The Best Nude & Soft Pink Lip Colors

As if you haven’t seen enough of my mug lately, here I am times eight. Freaky, huh? All in the name of cosmetic research, though!

Let’s talk about lip color. I love me some lip color, ladies, and here are my very favorite nude and soft pink lip colors. (We’re going for subtle, daytime shades today.)

I learned a lot of things while making this post, notably:

1. I own many pinkish nude, subtle, daytime lip colors.

2. They pretty much all look the exact same.

3. I obviously have a problem, and need to stop buying pinkish nude, subtle, daytime lip colors.

Of course, because I’m a lip color junkie, I will wax poetic on why I can’t live without each and every one of these lip colors. Let’s get started.

Dior Addict Lip Polish in Fresh Expert (002)

I’ve written about this color before, and I love it because it makes my lips super shiny, the rotating applicator rocks, and it tastes good.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick in Rose Dusk

I guess Rose Dusk has been discontinued (wahhhhh), but Honey Pink is similar. This is one of the most moisturizing lipsticks I’ve ever used. It creates shine like a gloss, but has the staying power of a lipstick. I also love the applicator – if you click on the link above, you can see that it’s not the traditional lipstick shape. For me, it goes on easier, and the shape doesn’t get all wonky when you’ve used half the tube.

Kiehl’s Lip Gloss in French Rose

This gloss has almost no color at all, and I usually wear this around the house or while working out. It keeps my lips really moisturized and shiny without looking like I’m wearing much of anything. I’m also a big fan of the tube applicator.

Mac Viva Glam V Lipstick

Another great lipstick. The shimmering, pinkish nude color has a tiny touch of brown in it, and the lipstick tastes like yummy sugar. Sometimes I think about eating it for a mid-afternoon snack.

Lip Fusion Micro-Injected Collagen Lip Plump in Sugar

I really love the sheen and rosy shade of this gloss, but I’m not sure if it truly plumps your lips. Do my lips look any plumper in the photo?

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Can’t Get Enough

I was just turned onto this lipstick by a friend, and I love it. It is definitely the least pinkish of the nudes I own – it’s a true shimmering nude. This shade looks great on its own, but is also fantastic when applied over darker lipsticks. Love this one.

Josie Maran Natural Volume Lip Gloss in Brilliance

I love Josie Maran’s products, but I have to say, this applicator brush splays like no other. Now, I’ve had this gloss for over a year, so maybe the company has addressed this issue by now, but the brush drives me crazy. Too bad because the color is lovely, and contains Argan oil.

Chanel Glossimer in Sirop

This is a smooth, sheer, coral pink that looks great in the spring and summer. Unfortunately, I think it’s been discontinued, but Sally Hansen makes a sheer coral lip gloss called Flawless that is very similar. (And waaaaay less expensive.)

What are some of your favorite subtle lip colors? Drugstore brands didn’t get much representation here, and that’s because I don’t like buying lip color without trying it on first. Bummer. If you have any specific questions about the above colors, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Coming soon – my favorite bright/dark lip colors!

  1. Dana

    March 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Yes! I cannot wait for the dark lip post. I have been on the hunt for a nice red but it is actually harder than it sounds when you are not used to wearer just bright colors.

    • whoorl

      March 28, 2012 at 8:34 am

      I don’t have a lot of darks/brights, but hopefully you’ll be able to see one that you like!

  2. Roxanna

    March 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I’m super impressed with you posing skills — you look *exactly* the same in every shot!

    Can’t wait for the dark colors (light colors dissappear on my skin!)

  3. eva

    March 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

    You clearly have a problem, but I’m fine with it. I own like six white scarves and four black ones. Can you do a post about your skin care? Your skin looks amazing! I’m in my 20s and just got breakouts under control, but I want to do every thing I can to take care of my face long term. Thanks!

    • whoorl

      March 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Hi Eva. Here’s a post I did on my skincare routine a few months ago.


      (Although, I’ve been using the BeautyMint regimen for the past two months – will post about that soon!)

  4. Courtney

    March 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I believe you alerted us to a gloss in an old post from Laura Mercier called Blush. I have similar coloring as you so I got it and have never looked back. It’s a favorite on the color/shine/taste scale. Will have to try out some others here as I love me some new pink/neutral lip colors!

    • whoorl

      March 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

      OMG, forgot about that gloss!!

  5. kat

    March 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

    ooh i love them all – and i might have to try them all therefore rivaling you for what’s in my makeup bag.

  6. martymankins

    March 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Reading this post and seeing your pic multiple times has me thinking of that tv commercial “and they told two friends.. and so on.. and so on…”

  7. sizzle

    March 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you for trying all these and posting about it so I don’t have to do the research. I have been using NARS Ophelia or Cover Girl Wetslicks in Plum Splash. I am really picking about how sticky they are or what they taste like. I have tossed a lot of lip glosses because they failed one or both of those criterias.

  8. Sarah

    March 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I have MAC Viva Glam V (love, love, love), Chanel Glossimer in Spark (a touch too cool for me; love the gloss but will try a different color next time), Cover Girl Lipslicks in Hipster (easy to apply, not too glossy. perfect for the gym when I need a little bit of color), Kiehl’s “Berry 1851” (so delicious) and my current favorite, Nars lipgloss in “Female Trouble.”

    Female Trouble is one of those colors that looks kind of drab and dull in the tube, but is magical when I apply it. It’s the perfect color for when I want a pale, but not too pale, lip. It also, somehow, matches any outfit, warm/cool colors, casual or otherwise.

    • whoorl

      March 28, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Oooh, I’m totally intrigued by Female Trouble. Thanks!

  9. Nicole

    March 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    They have fixed the Josie maran applicator!!!!!

    • Sarah Lena

      March 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Oh, thank goodness! I was delurking to comment on that VERY SAME ISSUE .. I love the color and the sparkle of that lipgloss, but MY LORD, the applicator is a hot mess.

    • whoorl

      March 28, 2012 at 8:37 am


  10. Amanda

    March 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I have a similar addiction. My faves are Nars lip lacquer in Chelsea Girls (get a cheap retractable lip brush for it; and, no, it’s not goopy *on* lips, but it gives that impression in the jar), MAC lipsticks in Patisserie and Blankety, and Lancome’s Cream Lace from the l’Absolu Nu line (which is awesome and moisturizing but a bit short on wear-time, unfortunately).

  11. erin

    March 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    They are all the same!!! And yet…they’re not! :-) Love this post!

  12. Sara

    March 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I love many of the Sugar lip balms. I’m excited to try their new coral color! The colors are light, but can be built up a bit. I also like Buxom’s Big & Healthy in Dolly. That Dior is amazing; I have some in my cabinet!

    • molly

      March 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Yes yes yes to the Buxom “Dolly”. My fave.

      • whoorl

        March 28, 2012 at 8:38 am

        Well, now I’m going to need Buxom “Dolly” immediately.

  13. Sara

    March 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Oh! And Tarte Lip Surgence. Peppermint, moisturizing and not sticky! Awesome.

  14. Carrie

    March 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Nudes and pinks are my faves, too. Thanks for the DL on what’s what. Total time saver! Ps, chopped 6 inches off my hair. Went from waist to just beneath shoulder and took 5 years off. Yahoooooo!

    • whoorl

      March 28, 2012 at 8:39 am

      OH! Just saw your newest post. Love it!

  15. Frannie

    March 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you! I know you’ve mentioned some of these colors before, but
    it’s great to see it in natural light. I have dark hair and similar skin tone (although, I tan easy)
    so I usually go for those shades of pinks and nudes.