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Makeup Staples | The Best Nude Lipsticks For Every Budget

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Nude lipsticks are key players in any makeup collection. They can perfectly complete any look, from understated and minimal to full on Kardashian. I heavily rely on nude lipsticks and they’re definitely the tone I tend to wear the most. Despite having a rather large collection, the following five are the select few which I reach for over and over again. All of the following score strongly when considering formula, shade and longevity (I’m also a sucker for cute packaging).

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The High End

NARS ‘Anna’ | £26.00

Part of the Audacious Lipstick range designed both to stay put and feel hydrating, Anna is technically a ‘Dusty Mauve’. The versatility of the shade and its ease of wear has me hooked, but admittedly it’s price point sees me reaching for it sparingly. Not wearing it on a daily basis only adds to its exclusive feel though, and it’s very well loved regardless. This one has possibly my favourite lipstick packaging. Although it’s very basic in aesthetic, it’s lid and base are magnetic so always snap satisfyingly in place on closure.

MAC ‘Velvet Teddy’ | £17.50

Velvet Teddy is a classic shade so its best selling status comes as no surprise. It’s described as a deep-tone beige so is on the darker side of the nudes but is still very flattering. Considering its matte finish, it’s not overly drying so makes for a great every day look. I’ve also found it a perfect grab and go shade as it’s neutral enough never to clash with other colours.

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Pillow Talk’ | £24.00

After only recently featuring this in my general beauty staples from last year, my love of this isn’t news. In fact, it’s general popularity is hardly shocking either. Pillow Talk is the perfect nude-pink for a your lips but better kind of look and paired with its sister liner, it stays put. I’d also give this bonus points for incredibly beautiful packaging, even when it’s finished I’m likely to keep and use it as an Instagram prop.


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The High Street

Rimmel London ‘Kate 45’ | £5.49

A pink-tone, failsafe nude, this one is buildable so one coat gives a pretty sheen and two gives a block of colour. You can’t argue with the price or the shade but the formula is a little hit and miss. This works perfectly on well-moisturised lips but if yours are going through a dry patch then don’t bother with it. Over summer when my lips are fairly unproblematic, this is the nude that I chuck in my bag and wear to death.

Revlon ‘Forever’ | £8.99

This is without a doubt one of the best high street lip products I’ve owned. The doe foot applicator is of good quality and allows for an easy and flawless application. It’s one of the least drying liquid lipsticks I’ve tried and has a gel formula which makes it perfect for comfortable and continuous wear. It’s undoubtedly worth its standalone price tag but I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve repurchased this and have always taken advantage of a 3 for 2 or similar offer.

I’d love to know if anyone else has tried and loved any of these as much as I do?

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  • Reply Clare

    I have velvet teddy and love it! The Nars Anna looks gorgeous! Great post 🙂 Clare xx |

    March 14, 2019 at 6:15 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it? I’m glad you like the look of it x

      March 14, 2019 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Dasynka

    I love so much the nude lipsticks, I wear them everyday and expecially this Revlon has an amazing color!
    xx Dasynka

    March 14, 2019 at 6:20 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I wear them most days too- I adore the Revlon one x

      March 14, 2019 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Jazmin

    You can’t go wrong with Mac Velvet Teddy can you?! I love the look of that Nars one too. I might have to put in a little order! I love the brand Nars – I only own a few bits at the min but I definitely want more. I also might pick up that Revlon one – I may as well at that price! Xx

    March 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I agree! Haha I’d totally recommend both of them- I always have my eyes on more NARS too haha x

      March 14, 2019 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I have the CT Pillow Talk too, I succumbed to all the hype. After the initial burst of love, I have to say I’ve been a little disappointed, it makes me look completely washed out. It suits Flora (blonde, blue eyed) but as she’s only 9, she won’t be wearing it out, haha. My perfect nude is Bare Minerals in Mantra. It’s more of a mauvey-pink and goes much better with my frizzy brown hair and red gardener’s cheeks! 🙂 Fab review though, Sophie, and yes to keeping the CT lippie as an Insta prop!

