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3 Cruelty-Free Nudes For Under £5

Cruelty-free nude lipsticks for under £5
Barry M Matte Lip Paint in Palest Nude; MUA Luxe Whipped Velvet Lips in Spry; Makeup Revolution Amazing Matte Lipstick in Nude

I'm beyond fussy when it comes to nude lipstick. Too pale and it washes me out; too brown and it just looks very, well, brown. I own a few lipsticks which have a hint of coral or pink, but I wanted a genuine nude nude to go with a red dress I bought recently, and I also didn't want to spend a fortune. With this in mind, I hit Superdrug, who I find to be far better when it comes to selling cruelty-free products than Boots.

Makeup Revolution Amazing Matte Lipstick in Nude, £1

Makeup Revolution Amazing Matte Lipstick in Nude (on lips)

Makeup Revolution was my first stop, because if you're gonna try something new then you may as well waste as little money as possible doing so (at least until you figure out what works). Nude is a shade which goes with most things, including my dress, and it's an ideal everyday lipstick. Much like the MUR lipstick in Crime I reviewed before, Nude is creamy, opaque, and long-lasting. You really can't go wrong.

MUA Luxe Whipped Velvet Lips in Spry, £3

MUA Whipped Velvet Lips in Spry (on lips)

The darkest of the three shades, though still not particularly brown, and the closest to my natural lip colour. It's also the first liquid lipstick I've ever used. I was under the assumption that liquid lipsticks were supposed to dry, or at least set, but Spry never seems to and consequently it never lasts very long. But it's a pretty shade nonetheless, and it doesn't dry lips out. In fact, it feels very smooth on application.

Barry M Matte Lip Paint in Palest Nude, £4.49

Barry M Matte Lip Paint in Palest Nude (on lips)

If this was a tad lighter it'd be too pale for me, and I'd be risking foundation lips, but thankfully this is just right  it doesn't drain the colour from my face. I warn you now, your lips have to be in amazing conditioner before you apply this, because it highlights every single flaw. Palest Nude looks like it was made to be worn with a smoky eye and softly flushed cheeks, and it makes me want to pout like Kyle Jenner when I wear it (which is weird, because I don't associate her with this particular nude shade at all. But whatever. I like it, and I'll probably repurchase).

What are your favourite nude lipsticks? Are there any bargains you think I should pick up? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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