Come Winter most of you are probably looking for recommendations of the best deep plum, rich red or sultry brown when it comes to lip colours, but for me, any time of year is a good time for lighter coloured lips. And today I’m taking you on my search for the perfect nude.
My all time favourite nude gloss is a MAC Mineralise Lipglass that I bought in LA two years ago and can’t seem to find again. I’m hoping an upcoming trip to Hawaii will reunite me with my first love, but in the meantime, I have been on the hunt for suitable alternatives and thought I’d show you what I’ve found in my quest for the ultimate nude gloss.
I go through phases of wanting to wear bright lipsticks but most often, I’m more about creating impact with my eye make up and leaving my lips softer, with a nice slicked up finish to leave the house.
What do I look for in a nude gloss?
- Non-sticky formula
- Soft pretty colour
- An undertone that suits my skintone
- Slight shimmer or sheen
- Easy to use applicator
- Nice taste
- Feels nice when I do the ‘lip rub together’
Years ago when I lived in Hollywood, I very rarely wore lipstick. Gloss was my go to and my prefered tube was the clear Lipglass by MAC. I used to have very long hair, waist length, and black. Vodka Cranberry (Grey Goose to be exact) was my drink of choice and always came served in a short glass with two of those little short black cocktail straws. One night, in a dimly lit club, I raised my glass to my lips to take a sip of my beverage and could not for the life of me find my straw. As I was trying to casually take a sip without looking as I was talking, I thought perhaps it had circled the glass and was over the other side where I hadn’t placed my mouth. I took a look at my glass in the haze of low-lighting to see how I was missing it. Turns out it wasn’t there. So weird.
I went to the bar to get another straw and a few moments later the same thing happened. I was so confused as to what was going on and how I could be losing my straws, until I ran my hand through my hair and struck upon my straws at about glass height down my long locks. Courtesy of the uber-sticky Lipglass, my hair had caught hold of my straws after I’d taken a sip of my drink and left gloss residue on the top of the straw. Sounds crazy, but I swear to you it’s true! So although I loved the look of Lipglass and the ultra-sheen it created, I was careful to keep my hair out of my drinks from that point on.
I got a little distracted there, but that was all to give you the background on my number one requirement for lip gloss search nowadays being a non-sticky formula.
Now that you know what I look for in a gloss and what has helped me narrow down my favourites as shared below, allow me to present to you:
This is a super smooth and sweet conditioning lip gloss which dazzles with high-shine iridescence at the same time as nourishing lips with moisture. It’s a prismatic lipgloss which means there is sheen and iridescence but no glittery sparkle which makes it a perfect daytime option and one for those who don’t like glitter. Sunset Kiss is a beautiful colour that can be worn alone or over lipstick but I love that because of the pigments, it picks up on the tone of your own natural lip colour and plays with that. On me it’s soft and almost peachy.
This nude gloss starts with a clear, hydrating base that is totally stick-free, and is slowly infused with bold pigments for a highly saturated colour with a mirror-smooth shine. In the tube this gloss looks very brown, but on my lips it is a soft bronze colour, not dissimilar to brown sugar, fitting given the name. This would also be a great Summer shade for when you’re rocking a tan.
This L’Oreal lipgloss is smooth and creamy to apply and the colour is super soft and subtle. The lip shaped applicator hugs the lips for effortless application, extracting the perfect amount of lip gloss every time, although it’s quite different to use than your standard applicator and takes a little getting used to (I struggled to figure out which side I was supposed to use initially!) This colour is perfect for everyday wear and is completely shine/shimmer free.
Bobbi’s High Shimmer Lip Gloss combines gorgeous, light-catching shimmer with lasting, non-sticky shine. This shade Beach is similar to the Smashbox one mentioned above, in that it’s bronze coloured but it is a slightly warmer brown, so really depends on your skintone as to which would be your best match. Made with fine pearls and clear pigments, High Shimmer Lip Gloss stays colour-true and gives lips beautiful, brilliant dimension. Plus it’s enriched with emollients and Vitamins C and E to moisturise, condition and protect lips, so they feel as good as they look.
This gloss is gorgeous. It contains multi-dimensional optics which create magnified-looking volume for lips and who doesn’t want plumper looking lips ladies? Another non-sticky formula, I feel like the beauty industry has finally got the memo when it comes to the level of acceptable stickiness in a gloss! This gloss is similar to the Elizabeth Arden Prismatic Gloss in that it doesn’t contain highly pigmented colour, but gives a beautiful shimmering gloss effect that is almost luminescent.
You may notice that there are six lip glosses pictured, but I’ve only told you about five of them. The middle gold coloured one I purchased from Witchery and it turns out they no longer sell it. It was a very well priced product and I love it, but sadly you can no longer buy it.
Do you love nude lipglosses and how do you find a favourite? Do you buy the same one over and over, or do you like to keep an eye out for new ones to add to your purse?
Tell me your favourite nude lip gloss below so I can go check it out
* I was sent some of these glosses for editorial consideration. All opinions as always are my own.