    Lisa x

    March 14, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh that’s such a shame. I have to admit, because its one of my more expensive ones I only ever really wear it with a full face of makeup so haven’t had the same issue yet! Ooh I’ll definitely have to check out the Bare Minerals one, thanks for the recommendation Lisa! x

      March 14, 2019 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Becca

    Pillow Talk is one of my favourites ever 😍 much prefer liquid lipsticks to make them long lasting though! Think I’ll have to try out the Revlon one!

    March 14, 2019 at 6:45 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it!? I find liquid lipsticks so much more effective too, the Revlon one is amazing and so creamy for a liquid! x

      March 14, 2019 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Emma

    I love all these shades, the revlon one is so reasonable and looks so creamy and dreamy however the one that is always on my wish list is the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Pillow Talk’

    Great post

    March 14, 2019 at 8:36 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      They’re all so pretty aren’t they? I’d definitely recommend them both! x

      March 14, 2019 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply Amie Cadwallader

    Make Up Revolution do some gorgeous liquid lipsticks! THey’re amazing on the lips!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    March 14, 2019 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply V.

    I am sooo tempted by the Pillow talk from CT. I have never tried anything from her but I see it all over the social media and I just want her stuff in my collection. However, I hardly ever spend more than a tenner on lipsticks… at the same time, i am sure it is worth it. And I am defo gonna give a try the one from Revlon. I never really considered this brand to have decent lip products 🙈 I personally love the Les Chocolats nude lipsticks from L’oreal

    March 15, 2019 at 12:58 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s really gorgeous in pretty much every way. I know how you feel- it’s definitely an investment but I got this in one of the Cult Beauty deals and tend to only buy such expensive ones on deals or special occasions. I’d say this one is definitely worth the investment. The Revlon is amazing, definitely pick it up if you get the chance! Ooh I’ve not tried those yet so thanks for the recommendation! x

      March 16, 2019 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Laura

    I always have a problem finding the right lipstick shade, these all look so pretty though! 🙂

    March 15, 2019 at 1:09 am
  • Reply Jen

    You just can’t go wrong with nars! With nude colours, if my lips are a bit dry it’s really noticeable! Can you recommend any lip moisturising products for a base because I have found that nothing really works for me.

    I’ve never purchased any tilbury products, but think i’ll give the lippy a go, it’s a really pretty colour! Thanks for the review.

    March 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I totally agree. I tend to use Burts Bees because they’re moisturising but still stay relatively matte. I love any Charlotte Tilbury and Pillow Talk is definitely no exception! x

      March 17, 2019 at 9:51 am
      • Reply Jen

        Burts bees it is then! Thanks. x

        March 17, 2019 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Danielle

    So excited to try these!

    March 15, 2019 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply SundayDahlias

    MACs velvet teddy is an absolute fav of mine! It’s the perfect nude shade 💛

    March 15, 2019 at 4:52 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s such a cult classic isn’t it? x

      March 17, 2019 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Leah

    These all sound amazing, making me want to spend

    March 15, 2019 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Danielle Alexa

    These are all absolutely stunning shades, I would wear them all!

    Danielle xx

    March 16, 2019 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Becca

    I reaaaally want to try Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk – it really looks like the perfect shade!!

    Becca x

    March 16, 2019 at 10:58 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s honestly so beautiful, definitely worth the investment! x

      March 16, 2019 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Nancy

    Oooh, I should procure a nude lipstick! I really like MAC’s lipsticks. Though, I’ve heard great things about NARS too. I love how rich it looks. Thanks for sharing some of these suggestions!

    Nancy ♥

    March 17, 2019 at 5:37 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Definitely! I love both brands, I hope you found them helpful x

      March 17, 2019 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Annie

    I really want to invest in a nice lipstick. The fact that I don’t have a great quality one is the reason I don’t wear lipstick as much I want to. I’ll definitely look into the ones you mentioned. All those shades are so nice!

