More Nude Dungeoneering! The Not-Quite-Naked-Lip Edition feat. Too Faced Naked Dolly… ;-)

Greetings from a chamber where we’re all suddenly starkers, fellow rogues!

First up: Thank you to everyone who gave me a vote over at the Savvyist’s makeup challenge – I have made it to the first page, which I am inordinately proud of, all thanks to you ^_^. If you still haven’t checked this out, or would like to vote for a masked and red-lipstick’d rogue or one of the other enviable bold lipstick looks, there’s still one day of voting left! Quest on over here

Right – on with the show!

Gird your loins, fellow adventurers! Or cover them if you’re shy! The process of wading into that enormous pile of miniature loot continues today as we stumble into the sixth chamber of the dungeon. Despite spending our time questing toward, flee- uh, advancing in the opposite direction from, and vanquishing things that are arguably naked (do flame-covered skeletons count as ‘clothed’?), the party suddenly gets all blushy when we ourselves are bared. (Well, I think the paladin secretly enjoys it, but… you know paladins). Why did the party’s armour suddenly vanish? Well, that’s all down to the artefact in here… Before I go into detail though, let’s keep everyone in the party up to date on what this little unofficial series is all about, with that handy echo from the first chamber:

I should mention first off that a large number of the minis came in the form of the Sephora Give Me More Lip holiday special set, which contains 17 lip products in three loose ‘colour schemes’: red, nude and pink. I ordered this set from Sephora through the indomitable Jaa, who was kind enough to wrangle all the goodies into a parcel small enough that it wouldn’t cost me the contents of Erebor to ship it here. Jaa was also kind enough to take me a couple of pictures of the set before the packaging had to go…

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set 2014 Review and Swatches

The 2014 Sephora Give Me More Lip set (photo courtesy of Jaa)

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set 2014 Review and Swatches

…and here the inside! So much miniature lip goodness *drools*. The Tarte pencil at the left centre is the only full-size product. Yet more photographic awesomeness from Jaa!

 ‘I was rather excited when I saw what this set contained, because it was basically a laundry list of brands I’ve wanted to try for the longest time. Since there are so many products here, and because I’m a rogue and we’re funny like that, I’m going to review the contents in spearate posts (or in small groups) so that I can devote proper attention to obssessively photographing each miniature lip product with other miniature things ❤

Right! While the Wizard is trying to cover his mandanglies with his beard, and Susie the Rockbard is strategically holding her lute in front of her, this rogue shall stride forth to the pedestal (shivering a little, tbh), and find out what the deal is with  –  Too Faced’s La Creme Lipstick in Naked Dolly!

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Naked Dolly Review and Lip Swatches

Gotta love that brushed golden sheen – it’s even better in dungeon torchlight, of course…

I have actually only just realised that my last post was also a Too Faced product, which is partly because these two artefacts couldn’t be more different in a lot of important respects. Firstly, let’s look at the packaging! This little miniature lipstick comes housed in a lovely brushed, satin matte metal case. This thing has serious heft, people (as all gold that passes through the hands of a rogue should, really). The cap obviously just pulls off and on, but the mechanism of this process is so smooth and deliciously tight that you almost expect there to be some sort of hydraulics involved. The case takes a good, hard hammering around in a day-to-day (adventure-to-adventure) makeup bag, and although goblins will probably want to make off with it, they also probably won’t be able to get into it before their attention span runs out. It won’t open up in your bag either. I really hope the full size packaging is the same!

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Naked Dolly Review and Lip Swatches

I do like me a substantial lipstick mini. Even orcs will be able to apply this without snapping the bullet!

I have to hand it to Too Faced – they do a really decent deluxe sample. The sturdy, bevelled bullet is big enough to make even the sorceress blush, and isn’t one that will snap on you any time soon. It glides oh-so-smoothly up and down in its golden sheath, and doesn’t catch on the sides. I was quite looking forward to getting my hands on this little treasure actually, mostly because ‘nude’ lipsticks and I have a rather fractious history. I find it difficult to find ones that don’t wash me out, as many companies’ definition of ‘nude’ is my definition of ‘I might as well have put foundation on my lips’. My lips are naturally rather zombie-like, so I was curious to see how this one would stack up, while avoiding the need to purchase a full-size of anything!

