What Are Your Go-To Nude Lip Products?

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Tom Ford Sable Smoke

Wearing Tom Ford’s Sable Smoke Lipstick

Because every gal needs an endless supply of my-lips-but-better shades! I say we pool our collective knowledge today to build a list of great go-to nude lip possibilities.

You gotta wear something with smokey eyes this season, right? ๐Ÿ™‚


Here are the nude lip colors I’ve reached for most this fall…

  • Tom Ford Sable Smoke: It’s pricey, as all of Tom’s products are, but whoa, baby! It could be the world’s most perfect peachy nude beige. Also very pretty on pigmented lips.
  • Too Faced Spice Spice Baby: A dark, moisturizing pink nude that also works well with pigmented lips. I reach for it when my lips are extra dry…which lately has been pretty much all the time, thanks to the heater being on again.
  • MAC Big Baby: No exaggeration, but I’ve probably gone through three tubes of this fantastically flexible pink nude gloss over the past year. I think it goes great with warm- and cool-toned eye looks.

How about you? What are your go-to nude lip products these days?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Sunny says:

    Dior Grege 1947 Rouge Dior! It’s pretty much my perfect nude, because it has enough pink not to wash me out. Dior Incognito Addict Extreme works to a certain extent, but there is still too much beige and not enough pink in it. Clinique Curviest Caramel is between a nude and an MLBB for me, so I wouldn’t really say it’s a go-to nude.

    PS: it’s amazing how you can put so many blushes on Tabs without him moving LOL
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  2. Kate says:

    I’m so glad that you mentioned Spice Spice Baby! It’s such a great, natural and versatile colour. I’m also really loving the Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Naked. I’m quite pale and it’s difficult to find nudes that don’t wash me out, but Naked is perfect!

  3. Erica F. says:

    I have such a hard time finding a good nude lipstick! Everything is either too dark or too light, never in between. But I will check out your recommendations, Karen. Thanks!
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  4. Lorraine says:

    I have always said that the creator of nude lipsticks should have their femme card revoked! Nude lipsticks wash me out and just leave me wondering WTH?? a lot of the time. I was hoping this JLo trend would end with those silly saggy super low waist crack baring jeans she made so popular. :::le sigh:::: That said, though I haven’t actually purchased any nude lipsticks, I have enjoyed Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Tiramisu that I got in a GWP. Also a GWP- Clinique different Lipstick in Tenderheart(more of a mauve brown than a nude). Nude lipsticks are just too much trouble for me- since I have to prep with stain or lipliner like mad just to get them to show up at all. My daughter will rant about nude nail polish the same way- “What is the point of a no-color color???” But for some reason I have a lot of love for nude nail shades.

  5. Tiffanie says:

    My go-to for a few years has been Guerlain Rouge G in Galia. It was the perfect blend of pink, beige and a hint of peach. It went with every shade of blush or any color of eyeshadow. It was perfect for a smokey eye look. Unfortunately, it was recently discontinued. I’m so sad. Fortunately, I was able to get one on eBay. ๐Ÿ™‚ While I go through that last tube, I’ll be hunting for my new shade.

  6. Aracely says:

    My go to is marc Jacobs moody Margot I love it

  7. Noon says:

    I love love love Rimmel’s Show-Off Lip Lacquer in Nude Eclipse. It’s so creamy and wondrous.
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  8. Tabs makes a great beauty product display, mmmhmmm.

    I only have one nude-colored lip product, really, and that’s a Smashbox lipstick in the color Honey.
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  9. fro says:

    I have a couple – Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, and Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Nudist. They are slightly glossy, highly moisturising, and the easiest thing to put on. For a nude with a little more colour – Lipstick Queen in Natural Bright!

  10. Karina says:

    YSL Rougue volupte shine in #9, perfect for my medium/tan skin and pigmented lips ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. ki. says:

    Oh I’ll check these out! I’m NC43.5 so just slightly darker than you. Do you have any MAC lipstick recommendations that are my lips but better/nude on you Karen? Or any drugstore picks? Tom Ford is a little costly for me and I don’t get Too Faced where I live.

  12. Nude lips don’t really look good on me but I do love Naked Princess’s Naked Shine gloss in Coco. It also smells and tastes like vanilla which I love but not everyone would. It has lots of good-for-your-lips ingredients as well. If it had SPF it’d be the perfect nude gloss for daytime.
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  13. Denise S. says:

    I’ve tried many nude lipsticks but none look that great on me. I usually use a sheer lip-gloss for a nude lip look. Your revolution lip gloss is one of my favorites for a natural look. Wish I could find a good nude lipstick, but they just don’t do anything for me.

  14. Elle says:

    MAC’s Lust gloss and Hug Me work really well on me.

  15. Danielle says:

    I am loving Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Naked (with the UD Naked lip liner, if I’m feeling a two-step process!) (The NEW Naked lip liner…the old one was much to dark for me to consider it a nude…but i love the new one)

    I searched a long time for my perfect nude. Most gave me dreaded concealer lips or looked horribly brown.

