Finding the best nude lipstick is like finding the perfect pair of shoes. The colour has to complement your skin tone, it needs to be comfortable and there’s always that issue of deciding whether to buy tonnes of cheap alternatives or saving up for that one luxury product that will last forever.
MAC’s Creme Cup lipstick is a very pale baby pink hued nude and looks stunning for an every-day look or paired with a smoky-eye for a night out. The Cremesheen formula provides a slightly glossy, moisturising finish but packs a lot of pigment for an opaque application.
As with all MAC lipsticks, the vanilla smell of this product is sweetly intoxicating and the curvaceous black casing will attract everyone; whether you are a minimal or glamorous packaging lover. However, those who refuse to splash out on cosmetics may be turned off by the expensive £15.50 price tag.
Budget beauty lovers rejoice! The Maybelline Colorsensational lipstick in Sweet Pink is a very close shade match to Creme Cup. Available in Superdrug and Boots for a mere £6.99, the Maybelline alternative is just as glossy and pigmented as the MAC lipstick, but the colour is slightly more cool toned, making the teeth look a little whiter.
The product smells a little more plastic-like than the MAC vanilla, but it is packaged well with a translucent pink casing and silver hardware. However, Sweet Pink leaves behind an awful gritty silver glitter on the lips that is very difficult to remove and doesn’t look appealing in the slightest after long wearing.
Overall Verdict: Sweet pink may be cheap as chips, but Creme Cup will never let you down.