Let’s talk nudes…

In case we haven’t notice, I live in a nude lipstick. I own lipsticks across the spectrum, and yet somehow I always end up wearing nudes. With that in mind, I think I have gotten to the point where I can recommend my absolute favorites.

My problem with most nudes is the undertone. My complexion cannot handle a nude that has too much warmth to it. All of these nudes that I am getting ready to talk about work perfect on my slightly cooler skin tone, but I also think could be fairly flattering on most skin tones. Keep in mind that I am incredibly pale (my foundation shade in almost any brand is porcelain), so these may not work on very deep complexions.


Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Bare


I have been wanting this color for years when I first saw it on HeyClaire’s youtube channel a couple years ago. It was hard to justify the steep price tag when I knew it wasn’t even going to have full color payoff as it is a sheer formula, but I finally decided to bite to bullet and pick it up during the Sephora VIB sale.

It is the most sheer formula in this list (although it does have some color payoff), but it’s also the most comfortable. It also works with absolutely any look, making it the perfect lipstick to wear when you have no idea what to put on. Because it has a slight sheen to it, it makes the lips look plumper than they actually are. Bare is a cool-toned nude, which works perfect for my skin tone. Because of the sheer formula, I think this would look flattering on almost any skin tone. Keep in mind that it does have tiny flecks of glitter running through it. they are barely noticeable, and are supposed to give the illusion of fuller lips.

Opacity: Sheer

Finish: Shine

Longevity: 1-2 hours

Makeup Geek Do-Si-Do


If you like the ‘concealer lips’ trend, which it turns out I kinda do, then you may like this liquid lipstick. When I have a little bit of a tan, I find that this liquid lipstick is beautiful paired with a smokey eye. I love an intense nude with a dark statement eye. Now I hate liquid lipsticks with a burning passion. With that said, this formula is one I can actually stand to wear. It is still drying on the lips, but not so much that I feel like my lips are going to fall off.

Opacity: Full Coverage

Finish: Liquid Lipstick (Matte)

Longevity: 6+ Hours

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick in I Wish


Yes, the fact that this lipstick is in the most gorgeous gold casing is what initially drew me to it. If you ever wanted to stab someone and look good while doing it, this is the lipstick for you. Then I tried the actual lipstick. It’s pure perfection. It’s creamy, reaches full opacity in one swipe, and feels incredibly comfortable on my lips all day. The fact that the lipstick tube is so thin means that it easily fits every nook and cranny of your lips, allowing for an incredibly precise application.

Opacity: Full

Finish: Cream

Longevity: 4+ hours

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Hemp


I do NOT like most liquid lipsticks. I love matte lips, but if it’s drying, I can’t stand it. This is not a typical liquid lipstick, it is literally a liquified lipstick. With a satin finish, this lipstick is incredibly comfortable. My favorite part about this lipstick is that it doesn’t pull yellow on my skin tone, which many nudes tend to so.

Opacity: Full

Finish: Satin-Matte

Longevity: 4+ hours

Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment in Honey


I completely forgot that I even still had this. It’s one of my perfect products: essentially a lipstick and lip balm in one. For someone with very dry lips, this is a god send. It’s incredibly hydrating and actually provides fairly good color payoff. It does not last forever on the lips, which means you will need to bring it along with you and touch up throughout the day, but I find it absolutely worth it. Keeps my lips hydrated. I plan on picking up more shades of his soon!

Opacity: Medium

Finish: Cream

Longevity: 1-2 hours

Laura Mercier Stickgloss in Brown Sugar


Essentially a lipstick & gloss in one, this beauty gives a beautiful wash of color to the lips that is incredibly comfortable to wear. I don’t typically reach for this much anymore. I just think that there are other shades that I prefer to wear, but it is still beautiful.

Opacity: Sheer-Medium

Finish: Gloss

Longevity: 1-2 hours

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Rossetto Liquido


This liquid lip gives a velvet finish, making it incredibly comfortable, but with that it is not incredibly long wearing. I find that it fades after only a few hours. The lighter shades, like this one look great, but the deeper shades do have some patchiness to them. I would keep that in mind if you’re looking at picking up a few of these shades.

Opacity: Full

Finish: Velvet

Longevity: 3-4 hours

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Very Victoria


If you are lusting after a Tom Ford lipstick, you should look at Charlotte Tilbury. She worked for him, and their lipstick formulas are almost identical. The lipstick is said to feature 3D glow pigments that create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller. It is exclusively enriched with Lipstick Tree extract and orchid extract to protect and soothe for a cashmere finish.

Opacity: Medium-Full

Finish: Comfortable Matte

Longevity: 3-4 hours

Makeup Geek Quickstep


Even though this shade is a deeper liquid lipstick, I still find that it is opaque with a single layer. The shade is a beautiful cool-tone beige-nude. This is one of my favorite nudes to wear at night as I find on my very pale skin tone that it draws a little too much attention than I want during the day. The Makeup Geek formula on these I do find to be fairly drying, so when I take this off at night, I immediately apply quite a think layer of a lip mask.

Opacity: Full Coverage

Finish: Liquid Lipstick (Matte)

Longevity: 6+ Hours

Jouer Lip Creme in Terra


Almost a muted brick red color on my fair complexion, this is actually very flattering. It’s almost a mouse consistency and doesn’t feel drying on the lips. It also smells delicious. Out of the matte liquid lipsticks formulas that I own, this is probably the most comfortable to wear.

Opacity: Full Coverage

Finish: Liquid Lipstick (Cream)

Longevity: 4+ Hours


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