Trending Now: Spring Neutrals

March 9, 2015

I can’t tell you how happy I am that neutrals are in this spring season. There’s usually something neutral-toned with every seasonal release but this year the focus is on nude and neutral colors for eyes, lip, cheeks and. I’ve pulled a mix of items from fresh new releases along with some classic favorites to share today.

For blush there a number of great neutral colors that will add a nude glow to the skin. I like a neutral blush that won’t darken or look muddy once it sets on the skin. For the cheeks I prefer something that has a bit of a sheen to add dimension and give depth to the face. Texture and blendability are important so you can layer and build color easily.

Clockwise from the left: Charlotte Tilbury First Love, Charlotte Tilbury Sex on Fire, NARS Reckless, MAC Tenderling, Tom Ford Frantic Pink

My all time favorite soft pink shimmer is Tom Ford Frantic Pink. There is nothing like it. It has a soft satiny silky feel with a buttery soft texture that melts into the skin. All the Tom Ford blushes I’ve tried are phenomenal and blend beautifully with a multi-dimensional finish that adds color and depth.

NARS Reckless is new for spring and it’s a super pale powdery pink with tiny flecks of silver micro sparkle. I’m normally not one for glittery blushes but the shimmer in this one is fine enough to be wearable if you dust this lightly over matte blushes for an extra oomph.

As far as matte neutrals go, MAC Powder Blushes are the best ones I’ve tried. Tenderling is a classic soft tan with a very slight hint of pink. Other staples include Cubic (more pink), Prism (more nude) and Buff (a bit darker).

The Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop blushes are definitely worth checking out. These are similar to the Tom Ford in the soft and natural shimmery sheen but have two colors to mix. The outer ring is for the apples of the cheeks and the darker center color is to add a pop of color. I like to swirl my brush in the compact and apply both mixed to the face. First Love is the perfect nude that isn’t too light. Sex on Fire is slightly darker and has more color but is still a really good neutral.

Beauty Look Book readers know I’m all about neutral lips. I could probably go on for days about neutrals. I’ll have a roundup later on more spring releases for lips but for now I wanted to share my top picks that I’ve been loving right now.
Above from left to right: Tom Ford Lip Color Pink Dusk, Chanel Rouge Coco Adrienne, NARS Lip Gloss Guyane, Tom Ford Lip Gloss Rose Crush, Chanel Glossimer Sweet Beige, MAC Lipliner Boldly Bare, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner Pillow Talk

Tom Ford Pink Dusk is as good as it gets for me in terms of a natural pink lip that leans slightly neutral/nude but is still pink. I’ve used up a couple tubes of this one already. This comes with a steep price tag but it just works. No extra tweaking required and it has full flawless creamy coverage. In my experience there is no dupe that can match it in quality, pigment, coverage and color.

Chanel revamped all their Rouge Cocos (a full post on these soon). The new versions apply better on the lips with a texture that is smooth and hydrating. The coverage is medium on these. Adrienne is a soft warm pinky nude, similar to the Tom Ford Pink Dusk, but the Chanel is more beige and has a soft sheen to it. There is a very smooth shimmer to the Rouge Cocos that gives these a beautiful glow that isn’t frosty.

NARS Guyane Lip Gloss is a super pale powdery cool nude pink. Alone it can look awful but this works wonders layered over other lipsticks or liners. (Above shown layered over MAC Boldly Bare Lip Liner). It works well with pinks, nudes, peach and rose lip colors.

Two lip liners I’ve been loving include Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk and MAC Boldly Bare. Both are really good neutrals that go with a wide range of lip colors. They are rich in color but blend nicely and help extend the wear of lipstick by creating a base. Both are good line + fill liners.

For nude gloss, Chanel Sweet Beige Glossimer is a classic soft beige with gold shimmer I think everyone should own. There is a slight hint of pink and brown in it so it won’t wash you out. Tom Ford Rose Crush is the ultimate pigmented nude pink gloss. It covers the lips completely and adds a really pretty sheen.

For eyeshadow palettes, my top picks are still Urban Decay Naked2, Chanel Tisse Rivoli and Tom Ford Orchid Haze. Those are classic staples for me. If you’re looking for something different and new, there are a number of new palettes and shadows that have just launched.

Above clockwise from left: MAC Amber Times Nine, Dior Eye Reviver Eyeshadow Palette, NARS Eyeshadow Valhalla, NARS Paint Porto Venere, Burberry Wet and Dry Glow Eyeshadow Shell, Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick Rosegold

MAC released several 9-pan palettes. Each palette comes with 9 mini-pan shadows in different color themes. MAC Amber Times Nine is the most neutral option with a variety textures ranging from matte, satin, shimmer and sparkle. The texture of the shadows are soft with medium but buildable pigment.

Dior released a new 6-pan palette filled with shimmery cool-toned neutrals. It’s called the Dior Eye Reviver Eyeshadow Palette. These are ultra soft in texture with a finely milled shimmer that adds the prettiest sheen to the eyes. The shadows blend on the eyes for a natural look with very soft finish.