    March 17, 2019 at 9:41 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      A good high end lipstick will change your life! I hope you find these recommendations helpful x

      March 17, 2019 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Ashleigh

    Who doesn’t love a good nude lipstick? I love all of these shades, especially the Charlotte Tilbury one! X

    Ashleigh |

    March 17, 2019 at 9:43 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      They’re such a staple aren’t they?! Pillow Talk is such a cult classic x

      March 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    I’m always on the hunt for a nude I actually like! I usually hate the way they look against my pale skin and currently only own one. True nudes definitely aren’t for me, I tend to favour ones that have more of a pinkish or even slightly brown tone to them. The Kate shade looks really pretty but I can’t stand the smell of Rimmel lipsticks! Great selection here x


    March 17, 2019 at 10:28 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I know what you mean- I’m naturally pretty pale and they do look much nicer on me when I fake tan or bronze up, otherwise I can look washed out. I completely relate which is why I featured shades like the NARS which isn’t your typical nude! Oh what a shame, I’ve never noticed their scent to be honest x

      March 17, 2019 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Lauren-J Cole

    Velvet Teddy, Pillow Talk and the Rimmel Kate lipsticks are all staples in my makeup bag! Loved this post! 🙂 Xx

    Lauren |

    March 17, 2019 at 10:56 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you love so many of the same ones I do! Thank you x

      March 17, 2019 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Lucy Earnshaw

    I love the Rimmel one too! My fave nude lipsticks are the Olivia Palermo ones that Ciate made they last forever!

    March 17, 2019 at 12:33 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Its gorgeous isn’t it?! Ooh thank you for the recommendation I’ve not tried those! x

      March 17, 2019 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Via Singh

    I just love lipsticks and it is my favorite makeup item. Loved all your picks. I have Anna and it is so beautiful, Velvet teddy is lovely but it looks a bit lighter on my skin tone (for my liking hehe) That Revlon one is so darn pretty I will have to get it sooner. 🙂 Lovely pictures

    Via |

    March 17, 2019 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love them too! Thank you, I’m so glad you like the two you’ve tried and I’d definitely recommend the Revlon! Thank you x

      March 17, 2019 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Rachael Stray

    I love a nude lip so versatile! I really like the Rimmel Kate lipsticks I’ve got a few and they are so lovely on.

    March 17, 2019 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Melanie Daffin

    My favourite nude lipsticks right now are by Morphe and ABH! I love the formulas from both but I also adore the NYX Lip Lingerie formula x

    Melanie ||

    March 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love Morphe and NYX formulas but don’t have nudes in either- will definitely have to have another look at the shade ranges, thanks for the recommendations! x

      March 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply melissa major

    These all look like amazing nude lipsticks, I really want to get the Nars lipstick and the Charlotte tilbury pillow talk lipstick( been meaning to get this lipstick for ages haha!)

    Mel 🌙 | Moonlight Mel

    March 17, 2019 at 5:54 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      They are! Looks like you have expensive taste too haha. I love them both x

      March 17, 2019 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Ellie Phillips

    I’ve heard such good things about the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and the Revlon one. I’ve not tried Nars or any Rimmel lipsticks and i really think MAC is overrated!

    March 17, 2019 at 6:13 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      They’re both amazing! It’s a shame you think MAC is overrated- I only have a few shades but I really love their formulas and I love their recycling scheme x

      March 17, 2019 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Kyra

    I’ve been wanting to try velvet teddy or pillow talk for ages now, they seem like the perfect shades!
    -Kyra ||

    March 17, 2019 at 6:16 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      They’re both absolutely beautiful! x

      March 18, 2019 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Paige

    Lovely post! I’ve been wanting to get CT’s “Pillow Talk” for ages now! I think I might have to invest! 🙂

    March 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I’d definitely recommend it x

      March 18, 2019 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Aaliyah

    I love wearing nude lipstick, I find it such a flattering shade. I usually find it hard to find the right shade for me but I like more pinky nudes, the Nars Anna lipstick is such a gorgeous shade! The revlon liquid lipstick is also a really nice colour, Great Post x

    March 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I do as well, they’re definitely more effortless than most other shades too! Thanks lovely, I’m glad you liked it x

      March 18, 2019 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    I am a nude lipstick junkie and these are all stunning! I already own Velvet Teddy and Pillow Talk and I pretty much alternate between the two for everyday looks, they’re definitely a staple piece for any makeup bag!

