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Where to Find Your Perfect Nude Lip

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Clarins Nude Lip Collection

The nude lip had its revival in 2015, and it still remains my favourite lip style. It is understated, simple, low-maintenance and wonderful with a tan. And therefore I have tried a lot of nude lip shades over the last year, to find the ones that would make their way into my everyday makeup purse.

Then I stumbled upon the Clarins lipstick collection, and although I had tried multiple lipsticks from Clarins, I had no idea just how extensive their lipstick range actually was. Not only are the shades diverse in this collection, the actual formulations are some of the best I have tried. Hydrating, pigmented and soft to apply, the shade washes onto the lips in a semi-opaque colour, so that the shade you see in the bullet, transfers to the lips in a soft, creamsheen finish.

Here I have gathered together 10 Clarins lipsticks from their collection, as well as their four nude lip liners, to offer a comparison on shades for a diversity of skin tones. If you’re looking to invest in a good quality nude lip set, I would honestly take a harder peek at this collection!

It was only when writing up this post and editing the photos that I realised that two of the Clarins lipstick shades are not necessarily nudes. I guess in the bullets, I thought they sat together as a great collection of shades for different skin tones, imagining Royal Plum to be a little more brown than purple when swatched, and therefore would have looked absolutely gorgeous on darker skin tones. And I still think it would look amazing – just not necessarily a ‘nude’ lip. But still, there are another 8 shades here that I am totally in love with.

The lightest shades, Pink Praline, Lilac Pink and Rosy Nude are very much ‘Me’ shades, with an equal amount of nude and pink qualities. I really love wearing pink nudes with a more lilac tone, and therefore Lilac Pink is probably my favourite, seen below as the fourth swatch from the left.


751 Tea Rose

745 Pink Praline

753 Pink Ginger

750 Lilac Pink

746 Tender Nude

705 Soft Berry

738 Royal Plum

747 Rosy Nude

731 Rose Berry

Clarins also released a collection of Lipliners to sit alongside their lipstick collection. From a light to darker nude tone, again catering for a number of skin tones, the liners are easy to apply with great pigmentation. They also work really well with the nude lipstick shades in the collection, to offer a bolder, contrasting line that can help to plump and portray a fuller lip.

From left to right, the shades are 01 Nude Fair /02 Nude Beige /03 Nude Rose /04 Nude Mocha


Pink Praline

with Nude Beige Liner


Pink Praline

with Nude Beige Liner

What is your favourite nude lip combination, and what brands do you swear by?

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