Warning! Pictures Heavy!
I will be giving an overview of my nude and pink lipsticks in this entry. In doing so, I realised just how much lipsticks I have accumulated over time, and this is coming from someone who doesn't like to use lip products at all! Personally, I prefer using just a lipstick, and I don't really use lipglosses at all -- I only have about 5 or 6 in my whole collection.
Since my secondary school days (and that was a long time ago!) I am always drawn to 'natural' color lips. I remember buying this Body Shop multiple purpose lipstick/ cheek thingy, and I love the color so much! Comparing that color to now, nude/ beige colors have gone a long way. And if you go to MAC, there is a whole array of nude/ beige/ pale color lipsticks and glosses.
For me, nude colors means 'My Lips but Better' color. I don't like washed out lips.. not so much because of the corpse like effect, but I think pale washed out lip color will make my face look FAT. It's true! Even when I do dark dramatic eye makeup, my 'nude' colors always have a beigy or pinky tinge that is more vibrant than my own lip color. Besides, you can just slap these pale colors on your lips without having to look into a mirror. That's what I do anyway.
Anyway, in this entry, I am comparing selected beigy nude and pinky nude lipsticks.
I recently purchased some NYX lipsticks from Mascara Page (sorry, no haul entry, only 3 lipsticks, nothing to rave about haha).
I bought Circe, which I think many of you here are familiar with, and might have raved about. I also got Strawberry Milk because I think I always sucked into the perfect pale pink look for my lips.
Let's get on to the pictures -- Sorry, no lip/ skin swatches because my lips are a little chapped right now and we know pale lippies don't look good on chapped lips. And I don't want to swatch on my hands etc cos almost every color will just blend right into my skin tone.
NYX Circe: I think this is a very beigy nude. I was expecting this to be paler, but it is actually very 'obvious' on my lips.. looking slightly tan. But it is very wearable, and goes on very smooth. I can see why this color is so highly raved. Definitely one of those colors you can wear anytime and not worry about matching eye colors and stuff.
MAC Fleshpot: This is a little too pale for me, and somehow I find the texture a little hard to work with. I think to make it work better, it's good to use a gloss over to bring out the color of this very nude lipstick.
MAC 2N: I wish MAC would bring back these N series products. I think in the upcoming collections, there are a couple of 4N or 5N glosses. But 2N is a very skintone nude, and because it is a Lustre finish, you don't have to worry about it washing your lips out, as the color is slightly sheer.
GOSH Darling: A more pink tone nude than Circe. It is also slightly glossier. And again, I can see why everyone raves about GOSH Darling. But I think this may not be suitable for some skintones, because of the pink going on.
BARRY M 101 Lip paint: I think this is as nude as you can get. It is also very thick and creamy, and some reviews have mentioned how this is very drying, and way too pale, even for pale skins. I have never really used this on its own, and always go over with a more pigmented gloss.
My Top Picks for Beigy Nudes?
NYX Circe & GOSH Darling. Not pictured: MAC Blanketty, YSL Rouge Pur 132 Beige Nude, Shu Uemura Beige 940 M
Next, we have the Pinky Nudes, which are more my cup of tea. Note I am not featuring the shocking pinks, like Barry M's 146, YSL RV No 19, or MAC's Saint Germaine etc etc. But if you want my informal reviews and thoughts, do let me know!
MAC Creme Cup: This is a very safe nude color which I think should suit all skin tones. It has pink undertones, and not too pale. Very Natural color, I should say.
NYX Strawberry Milk: I actually am liking this color. Very pale pastel pink. Slight blue undertones... and not too thick in texture, so that makes it wearable. I think with pink lipsticks, the blue toned pinks are harder to wear, while the yellow toned ones are easier to wear. That's why Saint Germaine is very tricky to work with.
Revlon Pink Pout: Another pale pink fave. The color is cool, but light enough for me. I think heavily lined lids are the perfect match for pink lips.
YSL RV No1: Why I put this Nude Beige in this category is because it really looks more pinky than beigy. This is something which you can use all the time... good overall neutral shade.
YSL RV No 7: Very bright pink, even though it is pale. This is definitely not for everyone. But I like this color!
My Top Picks for Pinky Nudes?
MAC Creme Cup, and YSL RV No1
Why is this my little obsession -- whenever I try out new brands or new lipsticks, I always get a pair in a beigy nude, and pink nude.
Strawberry Milk on my lips.
Circe on my lips.
My fave look with a pink lipstick:
And previous entries with nude lipsticks overview:
Product Rave about YSL RV and comparison of similar shades
Nude Lips: An Overview
That's all, and I hope this has been remotely helpful to you... Let me know if you want me to review or talk about other lipsticks not mentioned here.
Thanks for reading!