I am a big lipstick fan. I rarely leave the house without it, feel it is essential to complete my fairly ‘done’ style of make-up, and I pride myself on my ability to apply it on public transport with almost surgical precision. In my more adventurous days I would wear any colour of lipstick, from fluorescent pinks to deep purples, even an obnoxiously bright orange. Once, I wore a very dark purple lipstick and an old lady shouted ‘gosh! what a fright!’ at me in the Manchester Arndale toilets. In my old age I have learnt to stick to shades that actually suit me, and that has left me with reds and nudes.
I love yapping on about make-up, but photographing beauty products is my worst nightmare (endless thanks to my mum for helping me with these, lol). Over exposure to SLR quality photographs of my own face aside, I have finally managed to put together a big old list of my favourite nude lip products, none of which are tested on animals.
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3INA longwear lipstick in ‘503’ – £7.95
Winky Lux matte lip velour in ‘meow’ – £13
Urban Decay vice comfort matte lipstick in ‘backtalk’ – £15
NYX butter lipstick in ‘explosif’ – £5.50
Charlotte Tilbury matte revolution lipstick in ‘miss kensington’ – £23
Sara Hill lipstick in ‘pink truffle’ – £17
Sara Hill lipliner in ‘sugar & spice’
Barry M lip liner in ‘blush’ / ’17’ – £2.99
Winky Lux matte lip velour in ‘meow’, which costs £13 via ASOS, worn with Barry M ‘let’s be clear’ lip liner. The Winky Lux lipsticks are not super matte, but they are really pigmented and opaque. With some more neutral shades I find that a coloured lipliner is essential but this stands its own ground very well – I just tidy up the edges with the clear liner.
Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘miss kensington’ worn over Barry M lip liner in ‘blush’. ‘Miss Kensington’ is a really lovely pale nude, but it is quite similar to my skintone so I prefer to make it a little bolder by wearing it over a blush coloured lipliner like this.
I recently acquired a few of the new Urban Decay vice lipsticks, including this one in the shade ‘backtalk’ from the ‘comfort matte’ range. I’m very much enamoured by the vice lipsticks, the consistency and staying power is really great, and all the colours are banging. I’m not sure if I can *really* consider this a ‘nude’ as it’s definitely a lilac-toned pink, but it’s lovely nonetheless.
This is Sara Hill lipstick in ‘pink truffle’ with Barry M lip oil in ‘coco loco’ on top. Sara Hill Makeup, by Glasgow born MUA Sara Hill, is one of my favourite independent make-up brands, and this particular lipstick is my favourite ‘like my lips but better’ shade. I’m also a big fan of Barry M’s lip oil, a less sticky (and v moisturising) alternative to gloss. *side note* without the oil this lipstick comes up a little darker / more opaque.
imho, NYX is one of the best, if not the best, ‘budget’ makeup brand at the moment. This is their butter lipstick in ‘explosif’ worn over Barry M lip liner in ‘blush’. The formula is creamy without being too sheer and is the perfect shade of dusky pink.
I was introduced to 3INA via a trip to their relatively new Covent Garden store, where I picked out a few products, including this liquid lipstick in shade ‘503’, a pinky nude. Like most liquid lipsticks it is *very* matte, but I don’t find it drying at all providing I avoid too many reapplications.
Please let me know how you get on if you try any of these, or if you have any more cruelty free lipstick recommendations!