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For everyone whose skin has never blended in with a band aid, finding a true nude lip color is a labor of love. The standard peachy hue associated with “nude” heels, nail polishes, and lipsticks isn’t quite melanin-friendly. Newbie brand Mented Cosmetics is here to change all that.

Co-founder KJ Miller said in a press release:

Mented (a play on pigmented) just released their first collection of lipsticks. Priced at only $16.50 each, we have a feeling this brand is going to become super popular. All the lipsticks are vegan, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and made in the US.

Here’s a look at the shades:

1Dark Night

A chocolate shade with a warm undertone.

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2Dope Taupe

A blend of browns and pinks for the perf nude.

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3Foxy Brown

A blend of browns and reds for a shade that can easily go from day to night.

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4Mented #5

Browns, purples, and pinks combine to create this fully pigmented shade.

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5Pretty in Pink

A pinky shade with a light brown base.

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6“Nude LaLa

A super pigmented brown and pink shade with a full coverage finish.

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Here are all the shades swatched for comparison.

All shades are available at and will ship by April 4th!