  16. Lena says:

    mine would be nyx soft matte lip cream in ‘stockholm’. this color was one of the first I bought, based in part on your recommendations. It was so great that I’ve bought 7 other colors.
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  17. Cindy says:

    My three staples are all MAC colours, ranging from truly nude to MLBB. I’m a fair, freckley redhead, and Yash is the nude least likely to wash me out. Spirit is a touch too dark to be truly nude, but is always in my desk at work, and Twig is my go to everyday MLBB. One at work, one in my purse, one in the stash at home so that I have one no matter where I go!

  18. Rosie says:

    My favorite nude lipstick lip gloss combo is MAC Modesty with Revlon Nude Lustre. Its just a shame that Nude Lustre got discontinued recently.

  19. I’m not a huge fan of nude lipsticks as they wash me out. But something with a little more brown like MAC Spice lip liner topped with MAC Cremesheen Glass Deelight works really well as a peachy brown- near nude color!
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  20. indian princess says:

    I’m N C 42 for reference. Love Tom Ford sable smoke, blush nude and nude vanille. In mac …..love siss, blankety and freckletone.

  21. Berry says:

    My go to nude lipsticks are Burberry Nude Honey, Nars Tashkent and MAC Honeylove

  22. Rachel P says:

    I like nude lips well enough. I won’t pretend to favor them over a red or vampy lip, but you’ve got it right about the eyes… my smokey cats look a lot more haute couture with a neutral lip! I gravitate towards MAC Patisserie (my go-to MLBB nude) and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm (so velvety soft!). And if I want to do a bit more of a guidette nude lip (which is hilarious to admit because that’s not my style, except for this!), I’ll use a beige lipliner, blend, then do a really pale nude lipstick like NYX Round Lipstick in Circe or Summer Love, and put a sparkly gloss on top. Once it’s blotted and blended, it looks a little less Snooki, but it gives me this great illusion of a tan(ner) face!

  23. Natasha P. says:

    I LOVE the way Fergie’s Bebot Love looks on me! My favorite & bestest nude lip I’ve found thus far!

  24. Liz says:

    I haven’t found a nude yet. The Tom Ford looks amazing on you. I’m a little darker than you, and I would love to try it. However, the price is crazy. I do have a couple of MLBB shades though. Bobbi Brown Italian Rose or Brownie lipsticks are my go to MLBB shades.

  25. Natalie says:

    I love MAC’s Freckletone, its a peachy nude. Now I really want to try Tom Fords!
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  26. Nati says:

    Everyone is talking about lipstick, but for me, if it’s going to be nude, at least needs to be GLOSSY! my absolute favourite nude lip products are lipglosses: Astor liquid care nude rose, almost too good to be drugstore, NYX Mega shine lipgloss “smoky look”, I also like Chanel Coco shine Boy, because it’s shiny ๐Ÿ™‚
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  27. CKG says:

    Sable Smoke looks great on you!
    I think I’d like to try it or Coco Ravish but it’ll be a huge splurge. I skipped the Riri Nude and ended up buying L’Oreal’s Absolute Spice lipstick, which is how I wanted MAC Mocha to look on me (it was too frosty and pinky). Interested in the BadGalRiri lipstick, though ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Diana says:

    Revlon Colorburst or Revlon Colorstay! I only use nude lipstick for work, though.

  29. Purplelvr says:

    Took me years to find my perfect nude. My go to is TF Sable Smoke topped with pink guilt gloss.

  30. Sylvia says:

    While I love bold a bold lip, nude lipsticks will always have a special place in my heart. I love MAC Honeylove, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 06 and Revlon Soft Nude.

  31. Rachel says:

    Nars Chelsea girl

  32. My got Nude lip colro is not actually nude but one with slight more browner and pinker tones.. Like Maybelline Choco pop and Revlon Colorburst Rosy nude… I reach out for nudes only when I am nt wearing any makeup or doing a smokey eye look ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Bella says:

    Chanel Rouge Coco Icone. I love the look of Tom Ford Sable Smoke on you; wish we could get TF in the Netherlands.

  34. Daya says:

    My go-to nude is from MAC’s Marilyn collection Pure Zen

  35. Andrea says:

    Milani lipstick in “nude creme”. It’s a beautiful color.

  36. StrayCat says:

    Nude lipstick just isn’t my look. Occasionally (after reading blogs like this one) I go wander about trying and looking at nude lipsticks only to always conclude “UGH! I look dead AND like I’m channeling 1966!” The palest I go is a sheer pink gloss or pale pinkish or brownish pink (think Bobbi Brown) lipstick. My true nude would be Chapstick!

  37. Joanna says:

    Bobbi Brown Uber Beige.

  38. Charmi says:

    I love pairing MAC’s Myth with Big Baby Plush Glass.

  39. I need to check out Sable Smoke. To be honest I don’t have a nude favorite right now, the ones I have just wash me out. Definetly going to try Hourglass Nude Stylos before I give up though

  40. Monica F. says:

    My face nudes are Smashbox Nylon nude, Mary Kay’s sweet nectar & Too Faced lip injection color bomb in never enough nude.

  41. Ashley says:

    I just LOVE YSL’s Corail Aquatique – its the perfect brightened, corally nude on me and it just lights up my face. Love it!

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