Beauty Battles #1: The Nude Lip

Hi Everyone, 

Felicitations des weekends! I know that makes no sense in any known language but it kind of expresses how I feel this Friday, Happy! 

I really enjoyed doing the lipstick series on here and many people seemed to enjoy it too. So I’ve been trying to think up another fun series for you guys and then came up with the Beauty Battles. Over the next couple of weeks (I’m not sure how long to be honest), I will be pitting two similar beauty products against each other. One will be high-end/more expensive and the other will be drugstore/less expensive. I will review both products and at the end of the post grade them against some factors. Based on this, the winner of the edition will be chosen. 

For round 1, two nude lipsticks will be battling it out to gain supremacy over the other. 

MAC Velvet Teddy

When it comes to nude lipsticks, I tend to fearfully stay away from them for fear of looking like a dead fish. More recently I have started to branch out from my bright coloured lipsticks and my first trial was Mac’s Velvet Teddy. It is a light brown nude shade with pink undertones which make it much easier to wear. It’s formulation is matte but not the kind that drags on the lips when you apply it (Ruby Woo I’m looking at you!). 

It is very pigmented like most of MAC’s matte lipsticks are and it stays on around 5 hours before it starts to fade out. It has become one of my top five favourite lipsticks. It retails for £14.00. 

Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick 03

This is another of the Rimmel/Kate Moss collaboration lipsticks that I picked up in my quest for a nude lipstick that complements my skintone. It is a nude lipstick that leans a lot towards pink. A good place to start if you are just staring to test the waters with nude lipsticks. It does however have cool undertones so if you are warm toned you might want to wear a lipgloss over it to tone it down.  

I love the sleek packaging with Kate’s signature in red on the cap. It looks more expensive than it actually is. 

It’s formular is creamy without being sheeny, if you know what I mean. It takes about three swipes to get full opacity with this one. 

If fragranced lipsticks are your thing then you will like this one as it has a nice bubble gum scent. It does last about 4 hours without smudging even after eating and drinking which is impressive. It retails for £5.49 in Boots. 


Kate 03. Velvet Teddy in Natural Light

Kate 03, Velvet Teddy in Direct Sunlight.
Velvet Teddy

Velvet Teddy

Kate 03

Kate 03

The Final Verdict


Velvet Teddy

Kate 03






Length of Wear









Making the winner of the first edition of Beauty Battles, MAC’s Velvet Teddy! 

 Do you agree with today’s winner? What other nude lipstick do you think can match up to either of the two? Watch out for the second edition next week Friday 🙂

Peace and Love, 



  1. October 12, 2012 / 4:52 pm

    haha!! that crown on velvet teddy had me rolling.great post hun. I don't have velvet teddy its on my wish list along with cherish and kinda sexy. Also, that Kate lipstick is very pretty. Reminds me on Viva Glam GAGA 2! Possible dupe for it?

    • October 12, 2012 / 11:06 pm

      Thanks Love..I've seen swatches of Viva Glam Gaga and it does look similar but more wearable..hmm

  2. October 13, 2012 / 12:44 am

    Just dropping by from the fbl group~~
    Now following~!!

    i love comparisons and contrast of dupes to high-end products
    you always learn something new in theend and probably saving money in your pockets!

    haha 🙂

    • October 13, 2012 / 8:33 am

      I know right! I'm always up for a cheaper alternative..haha..Thanks for stopping by..xx

    • October 13, 2012 / 8:36 am

      Hi Amy, thanks for stopping by..Oh please pick up some lipstick shades, i bet you will look even more gorgeous 🙂

  3. October 13, 2012 / 4:55 am

    I love this!!! Great review and presentation doll.

    PS. Thank you for your comment on my blog girly and I would love to follow each other if you like. Hope to hear from you soon.

    <3 Marina

    • October 13, 2012 / 8:39 am

      Thank you Marina! x

  4. ibiayo(@odudubelubelu)
    October 13, 2012 / 10:47 am

    Yay! A new series.I love velvet teddy. Ws one of d first lipsticks I bought wen I caught d MAC bug. D rimmel luks gud bt I don't think av eva seen dem in lagos. Dere's a rimmel kate lipstick in bright pink I ws lustin for a while bak bt gave up wen I cldnt find it anywhere. Any ideas where dey sell dem in lag?
    Lukin 4ward 2 d rest of d series. xx

    • October 13, 2012 / 9:49 pm

      No, I haven't seen them around here yet but as soon as I do, I'll holla at you on twitter! 🙂

    • October 13, 2012 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

    • October 13, 2012 / 9:50 pm

      Yup! They could easily be the same lipstick! Thank you..xx

    • October 13, 2012 / 11:03 pm

      Thanks! Had fun doing it 😀

    • October 13, 2012 / 11:04 pm

      Thank you so much Susan..will do..xx

  5. October 13, 2012 / 10:26 pm

    I love both brands for lipsticks, but MAC is just slightly better… especially the amplified and matte finishes :))

    • October 13, 2012 / 11:07 pm

      Only slightly! but I hear the new Rimmel Kate matte lipsticks are pretty amazing..can't wait to try them 🙂

  6. Anonymous
    October 14, 2012 / 11:06 am

    Yewizzy…i rily do have an issue with using lip sticks….so i think i'll need help…im very dark with very full lips and anytime i try to i end up lookn like i work in a circus…pls i need help ASAP!

    • October 15, 2012 / 2:04 am

      Have you tried using your lipsticks with a lipliner? They help to contain the colour so it doesn't look so messy. A brown /natural coloured one will usually do the trick..xx

  7. Anonymous
    October 14, 2012 / 6:55 pm

    Hahahaha@d crown..
    Nice post BTW 😀

  8. October 15, 2012 / 1:43 am

    I love this post…that crown is too cute! I would choose the Velvet Teddy too. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award 🙂

    • October 15, 2012 / 2:05 am

      Oh wow! Thank first blog award! 🙂 Will get round to doing a post this week..xx

    • October 15, 2012 / 3:12 am

      Awww…you're so welcome love, you deserve it!!!! 🙂

  9. October 15, 2012 / 5:42 am

    I agree that the velvet teddy is the winner. I super love the color for it really looks light and warm. this is the perfect shade for everyday use. Can't wait to have this….

  10. Anonymous
    October 15, 2012 / 9:22 am

    wow yewi im proud of you… 🙂 your blog is doing great-

    gbogbo bigz girls

  11. Adaora
    October 15, 2012 / 2:58 pm

    These colors don't look too dark skin friendly but i like the velvet teddy, will try it with a brown lip liner..
    Lol at the crown, disgo!

  12. July 25, 2015 / 6:48 am

    Hello Yewande,

    I am so grateful for this review.

    I believe that rose nudes are the best MLBBs, I've been on the hunt for a review of the Mac Velvet Teddy, done by someone with colouring similar to yours.

    Do you by any chance own the Rimmel by Kate No 8- Rossetto? It looks great too.

    Thank you!

  13. July 25, 2015 / 6:54 am

    Oh, I just looked closely and I saw that the label in the Rimmel Kate 03, in this review says Rosseto.
    The Rimmel Kate 08 is also called Rossetto.

    I got 2 much sought after reviews in one post, nice!

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