Review | 7 of My Favourite Nude Lipsticks

Happy Good Friday! I take the holy week as a time to reflect and appreciate the magnitude of God’s gift to us through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. What a wonderful God he is! 

Back to scheduled programming, today I’m showcasing 7 of my favourite nude lipsticks, a post I have wanted to do for ages but never quite got round to doing it. Nudes are my go to colour for day, night, every time wear because they are really easy to wear and go. They also look really great with either a neutral or a smokey eye. If i could wear nude lips everyday I probably would but I find that black women are usually cautious wearing nudes- the fear of looking like a dead fish, yeah?….

It’s 2015 ladies, emerge from your fear and take the plunge- my recommendations are a great place to start, if I do say so myself…hehe 

Mac Velvet Teddy 

My absolute favourite of the bunch as you can tell from how much of it is left *facepalm*. I wear this lipstick almost every other day because it is gorgeous! Velvet Teddy is a matte formulae lipstick with a beigy-pink colour. About two swipes will give you full coverage and it has great staying power. Will recommend for all skin tones in carrying degrees of opacity if you get what I mean….

Mac Hug Me

Hug Me is a pinky-nude that has some sheen to it. It is a lustre formulae so will require a couple of swipes to get good coverage. But if you are looking for a My Lips But Better (MLBB) shade then this is the one. A great place to start if you are new to nude lipsticks because this has a very soft tone.  Definitely one that will work with all skin tones. 

Mac Modesty

Oh Modesty!!! Many years ago, my friend Ez of Beauty in Lagos actually saw this lipstick on a blog and said “Yewande, I found something you will love” and love it I did. I doubt she can even remember this but yeah, thanks girl! Modesty is another pink nude lipstick similar to Hug Me but with more colour pay off because its formula is cream sheen.  Another one I believe can work with a wide range of skin tones because of its pink tones. It is a firm favourite of mine. 🙂

Mac Taupe

Taupe is the newest addition to my nude collection and I had to get it because I never saw a matte lipstick I didn’t like. It is a beautiful brown nude shade with mauve undertones that is sure to look great on any one but will really flatter my darker skinned ladies. Definitely another safe place to explore for the nude lipstick newbie.

MAC Viva Glam V

This was the first nude lipstick I ever bought and it made me feel totally comfortable because it is such a safe shade. It is a shimmery pink shade with a lustre finish that looks very natural. You could get away with pretending that you woke up with baby pink lips 🙂 This shade is particularly dear to my heart because proceeds from sales of the Viva Glam range from MAC go towards their AIDS fund charity, I don’t know but it makes me feel happy that buying a lipstick can make a difference in some way. 

Mac Honeylove

Honeylove is a tricky one, not applied properly it could definitely make you look like a dead fish O_O. However if you wear it right, it is the bomb. You can wear it right by either pairing it with a brown liner (like I did in the picture with Mac Cork lipliner) or wearing a nude lipgloss over it to tone it down. It is a salmon node shade with slight traces of pink that will complement the lighter skinned ladies more in my opinion. If you are dark skinned and still want to go for it just use a brown liner and you are good! It is definitely a head turner and you are sure to have people asking what lipstick you have on.

Rimmel Kate 03

Just when you thought it was a MAC party, I shock you with Rimmel Kate 03! One of the lipsticks in the collaboration between super model Kate Moss and Rimmel. A matte pinky nude shade with a slight brown tone. Can be quite tricky to pull off as well so I usually wear it with a nude lipgloss over it but I’m wearing it alone in the picture. A true nude shade that you should approach with caution (liner/gloss) if you are darker skinned. 


I swatched them on my arm so you can see the true shade without my natural lip colour interfering with it. Gorgeous, Gorgeous nudes all of them! 

Have I been able to convince you that black women CAN wear a range of nude lipsticks and still look fabulous?? I sure hope that I have! Please recommend any other nude lipsticks that you love 🙂

Peace and Love, 



    • April 7, 2015 / 3:16 pm

      You're welcome! 🙂

  1. April 9, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    You should try MAC verve and mocha. Very fabulous nudes for WOC. The trick for us(i.e WOC) when it comes to nudes is to use a brown lipliner to outline the lips. I've found that this works no matter the nude.

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