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Naked Dolly Review and Lip Swatches

Getting a little more up close and personal with naked, pink (vaguely cylindrical?) things is something one tends to do outside the dungeon, but we’re making an exception here… 😉 Well, RPG dungeons. Well, it depends on the RPG…

The bullet appears to be a light, slightly peachy/warm pink. Obviously, I had concerns about the good old white base syndrome that most pale lipstick shades suffer from, as well as a slight fear that we’d enter ‘unnatural pale pink nude’ territory. What did I actually find? Well, the answer to that is somewhat complicated. Let’s have some swatches:

Too Faced Naked Dolly Review and Lip Swatches


Regulars with long memories may remember a previous post I did revealing what I considered to be (and still consider to be) an excellent ‘nude’ for pale, cool-toned rogues such as myself. This magical artefact was Revlon Lacquer Balm in Demure, and you can see the swatches below. As you can tell, the two lipsticks share some common features on this rogue – they are both a pale, pinkish nude colour, and they both work on my lips without totally washing me out. The Revlon obviously has a little shimmer to it, comes in chubby crayon form, and has a vague minty taste/smell (but no ‘plump’) as opposed to Naked Dolly’s ‘vaguely coconut shortbread cookie‘ smell. The Too Faced, by contrast, is a shimmer-free translucent creme lipstick, with a satin sheen finish. Here’s where things get more complicated: while both of these lipsticks work well as ‘nudes‘ for me, and the two of them together give me a shimmer/no shimmer option, which is nice, the Too Faced lipstick can’t be built up.

As you can probably see from the picture above, there’s already a little clinging to dry/chewed patches on the inner part of my lips, and if I layer on more than maybe two light passes of this lipstick, I get dry patch clinging, a little milky liplininess, and we start to head into ‘foundation lip’ territory. Naked Dolly works *because* it’s sheerish, and my natural lip colour is very pale. If you have more pigmented lips, your mileage may vary, although if you are not a vampire you might do better too ;-). In terms of formula, Naked Dolly has a light slip to it, and is averagely to reasonably hydrating on my lips. Owing to the way I need to apply it, it lasts for about 3 hours – but this just fine for a vaguely-slippy, sheer lipstick.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure Lip Swatch

My bare lips (looking rather pinker than normal, actually), and then my previous’ nude for pale rogues’: Revlon Lacquer Balm in Demure.

Righty ho!

I was very pleased that this lipstick worked as well as my previous ‘nude’, while giving me a shimmer-free option. I like the smell, the packaging, and the opportunity to try both a new (to me) lipstick line and a ‘nude’ shade without the hassle of buying a full size (and then potentially hating it). Having said all that, the formula isn’t perfect – but then the shade has a pale base, which is what usually leads to the problems I experienced in any lipstick. I’d be quite interested to try other shades from the line as well like Bon Bon and Lollipop.  To sum up in pros and cons (or chests and mimics, as I prefer):


  • Hydrating, weightless.
  • A nude for vampire rogues!
  • Sexy, sexy packaging
  • Nice cookie-related smell.


  • Sheer, but can’t layer it up much lest the milky aspect come through.
  • Not hugely long-lasting (not surprising for a sheer though).
  • Kinda difficult to get here normally.

What do you think, fellow adventurers? What’s your favourite ‘nude’ lip product (you’re allowed more than one)? Have you tried one of these La Creme lipsticks? What would it take to get you to run a dungeon mission naked? Can you think of any more good lipstick review related innuendo?

The practicalities: Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks are usually 0.11 oz and cost US $22 for the full size. Naked Dolly is a permanent colour, and they can be acquired from and For those of us in Middle Earth, I believe the Too Faced website does work with NZ Post YouShop! 😀

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!


