Having recently whittled down my massive collection of red lipsticks, I thought it was about time I did the same with my nude ones. In the last year I have become obsessed with nude lipstick. I have always loved nudes for lips, but until the last couple of years I have always gone for very light shades that pretty much match my skin tone, like Mac Creme D’Nude, Nars Madiere and Mac Myth. These give quite a 60’s vibe to a look, and recently I have been feeling a bit more 90’s with my colour palette. I actually noticed a couple of weeks ago that I have only brought brown blushes with me to Australia. I love to wear nude lipstick for literally any occasion.
All five of the lipsticks I have chosen for this edit are traditional lipsticks; 2 matte, 3 satin. I usually favour matte over satin day to day, but it’s always good to have the option. These are the lipsticks I wear day to day, and cannot get enough of.
Who they are:
From left to right (above) we have:
- Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 45
- Maybelline Matte Lipstick in 655 Daringly Nude
- Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
- Mac Lipstick in Faux
- Mac Lipstick in Viva Glam II
How they look:
Apologies for the lack of clarity in the names. I didn’t realise my hands had such visible pores.
Velvet Teddy is a brown nude, whereas Faux has more pink undertones, and Viva Glam II looks more mauve. Daringly Nude and 45 are pretty much dupes of each other, but are a matte and satin finish respectively. Daringly Nude has more of a flat matte finish compared to Velvet Teddy, and whilst it does feel creamy, it has more of a floury texture to it, which sounds odd, but it’s the only way I think to describe it.
Why I love them:
Velvet Teddy is the most perfect brown nude. It was a real mission to track down as I happened to covet it at the time that Kylie Jenner had revealed that it was her go-to shade, and so it was sold out everywhere. I bought it while travelling, a time when the last thing I needed was a new Mac lipstick, but I wore it constantly, and even inspired my travel buddy to pick up one herself. It’s such a flattering shade that works for so many skin tones. Even though it has a matte finish, Velvet Teddy is very creamy and not drying at all. It is far more comfortable to wear compared to some of Mac’s other matte lipsticks, particularly their Retro Mattes.
Faux was another travelling purchase (oops), and a perfect go-to day nude. I like how it is more of a pink nude compared to Velvet Teddy, and for a while, they were the only two lipsticks I thought about wearing until I became obsessed with the world of nude lipstick. I love to pair it with Mac Whirl lipliner, or wear it alone. The dusky pink tone is so flattering for fair skin tones.
I actually bought Viva Glam II around 2 and a half years ago, when I was sick of my ‘concealer lips’ and wanted something that was more warm and healthy looking. It then sat in my drawer, getting maybe one or two wears every now and then, as I would often walk out the door and forget to put on lipstick. However, these days I reach for it all the time, and have recommended it to lots of friends and family as a fantastic, flattering nude lipstick. I love that is a cool nude, but not as pink at Faux. And, the total sale goes to Mac‘s Global Fund, helping those affected by HIV and AIDs. Double win.
Daringly Nude and 45 are so close in colour. They are flattering, creamy nudes, really that look of ‘my lips but better’. I was very happy to find two such lovely shades in the pharmacy, and Rimmel and Maybelline are my go-to brands for cheaper products. I don’t find that either shade last particularly long; one cup of tea and they’re pretty much done for. However, they are both so creamy it’s not really a bother to reapply them over and over again.
- Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lady Be Good – lovely matte liquid lipstick, good for every day.
- Mac Lipglass in Lust – I got this as a Christmas gift many moons ago, and have recently been reaching for it a lot. I particularly like it with a very basic eye look.
And because I am so nice, here are some swatches of both:
So there you have it! My go-to nude lipsticks. What are yours? Let me know in the comments. Stay tuned for more Lip Edits, as the Browns edit is coming soon!