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 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 than Boots when it comes to selling cruelty-free make-up. Here’s what I picked up.
|Barry M Matte Lip Paint in Palest Nude; MUA Luxe Whipped Velvet Lips in Spry; Makeup Revolution Amazing Matte Lipstick in Nude|
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 red dress, and it’s an ideal everyday lipstick. It’s creamy, opaque and long-lasting, so you really can’t go wrong.
The darkest of the three shades, though still not particularly brown, Spry is 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 this never seems to and so it doesn’t last very long. But it’s a pretty shade nonetheless, and it doesn’t dry lips out. In fact, it feels very smooth on application.
If this was a tad lighter it would 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.
Palest Nude looks like it was made to be worn with a smoky eye and softly flushed cheeks. I warn you now, your lips have to be in amazing conditioner before you apply it, because it highlights every single flaw, but I like it even so.
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, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.