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5 High-End Nude Lipsticks

10:42Alice Grace

5 best high end nude lipsticks

Now that Autumn is well on the way, it's time to shun the brighter shades that are synonymous with summer. It isn't quite late enough in the year to start sporting darker, berry lipsticks just yet though, so nudes are the perfect, transitional option. A total failsafe, a nude lip pulls any look together and always looks sophisticated, whatever the season or occasion. For a little luxury, I think a premium formula makes an everyday, safe shade that bit more special and I have five, high-end favourites that I adore.

clarins instant light lip balm perfector 06 rosewood swatch
Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in 06 Rosewood Swatch

On rushed mornings when I'm looking for a fuss-free lip product to simply add a hint of colour and give me some moisture, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors are the one. A soft, pink-brown shade, Rosewood is my favourite from the collection and is my ideal 'my lips but better' colour. Being a balm, the formula is only sheer and gently evens out the skin-tone, resulting in a natural-looking, healthy, plumped pout. The lips are left covered in a soothing veil of moisture, which protects them from drying out as the weather gets cooler and keeps the skin soft. Like the original, Instant Light glosses, the texture of the balm is smooth and creamy, with no annoying stickiness. The colour may fade after an hour or so, but thanks to the foolproof formula, it really isn't a hassle to re-apply throughout the day.


dior rouge dior nude lip blush trench swatch
Dior Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in Trench Swatch

If you are a regular reader of AGB, then you may already be aware of my obsession with the Dior Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush line. Grege has been my holy-grail lipstick since the range first launched, but I recently picked up 'Trench' and it has rocketed to the top spot. A peachy beige, this shade is warming and illuminates the complexion. Combining makeup and skincare, Dior have infused these lipsticks with nourishing, treatment ingredients which work to keep the lips hydrated and youthful. Formulated with semi-sheer pigments to create a luminous, yet natural, effect, the lip blushes have an almost ethereal effect. But, don't be fooled, although the texture appears balmy, they feel rich and don't wear off as quickly as you may presume, lasting for around three hours until a touch-up is needed. Out of any lipsticks I've ever tried, no others make my lips look as smooth or flawless as these do and, as soon as you apply, it's instantly obvious that the formula is worth the price-tag.

marc jacobs lovemarc lip gel 110 role play swatch
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in 110 Role Play Swatch

A while ago, the Marc Jacobs Lip Gels were half discontinued and half given a shake-up, with the original line being replaced by the New Nudes range. Technically, my Marc Jacobs' Lovemarc Lip Gel in 110 Role Play is from the old collection, but fortunately, this same shade has been saved from the cull and is still available. Hoorah! When I'm more tanned, Role Play comes out as a soft, dusky-rose shade, but the colour teeters on the edge of nude when I'm at my palest and has more of a cool-toned, mauve edge to it. Although the word gel conjures up connotions of being light and translucent, this lipstick gives almost opaque coverage. Having a satin finish, the consistency is creamy enough to be more comfortable than a matte product, but not glossy enough that it's messy or fades in a matter of minutes. This lipstick is by far one of the most long-wearing, non-matte nudes in my entire collection, lasting for around eight hours on me. Honestly, I'm still baffled as to why Marc Jacobs wanted to change anything about these lipsticks in the first place!


estee lauder pure colour crystal lipstick crystal nude swatch
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Crystal Lipstick in Crystal Nude Swatch

Whenever I'm in more of a pink mood, I turn to the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Crystal Lipstick in Crystal Nude. Along with Crystal Baby, this was the first, expensive lipstick I bought and it's still a firm favourite of mine, despite my makeup tastes changing since then. Shot through with finely-milled, golden shimmer, this pinky, beige shade is a great choice for evenings. Instead of giving an unflattering, frosted finish, the dusting of shimmer helps the lips look more juicy and glowing. Thanks to shea butter and apricot kernel oil, the formula is creamy and hydrating, but it's lightweight, instead of thick and tacky. A signature of Estee Lauder, the Pure Colour Crystal Lipsticks have a mouth-watering, fig scent to them which smells amazing and is totally addictive!


mac shy girl lipstick swatch
MAC Lipstick in Shy Girl Swatch

MAC is the first brand that comes to mind when I think of nude lipsticks. Many of their most popular shades, like Hue, Creme d'Nude or Creme Cup, are too pale for my taste and can leave my complexion looking rather pallid. MAC Shy Girl, a pale warm peach saturated with barely visible white shimmers, is about as light as I can go. This shade can look quite fake and patchy if you layer it on heavily or have very dry lips, so I always blot it down a little after application. Having MAC's cremesheen finish, Shy Girl has a decent level of pigmentation and gives the lips a slight sheen, rather than a glassy shine. Whilst the formula can feel drying after a whole day of wear, it's definitely more comfortable than a full-on matte and it does mean it lasts longer, wearing for around four hours. If only MAC didn't pump that sickly-sweet, vanilla scent into the formula, I'd reach for Shy Girl more often! 


What are your favourite nude lipsticks?

AGB X 



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18 comments

  1. Fab picks hun, I really love the look of Rosewood and I love that it gives a hint of colour but packs moisture :) Shy Girl is definitely a gorgeous shades and one I don’t use enough, and I like that it has a little shimmer to it :) My favourite nudes include MAC Creme Cup and Patisserie :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Thanks :) Patisserie has been on my wish-list for aggges, so I really need to purchase it! x

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  2. Nudes are great for any time of the year :) Love your picks, especially the Marc Jacob one, it's gorgeous! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. I agree, I'm so glad it was discontinued from the line, like some of the others! x

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  3. There's just something about high end lipsticks isn't there, it's like they instantly make you feel glamorous the moment you apply them. You can't go wrong with MAC lipsticks as they literally have every shade out there and so many formulas to choose from too x

    Beauty with charm

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  4. I'd really like to pick up MAC's shy girl - it's super cute and looks amazing on you!

    lissy @ lissyhayes.co.uk

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    1. I think it's a firm favourite with everyone! Thanks :) x

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  5. These shades are all absolutely beautiful and look great on you. Thanks for the great post - will be thinking about adding a new nude shade to my collection this fall/winter.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. They're all gorgeous, aren't they? No problem, lovely! x

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  6. Aww..such a lovely collection of nude lipsticks, Alice. But honestly, I like the one from Clarins most :)
    HAve a lovely day!

    xoxo
    Jhem | JhemSays.com

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    1. Sometimes the sheerest, most natural-looking lip products are the nicest - I love how healthy it makes the lips look and feel :) x

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  7. Those are some amazing picks! I'm quite taken by the Clarins Rosewood Lip Balm. So natural yet adds some nice colour and life to the lips.

    Beauty Isles | Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway

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    1. Yeah, it's so easy-to-wear that I always keep it in my bag :) x

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  8. Oh my goss you've just made me want all of these shades now! pictures are stunning xo

    Beth | PolishedCouture

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  9. My favourite nude is one by Canmake, a Japanese brand, and I usually don't like nudes :) it's a balm that feels really nourishing :)

    Dannie x

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    1. I haven't tried any Japanese makeup, but I can only imagine how amazing it is! If I ever get the chance to travel to Asia or get my hands on some products, that brand will be on my hit-list! x

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