MAC Hue used to rule my lipstick roost. The paler the better in my eyes, and there may have been more than one occassion where concealer did come into contact with my lips in a quest for a nuder than nude pout – oh the shame. But my blanked-out rouge days are behind me and I’ve turned a new corner recently with a trio of ‘new nudes‘ becoming daily go-tos; neither muting, nor altering my natural lip shade they all feature a common tinge of brown that helps them to sit on the lips in a little more natural way. And not in an 80′s brown way, like a neutral brown way that doesn’t make you look like the fourth member of Bananarama.

Burberry Lip Cover in Heather Rose No.05* – £22.50 – John Lewis. The pinkiest of the bunch, I find to mimic my old fave Hue in tonal family the most, but in a much less beige-based way. And as expected, Burberry never disappoint on the lipstick front. Smooth, slick and just the right amount of barely there colour.

MAC Lipstick in Patisserie – £13.50 – Debenhams. Now this one I lurve. It’s like the perfect blend of brown, peach and pink in one all tied up with a tiny dose of sheen; no mirror require. MLBB – any guesses?

Lipstick Queen Saint Lipstick in Peachy Nude – £18 – Space NK. Lipstick Queen are a brand that sits a bit below the radar, but whenever I slick on one of their formulas I experience a bit of a eureka moment. A 10% pigment lipstick means its sheer, but still with oomph, and the shade? Peachy nude, well…

Pale nudes out, browny nudes in and I promise concealer will never come near my lips again..

*PR Sample

  • Celina

    Of course MAC Patisseries is in this bunch. I still need to go take a look at it for myself and I definitely will because you always look so lovely with it on!

    Celina | The Celution

  • Anna Blush

    My favourite browny nude is Kate Moss for Rimmel in the shade 19. It’s so nice dabbed into the lips for a hint of subtle colour x

  • bacardi chaser

    I love nudes on other People, but i still haven´t found the right one for me personally.

  • Maddy Cane

    I am so pale that nudes just look weird on me! I need bright colours! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Abby

    I seriously need to take a look at MAC Patisserie, everytime I see somebody wearing it I absolutely love it so I think it’s definitely one to pick up! Gotta love those nudes. xx

  • Charlotte

    Ooh I definitely want to try MAC’s Patisserie :) I would love a burberry lipstick too, the packaging is just beautiful.

    Charlotte xxx Something Special To Say

  • Pink Elephant

    I’ll definitely have a look at these…. My lips are quite dark naturally so very pale colours look a bit odd on me… Still on the lookout for my perfect nude ;)

  • Catrin

    I need to check these out! Beigey nudes look horrific on me!

  • Grace

    I’m going to give these a go! Really pale nudes wash me out completely because of my skin tone, but these look like perfect shades!

  • Rebecca Marano

    All these colours look gorgeous, Its a shame nudes just don’t suit me (too pale for them)

  • Honor Whitfield

    the only thing I dont like about MAC patisserie is that it has bits of glitter in, other than that, the colours gorg!

  • whenthesaints

    Would have loved to see swatches!

  • yourdailybreak

    my pale nudes are now being used to tone down my bright lipsticks to make them more day time appropriate and are not being worn alone! Creme d’nude actually makes me look like a zombie! xx

    Your Daily Break

  • Shevasherapy

    I have been wearing The Revlon Juicy Papaya when I want to get the glossy mlbb version.

  • Rebecca Lately

    I was checking out Lipstick Queen this weekend, and her Blue Jeans (can’t remember the exact name) shade is so pretty. I think that’s going to be my next lipstick purchase.

  • Jen

    Been so into nudes lately as it’s all I really wear to work and I hate to go bare-lipped. I need new ones and I’m dying to try some Burberry makeup!

  • F-S Marylebone

    I’ve been loving MAC Creme in your coffee as a great nude for my more tanned complexion. MAC Patisserie looks lovely! x

  • Anya Cross

    I’ve been dying to try a Burberry lip cover! I really want to try Blush, but it’s out of stock:-(

  • Zoe Bennett

    I also adore Hue but I have been looking for a more natural lip colour, lately, so I think I will have to try Patisserie soon!
    Zoe x

  • Justine J

    The MAC one looks amazing! I would definitely buy it even though I don’t really use nude lipsticks xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  • Amber Hunter

    I’m sure you aren’t the only beauty lover to have gone the concealer route! I love a natural nude too and I find ones that have slight pigments besides just nude (such as peach, pink or brown) tend to look much nicer than just beige. I have MAC Shy Girl which I’ve really been enjoying.
    Lovely Notions

  • Roshni K

    Im not one for nudes, I have an indian skintone so nudes look awful on me, I wonder how patisserie would look though! I might have to go try it out :)

    • Darshna Waghela

      Hi Roshni, I too have indian skin and have found MAC Mehr lipstick, MAC Creme in your coffee, MAC Brave, and No. 7 Chic lipstick all give a lovely nudey effect on our skintone :)

  • Olivia S

    Patisserie is super pretty! Xx

    Olivia –

  • Holly

    Mac’s Patisserie looks really lovely, I’m also intrigued to try out Burberry makeup! xx

    Holly |

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  • charlotte k

    Still on the look out for the perfect nude xx


  • Hannah B

    Patisserie has been on my wishlist for so long! I love barely there nudes!xx

  • sopheekay

    I love a nude lipstick but I do always feel a little weird paying a lot for a product that you can’t really see when its on the lips. I think that every time I try MAC Patisserie on! Lipstick Queen formulas are so lovely as well, I love that the same shades come in both pigmentations – such a clever idea.

    Sophie | An Arrangement of Notes

  • Emily Allen

    I’ve been getting really into wearing nude lipsticks recently, thanks for some new lippy ideas xx Emmi

  • Sophie Davies

    Revlon’s lip balm stain (whatever) in Honey is SO NICE. Seriously, best new nude lipstick in my life right now.

  • Jade Waterfield

    Love the brown peachy tones, so beautiful with your skin tone V!


  • dannii ofe

    these are all lovely, i need more nudes in my life! might check out the burberry!

  • Anna

    Where are the swatches?
    I love your blog Anna – I really do – but you NEVER show swatches of the things you present. That is NOT HELPFUL AT ALL!
    For gods sake – this is your job! Do it right!

    • Smecksie

      Whenever I see something she likes or I like the original picture of, I look it up either on Temptalia or google search it. But what a hassle! Also, V and I share the same base colors and complexion, so usually whatever she can wear, I can. So, it would be awesome if she did more swatches.

  • Zara

    I love Patisserie and am tempted to try out the Lipstick Queen shade, I haven’t seen this brand before!

  • Courtney

    Nars lipsticks in Mitzi and Crusing are also great pinky nudes!

  • Jessy

    MLBB – My Lips But Better.

    Do I win a prize of some sorts? Perhaps a suggestion of how my savant-eque ability to decipher Acronyms will serve me in the future?

  • Daniella

    My favorite lip to wear!
    Xx Daniella

  • Kat

    These all sound lovely, I like the look of Patisserie and Heather Rose :)

    Kat x Curls and Swirls Beauty & Lifestyle

  • Diane J

    Patisserie looks lovely. I’ll have a swatch next time I find myself near a Mac counter :)

  • Holly Gardiner

    My Lips But Better – the best kind of lipstick haha, I love the look of patisserie :D

    Holly Mixtures


  • Amy

    I purchased Patisserie after seeing it featured on your blog, I adore it :)

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

  • Hazel King

    I’ve been wanting Patisserie for ages! This post hasn’t helped haha!!