Lipsticks: five ultimate nudes

For years I thought i would never find the perfect nude lipstick. They were either too brown, too pale or just made me look like I was even paler than I actually am (which is pretty impressive!). It seems like the lipstick gods answered my prayers though, as in the past couple of months, I've found five shades that really are the ultimate nude.

the best nude lipsticks

Elizabeth Arden Matte Nude* – I usually avoid the more brown toned nude lipsticks as they can leave pale skins washed out and looking like a bad Kylie Jenner impression but I love this one from Elizabeth Arden. It has a creamy, satin finish to it, so is semi-matte rather than ‘oh god my lips are dry’ matte and falls just on the right side of nude for paler skin tones. £21

Max Factor Colour Elixir Simply Nude* – this has to be one of the best high street nudes I’ve found this year. It falls onto the pink side of the nude spectrum but it’s incredibly flattering to wear, even on paler skins. The formula is nice and creamy, so easy to wear all day and it’s less than £10 so a winner all round.

Burberry Kisses 033 Rose Pink* – I’m a little bit obsessed with this lipstick from Burberry. The formula is super easy to wear, with just the right amount of pigmentation and Rose Pink is basically my dream pink-toned nude shade. If you want something that’s a ‘my lips but better’, buy this now - I’m already planning a repurchase. They might be pricey (£25) but it’s by far the best high end lipstick I’ve tried in months.

By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra Balm – for those days when you just want the slightest hint of colour on your lips, By Terry’s new Hyaluronic Sheer Nudes are your BFF. Bare Balm is a light pink shade in the tube but this translates to a barely there (and I mean, barely there) hint of colour on the lips. It’s more like a lip balm with a touch of colour in it, so you can apply it on the go without needing a mirror and still feel like you’ve got a bit of lippie on. It’s seriously moisturising too, so you can justify the £26 price tag by telling yourself it’s really a 2 for 1 product. Ahem.

MAC Snob – I couldn’t have a nude lipsticks post without including this shade from MAC! Snob is one of those pink shades that seems to look different on different people so I’d recommend giving it a try it at MAC counter if you can. On me, it’s a nice, slightly candy pink that looks very natural, but that can also be layered up for a more intense finish. It’s more cool-toned than some of the others in this list and has a long-wearing satin/matte finish that will stay on for hours.

What are you favourite nude lipstick shades?

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