Many years ago, I had a conversation with MAC Senior Artist Tiffany Johnson about grey-toned lip shades. At the time, I couldn’t imagine finding grey lips beautiful, but here we are in 2016 and all the traditional beauty rules have been thrown out the window. A quick Twitter search indicates that I have even tweeted Tiffany the same apology not once, but twice, since 2014. But we’re not here to talk about how short-sighted I was. We’re here to talk about the Maybelline Loaded Bolds in Grey Over It.
As my apologies to Tiffany indicate, this isn’t my first tangle with grey lipstick. My first tweet in 2014 was sparked by my love of Dior’s lipstick in Grege, which was prompted by my love of the Grege eyeshadow quint, which eventually lead to the purchase of the Grege lip liner. Although these colors are now (sadly) discontinued, my love for griege/grege/greige rages on, which leads me to Maybelline Loaded Bolds in Grey Over It. This isn’t your typical lipstick color by any stretch. When swatched on your hand, Grey Over It could pass for car grease or a grungey eyeliner.
On the lips, however, the look is far from grey. Minutes after application, it begins to warm up & turns into this magical rose hue that is almost impossible to describe. For this look, I paired it with NARS Larger Than Life Lip Liner in El Agua due to their similar grey undertones. The Maybelline Loaded Bolds formula is is what I call a nouveau matte lipstick formula: opaque, creamy, and heavily reliant on silicones to provide a comfortable wear. Grey Over It performs perfectly to that description, which is why the rosy brown hue that appears on my lips is such a delight. My natural lip colour isn’t particularly strong, but perhaps it was my choice of lip liner that made me love it most.
Whatever the case, the Maybelline Loaded Bolds in Grey Over It has gone from living in a pile of unorthodox lipstick shades like blue & green, and directly into my most-worn drawer for fall. For skin tone comparisons, in this photo I’m wearing the L’Oreal Pro Matte foundation in 102 Shell Beige.