del Rio, Riri Bad Girl (LE), Taupe, Mehr (LE).
Warm direct outdoor daylight.