Nude lipsticks have been around since the sixties, when the pale lip replaced the bright reds and pinks of the fifties. The idea behind a nude lipstick is that you look polished and yet not overly formal, giving you a look that works all through the day. The best nude lipsticks flatter your natural skin tone, whilst not drawing attention to the fact you are wearing lipstick. However, the descriptions of all the lipsticks and the brands offering them can be bewildering, so we have put together a list of 10 nude lipsticks from different brands to help you decide what the best nude lipstick for you might be.
Nude Lipstick FAQ
1. What Is a Nude Lipstick?
This question has a range of different answers in the beauty world. Some would define a nude lipstick as one with a color close to the wearer’s own skin tone. Others, however, consider that the best nude lipsticks are those with a neutral shade; that is, one which does not have overt red, pink, plum or coral tones.
2. What Is the Best Nude Lipstick?
The best nude lipstick is the one that suits you best. What you are looking for in a nude lipstick is not one that is the same color as your skin (this will make you look washed out), but one that complements your skin tone. Nude lipsticks come in neutral tones with colored undertones, so if you know you suit a true red lipstick, you might want to look for a nude lipstick with a red undertone rather than one with an orange or pink base.
3. How Does Nude Lipstick Work as a Look?
There a variety of ways for you to work the nude lip look. It is a particularly good look for those who don’t usually like to wear much makeup, as you can use it during the day as a subtle lift to your look when you might ordinarily just use lip balm. Wearing lipstick instantly makes you look more polished and professional without having to make much effort. Alternately you can use a nude lipstick for an evening look to contrast with a dramatic smokey eye, or recreate a sixties look with a pale nude lipstick and cat-eye eyeliner flick.
4. Where Can You Buy it?
Nude lipsticks can be purchased from most drugstores, from cosmetic shops, department stores, from large online retailers such as Amazon, and from specialist online makeup stores.
How We Reviewed
In order to provide you with a balanced view of each lipstick we have provided information on their features, price, where they can be bought, and a roundup of their pros and cons in order to help you decide on the best nude lipstick for you.
Overall Price Range of Nude Lipstick
The nude lipsticks we reviewed ranged in price from just $5 right up to $70. Higher priced lipsticks may have better moisturizing qualities and more intense pigmentation. However, there are a whole host of low priced gems available, so if you’re on a tight budget don’t despair.
What We Reviewed
- MAC Matte Lipstick KINDA SEXY
- Maybelline New York Color Sensational Nude Lipstick
- Tom Ford Lip Color Spanish Pink
- Matte Liquid Lipstick Pen by Spdoo
- Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick
- CCbeauty Moisturizing & Matte Makeup Lipsticks
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
- Matte Nude Lipstick Set by NICEFACE
- L’Oréal Paris Makeup Colour Riche Original Creamy
- SHERUI Beauty TOP Matte Lipstick
- MAC Frost Lipstick Lipstick 3 g,Color Kinda Sexy
- Lipstick Creme Enriched with Vitamin E to moisturize dry skin and lips soft , smooth, long-lasting color all day...
- Make the lips look plump and lively throughout the day
This beige-pink toned nude lipstick from makeup giant MAC has all the key features of a splendid nude lipstick. The subtle rose tones in this lipstick will flatter those with fair and cool-toned complexions, and the matte finish is perfectly on trend. The simple vanilla fragrance means that this lipstick smells good enough to eat (though we wouldn’t recommend that you try). Pair it with a smokey eye for a perfect dramatic look.
- Intense pigmentation
- Non-drying matte finish
- Great staying power
- Tends to look a little tired after a few hours of wear
- Not flattering for darker complexions
- Nude lip color pigments for honest flesh tone color
- Unique feel from precious oils
- Crisper color from pure pigments
Not just one lipstick, but a whole nude collection. You are sure to be able to find a shade to suit your skin tone in amongst Maybelline’s nude lipstick offerings. The stars of this selection are Stormy Sahara (shade 945), a medium beige with coral undertones suitable for medium and warm toned skin, and Untainted Spice (shade 950), a richer brown.
Until fairly recently colors suitable for darker skin tones have been under-represented in the makeup market, so it’s especially nice to see some gorgeous shades aimed at flattering these skin tones.
- Great options for darker complexions
- Subtle shimmer
- Some found the texture oily
- Only medium intense pigmentation
- Luxurious lipstick which offers a variety of shades.
- Formulated with soja seed extract, chamomilla flower oil and murmur butter.
- It glides on smooth creating an ultra creamy texture which keeps the lips moisturized.
Tom Ford’s collection may very well be the best nude lipstick collection, but they come at a price. The premium-priced Spanish Pink lipstick is a peach toned neutral suitable for fair warm or neutral complexions. Some users complained that the product went on too thickly if applied as a lipstick and recommended using a lip brush to achieve a subtle and satiny finish.
