Anybody else guilty of hoarding neutral lipsticks? We’ve all heard the joke— we have eight of the same color, but they all have different undertones, or this one has shimmer, or this one is matte! Funny, but there is definitely truth to that punchline. The same neutral shade can look dramatically different depending on the contrast with the rest of your makeup, or even if you’ve gotten a bit of a tan in the sun. Sporting a warmer eye look? You’ll probably want a neutral lipstick with warmer undertones, and vice versa.
Today I’m sharing my favorite drugstore neutral lipsticks for medium skin tones and yes, I promise they’re all a little different. You can also absolutely wear these if you have paler or deeper than medium skin as well, they may just not look as neutral on you.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip by Kate in 47: I’ve been wearing this nude for years! Since it has an orange undertone, it definitely doesn’t match every look universally but compliments warmer shadow looks and skin tones. The creamy finish is comfortable and smooth, and lasts for hours.
Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip in All Natural Nude: This satin matte lipstick has a peachy appearance, a bit on the cooler side. While it flattens out to a soft matte finish, the formula is enriched with avocado oil, and Vitamins A & E for all day comfort and flexibility.
Revlon Kiss Plumping Lip Creme in Barely Blush: This lip creme is a cross between a gloss and lipstick, with a creamy texture and slightly translucent finish. Barely Blush is a slightly pink beige.
BH Cosmetics Cashmere Cream in Perf: I am obsessed with the Cashmere Creams right now— check out my full review of them here. This is a really lightweight matte liquid lipstick that doesn’t feel or look dry. Perf is a warm beige.
Pixi MatteLast Lip Color in Matte Beige: These lipsticks are so underrated, they’re some of my fave formulas. Matte Beige is a light peachy beige, a bit less pink than the Physicians Formula shade though a similar formula.
Revlon Cushion Lip Tint in Fancy Rose: I love these lip tints, they offer a ton of color in a balmy formula that lasts once it dries down. Fancy Rose is a dusty rose that’s very middle-of-the-road… not too pink and not too beige.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine in Pink Mocha: If you’re a straight up gloss girl, this will be your fave! This is a very hydrating non-sticky gloss that still offers a lot of color. Pink mocha is a pinky beige with a juicy look.
Covergirl Melting Pout Matte Lipstick in Ballerina: This is the pinkest shade out of these neutrals, but again— it can lean more beige depending on what you pair it with in contrast. This is the closest to a true matte finish out of all these neutrals, so be sure to exfoliate ahead of time.
The thing about neutrals is: they’ll translate differently based on so many different factors. Don’t feel bad about having a ton in your collection. They’re staples, regardless of the season!