I’m pumped to FINALLY write this post! I’ve wanted to find KKW Beauty Nude Creme Lipstick dupes since they first launched a few months ago. And now that KKW Beauty is at Ulta, I could finally get my hands on some testers to swatch and find the best dupes! I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t find dupes for these. But you are in for a treat my friend because these dupes are SPOT ON! Keep reading for all the details on my KKW Beauty Nude Creme lipstick dupes.
Before KKW Beauty was in Ulta stores, I tried duping these nude creme lipsticks just by looking at shades online. With some categories like face products and skincare, it’s easier to find dupes without actually swatching the products because you can read ingredients and compare claims etc. But with lipstick colors, I felt like I HAD to swatch these in person to get the best dupes possible. So I held off on the post even though I had made a handy cheat sheet of all the potential dupes I had found online. I was doing my homework y’all!
Recently I had a chance to visit Ulta in person to swatch these babies myself. I will say that, through the online research, some of my dupes (without ever seeing the swatches in person) was 100% right and others were…totally off haha. Which is why I’m glad I waited!
I will insert the side-by-side comparisons of all 8 KKW nude creme shades with their dupes on my actual arms so you can see for yourself.
Now let me make my disclaimer now….I duped the SHADE and not the formula so you will see that the colors for each nude lipstick and dupe are nearly identical but the finishes may not be the same. Some dupes might be matte, some might be satin and others glossy.
It would be nearly impossible to dupe both the shade AND formula unless I had about every affordable brand and lip collection at my disposable to swatch until my arms bled. So with this KKW collection, I felt like the nude shades were the most unique part of this line vs the formula. Hence why I wanted to find shade dupes to get the same color effect.
And the good thing is you can tweak the finish easier than you can tweak the shade. If the dupe is a matte finish, just swipe on a little clear gloss or balm and you are good to go! If the dupe is too glossy, tap on a mattifying lip topper to tone down the shine a bit like this one here!
You see it’s so much easier to change the finish to match the creaminess of the KKW lipsticks than it would be to change the color. This KKW Nude collection was really unique and ultra-inclusive of so many different skin tones. But I just had a feeling that those shades existed somewhere in the affordable lipstick world and I took on the job of finding those for you. Mission accomplished (even though I assigned it to myself haha!)
So if you were hoping to try out the KKW nude lipsticks but didn’t want to pay $18 per lipstick or $144 for all 8 in the collection, I totally get it. Save your money and get the look for less with these KKW Beauty Nude Creme lipstick dupes.
Even if you bought all 8 of these dupes, it would only cost you $66.45 vs $144 for the entire KKW Nude collection.
For reference, I grabbed the shade descriptions for each nude lipstick off the KKW website so you can see how each one is described.
Nude 1: Light pinky nude
Nude 2: Warm light nude
Nude 3: Mid-tone terracotta
Nude 4: Mid-tone cool nude
Nude 5: Mid-tone rosy nude
Nude 6: Deep brown nude
Nude 7: Mocha nude
Nude 8: Deep chocolate nude
Since the launch of the original 8 shades, they have extended the line to include three extra shades – 1.5, 2.5 and 3.5 which are all in-between shades to the originals. I saw these new ones in store as well but just stuck to duping the original 8. The three new ones were so close to the original Nude 1, 2 and 3 thatI didn’t feel like it was really worth it to dupe those as well.
One last thing before the pictures and dupes – I’ve included a bonus dupe here and there where I found a second dupe that was just as close. That way if one of the dupes is sold out or you can’t find it, you have a backup to try!
KKW BEAUTY NUDE CREME LIPSTICK DUPES
DUPE: NYX Lingerie Gloss “Bare With Me” – $7.50
DUPE: Maybelline Color SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color “Driver” – $9.49
DUPE: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte “Nude Embrace” – $8.49
BONUS DUPE: Milani Color Statement Lipstick “Bahama Beige” -$5.99
DUPE: NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick “Sandstorm” – $7.00
DUPE: NYX Lip Lingerie Push Up Lipstick “Push Up” – $9.00
BONUS DUPE: NYX Lip Lingerie Push Up Lipstick “Bedtime” – $9.00
Both NYX shades were very similar to each other and almost identical to Nude 5
DUPE: Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes “Raw Chocolate” – $7.99
BONUS DUPE: L’Oreal Colour Riche Satin “Brazil Nut” – $7.12
DUPE: L’Oreal Colour Riche Ultra Matte “He Thinks He’s Matte-Cho” – $10.99
Honestly, I think I got pretty spot on with the shades considering I was working with what my local Ulta store had in stock and some of the testers weren’t available.
Here are swatches of all the KKW nude alongside each dupe.
Nude 1 – the dupe is a spot on shade match but as you can tell, the finish of the NYX dupe is a gloss. But if you use a lip mattifier like I mentioned above or even some translucent powder, you can tone down the shine if you want a more satin finish.
Nude 2 – nearly identical in shade and finish
Nude 3 – nearly identical in shade and finish
Nude 4 – nearly identical in shade and finish
Nude 5 – nearly identical in shade and finish
Nude 6 – the Maybelline dupe is just sliiiiightly warmer in tone but they are so close. I also included the swatch of the bonus dupe for this one (pictured below) which is Nude 6 compared to Brazil Nut because I also thought this one was worth seeing in person. They are nearly identical in shade and finish.
Nude 7 – nearly identical in shade and finish
Nude 8 – the shades aren’t 100% exactly the same but as close as I could get! This shade was definitely the hardest to find a dupe for because there just weren’t many options this deep and this brown. I so wish I could have swatched the bonus dupe for this one – NYX “After Hours” – because I have a feeling it could have been slightly better but oh well. Maybe you can swatch for yourself if you find a tester in store.
Zoomed out view of Nude 1-4 from top to bottom with dupes underneath each.
Zoomed out view of Nude 5-8 from top to bottom with dupes underneath each.
Are you excited to get the KKW look for less?! I hope these dupes were helpful. If you have a collection or item you want a dupe for, leave me a comment letting me know and I will add it to my list!
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Photos from KKWBeauty.com