Six Must-Have Nude Lipsticks


Like a moth to a flame, I can’t help but be drawn toward nudes.

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll agree – I’ll bee-line straight to ‘em.

Despite my ridiculously oversized collection, there are some nude lipsticks that I continue to come back to time and time again. They’re my fail safe, always in my handbag options. Because we all need at least three nude lipsticks of slightly varying tones in our bag at once, right? Right?

Below are my six must-have nude lipsticks to enable your addiction.

Milani Colour Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in ‘Naked’

Though it’s the only matte shade in my list, it’s a good’un. This is my go-to for a brown 90s lip which we’re still seeing everywhere. While most people are opting for a liquid lipstick, I find this alternative is much more comfortable to wear. It feels like velvet on the lips. It also smells delicious – sweet and somewhat chocolately.

Est`ee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine in ‘Mischievous Rose’

This has been on my lips every day recently. It’s my perfectly coloured nude – a little pink and a little brown. It’s so easy to throw on that I don’t even need a mirror. With a nice glossy finish when first applied, it wears off nicely throughout the day. I’m loving a bit of extra shine lately as it can really brighten the face so, for someone who has a love/hate relationship with lip gloss, this product has me with serious heart emojis. Plus, the lid is magnetic – is there any box left unticked?

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in ‘Spiced Rose’

A lovely sophisticated nude that I tend to reach for when I want something with a little more depth. This shade leans on the rosey-pink side which stands out against my skin tone. This is the lipstick I throw on when I’m dressing it up a little or on a day that I’m feeling washed out and need more definition. I love Laura Mercier as a brand and quite enjoy their packaging. This creamy lipstick feels rich and smooth and the colour lasts well. I always have this one in my handbag.

MAC Cremesheen in ‘Pure Zen’

Pure Zen is a recent addition to my collection but it’s a handy colour to have. I love the MAC Cremesheen lipsticks for their creamy texture. The colour payoff isn’t as strong as others but I keep them close because they’re easy to throw on without any fuss. Pure Zen is more on the peachy side of nude and a much lighter colour than I tend to go for. As a rule, I wear this over a lipliner that adds some depth because I feel like it can (sometimes) wash my lips out. Having said that, I’ve found it creates a gorgeous colour to mix with. It’s also a great one to have in the handbag when I want to throw something on that feels hydrating on my lips.

Make Up Store Crème in ‘Redwood’

An old faithful. I’ve had this lipstick for quite some time now, hence why there’s very little of it to show in the above photo. Being on the salmon-pink side of nude, it’s my ideal lipstick shade. When applied heavily, it’s fantastic in achieving the iconic pale lip of the 1960s. More often than not though, I blend the colour out into a soft cool nude that compliments almost any makeup look. I’ve found I can mix this one with any liner, gloss or wear it alone and I’m always happy with the finished result.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in ’Nude 45’

Lastly, I thought I should throw something in that’s more on the affordable end of the scale. This member of the Kate Moss lipstick range for Rimmel leans to the blue side which I find most flattering on my lips. It’s got a great colour payoff and lasts well. I like to tap this out a little with my finger when I first apply as it leaves a lovely ‘my lips but better’ shade that’s oh-so-natural. An easily accessible and super affordable nude to start your collection.

From left: Milani ‘Naked’, Estee Lauder ‘Mischievous Rose’, Laura Mercier ‘Spiced Rose’, MAC ‘Pure Zen’, Make Up Store ‘Redwood’, Rimmel ’45’.

I’m not going to lie; it wasn’t easy narrowing it down to just these six shades. My heart goes out to those that didn’t make the cut.

Now it’s your turn – let me know your fave nude lipstick in the comments below!


Rachel Hodgens


  1. Jessica hodgens

    I read this post with anticipation! Laura Mercier ‘spiced rose’ is my fav (thanks for putting me onto that one in the first place)! Although after reading your list, I wouldn’t mind trying the rimmel ’45’, because it looks like it has a similar shade to spiced rose but with little more brown thrown in…

    09 . 02 . 2017
    • Rachel Hodgens

      It is similar – I’d say a little cooler in tone though. Definitely give it a swatch though and see! And OMG, yes! The Spiced Rose lippy is deliciously rich and lovely 🙂 x

      09 . 02 . 2017

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