Liquid lippies, creams and stains, lipsticks with matte finishes, glossy shimmers, metallic hues and more – we want them all! It’s time to pucker up ’cause we’ve selected the top 14 lipsticks that’ll bring out the best in your pout.
NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick, $15With a highly pigmented, creamy formula that gives you the perfect pucker in just one swipe, the NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick feels extremely comfortable and non-drying on the lips despite having a matte finish. While they’re touted to be extremely long-wearing, you’ll have to keep it handy for after meal touch-ups.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $31Like the rest of the world, we fell in love with Kat Von D’s highly pigmented Everlasting Liquid Lipstick at first swipe. A matte finish liquid lippie, this cult favourite packs a punch with its long-wearing, non-drying formula which contains vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax to keep our pout comfortably well-moisturised. And no matter what you’re doing throughout the day, this best-seller will stay smudge-proof, flawless through it all!
Catrice Ombre Two Tone Lipstick, $9.50Fans of the ombre lip trend should take Catrice’s version for a spin. While it has a considerably shorter wear as compared to the others on this list, this lippie makes up for it with a creamy, Argan oil-infused formula that leaves the lips feeling super moisturised. It also applies pretty smoothly, with application made easier thanks to its diamond-shaped tip that traces the contours of the lip easily.
LANEIGE Silk Intense Lipstick, $36
One of the most hydrating lipsticks in the market, the LANEIGE Silk Intense lipstick features a newly-revamped formula that glides onto your lips perfectly. It is also one of the longer wearing lippies from LANEIGE’s lip collection thanks to the brand’s ultra-micronised pigment technology that packs pigments densely to ensure vibrant staying power.
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, $29
Coming in a whopping 120 shades, the Urban Decay Vice lipstick collection guarantees there’s a colour for everyone. The lipsticks are formulated with Aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and abassu oils to soften lips and Illipe butter to provide long-lasting moisture as well as Vitamin C and vitamin E. True enough, the formulas provide a smooth finish along with awesome pigmentation.
essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick, $3.50
More on the sheer and glossy side, essence’s lipstick is a great translucent topper above your normal lipstick for the extra shine. Low in colour transfer, it also acts like a tinted balm that gives you a pop of colour for days where you do not want to wear anything too heavy. Definitely an affordable thrill for lovers of sheer, lightweight lipsticks!
Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick, $22Sephora often dishes out products that are surprisingly impressive and their Rouge Cream lipstick collection is no different. Aside from the affordable price (and its sleek packaging), the formula is the best part of these lipsticks. As the name suggests, they’re ultra creamy, insanely pigmented and very long lasting. The semi-matte cream product sits comfortably on your lips too, making them easy to wear on long days.
M.A.C. Liptensity, $39
If you love the rich pigment and saturated color of matte lipsticks or liquid lipsticks but abhor the dried out matte look, the Liptensity lip colors will give you that full coverage without causing your lips to become flaky. One thing to note, they do transfer, so it is advisable to use a lip primer before applying the lipsticks and you’ll be good to go!
THEFACESHOP Moisture Touch Lipstick, $19.90
Hugged by a sleek gunmetal grey packaging, THEFACESHOP’s Moisture Touch Lipstick are moisturising and creamy enough to not place any emphasis on any dry patches of your pucker. It lasts up to four hours and is very concentrated, holding up the colour well. However, it does have a slight floral scent to it and if you are generally uncomfortable with scents in your makeup products, this may be a little off-putting for you.
shu uemura Rogue Unlimited Supreme Matte, $38 –> Reader’s Choice
As much as we love matte formulas, matte lipsticks often can go very wrong when the formula starts to dry out and tug at your lips. That is not the case when you use shu uemura’s Supreme Matte formula that’s infused with Jojoba oil. It gives the extreme matte effect without wicking away moisture, leaving you with superb comfort all day.
ETUDE HOUSE Dear My Glass Tinting Lips-Talk, $15.90
Lightweight and glossy, this lipstick from ETUDE HOUSE feels more like a lip balm-tint than anything else. High-shine with low concentration of colour, you can build up your hue easily. And ETUDE HOUSE nailed their packaging too because you can now customise your lip casing, and then replace the lipstick with another refill when you’re done – an ingenious idea that’s environmentally-friendly at the same time!
Maybelline Colour Jolt Intense Lip Paint, $9.90
The formula of this Maybelline Colour Jolt is perfect – it applies smoothly, evenly, and flawlessly with the slanted sponge applicator. The color is pigmented on a single stroke and only gets bolder with each application without the fear of the product going sticky, tacky, or flaking up. The color remains smooth and weightless with a very creamy, lightly hydrating consistency that’s pleasant and comfortable to wear.
Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss, $42
Glossy lips are in trend right now and the Marc Jacobs lipgloss could not be more apt now than before. Coming in a wide range of 18 shades, you are sure to find a gloss that fits your everyday lip colour. Although these glosses are sheer, you’d be comforted to know that they have a relatively long staying power when untouched for hours. The metallic shimmer shades have better coverage with slightly more pigment. These are sure to give you the extra boost you need for the day.
The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid, $18
The formula for these Lip Liquids are amazing, because they are all pretty lightweight. The formula varies for all five shades in the collection, with the darker colours being more patchy and uneven compared to the nude shades. Lining your lips before applying the product can help fix this problem and otherwise, it is a reliable lippie that delivers the matte effect without drying out your lips.
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