- Subtle peach-pink color
- Creamy texture
- Delicious vanilla scent
- Not a true nude
- Difficult to apply lightly
- Type: Liquid Lipstick Lip Gloss Lip Pen Set
- Features: Long Lasting Maintain/ Waterproof/ Water-Resistant
- Package Includes: 1 x 15pcs/set Nude Color Lip Gloss
This waterproof liquid lipstick claims to be able to last all day long, and the collection is available in 15 shades: not all of which are nudes. Amongst the shades however are some very fine looking true nude shades, especially Bare (a warm mid-neutral), Pale (a cool mid-neutral), Choco (a dark true brown), and Bare Red (a cool red-toned neutral).
Matte-finish liquid lipsticks can be very drying to the lips, so we recommend caution. If your lips are prone to dryness, you may want to moisturize them before applying this product. However at the price point and for the variety that comes in the color set, we don’t think you have anything to lose in giving the Spdoo Liquid Lipstick Pens a try.
- Wide range of colors in a set
- Waterproof formula
- Matte finish
- Can be dry and flaky
- Not all the colors in the set will suit you
- LONG LASTING LIPSTICK: Intense color with 8 hour moisture leaves lips silky smooth with a satin finish and creamy...
- MOISTURIZING LIP COLOR: This lipstick helps condition and sooth lips with moisturizing ingredients like Beeswax, Moringa...
- ALL DAY COLOR: Enhance your natural lip color wearing the gorgeous Nile Nude shade that's a full-coverage lipstick in a...
Burt’s Bees is a brand known for good quality, natural, and affordable products, usually including bee products in some shape or form. This moisturizing lipstick comes in various shades, of which the best nude lipstick is Nile Nude, a mid warm nude with peachy earth tones. We would recommend this lipstick to those with medium warm skin tones, especially those with peach or yellow undertones to their skin.
- Warm nude tone
- 8 hour moisturizing effect
- 100% natural formula
- Less intense pigmentation
- Will need reapplying throughout the day
CCbeauty Moisturizing & Matte Makeup Lipsticks
This three lipstick set is ideal for those who want a matte lipstick but hate the feeling of dry lips. The formula of this lipstick includes vitamin E and beeswax to moisturize the lips whilst wearing. The three shades in the set look to be a warm orange nude, a cool pink nude, and a coral nude. Some users, however, report that all the shades come out brighter than anticipated and are all quite orange. Nevertheless, most users appreciated the silky texture and moisturizing effect of the lipsticks.
This three part lipstick set can be found on Amazon for around $10.
- Good if you have a warm medium skin tone
- Shades not very nude
- Staying power of lipstick not very good
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Blushing Nude is the perfect example of a lipstick at the mid-point between a nude and a rose lipstick. Depending on the tone of your skin and lips, the lipstick may show as more pink or more beige. There is a very subtle shimmer in the lipstick, but nothing so overt that it wouldn’t be appropriate to wear for a business meeting. Users of all skin tones from fair to dark report that Revlon’s Blushing Nude looked good on them and that the creamy texture went on smoothly.
This product can be found on Amazon for around $7.
- Lovely rose-beige shade
- Creamy texture
- Good daytime lipstick
- Can be drying
- Doesn’t last well
Matte Nude Lipstick Set by NICEFACE
Despite being described as a set of nudes, this set of 12 liquid lipsticks is composed mostly of non-nude shades. In addition, many reviewers were disappointed with the quality of the lipsticks and the colors that they received. Even if you really want to try out a range of shades in liquid lipsticks, we’d recommend giving this set a miss.
This product can be found on Amazon for around $21.
- Long lasting
- Not really nude shades
- Bad smell
L’Oréal Paris Makeup Colour Riche Original Creamy
This range of lipsticks by L’Oréal Paris contains some gorgeous nude shades. We love the creamy satin finish and the range of neutral shades from Fairest Nude, a pale peach-pink shade suitable for even the palest skin, to Spice, a dark brown with a warm undertone. L’Oréal have made sure that there is something for everyone and every occasion in this collection, with the range including shimmer and non-shimmer options for many of their shades.
This product can be found on Amazon for around $6.
- Satin finish
- Wide range of shades
- Some found the satin finish too shiny
SHERUI Beauty TOP Matte Lipstick
Another matte liquid lipstick, imitating the current nude shades of the much more premium Huda Beauty nude palette. Though the shades look beautiful in the photos, many users report that, despite claiming to be waterproof, the lipsticks are quick to wear off and need frequent reapplying. However, at $5 for a set of four, it might be argued that you get what you pay for. This might be a good option for you if you are looking to try out a range of nude shades but are not sure what you would like and don’t want to spend too much money.
This product can be found on Amazon for around $5.
- Four shades
- Budget product
- Color comes off quickly
If you are just looking to dip your toe in the world of nude lipsticks, we strongly recommend that you go down to your local department store and try out a few shades. It’s difficult to know what shades will suit you and what you will like until you’ve had a chance to see for yourself. The best nude lipstick is one that goes on smoothly, stays put for a reasonable length of time, and helps your skin and lips to look healthy. Though some of the lipsticks we’ve reviewed command premium prices, our overall favorite is very affordable.
The best nude lipstick for our money is one of the nude shades available from L’Oréal Paris’s Colour Riche range. Though others like the MAC Kinda Sexy and Tom Ford’s Spanish Pink are good nude lipsticks, the range of shades and moisturizing effects of L’Oréal put their nude lipsticks ahead of the pack.