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Thursday 8 January 2015

The 90's Nude Lip | 'Kylie Jenner' Inspired Shades

I always swore to myself I'd never use the typical phrase 'Kylie Jenner lip' in a post...yet here we are. That's blogging for you. I'll be honest - I'm not one of these people who gets caught up in celebrity hype too much but you simply can't get away from the ol' KJ inspired lip at the moment can you?  Personally, I've always been a fan of a darker nude lip and so it seems like the perfect time to share my collection with you all.  It's amazing how much definition shades like this bring to your lips without looking overdone. There's something about spicy browns and brick hues that really do make the lips appear plumper, fuller and altogether more perfected - it's such a sophisticated look that brings a lot of attention to the lip area without having to opt for a vibrant, statement shade - perfect for everyday wear. So, I thought I'd introduce you to my trusty bunch of '90s' inspired shades... I definitely have my favourites amongst them so if you're of a similar skin tone to me and are seeking out some Kylie Jenner inspo - hopefully this post might be of some interest...

Mac // 'Half n Half' // £15.50 // Link
One of my all-time favourites, 'Half n Half' has featured quite heavily on my blog over the past year or so.  It's a slightly lesser-known version of the infamous 'Velvet Teddy' but I much prefer the finish and texture of this one and it's virtually the same, maybe a touch lighter. The amplified finish gives the lipstick a slightly glossy finish and it's also incredibly opaque - it's absolutely stunning.  It's featured in my Mac Lipstick Collection post here.

Mac // 'Paramount' // £15.50 // Link
This isn't exactly a nude shade but it would have been daft if I didn't include it!  If you're a statement lips fan and aren't sure you'd really suit the '90s nude lip' trend, this one is for you.  It's a beautiful bold burgundy/brown shade - slightly gothic in appearance. I have a full post on it here, and it also features in my Mac Lipstick Collection post here if you want to see it in more detail.

Mac // 'Velvet Teddy' // £15.50 // Link
This lipstick has fast become the classic Kylie Jenner shade. Said to be a firm favourite of hers, Mac stores have been sold-out of this beauty for weeks on end.  I've owned it for about a year now and it's been one of my 'classics' since my second year of uni... it has that much sought after matte finish whilst providing amazing pigmentation.  It's really understated and classy, yet brings so much focus to the lips.  I featured it in my Mac Lipstick Collection post here.

Lord & Berry // 'Brick Lip' // £9.60 // Link
Similar to Velvet Teddy but with a slightly more brick-ish, red hue.  If you're unsure about overly brown toned lips then this one is a fabulous option.  It definitely lives up to it's name.  Lord & Berry's lipsticks are super long lasting and provide a similar look and finish to Mac's Matte finish lipsticks.  I featured this shade in a favourites post here if you want to see it in more detail.

Rimmel // Lasting Finish in 'Undressed' // Discontinued?!
I think I might shed tears when this one finally runs out, as I reckon Rimmel has discontinued it.  I've seen it lurking on eBay and Amazon but I hate not being able to really guarantee what I'm getting! This has to be my ultimate favourite... it's probably the lightest of the bunch but it's so incredibly wearable and that's why I love it.  It's completely battered from being in my handbag! It's actually very similar to Mac's 'Half and Half', and whilst it's a slightly lighter offering, it still has that staple 90s brown hue to it. 

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Colour // 'Pink Spice' // £8.99// Link
I featured this product in a favourites post last year (here), and I always opt for it if I want something really long-lasting.  Trust me, it doesn't budge.  It applies like a lip laquer, dries matte and gives intense, rich colour pay off in an instant.  It can, however, feel really drying so it's worth popping in your handbag so you have the balm with you.  The double-ended product has an intense moisturising balm at the other end which adds a bit of gloss and sheen, at the same time as stopping the stain settling into lines and drying out your lips.

Elf  Studio Matte Lip Colour in 'Tea Rose' // £3.50 // Link
The newest addition to my collection.  I've been wanting Mac's 'Faux' for a while now but if you've seen my Mac Lipstick Collection, you'll know I realllllly don't need any more... I found this shade on the Elf website and took a gamble - my goodness - it's perfect!  It's my new obsession! It's the perfect lilac-brown shade.  I love the crayon format, the fact it's so long lasting and not to mention the affordable price tag.  