    Love, Soph x

    March 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so! I completely agree, they’re both gorgeous and so easy to wear aren’t they? x

      March 18, 2019 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Kirsty Marie

    Yes velvet teddy will always be a fav of mine!

    March 17, 2019 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Eena

    Ooooh, love this post! My favorite shade definitely has to be the Rimmel Kate 45 – it’s a perfect shade of nude in my opinion! Thanks for sharing, Soph x

    cabin twenty-four

    March 17, 2019 at 9:29 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! It’s gorgeous and one of the most affordable too! x

      March 18, 2019 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Lucy

    One I would definitely love to try is the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipstick. The colour just looks beautiful! xx

    Lucy |

    March 17, 2019 at 9:38 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’d definitely recommend it- such an easy ‘your lips but better’ shade! x

      March 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Marie

    In the days when I had money to spend and wore makeup, and before lip gloss then lip balm took over, I had a Clinique lipstick that was very sheer that I totally loved. I don’t know how much it would cost today, but at the time I thought it was worth it 🙂

    March 17, 2019 at 9:44 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Ooh I do love Clinique- I think you might be talking about their chubby sticks? They are pretty if so x

      March 18, 2019 at 4:28 pm
  • Reply Yana

    I love wearing nude lipsticks. Your lipsticks are so cute.

    March 18, 2019 at 2:35 am
  • Reply Mercy

    You know, I only use MAC lipstick and I’m glad you include it here. But I wouldn’t mind trying Nars and Charlotte Tilbury too. Love the Nars shade!

    March 18, 2019 at 6:00 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      MAC is a pretty good bet isn’t it?! I’d definitely recommend the other two as well x

      March 18, 2019 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Jade

    Wow I need all of them haha, they all look amazing! Thanks for the review


    March 18, 2019 at 8:00 am
  • Reply Liz

    I just love the ‘Kate 45’ shade by Rimmel, it is super versatile and simply pretty! I have to try it myself 🙂
    Thank you for the swatches!

    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

    March 18, 2019 at 8:36 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s so pretty isn’t it- I’d definitely recommend, especially as we’re coming up to Spring/ Summer x

      March 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Sandra

    The Mac lipstick is actually my go-to nude but there’s a few on here that I’ve been wanting to try. I definitely prefer a nude lipstick most often. I think I’m going to have to try the Revlon forever though! That price and review have sold me haha

    March 18, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s such a cult classic isn’t it?! Honestly the Revlon one really really impressed me, it feels much more high end that it’s price point- I hope you love it too if you do pick it up x

      March 18, 2019 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Silvia

    Really great finds, love the swatches! I’ve started using Charlotte Tilbury in Bond Girl recently, and I think I’ll purchase Pillow Talk as well- the formula is just incredible.

    March 18, 2019 at 1:07 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! I’ve had my eye on Bond Girl for a while but I’m waiting for a good excuse to make the purchase haha! x

      March 18, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Nina

    I love nude lipsticks. These are gorgeous neutral shades.

    Nina’s Style Blog

    March 18, 2019 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Tina

    Absolutly loving your selection – a nude lipstick is my go-to – thingie on a normal office day 🙂 ♥


    March 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Missy May

    I haven’t tried any of these, but sure wouldn’t mind at all. Loving the shades.

    March 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply Desi

    I am obsessed with nude lips. I rock them during the day, and for a night out. They are always a good finish and look so glamorous. | Fashion Blog | by Dessy Markova

    March 18, 2019 at 6:34 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I am too- they’re so wearable aren’t they!? x

      March 18, 2019 at 9:09 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I usually avoid nudes because I don’t think they work well with my complexion, but these shades seem way more wearable than the beige nudes. The Nars shade looks gorgeous. I may have to try it!

    March 18, 2019 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so- I definitely think they’re all wearable but I guess a lot of it is down to skin tone x

      March 18, 2019 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply jane

    Great swatches dear!
    I love all the colors.

    March 19, 2019 at 5:42 am
  • Reply Radi

    Ohh I love the MAC “velvet teddy” one! Lipsticks are my absolute favorite beauty product.

