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Makeup Staples | The Best Nude Lipsticks For Every Budget

Nude Lipstick Staples

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).

Nude Lipstick Staples

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.


Nude Lipstick Staples

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 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

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    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

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    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
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