Nude Lipstick Comparison: MAC, Revlon, Nyx

MAC Creme d'nude

I am doing a review of my nude lipsticks today. I only have three at the moment, but they are similar enough for a comparison review.

NYX Circe, Revlon Nude Attitude, MAC Creme d'nude

MAC Creme d'nude - This is my favorite nude lipstick. It is a pink-toned opaque beige. It feels super soft and moist upon application. Because it is creemsheen, it is glossy and slips around my lips quite easily. I wish it had more staying power because it will transfer onto any surface it comes into contact with. In addition, it is quite opaque and sheer, so I must apply generously for good coverage. Of course this lipstick does wear perfectly well with a good lip liner under it. This is one nude that I feel comfortable wearing without a gloss. I have never been able to do that with Myth, a satin finish, because it can get chalky alone. Beware of Creme d'nude melting. It is so soft that it will easily melt and break in the heat.

Revlon Nude Attitude - I read somewhere that Revlon's Nude Attitude is similar to MAC's Myth or Creme d'nude, so I wanted to give it a try. It's a matte lipstick, which I adore for the season. I love the packaging, with the see-through plastic on top of the lid. It was all so perfect when I got it. The color looked beautiful when I opened it. Matte always gives a very clean look. As soon as I applied it on my lips, however, I knew that it wasn't for me. I found it drying, chalky and orange. I understand that mattes will emphasize dryness, but this lipstick practically sucked the moisture from my lips. It also left me with orange nude lips, kind of like a tan gone wrong. Now I know that this is not that case for everyone, but this lipstick just doesn't cut it for me. I use this lipstick only after a good lip scrub and lots of lip balm in addition to a slab of shiny gloss on top. I won't be repurchasing though. It's not bad for a $6 lipstick, but I can do without it.

NYX Circe - This is one of NYX's round lipsticks that are sold for less than $3 at Cherry Culture. You don't expect too much from a $3 lipstick, but I always find NYX products to be excellent quality for their price so I gave this one a try. Circe is a brown taupe nude. It is clearly darker than the other two colors with less indication of pink or peach. It is less sheer than Creme d'nude, which I enjoy. It covers my lips up very nicely and gives that covered up nude without the concealer consistency. Surprisingly, this lipstick is extremely soft and moist. It does not dry out my skin when I wear it. The downfall is that it does not last and I have to reapply throughout the day. Regardless, I prefer this over the Revlon Nude Attitude for its color, moisture and price.

From left to right: Creme d'nude, Circe, Nude Attitude

Do you like nudes? What is your favorite lipstick? Please recommend one to me. ;)
I am always in search of a moisturizing lipstick. Like, always.


  1. I like nudes but my favourite lipstick is Maybelline colour sensational Hollywood red <3

  2. my favourite is creme d'nude also!! i love it soo much. i heard the dupe for that would be revlon soft nude.

  3. I have never tried Maybelline lipsticks, so I may give them a try one of these days.

    I totally forget about soft nude! I heard good things about the colorburst line. I am going to give Revlon another chance and get soft nude.

    Thanks girls!

  4. you should try Revlon's Soft Nude - you'll love it

  5. i've been trying to find a nude lipstick too!! thanks for this.. i've been eyeing the mac one and also a revlon soft nude one.

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  6. I always try to buy Nude Attitude but they never have it in stock :(. My favorite is M.A.C.'s Honey Love but it is Matte so it is not as moisturizing but HUE is awesome I have that too and mix it with honey love and I love it!

  7. OH I love nude lip sticks, it'll be nice to see a swatch on your lips though, as our lips has a base colour already, I wonder if the coverage on nudes are good.

  8. I have two nude lipsticks 'sweetness' by clinique and 'glow bronze' by clinique these are really nice colors you should try them. Can you recommend any good brown lipsticks (drugstore brands)?

  9. Thanks for all the recommendations. I will definitely be shopping for lipsticks soon.

    Yes, I will do lip swatches as soon as my new camera comes in. I no longer have a functional one and my webcam is just not cutting it. :(

    alvira, try L'oreal's Golden Splendor. It is a golden beige brown and as beautiful as its name. I have also heard very good things about Maybelline's Crazy For Coffee. I have never tried it myself, but I believe it is a reddish brown. :) Hope that helps!

  10. love nudes as well... I really like the smashbox elegant..but they dont make it anymore..the revlon one is great too!
    new follower here.... hope you have time to check out my blog and return the favour.

  11. I love nudes as well:)
    But I don't have favourite - it's change with my mood:)
    From those three, I think MAC colour is the best:)

  12. The Nyx colour is good and seems like a bargain! x

  13. i don't have any nudes at the moment as i've never been sure what to get (and am too addicted to colour!) great review and will with the nyx being such a great colour, and bargain, might have to try that out =) xx

  14. Sorry, I'm not into nudes. The closest I have is the Maybelline New York Moisture extreme Naked Beige in n633 Desert Bloom which is exactly the color of my lips, rosy brown, but gives a nice coverage and keeps them moitured.
    Even if I'm not into nudes after reading all the post on nudes maybe I should give it a go! I might try the famous Gosh Darling which everyone else seems to have!

  15. I like Cherish by MAC.

    Thanks for the review and the swatches, definitely helpful!:D
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  16. I wish we got NYX in the UK. I am tempted to buy online but part of the fun is getting to swatch before you buy!

  17. You just can't go wrong with MAC lippy...

    p.s love your blog...i'm a newbie,if you get time please give me an add

  18. Hi, new follower here!

    I've got Revlon's Nude Attitude and MAC's Creme D'Nude. Such pretty nudes!

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