    March 19, 2019 at 6:48 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s such a cult classic isn’t it?! I love them too x

      March 19, 2019 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply New Lune

    I love Velvet Teddy, it’s such a beautiful shade! I love nude shades so I loved reading this post! I love your swatches as well. I have to check the drugstore ones, the shades are so pretty. Great post as always my lovely x

    March 19, 2019 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Lucy

    Pillow Talk is such a staple in my collection, my go-to everyday nude thats for sure! I’ve always lusted over Velvet Teddy, can’t believe I’ve never bought it, such a beautiful shade!

    Lucy | Forever September

    March 19, 2019 at 7:50 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s such a cult classic isn’t it?! It’s lovely and so easy to wear- it also comes up quite a bit cheaper than CT obviously! x

      March 21, 2019 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Rebekah Gillian

    I used to be someone who experimented with darker lips, but I’ve been absolutely loving nude lipsticks this year. One of my favourites and the only one I’ve tried from those you’ve listed is Velvet Teddy from Mac. I didn’t think much of it at first, but I’ve stuck with it and now I really like it. It’s running out though and I don’t think I can justify buying a new one at that price. With that being said, I love the sound of the Revolution one you mentioned. I have to make another order for concealer and a foundation (my current one is slightly too light) soon, so I’ll be adding that to my basket alongside to give it a try. Thanks for the recommendations!

    March 19, 2019 at 8:44 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s just such a safe option isn’t it?! The Revlon one is amazing if you’re looking for a slightly lower price point! x

      March 21, 2019 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply Joyce

    I love the MAC velvet teddy and CT pillow talk. I need to pick up the revlon one and try out these other shades and brands x

    Joyce |

    March 20, 2019 at 3:13 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      They’re both such cult classics aren’t they?! x

      March 23, 2019 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Asher Downer

    Lovely post and amazing photos x

    March 20, 2019 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Rhianna

    I actually really like the look of the Rimmel and Revlon ones! And that price can’t be sniffed at! Maybe I’ll use them to get me into lipstick, as I’ve always been more of a lip balm and liquid eyeliner girl!

    Rhianna x

    March 20, 2019 at 8:47 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      They’re great lipsticks and such easy to wear shades! x

      March 21, 2019 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply Gemma Ellis

    Such beautiful lipsticks, I haven’t got any of the drugstore shades and they’re so gorgeous! Need to try

    March 20, 2019 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I tried Velvet Teddy but returned it as it way wayyy too light for my skin tone. I preferred Persistence (this was before I went cruelty-free).

    Hannah the Mad Dog

    March 21, 2019 at 5:31 am
  • Reply Samantha

    I love a nude lippy too, my ultimate go-to! You have some lovely ones here and Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk has definitely been on my shopping list forever! I use the matching Lip cheat liber every day and love it. Fab post as always. x

    Samantha |

    March 21, 2019 at 10:33 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s my go to as well! I love the Pillow Talk liner too- I’d definitely recommend investing in the lipstick too. Thanks lovely!x

      March 22, 2019 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Beka

    I LOVE the Revlon HD Mattes, I have so many colours in them, they’re honestly amazing for the price! I also love Velvet Teddy, but since it’s a little more expensive (but not too bad) I don’t wear it a lot. I feel like be like that with a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick as well, however I’ve wanted one for years, and I might treat myself to one this summer 🙈

    Beka |

    March 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      The formula is such incredible isn’t it?! Haha I definitely reach for my cheaper ones on a day to day basis but love having nicer ones to choose from too! x

      March 24, 2019 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Ashley Firth

    I love the shade of the Nars ‘Anna’ lipstick (trust me to go for the most expensive one). I just love bold colours! I have a Rimmel London lipstick as part of my everyday wear, it’s really good quality and stays on for hours (which is a rare find for me). Thank you for sharing this post – your images are fab! xxx


    April 2, 2019 at 10:11 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Haha you sound like you have taste as expensive as mine! Thank you lovely x

      April 4, 2019 at 7:13 pm
  • Reply Katrina Frances

    I haven’t tried any of these shades, but they all look gorgeous!
    I’d love to pick up CT Pillow Talk on my next make-up online shop.
    Your photos are incredible x

    April 3, 2019 at 9:14 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think so! Thank you lovely x

      April 4, 2019 at 11:33 am

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