Top 5 Nude Drugstore Lipsticks

A good nude is hard to come by. Even more so on the highstreet where dalliances with shimmer are rife and funky smelling formulas are an all too frequent occurrence. Which is why I’ve done the rummaging around in the aisles of Boots and the likes (I may have even looted the under-counter drawers for some colours which weren’t in their correctly labeled spaces), to put together my top five drugstore buff shades and there’s something for everyone from the most avid barely-there sporters to nude lip newbies. Heck, there’s even a lip liner recommendation which does admittedly push the product count to six. Oops…

THE ONE TO EASE YOU INSeventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in Beehive – £4.79 from Boots. The packaging contains a mini slip-out mirror. Sold. But in all seriousness, everyone can get away with this lipstick. The texture’s light, forgiving and perfect for non-lipstick wearers and the colour is sheer, but buildable leaving behind a glossy dose of nudey pink goodness. Even my Mum wears this stuff on a daily basis and the only other time she’d previously worn lipstick was on her Wedding Day 26 years ago.

THE ONE FOR PEACHY LOVERSRimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Coral Britannia – £6.49 from FeelUnique. The new formulation of these lipsticks is luverly. Rich and creamy they are seriously pigmented and this colour gives a true peachy nude wash to the lips. There’s a touch of shimmer about it, but it’s nothing that a quick finger dab can’t fix.

THE ONE THAT’S MATTERevlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Complex – £7.99 from Boots. If you like things without a hint of shimmer or shine to be seen then say hello to your new favourite. Minty and oh-so matte, Revlon have a few in the line-up which could be classed as a nude, but Complex wins for its slightly peachy tones which take the edge of the beige kick of this colour. If you need to sheen-it-up I like it with a bit of the Maybelline Coloursensational Gloss in Cashmere Rose underneath.

THE ONE THAT’S ALMOST NOT A NUDEBourjois Rouge Edition in 04 Rose Tweed – £7.99 from Boots. If you’re really against nudes then this is the one for you as it almost topples into the straight-up pink category – there’s a hint of brown that brings it back, but on the whole it will layer your lips up with a baby doll hue of pink. The formula of these is really lush actually. There’s not a hint of dryness and they balance out the whole ‘keeping things nourished while sticking around for a decent amount of time’ equation.

THE ONE FOR EVERYONEL’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Cheryl’s Nude – £8.16 from FeelUnique. I actually think this is my favourite from the five. Yes, as previously discussed with Lily in one of our ‘Beauty Chat’ videos the smell is a somewhat off-putting parma violet whiff, but I can get past that because it’s just such a good all-rounder with the perfect dose of beige, brown and pink all topped off with a slight sheen that has me thinking it’s very similar to MAC’s Patisserie.

THE ONE-STOP NUDE LIP LINERL’Oreal Infaillible Lip Liner in Always Toasted – £4.35 from FeelUnique (FYI I’m wearing this in all the swatches above). This liner will have you covered for all the colours listed above and the rest. A tawny pink I find it hard to tell what’s my natural lip flesh poking through and what’s been drawn over with this when I line my pout. It stays put, isn’t too drying and actually looks rather nice blotted all over the lips for a matte wash of rosy nude. See I said it was more like six recommendations…


  • Evelyn Morales

    Love the look of the Bourjois lipstick, you can never have to many nude lipsticks.

  • Chloe and her notes

    Since I picked up the Revlon Matte Balm that’s ll I’ve been wearing. I try my best to step away from the nudes every now and then but they’re still hands down my fave lip colour type. I dis a post about my fave nudes last month, if you did get a spare 5 minutes I’d love it if you could check it out and let me know what you think

    Thank you, Chloe

  • kayla

    I seriously love the Revlon Matte Balm they are absolutely amazing! But, I feel like I have never seen the rest these in US drugstores! such a bummer, they look so pretty!

  • That all look so lovely!! I have to try them 🙂

    xx glamdevils

  • I love 17’s Beehive, it’s one of my favourites! The Matte Balm looks great:)

    Esmé // CloudEsmé

  • Anna Blush

    Ooo I love a good nude, will be sure to check these out!