I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your inner ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…


24 thoughts on “More Nude Dungeoneering! The Not-Quite-Naked-Lip Edition feat. Too Faced Naked Dolly… ;-)

  1. Hey Syl, I do like this one on you, but it’ll wash me out SO bad! I get what you mean with the foundation lips as well. I think SOME people can pull that look off reasonably well, but it is really not me!


  2. I’m afraid all of my roguish comments can hold no candle to the expectations put forth by your “glides in its golden sheath” bit. I bow before you, oh masterful corrupter of innocent lipsticks! Though to be truthful, with a name like Naked Dolly, this one was asking for it. heh.

    My fave nudie lip is still Dior Rouge Dior Grege 1947. I’m not much of a lipstick monogamist (who amongst us is? lol) but I always come back to my beloved Grege.


    • 😀 *takes bow* I’m glad you enjoyed it, LOL! I couldn’t help it. I just couldn’t…

      Grege is such a lovely one on so many people! Wasn’t it part of an LE? Or was it just included in an LE collection – with that 999 one and stuff… #terriblememory


  3. I really love this shade on you. It is like your perfect nude!!! As far as I can judge hm ^^ It adds a nice glow and natural softness to your lips 🙂 I think the cons can also be overlooked, hihi.


    • It is a surprisingly nice nude on me – I was especially cautious given my aversion to ‘concealer lips’, but I was also super curious! What’s your favourite nude lipstick? 🙂


      • Hm, I have several. As long as they don’t wash me out.. I’m easily satisfied. I came across a nice lip product by Lipstick Queen called “Jean Queen” but it’s not really a nude.. more just a lip balm with a tint that works well on most 😀


  4. I enjoy reading your posts! Most nude lipsticks make me look like a zombie or sick. I think both of them look about the same on you, but the Revlon one is much cheaper and can be built up, but the Too Faced one is definitely more glamorous and smells like cookies. I think they are like a light BB cream for your lips.


    • Aww, thank you so much Katherine! I have the same problem with nude lipsticks myself – I also find a lot of them lean very yellow-beige, which is even worse on me! The ‘light BB cream’ description is actually a very apt one 🙂


  5. It looks wonderful on you! I like nude lips, but my “nude” lip tends to be something that’ll be quite dark on others! I really like UD’s Protest, it’s a great nude for me!


    • Thanks for sharing your fave, Aditi! Protest is a really pretty colour – that’s the wonderful thing about the diversity of lipstick colours we can get these days – there’s something for everyone, whether they want a nude, a red or a pink…or even a blue!


  6. Yep! The full-size packaging feels just as secure! 😀 Not sure why they have to make them so heavy. Tehehe! Regardless of the sub par formula, I still think it looks really nice and natural on you. I can’t in a million years rock that kind of nude since it will totally wash me out. Unless I top it with a gloss or something. How are you doing on your thesis? Almost there? ;D


    • Haha, nice! I actually like the weight 😛 Makes it feel a little more luxe and ‘valuable’ than the lighter stuff, LOL! I have quite a high tolerance for that in lipsticks though because I love them so much. An unnecessarily heavy bottle of foundation or something isn’t gonna get so much love from me ^_^

      What’s your favourite nude then? Bitch Perfect? 😉

      Still waiting for feedback on chapters T___T SUCH A SLOW PROCESS OMG GET THIS OUT OF MY LIFE ALREADY.


      • LOL! I just submitted my paper today! Fingers crossed they accept! It would look SO good on my CV! ;D Good luck with yours!

        And my favorite nude lipstick? I have so many! Tom Ford Spanish Pink is right at the very top! 🙂


  7. Definitely need a deeper shade with these fellas, the lighter ones are a bit uneven! However, the packaging is a little bit faulty and after a while they get stuck and stop twisting… it happened to me twice! I like these more than UD, but there’s so much hassle!


    • Hi Maeve! Welcome to the Painted Rogue ^_^ I have to admit, most of the shades that I saw and wanted for myself are in the darker/brighter range, LOL! Interesting to hear about the packaging – I actually find that this happens more often with the tight-cased, flat slanted lipsticks like these than with the traditional bullet ones (not that they don’t have their own issues *cough*wobblybullets*cough!) 🙂


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