Trying to find the perfect nude is a bit like trying to find the Holy Grail.
It feels impossible.
But (without sounding like an Oracle) … I have the answer…. if not something very close!
Charlotte Tilbury promised to end our desperate searching for the perfect nude lipstick with her revolutionary lipstick PILLOW TALK . I tried it on and to be honest it felt sublime and gave my lips that soft pillowy effect (should do for the price tag).
The velvet consistency glided over my lips like a burnt sienna fantasy!
I don’t think you have to break your bank account to achieve a blonde bombshell pout.
Here’s my drug store recommendations:
RIMMEL: Kate Moss Range in 42
I love this! It’s such a fresh pink tone nude! So pretty! Kate Moss is the Nineties Queen of nude lipsticks and smoky eyes so you know you’re in good hands.
It’s affordable and can be worn with a slick of mascara or a signature supermodel smoky eye look.
It’s semi glossy but not too much; it’s light compared to the other nudes but I like that. Especially if I’m tanned!
I wish the product would have had a cool name to go with it as I’m a stickler for this marketing technique. But alas it’s just a number.
BOUJOUIS: Velvet Lip in FLORIBEIGE
As you can see this product is more of an orangey nude. It’s velvet description is on point; the texture has a mousse feel to it and goes on consistently without any streaking.
I recommend coupling product this with a lip liner, even though I haven’t as I wanted you to see the product in it’s full glory. The reason I say this is because it seems to feather at the edges of the lips and doesn’t define well on it’s own.
It claims to be long lasting, unfortunately it wasn’t. I just put it straight onto my lips; maybe if you lay a primer underneath it will last longer. But definitely not 24 hours as it claims.
MAYBELLINE: Colour Sensational in TANTALIZING TAUPE
This flatters a natural look because of it’s sheer, light weight and understated appearance. You could even wear this colour over another nude, but I think it stands well on it’s own.
My lips are naturally pale so they can really show the nude colour for what it is. If you have more rosy red lips I’d suggest blotting a bit of foundation over your lips if you’re going for an authentic nude.
Not all nudes suit my skin tone, especially if it’s too light; you want the lips to look full and juicy … not anaemic. This is why a lot of trial and error is involved! As you can see I have a fair skin complexion but also I have a slight yellow undertone, so I have to try lots of colours to see what matches.
I love this colour because it has a tinge of mauve; this may sound odd but it really does look good! Just like salt and caramel shouldn’t go together but my God it does… so well!
I remember Angelina Jolie in her ‘Tomb Raider’ days mentioning she used a lipstick with grey tone to give her those pouty, voluptuous lips we fell in love with when she was ‘Lara Croft’…I figured if it’s good enough for Angelina.
Also out of all of them, this colour smelt amazing!. It reminded me of the vanilla essence they used to infuse ‘My Little Pony’ with which I loved. It reminds me of childhood where my love of makeup was first introduced by my Mum.
BARRY M: Satin Super Slick Lipstick in TRUFFLE SHUFFLE
This is the Kim Kardashian of the nudes. If I had to personify this colour, I’d say she was confident, sexy, knows what she wants and gets what she wants!
She’s a pouting princess…but I kind of love her! This colour plumps up your lips ten fold!
It’s very glossy and creamy but at the same time highly pigmented.
Personally this is more of a night time colour and I’d wear it with a natural eye. I think with a smoky eye it might be a bit much for me, but if you can pull it off … hats off to you!
GOSH: Touch Lipstick NUDE 162
Last but not least we have our coral, lustre gloss. This is gorgeous! It’s a mandarin colour that compliments my skin tone and I’d imagine most people’s to be honest!
This colour is for when you’re on the beach and it’s too hot to wear makeup. So you slick a bit of this lipstick on and the tropical colour reflects the suns gleaming rays perfectly.
If your stuck in a polluted concrete jungle like I am in London. You can still play out this fantasy by slicking a bit of this on and letting your mind wonder to the most exotic parts of the world.
This would look amazing with coral eyeshadow and bronze!
Only thing with sheer lipsticks is that they are quick to diminish. So it may mean carrying the lipstick around with you, which I don’t mind as the glossy texture works well as a balm for hydrating my lips.
So there we are. My TOP 5 Affordable Drug Store Nudes. In a later post I will be writing about my Top 5 Luxury Nude Lipsticks. I’m sure you can guess which product will already be on that list.
It’s Summer Time so whack on the Aviators and slick on a nude colour that would make Kylie Jenner jealous!
Hope to see you guys soon!
Enjoy the Sun!