Nothing beats a good nude. And with liquid lipsticks hitting the world from all corners, I can’t help but continuously add them to my collection. I went through my collection this past weekend and thought I’d share the nude liquid lipsticks I’ve been reaching for the most. From drugstore to high-end, velvet to matte, here are my top nude liquid lipstick picks.
Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk
This is by far the most pigmented drugstore liquid lipstick I have ever tried. Others require multiple swipes to even out application or hide any streaking. The doe foot applicator picks up a good amount of the thick, creamy formula which thins out and feels very lightweight on the lips. It doesn’t dry completely matte so it doesn’t settle in lines for flake or crack throughout wearing it. It is not completely transfer proof so you can leave a smidgen on your cuppa but it is long wearing so you don’t notice it much. These do stain the lips, even the nude liquid lipstick leaves a wash of pink behind. It doesn’t feather or bleed so wearing lip liner is optional. I find the less product you use the better because it dries quicker resulting in less shift. It is very hydrating and stays moist on the lips throughout the day. Apart from the fading once I start eating and drinking this nude liquid lipstick is a definite winner. I featured this along with two other shades in a previous monthly favourites post here. Available from Dischem (R110) or the Palladio website ($7) for 4.25g of product.
Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Thrills
I eyed this one for a good few months before I purchased it. Every time I would swatch it on my hand, I would walk around the store waiting for it to dry down and it never did. But with everybody raving about this formula, I bit the bullet. The consistency is almost a gel-like feel when applied to the lips but does dry a bit more than when one the hand. Not sure if heat has anything to do with it. Also very pigmented but there is nothing matte about this nude liquid lipstick. It always has a high shine finish to it but it is very comfortable to wear and is moisturising on the lips. I don’t experience any flaking or cracking but then it does transfer. It’s not very tacky but it does feel like wearing a pigmented lip gloss. It is also not as long wearing as the Palladio one but layering and touching up during the day doesn’t make it feel thick or cakey on the lips. Available from Dischem (R109) or Maybelline website ($8) for 3.9g of product.
Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini
One of my favourite formulas, this nude liquid lipstick dries down completely within seconds. Described as a warm, terracotta-nude, just one swipe is all it takes to cover up any pigmention. The doe foot applicator is quite oddly shaped and a bit bulky so I need to work slower as not to mess around my lip line. This does not bleed but is best worn with a lip liner or applied with a thinner lip brush. It feels like a second skin and doesn’t dry out the lips nor flake or crack. It is completely transfer proof and very long-wearing even while eating and drinking. It has a pleasant vanilla scent which isn’t noticeable once applied. I also absolutely adore the packaging. Available from Muse.SA for R500 or the Jeffree Star Cosmetics website ($18) for 5.38g of product.
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft Spoken
This shade is the best matched nude liquid lipstick for my skintone. It’s described as a dark nude and since I’m more tan, it looks gorgeous without it being not too pink and making me look washed out. Along with the Jefree Star formula, this is absolutely waterproof, budge-proof and smudge-proof for all day wear. Because of the ‘suede-like’ texture, it glides on during application but does take a few minutes to dry completely. Out of all these nude liquid lipsticks I’m showing you today, this is the hardest one to get off. I’ve just recently acquired a few shades of the NYX Lingerie lippies, and by recent I mean the courier guy appeared while writing this post. I’ll test those out thoroughly and do a comparison post between the NYX Suede and Lingerie. That seems to be the question at the top of everyone’s minds when the speaking about NYX liquid lipsticks. These are available from Clicks (R150) or the NYX Cosmetics website ($7) for 4ml of product.
Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena
I was stoked when the Ofra products were all on sale at the Pro Beauty Expo in August. I intended to just pick up one or two shades to try, like Charmed from the MannyMUA collaboration. When I heard they were only priced at R150, I ended up taking 9 shades *hides away sheepishly*. All of the shades are very pigmented and creamy. Pasadena is described as a nude brown but I feel it leans mauve on me. The formula is very long wearing but I was disappointed at first that it didn’t dry completely. I’ve grown used to that and the slight tackiness it has whilst wearing it. It’s not transfer proof but it is a great formula nonetheless. It also has a subtle vanilla scent which I like very much. Available from Ofra Cosmetics South Africa (R320) or Ofra Cosmetics website ($20) for 6g of product.
All the nude liquid lipsticks I mentioned can be removed using a makeup eraser or any oil based makeup remover. Because I am darker skinned, I find pink undertone nudes give me that ‘My lips but better look’ as opposed to those with brown or neutral undertones.
What is your favourite nude liquid lipstick?
* Just a little side note, these are not being compared to each other in terms of formula, longevity or application. This is just a mini review on the nude liquid lipsticks and the shades I love most in my collection. I will do a comparison on the other aspects once I get my hands on all the brands I’d like to compare.