For single shadows, Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Rosegold is one of my holy grail champagne shimmery cream shadows. It’s the perfect color for an all over wash and also works as a good base for powder shadows. Burberry’s Wet & Dry Glow shadows are game changers for a unique gel/cream-to-powder kind of metallic. Shell is the prettiest soft pinky peach. If you want something more glitzy, NARS Valhalla is a super sparkly soft peach neutral. It’s hard to tell in the swatch but it has peach and coppery bits of micro sparkle (versus the traditional silver or gold) which makes it super unique.

For nude eye bases, I typically prefer creams with a bit of shimmer. NARS Eye Paint in Porto Venere is a soft but pigmented nude powder pink that evens out the lids. If it seems to pale for you, MAC Paint Pots come in some good neutral matte cream colors. Above shown is Soft Ochre, Groundwork, Painterly and Layin Low.

For nails there are a number of good classic neutrals and nudes. Christian Louboutin has ten flawless nudes in a variety of shades from pink, beige, to cream (swatches of all ten shades here). For a cool-toned pink neutral, Dior Lady has reached holy grail status. I will need a backup. If you want a neutral that isn’t a flesh-toned nude, Chanel Particuliere is a classic but can pull warm on some skin tones. Dior Palais Royal is a cool-toned version of the Chanel. If you are looking for a good neutral beige cream that has good coverage, Tom Ford Toasted Sugar is really lovely.

What are your favorite neutrals for lips, cheeks, eyes and nails? Have you checked out any of the new spring releases this year? What are your favorites? I’d love to hear about your all-time favorites or new discoveries. For more ideas, Nordstrom has an entire beauty section dedicated to New Neutrals.

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom. Press samples include NARS Valhalla, NARS Reckless, NARS Guyane and Burberry Shell. All other items purchased by me. More information in my Disclosures.

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  • SJ Sellers March 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    pink dusk is VERRRRY pretty on you!!! the best of all the lip pics in this post, imo πŸ™‚

    for eyes, i absolutely love last year's TF Nude Dip. i know it was widely dissed on the interwebs, but i absolutely love it. i do only wear 2 of the 3 shimmers at one time, as all 3 shimmers in one look is too much. but if you use the matte(-ish) shade and 2 of the shimmers, i think it is positively RADIANT, soft, and so so pretty.

    byTerry also has a new Nude Eye "Designer" palette coming out in April. i can't wait! i've always loved their powder shadow formulations and am so happy to see them coming back!

    Sweet Charity is also surprisingly pretty!! i thought it would be too boring based on the color in the bottle. i love how it looks on you – i might have to pick up a bottle myself! πŸ™‚

    great post as always Sabrina!! xo sj

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you! I think Pink Dusk is perfect for lips as far as nudes go. I've heard rumors that Nude Dip might come back, it's such a pretty quad but yes it's very sparkly.

      That By Terry palette looks so pretty. I've never tried their powder shadows so I am really interested in the nude one.

      Thanks for the note on Sweet Charity, it is on the sheer side so it requires 3-4 coats but there's no nude like it.

      Glad you liked the post!

  • Rebecca Chung March 9, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Amazing swatches!! I can't wait to try the lipsticks by TF and Chanel, as well as the eyeshadows by Laura Mercier and Burberry. Thanks for such an informative post ❀❀

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Glad you liked it Rebecca πŸ™‚

  • Gra March 9, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    What a lovely selection! These nudes are airy and aethereal, perfect for the upcoming season!

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you! Neutrals are my weakness and there are so many good ones this season πŸ™‚

  • Rachel Polansky March 9, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    The 2 Charlotte Tilbury blushes you picked are my favorite! Neutrals are such a must for spring.


  • Leanne Webber March 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Love the neutral lips – they all suit you so much!
    Love the look of the MAC Palette – I really hope they bring these out in the UK
    Leanne xx

  • Lori Jenkins March 9, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    As usual, gorgeous post! I'm a huge fan of Chanel Joues Contraste blushes – I'd love to know how you'd compare the texture of Tom Ford's blush? The shade swatch looks amazing!

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Lori!

      I love Chanel too. The texture of Chanel almost seems hard compared to the Tom Ford, although I've never had any issues applying Chanel. If you're familiar with the buttery soft texture of Burberry's older shadows or Urban Decay Shadows, Tom Ford blushes have a similar velvety finish.

      I think Tom Ford's blushes are the best beauty item in his entire line (lipsticks are also good). They are really steep in price but I love every single color.

      Another difference is TF has warmer colors for blush while Chanel has the classic soft roses and pinks that are gorgeous.

      Hope that helps!

  • Christy March 9, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    what a gorgeous post! Thank you!

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you Christy!

  • Marie March 9, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you for the great post! All the nail polishes and blushes look amazing, but the Dior palette is the one that stole my heart, it's so gorgeous! Is the quality as good as usual?

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Marie,

      The texture of the shadows in the new Dior palette is quite a bit softer than the shadows from Dior quints. Quality is the same in terms of blendability. Pigment seems slightly softer than usual, but that is primarily because the colors are softer/lighter while quints like Cuir Cannage and Pied de Poule have a darker contrast. I'll have a more detailed review this week.