Barry M Lip Liners // (not sure of names - sorry!) // £2.99 // Link
These 2 Barry M liners are the perfect companion for the majority of the lipsticks and shades featured here.  The nude one is simply perfect and I actually wear this on it's own very regularly with a clear gloss over the top.  The reddish one is perfect for use with brick-toned lipsticks such as Lord & Berry's 'Brick Lip' or Maybellines 'Pink Spice'.

Mac Lip Liner // 'Spice' // £12.60 // Link
The most long-lasting lip liner I own.  This is also a 'Kylie Jenner' fave. A shade that's been massively hyped over the past couple of months, 'Spice' lives up to its name.  It's a beautiful spiced pink/brown that looks beautiful on it's own or teamed with a lipstick.

MUA // Power Pout Lip Crayon in 'Rendezvous' // £3.00 // Link
This is the perfect layering crayon for me.  It doesn't look as intense in the swatch but it's actually quite pigmented... I always layer this over Mac's 'Spice' pencil or either of the Barry M liners and it always looks so put together.  The slightly glossy finish means that it isn't drying on the lips at all, and it's actually quite long-lasting.  It wears off to a stain. I often wear this when I'm working, layered over a lip liner as I know it's going to last all day. I have a full post here.

Lipstick Swatches L-R: Rimmel 'Undressed // Mac 'Half n Half' // Mac 'Velvet Teddy' // Lord & Berry 'Brick Lip // Mac 'Paramount' // Crayons Swatches L-R: Elf 'Tea Rose' // Maybelline 'Pink Spice' // MUA 'Rendezvous // Barry M Liners // Mac 'Spice' Liner

Apologies - I've just realised I didn't swatch these products in the order they appear on my post (bad blogger alert!) so please do refer to the text above if any of them take your fancy.  

Are you a fan of the Kylie Jenner lip? What are your 90s lipstick favourites?


  1. I love Kylie's lip colours, Half n Half and Brick lip are such beautiful shades! xx //

  2. great post, I have been waiting for velvet teddy to come back in stock for ages!

    Alice x
    Sheer Beautiful l Bloglovin'

  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I'm a huge fan of the nude lip and I've heard so many people rave about the Mac lipsticks!

    Kim ... I'm taking Google analytics today!

  4. you have some gorgeous nude shades, i want velvet teddy so bad!

    Rachel // Style Soup

  5. Love the Mac Half n Half! x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  6. This is such a lovely post with such pretty colours~
    Need to check out these MAC lipsticks soon :)

    Have a lovely day ♥

    Ying | * Y i n g c b e a u t y *

    X x X x X

  7. The 'Kylie Jenner' lip look has to be my favourite look at the moment and Velvet Teddy is my favourite shade to use too.

    Danielle | Simplicity rose x

  8. I like Velvet Teddy its one of my favourite nudes but Kinda Sexy from Mac is just that bit warmer which I prefer x

  9. Some of theses are so amazing, I've only really liked lipstick in the last year and now am loving nudes and pairing with lip liners so will defiantly check some of theses out! xx
    LemonaidLies - Lifestyle & Beauty Blog

  10. I'm exactly the same, I swore I wouldn't use the phrase yet it just keeps cropping up without me realising! Love the post!

    Meg x

  11. They're all such pretty shades, especially all the MAC ones, so tempted to pay my local MAC counter a visit now haha! :) xx

  12. Such a nice post, I love the mix of high end and drugstore products! These shades are my favourite at the moment :) xx

  13. These colours are my go to colours and this has just found me more so thankyou haha! Lovely blog btw xoxo

    come check out mine when you have a chance

  14. I really want Velvet Teddy as it is such a classic colour but I may have to by Mac Half and Half now. I really need to invest in lip liners I don't own near enough as many as I should.


