For some reason, these lip crayons from Natasha Denona caught my eye.

I just had to have them! I love the idea of just throwing on a bit of color with a pencil, especially for day wear, these days.

If you’re anything like me, you usually end up smearing lipstick over your face, teeth, or hands at the best of times. Or perhaps you are prone to your lipstick bleeding.

Well, these creamy matte lip pencils may be just what you are looking for.

There’s something about a no-nonsense nude lip color that gives you the definition and color you need, but in an understated, classic way.

So let’s take a look at the new (ish) Natasha Denona I Need A Nude Lip Crayon collection.

Natasha also recommends that you pair the crayon with a gloss or lipstick over the top if you like. Perhaps you want to check out some of my favorite Korean Lip Balms for this look. I think they’d pair beautifully!

The Classification

The range of nude tones in this collection is broken down into two main groups:

1. Neutral Pinks

2. Neutral Beiges

I like this classification because it makes it very easy to discern which grouping you may prefer, or a good starting point to work out which pencil or pencils may work best for your complexion.

And from the NP or NB label, they are further identified by a simple number system that I explore at the bottom of this post.

How to Choose the Right Shade for Your Skin Tone

With Natasha’s background as a makeup artist herself, it’s no surprise that she is active in sharing knowledge and educating her customers. Natasha herself provides the following advice when it comes to selecting the right nude lip product for your complexion.

If your own skin tone is Neutral to Cool – choose Beige Nudes

Or, if your own skin tone has a Yellow Undertone – try Pinks

And if your own skin tone is Warm to Orange Tone – take Your Pick!

Basically, what she is recommending is all about contrast. And complementing. Choose a color that both contrasts and complements your own skin tone and underlying complexion color.

The level of lightness or darkness of the crayon is left up to your own personal taste.


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Natasha Denona Nude Lip Crayon
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  • quick and easy application
  • subtle and natural color options
  • the pencil feels really in your hands
  • gorgeous rose gold packaging (yes, I’m a sucker for packaging!)
  • matte finish
  • smudge and budge-proof once it has set


  • the pencil tip can become blunt very quickly (apply the lip line outline first!)
  • some shades are quite brown-toned – if products oxidize on your lips, stick with the pinks!
  • may take some trial and error to find the right color for your skin tone

The Texture

The Natasha Denona I Need A Nude Lip Crayon goes on with a super smooth and creamy feel.

Once on the lips, it has a slightly tacky feel, and at this stage, it’s difficult for me to resist smacking my lips together as if to dry the product (even though it’s not really in need of drying).

Soon the tackiness passes as the product sets on the lips. And once this has occurred, it is quite difficult to shift the product at all.

The Ingredients

While each color of the range has a slightly different ingredient list (check here for a full ingredient list) it’s worth knowing the following about the crayons:

  • Vegan
  • D5 Free
  • Talc Free
  • Mineral Oil-Free
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Made In Italy

My favorite color of the entire range is in this set – NB5 Layla. I love it! Perhaps in summer, when my skin may be slightly darker than a skin tone version of translucent blue that it currently seems to appear from spending over 8 months indoors!!!

Shade by Shade – The Entire Natasha Denona “I Need A Nude” Lip Crayon Range

Neutral Pink Tones

Check out the pink tones within the range.

np 0.5 cleo

Neutral Pink Shade

np 2 ilona

Medium Neutral Pink Shade

np 2.5 liyan

Neutral Pink Shade

np 3 julia

Medium Dark Mauve.

p3 nina

Medium Dark Mauve.

p5 gaia

Medium Dark Mauve.

p6 emily


p7 renee


Neutral Beige Tones

nb1 michelle

Light Neutral Beige.

nude lip pencil

nb2 Noa

Medium Neutral Beige

nb3 dana

Medium Cool Neutral Beige.

nb3.5 Storme

Neutral Beige.

nb4 naya

Dark Warm Neutral Beige.

nb4.5 Luna

Natural Beige.

nb5 Lala

Deep Neutral Brown.

The Verdict

I feel like these lip products may easily become part of my daily routine.

It’s a big draw card for me to be able to apply something quickly and easily.

And these crayons are certainly quick and easy. Once you have found your color, that is.

It’s interesting just how challenging it can be to get a nude lip liner tone right on yourself. But once you have it, they are great for day and night, or just to make yourself feel presentable around the house each day.

And with that, there’s only one thing left to say – do you have your nude lip crayon?

Go out and get it!

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