The Best Lipsticks With Gorgeous Color to Punch Up Your Look
By Megan McIntyre
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Whether you go for a statement red, a modern nude or a wild violet, there’s no other makeup that can transform your appearance quite like a beautiful lipstick.
While there are literally hundreds of thousands to choose from, the best lipsticks are the ones that have great color payoff, glide on smooth, don’t smudge and keep their intensity throughout the day. And, if they also happen to have lip-healthy benefits, well then, all the better.
We kept all of those attributes in mind when finding the best lipsticks to buy online right now.
From flower-powered natural picks to a drugstore buy that just won’t quit, here are the best lipsticks to add to your makeup bag today.
Literally one swipe of this creamy lipstick gives you full-coverage color and is infused with plumping and hydrating ingredients that make it feel plush and creamy. Despite how good it feels, this Estee Lauder lipstick somehow manages to be longwear, too -- you can go from the conference room to cocktails without having to reapply. Every time you wear it, expect a compliment.
This iconic liquid lipstick lives up to its name quite literally — we’ve worn it a full 16 hours straight and after eating two full meals, countless cups of coffee and water and wiping our mouths with napkins, it still looked as fresh at bedtime as it did when we first applied. And, thanks to the Vitamin E and avocado oil-enriched formula, we didn’t experience any of the dry lip effects you typically get with other longwear shades. With an array of finishes and shades, ranging from demure shimmering pink to intensely matte fire-engine red, you’ll find your biggest issue is figuring out which one you want to commit to.
If you like matte lipstick, this NYX lipstick is your holy grail. Makeup artists rave about how easy it is to work with, outperforms a lot of the pricier brands and comes in 45 unique shades. It won’t dry out and a little goes a very long way with this full-coverage lipstick. And, at $6 a pop, you can afford to stock up.
For those who prefer their color a little more on the subtle side, these balm-like lipsticks from Lancôme are a match made in makeup heaven. They are ultra-creamy and conditioning, practically melting onto the lips and drenching them in conditioning rose oils. While they might feel like a balm, they still deliver high-impact color that’s attention-grabbing without being too bold.
Origins takes natural to the next level with their flower-infused conditioning lipsticks. That’s right, each of these lip colors contains the crushed petals and flower waxes of over a dozen flowers, from lavender to rose, repurposed and recycled from perfumeries to give them their unique texture and soft feel on the lips. They’ve also got conditioning wildflower honey to keep lips healthy and essential oils to scent them. All of this and they provide intense color in one swipe, so your lips are in full bloom and petal-soft.
As the founding editor of beauty bible Allure, Linda Wells has seen it all. Meaning she knows the difference between good and “OMFG” makeup. Her Flesh brand is full of covetable cosmetics, but it’s the compact lip color that has us in awe. Meant to be applied with your finger, so you can “push” the color into your pout for a soft-focus effect, the color payoff of this velvety formula is intense and absolutely budge-proof. Make sure you’ve got a good makeup remover on hand, especially if you go for the epic burgundy Firm shade.
Each product has been selected, and each product’s style has been reviewed, by our editorial team; however, we may receive affiliate commissions from some links to products on this page. Prices listed are subject to change by the retailer.