  • Ellie

    I love a good pinky nude! Not so much on myself, but definatly when looking at other people! Tempted to purchase ‘The One For Everyone’ though, hehe! 🙂

    Gorgeous shades though! 🙂


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  • London Girl

    Ha I also just posted a nude lip post 🙂 love the number 7 liner too :)!

  • there are some great nudes to be found in drugstores, i love the look of the revlon matte balm xxx

  • Kelly

    I’m a nude liptsick addict, love the look of the Revlon one!

  • victoria62

    The one for everyone actually looks awful on me, too pale on my pigmented lips, their Belle shade is a more universal one I think.

  • really liking the Seventeen and L’Oreal ones, must try them out! x

  • Sandy

    Love this post! The cheryl lip stick and always toasted are my fave combo at the moment! Although unfortunately the lip liner doesn’t last very long I got through mine so quick! 🙁 xx

    • that sounds like a great combination on lots of skin tones. I need to try it!

  • I love the cheryl nude but oh my that smell! It’s hideous! Nudes really suit you Anna, I’m more of a brights girl myself QworterLifeCrisis

  • Charlie

    You should try the new maybelline nude collections. The shade tantalising taupe is soooo beautiful!

  • Carly Jade

    Thanks for these suggestions! I’m always so wary of nudes in case they come out a concealer lip, but really love these picks!

  • I love the look of Complex, so chic! Great suggestions!

    Tiny Alis

  • The matte one looks so good on! Being very pale I though that one would have never worked on somebody like me! But now I’m thinking I was wrong!

    The Beauty Break

  • kitty williams

    Great post – I love a not-too-nude lip and the Cheryl one from l’Oreal has been a firm favourite for a few months now! Xx

  • Kathy Wrennall

    Great choice. Love smoky eyes and nude lips 🙂

  • Iso Bean

    I love the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks, lovely formula and that shade looks lovely!

  • Emily Cullen

    Great post Anna, so helpful!

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  • Manouk

    The Revlon one’s my favorite 🙂

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  • Joycelyn Steib

    Loving all your choices! These are my most favorite shades! Thanks for sharing dearie!!

  • Madeleine S-B

    I love the formula of Bourjois’ Rouge Edition lippies – I have the shade 02 and it’s my favourite nude (: x

  • I like L’Oreal in Cheryl’s Nude the most. Oh and the lip liner is perfect nude on you because its not visible at all 🙂

  • Sarah Nunn

    I find it so hard to shop for nude lip products! I never know which nude is the nude for me. I really like the first one of these 🙂 xx

    Sarah Nunn | UK Style Blog

  • They all look so pretty!!

  • LauraR

    That Bourjois lipstick is gorgeous! I saw this post and immediately took to ebay (the only way I’ve found to get Bourjois products here in the US). Great post!

  • Hannah

    The loreal lip lines looks beautiful! I must pick one up<3

    Great post 🙂

  • Ooh, what lovely picks! Nudes can be difficult to wear, especially against my fair skin, so I’m loving the look of Rose Tweed. Super flattering! Have a wonderful weekend, Anna 🙂

  • Wow the Revlon Colorburst looks amazing! Definitely going to give it a try!

  • Eleri Roberts

    I can’t wait to snap up some matte Revlon balms on payday, I’ve got my eye on complex & mischievous 🙂 xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Aimee Flanigan

    Great post! I like the pinky tones! They usually wash me out because I have such reddy undertones so this was helpful 🙂

    Aimee – AroundTwenty xx

  • El de L’Oreal me encanta, pero me parece que es uno de los tonos que no llegarón a todos los países.

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  • Nicola Simmons

    I love the revlon, but as a Cheryl lover I think I’ll be getting my hands on hers first!! x

  • They all look really pretty & suit you well. 🙂

    xx Satu

  • Love the look of all of these, especially Beehive, such a pretty colour! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Gillian

    Beehive looks lovely. I love Cheryl’s nude too.

