The Budget 90s Nude Lip


After the world was taken by that picture of Kylie Jenner’s 90s nude lips, every female I know immediately lusted after MAC’s Velvet Teddy. After neglecting my blog this month, I’ve had this drafted post sat on my dashboard for a few weeks now, and I thought it was about time I finally posted it. So forget the £15.50 luxury lipstick; I’ve got the budget versions that I cannot stop using.

IMG_2740First up; a 90s lip can’t be a 90s lip without a good lip liner. I often think to myself, what was I doing before lip liner? During the noughties this type of product was shunned for its bad rep in the previous decade; who ever thought a dark lip line round a light lipstick was ever a good look? But these days if you do it right, it can make a huge amount of difference to the overall finish. Before I had my lips enhanced I would love to over-line my lips to make them appear bigger, but now I find it simply polishes a lip colour off perfectly.  Enough rambling and onto the product; Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in 050 – TiramisuThe ideal 90s nude shade can be worn on its own if you’re looking for a truly matt lip, but also compliments two other lip products if you’re looking for a little more moisture.



Maybelline’s Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils are the ultimate dupe for Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils at a fraction of the price. This one in Nude Perfection applies as a creamy consistency but dries matt, and allows you to sharpen it as you wear it down. It’s non-drying and fairly moisturising considering it’s a pencil.

If you’re looking for something slightly more glossy and a bit browner in colour, Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 740 Coffee Craze glides on nicely and is highly pigmented to give you a foolproof 90s shade.

IMG_2743 P1060357From left to right: Coffee Craze, Tiramisu, Nude Perfection

All 3 of these products retail at at least half the price of MAC’s Velvet Teddy, each giving you a varied look on the 90s nude lip trend.

Have you tried any of these lip products? What do you think of the trend?



  1. 27 November, 2014 / 9:19 am

    Such a great post, I never wear a nude lip but I’m really starting to love this look!

    Sophie x |

    • sarahdxo
      27 November, 2014 / 8:42 pm

      Me neither. I’m always one for a bold lip, but I find this so wearable day to day! Glad you liked 🙂 x

  2. 27 November, 2014 / 11:00 am

    This is a really good post, I’m looking for the perfect nude lipstick that won’t wash me out. I haven’t tried velvet teddy, but I have tried Mac Viva Glam 2 lipstick which is a really nice mauve nude but because it was a matt lipstick it sucked all of the moisture out of my lips. Check out and let me know what you think of my posts. Zoe x

    • sarahdxo
      27 November, 2014 / 8:44 pm

      Ooo I’ve not tried the Mac Viva Glam 2, do you find it too drying to wear then? Glad you liked the post 🙂 x

      • 28 November, 2014 / 6:40 am

        I tried the Viva Glam 2 lipstick whilst at a Mac counter with their lip pencil in ‘Soar’ and within a couple of hours I was reaching for my lip balm. I tried Dior Rouge Nude in ‘Gredge’ yesterday and it had a beautiful soft buttery consistency and didn’t dry my lips. If you go to and click through to my Instagram account (zoebeautyblog) I have swatches of both lipsticks. ????

        • sarahdxo
          28 November, 2014 / 1:39 pm

          Ah right i’ll have a look, thank you! X

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