Ugh. Where do I even start with this?
I am posting a very brutally honest review of this new lip color from the DYT store.
First let's start with what that tube of lip color ACTUALLY looks like in real life, and me wearing it:
I was even MORE surprised when I put it on and looked like the god damn crypt keeper.
What brownish mauve disaster IS THIS?! I look like a zombie. This is NOT a Type 4 color on me. The last time I saw lips this color was literally on a corpse in the lab when I was assisting with an autopsy in college.
At first I thought, "Okay, the lip color is just mostly clear. After all, my natural lip color has brownish mauveish undertones. This is just basically like wearing something clear."
.... until my husband said, "Your lips look bruised." Ah yes, just the hot look I was going for. Apparently this deposited just enough weird coloring to my lips to make me look injured. Cool. Good thing it didn't cost me nearly $20.
For comparison, here's what my actual favorite nude lipcolor looks like.
Being a mixed race Asian, I have golden undertones, and even though I am light-skinned, I am still a light-medium, or a medium-light shade in BB creams and foundations. And my natural lip color is browner than a pale caucasian woman's natural lip color. In fact, looking at the demo video that Kalista did for these new colors, I realized, "Kalista's lips are super freaking pale." Mine are not. So the color looked GORGEOUS on her, and brownish zombie mauve on me.
It's always disappointing to know that, even as a light-skinned minority that's half-white, I am still left out in the dust when it comes to cosmetics. I mean, look at that vanilla colored matte eyeshadow that's being billed as a nude... no, that is NOT a nude for billions of women. Yes, the majority of women on the planet are NOT caucasian. And we're a pretty sizable chunk of the population in the US, even if we aren't the majority here.
Damn it, why does even my lipstick gotta go and be racist?! <---- joke
Anyway, I decided to find a way to make the best of this overpriced glorified chapstick I bought. I used a coral lipliner and colored in my entire lips with it, and then topped it off with "Sweet Brier". I am also wearing the new orange eyeshadow color, "Hibiscus". It's very light and sheer and I had to be heavy-handed and really lay it on. That's a good thing if you're super pale and want to be able to go sheer one day, and heavier orange the next... For those of us who have even a teensy bit of richness or melanin in our skin, it might not be pigmented enough. I think if I were any darker, I would be super mad at this color's lightness. ("Spring Break" by Karity is a similar color and is very pigmented; I definitely prefer that one over this. It's also only $4).
The blush I'm wearing is "Salsa" and it's highly pigmented and could easily double as an eyeshadow color as well, so if you're looking for a product that can pull double duty, it's only $10.97, and you barely need any of it, so it'll last you AGES. It looks a little scary in the pan, but as long as you go very very light with it, it'll look great. Also, if you ARE a warm-skin-toned Type 4, this is your color.
And, can you imagine someone like my Korean mother, with her sleek jet black hair, wearing any mascara color besides jet black? Yet in the DYT system, where she's a Type 3, she would be told that black mascara is "harsh" on her and she'd have to wear brown. BROWN. Her eyelashes, brows, and hair are all jet black. Pretty sure her natural eyelash color is NOT harsh on her, or on anyone with naturally jet black hair.
In spite of my minor criticisms, I do love DYT and the DYT community, and it's been far more positive than negative, even if I think the makeup rules and guidelines need to be revisited and modified since not every person who joins is a pasty white woman from Utah. A lot of the community agrees with me (though we discuss these things outside of the official groups to avoid having our conversations deleted by admins), and every single non-white Type 4 that I know has experienced frustration with the makeup, so this is me saying the things they feel out loud, because somebody has to.
If you're nonwhite and join the DYT program (I promise it's actually really great), but aren't a Type 4, wear the black mascara anyway. Pick your own highlighters, powders, foundation, and makeup color brands that work for your beautiful skintone. Find your own tutorials by women of color who know how to get the desired end results you want, instead of trying to get those results with products made for a caucasian market. And as for the DYT hair tutorials... they're definitely not meant for women of color either, though at least they admit they have no knowledge or advice in that area, instead of pretending their products will work for your 4C hair. I appreciated their honesty there.
The clothes and fashion system is where the value is though, especially if you're looking to downsize your wardrobe, or just wondering why you keep buying things and never wear them and just don't feel good in any of it. THAT is why I joined DYT. They recently redid their entry videos, so just click on Beginner's Guide to get started, and maybe I'll see you around in the online community! (Don't worry, I definitely whine less in those groups.)
And I did do my own version of this summery nude look, with products that work for ME, in a video HERE if you'd like to see how the new summer collection SHOULD look. I think the DYT team had the right idea, but forgot that white people are not the only people on the planet. Granted, it's hard to remember that in the least ethnically diverse city in the entire country (yes, there are stats *side-eyeing Provo*).