  • Sophie LovesFood

    I love Cheryl’s nude, would never have even looked at it until seeing this!x

  • Natalie Mearns

    Really want to try the Revlon matte balms, this has convinced me to go for it. Lovely post as always! Have a great weekend Anna!

  • I love the Revlon Matte Balm Complex. Getting today!

  • Oh from your pictures I also like the last one most, will have a look at that!

  • Julie

    Hey girl, I love your blog, but I’d just like to make a suggestion. I would love to have the written part either right above or right below the picture it’s about. It would be so much easier than having to scroll through the pictures, then get to the text and forget what it looked like, then have to scroll up and down all the time. I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers these days put a column of pictures and then a column of text, and for me it’s more difficult to read and so then I often just look at the pictures and don’t even bother with the text. Anyway, just a friendly suggestion.

    • Calinda_L

      Agree with all of this: the loving of the blog, the not loving of the picture/text layout, the confirmation of the friendliness of the suggestion.

  • amycino

    Matt balm looks lovely on you. X

  • Andrea

    I like the first or second one best!

  • How is it u always manage to find the best lippies! #spoiltforchoice


  • Esme

    The peachy one is so pretty! Lovely post Anna <3

  • Sbolt

    I think 17’s Belle is nicer and more universally flattering than Beehive, which for me was too pale. I recommend checking out Belle (which looks quite similar to your photo), it’s so wearable and I often put it on instead of some of my much more expensive lipsticks! And the mirror. Genious. I like the look of the Cheryl I can’t stand to use lipsticks I don’t like the smell of…x

  • Fiona Bradley

    YES!!!!!! Just yes 🙂



  • Shelley

    I’m such a massive fan of the Revlon Matte Balm stains, I cannot wait to purchase another on payday!

    Shelley from Shelley Hearts Beauty and Lifestyle Blog x

  • Everydayglam99

    Love love love all the colors!

  • Such a fabulous post! It’s so difficult to find the perfect everyday nude. The L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick and the Reclon Colour Burst Matte Balm are definitely on my list to sample now!

  • Ellen Findley

    I’m definitely interested in the Revlon Matte Balms, although I think Elusive will suit me better than Complex. Same with the L’Oreal lipsticks: I’ll probably go for Julianne’s. I so miss Bourjois! I can still get them off ASOS, but it’s not the same as drooling over their products in Boots. *le sigh* Hopefully, I’ll be back in the UK soon!

  • Alewtina Sew

    In Germany we have the brand Catrice and their Lipstick in The Nuder The Better is one of my faves 🙂

    Love ♥

  • I tend to steer away from nudes but some of these look lovely! The Revlon Balm and the Bourjois one look like my kinda shades! xx

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  • Yay thank for this! 🙂

  • Zazie Bibi

    The rimmel one sounds so lovely! 🙂 x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • I love the look of the rimmel and bourjois ones! I’m forever wanting new lipsticks, I’ve added these to my wishlist now, haha! x

    Amy |

  • Claudia Treacy

    Anna you HAVE to try Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in the colour 03- so gorgeous. It reminds me of blankety by mac but I actually prefer the Kate moss one.

  • You have a lovely lips ! <3

  • madisoncharlotte

    Rimmel also has a nude in the ‘Kate Moss’ collection, which is also great.

  • Nude lipstick is very popular right now.. I love the selection

  • I’m actually not that keen on Cheryl’s lipstick…

  • I love these options!

    I just did a post on mascara and I feel like when you do an intense eye, the nude lip really balances it out.

  • ashley

    I loveeeee creme by Covergirl!! I have a swatch and review on my blog if anyone wants to take a look 🙂

  • I actually haven’t tried any of these (I feel like a bad beauty blogger right now) and I’ve definitely added all of them to my to-buy list!

    A Thing of Beauty

  • Style Sprinter

    Vivianna, I wonder what do you think about Rouge Volupté Shine by Yves Saint Laurent? It is my absolute fav lipstick now!