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As someone with brown skin and neutral undertones, finding the perfect nude lip product seemed like an impossible feat. I've searched high and low for the perfect shade, whether at the endless kiosks at Sephora and department stores or the aisles of Target and Ulta. Most options were either a little too light or dark, not the right undertone, subpar formulation, or a combination of it all. The nudes and neutrals in the market never catered to my complexion and left me looking like I was either sporting the infamous early-2000s washed-out concealer lip or attempting the '90s dark lip liner with a light lipstick trend. Ctzn Cosmetics changed all of that.
Founded by three sisters, Aleena, Aleezeh, and Naseeha Khan, Ctzn Cosmetics is all about representation. Whether it's the product shade range or its campaigns, the brand is for all skin tones, all genders, and anyone who feels underrepresented. The sisters went through the same struggles I did while looking for color cosmetics that suit brown skin tones and our varying complexions, especially nude lip products. Ctzn Cosmetics filled the gap many brands were ignoring. The Ctzn Cosmetics Nudiversal Lip Duo comes in 25 neutral-toned shades, and the shade New York City instantly became my new go-to nude. Not only did the color just fit me and complement my complexion, but the formulation is also chef's-kiss perfection.
Keep reading for my in-depth review on the colors, formulation, and wear.