      First impressions are that this is a shimmery soft palette for those who want an understated eye look.

  • Jess March 9, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I just picked up the Dior Eye Reviver palette and I love it. I've never been terribly impressed with Dior shadows but these are very soft and pigmented.

  • michelle March 9, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    This whole lot is just totally & completely my thing–so appealing, I would take it all! LOVEβ™₯

  • Catherine March 9, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I bought Dior Lady today, and Palais Royal has got to be my all time favourite "grege" tone! Flush s my fave Tom Ford blush – I'll check out Frantic Pink as well, thanks!

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Tom Ford Flush is such a beautiful bright color. I love how it brings life to the face without making me feel like a clown, lol πŸ™‚ Yay for Dior nail polish!

  • Leonie Parker March 9, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    I love every single thing in this post!!

    Leonie β™₯ IkonikBeauty

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:34 pm


  • Clever Girl Reviews March 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    NARS Reckless is really nice!

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      It surprised me! In stores the tester looked like a hot mess.

  • thebeautybloss.com March 9, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Pink Dusk & Frantic Pink are my picks of the bunch. The Dior & Mac palettes look gorgeous.


  • Mandy S March 10, 2015 at 1:45 am

    MAC Tendering looks amazing!! x


  • Cubicledweller (Kristina) March 10, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Loving this post! Frantic Pink is one of my fave blushes ever…I've been wondering about the these eye palettes so thanks for swatching!

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks Kristina!

  • Anonymous March 10, 2015 at 2:52 am

    This is such an inspiring post. A gorgeous selection and great description. I will also check out the L Mercier setting powder based on your review. Thanks and have a good week.

  • Maiko Sharp March 10, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Warm neutrals are right up my alley and I can't even deal with how many amazing neutral lines are being released right now

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Haha. I can't even deal with all the releases either. I still haven't checked out Bobbi Brown and Guerlain to name a couple.

  • Petunia March 10, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I am very interested in the Eye Reviver palette, because everyone needs 600 neutral palettes. I don't see many reviews on it. No one seems that excited. Perhaps I need to skip this one? What do you think Miss Sabrina?
    So many other lovelies. I want them all!

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Petunia, I'll have a detailed review later this week. I agree I don't need 600 neutral palettes. I suspect there aren't many reviews yet because it just launched in the US. A google search showed a couple reviews.

      I'll have a detailed review later, but if you have a lot of neutrals I will say skip. The texture is amazingly soft and shimmer has a subtle refined glow but the overall look seems very natural.

      I'll have to do more testing to give a full assessment.

  • kwoo1226 March 10, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Great pictures and swatches! The lip colors look great on you as well. The Mac and Charlotte Tilbury blushes look especially beautiful and I'm excited for all the neutral colors brands are bringing out for spring. Thanks for the post!

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      Thank you! Glad you liked the post πŸ™‚

  • whitney March 10, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Anything Charlotte Tilbury is incredible I'm so glad you incorporated the brand into your post. I about screamed when I found out they opened a counter in Dallas, Tx!

    • Sabrina March 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      I adore the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line, so many good discoveries! Glad to find another CT fan πŸ™‚

  • silvita March 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    You have beautiful picks, I love your lengthy summary posts like this, it helps me to pull a whole look together. I adore Charlotte Tilbury's "Sex on Fire" blush and her dual pan bronzer + highlighter, can't stop using it for a reliable and flattering look. I just ordered the "Tartelette" matte eyeshadow palette, there are so many soft subtle neutrals on the market right now I'm in heaven!
    As cool as turquoise eyeliner may look, it's just a no-go when we have to look pulled together and like ourselves, but better.
    For nails I suggest checking out Essie "Sand Tropez", excellent quality and price, a grayish nude that holds up for a week on my rough. I just can't handle Louboutin nails' products, so needlessly expensive.

  • JoanneP March 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Wow fabulous post Sabrina! I love so many of your picks. I'm too a sucker for anything neutrals. Love TF Rose Crush, Pink Dusk, Frantic Pink, LM Rosegold, Dior Lady, Dior Eye Revier!!!

  • JoanneP March 10, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    And Tom Ford Orchid Haze, one of my all time favorites!

  • Anonymous March 11, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Love the post. After viewing I bought Frantic Pink which looks amazing and Pink Dusk. I love everything by TF especially Flush. I also bought Burberry's Shell which is on back order. I'm so excited that neutrals and light pinks are in for the spring.

  • Marina March 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Those neutral pastel pinks look so beautiful, I always wanted to purchase the Tom Ford blush in Flush, but never did it. Now seems like I have no other alternative haha
    Your photographs are gorgeous πŸ™‚

  • Cassandra Myee March 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I am loving the look of the new 9 pan MAC palettes, so many lovely shades! Also neutral nails trump always!

  • Monica@theRiteofAging March 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Gorgeous photos! The Dior palette is to die for! πŸ™‚