  15. Love them colours, Thank you very much for the recommendations. Lovely blog!


  16. I just got half 'n' half the other day and I love it. Makes such a change from my normal pinky nudes and reds. Lovely post as always xxx

    Maisy Meow | Fashion and Beauty Blog

  17. Rimmel Undressed looks gorgeous, shame it's possibly discontinued! MAC half n half looks similar so I might grab that, although annoying as it's a lot more expensive!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  18. Nice Post! Thanks for the inspiration for some new nude shades! :)

    Lara from

  19. velvet teddy and blankety are my favorite nude lipsticks from MAC

  20. Something about lipstick's and lipliner's just draw me in x.

  21. I've really been liking Mac's spice recently too- such a lovely shade! Love the look of velvet teddy too :)

  22. Oh my! I needed this post in so many ways!

  23. Great post, ill be heading out to buy some of these nudes soon!

    CharlotteSamantha //

  24. I need to buy some nude lipsticks myself, love them so much! Xx

  25. I love dark pinks/red and I love that Paramount shade!!! I've never seen it before but definitely going to grab it now.. I'm such a sucker ha x

    Through New Eyes | Beauty Blog

  26. These are all such beautiful nude shades, I think I'm going to pick up Velvet Teddy when I get the chance!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

  27. I've absolutely been loving nude lips this winter! So excited to try some of these shades! Great post :)
    Charlotte Louise xoxo

  28. These are all such stunning shades! I just picked up MAC's 'Fast Play' and it's a great Kylie-Esq colour.

  29. Great picks and awesome swatches! x

    Annie |

  30. These shades are all so lovely, but no doubt too dark for my pale skin. Barry M's liners are just so good for the money!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  31. All these shades look so gorgeous but I really can't pull off wearing nude shades.. I look so washed out :(
    Give me some tips :'D

    Peach Pow XO

  32. i love velvet teddy! its such a laid back shade

    Aine Oh

  33. These are all such beautiful colours especially Paramount, I can see myself really loving that lipstick and will have to pick it up on my next trip to MAC! xx

  34. Elf Tea Rose is literally the most gorgeous shade I've seen! I've not seen anything like that, have you?! I've never tried anything from Elf, but this has shot straight to the top of my wishlist!

  35. I never thought I'd see this trend re-surface however Kylie Jenners lips can do no wrong right now! I use Mac Soar and Angel to attempt the look!

    Brunette in Louboutins

  36. Such gorgeous colors!


  37. I'm really not a fan of the whole Kardashian/Jenner clan, however, I have been lusting after Velvet Teddy for some time but it is always out of stock when I try and pick it up! Half & Half looks like a great shade too. As well as Velvet Teddy, I've been lusting after MAC's Mehr It's a pinkish nude; however this always seems to be sold out in my local store, typical! Think you've inspired me to pick up the Spice liner though. Thanks for sharing your collection. This is a fab post! xxx

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive

  38. Velvet Teddy has been so hyped. I really want to find out if it is as good as everyone said!

    Rachael x | N o v e m b e r S t o r m s |

  39. I love a good nude lip!
    Charlotte -

  40. I love a good nude lip, but can never decide which colour to go for. Although I heard velvet teddy has been having a lot of hype, I'm intrigued to buy it just to see if it's as good as people make out x

  41. Absolutely love all these shades!

  42. This blog post has serious made me want to go out and buy more nude shades!
    A nude lip always looks good especially in the colder months I find x

  43. Beth ! It still shocks me just how MANY colour of lipstick you have !! I love it !! =]

  44. I never thought I'd get into the 90s nude lip trend, however that was until I tried Velvet Teddy and I have been obsessed ever since. I love your pick of shades, a couple of my favourites are also Mac Mehr and Twig :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

  45. I really want to get my hands on Velvet Teddy soon!

    Linh | Simply Linh

  46. Love nude lipstick

  47. MAC half and half looks gorgeous! Such gorgeous photos, amazing post! Xx

    Beauty Girl

  48. I love the Kylie Jenner lip colors! Does anyone know of any good drugstore/Ulta ones? I don't have a Mac near me.

    Watching for Pigs on the Wing

  49. I've been trying to get my hands on Velvet Teddy for so long now, it's unreal :(
    - Jem
    Jem's Blog

  50. I've just started following your blog, and I LOVE this post! I got into the nude lip aesthetic early last year, and I'm glad the whole Kylie Jenner trend is making it more popular, because that means more readily available options! <3 My favourites are Mac's Taupe and Topshop's Mink!

    Julian |


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