I know quite a few people steer clear of nude lipsticks because they fear the dreaded concealer lip effect, but for me reds and nude's suit my skin tone. When I was a teenager, I will admit for a good six months I did use a foundation to conceal my lips - yes, I'm aware not a good look, plus re-application must of looked ridiculous. However I've always disliked my pigmented pink lips and much prefer to tone them down for a softer, girly overall effect with my make up. I discovered the Natural Collection 'Apple Blossom' lipstick after I saw a review on Youtube and have re-purchased ever since. At £1.99 it's an absolute bargain, especially as it's supposed to be a dupe for Mac's 'Fleshpot'.
I tend to find matte finishes with nude lipsticks can be slightly unflattering, especially on dry lips! So I love that this lipstick has a Satin finish, it's incredibly pigmented and creamy - although this can be a downfall as I have had a few snap off, but for under £2 you can easily afford to pick up a brand new one if this happens. Unlike Mac lipsticks, the Natural Collection line doesn't have a scent to them and understandably for the price the packaging is minimalist and simple. I find this lipstick has quite a strong pink undertone which I much prefer over peach or orange hue's like Revlon's 'Nude Attitude'.
For extra longevity I tend to pair this lipstick with Mac's 'Naked' lip liner which helps the lipstick adhere and really stay in place. I wouldn't suggest to use this alone as it's a matte finish and very drying on the lips.
What's your favourite nude lipstick?