Liquid, Matte, MAC, Nude & Long Lasting
Hello and welcome to my little lipstick website! I’ve been a lipstick fan for as long as I can remember. Like so many other little girls out there, my mom would indulge me by applying lipstick so I could feel like a big girl. At the time, I couldn’t explain the feeling; I just knew that lipstick made me feel like ten feet tall and that I was ready to rule the playground! I was hooked. My Mom’s a former beauty queen – she’s an expert in all things makeup and she taught me everything she knows over the years. I have also been able to experiment with lots of lipsticks in different textures and shades, so now I believe I know a thing or two about lipstick; more than the average person.
Top 20 Best Lipsticks Reviewed
I’ve created this website to share what I know about lipstick and, hopefully, along the way I will be able to inspire you with my tips and tricks as well as my reviews and informational articles. To start, I’ve put together a list of the 20 best lipsticks today, so let’s get right into it.
Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte – Pink Velvet
Wow! That will no doubt be your first reaction when you open your Lime Crime Velvetine liquid Matte Lipstick in Pink Velvet. The color is a beautiful, very bold pink that will have even the most bold-color averse people thinking again about making a switch.
The Lime Crime Velvetine has a true matte texture. It goes on liquid, but dries to a velvet like matte finish. It’s a non-drying lipstick though, so it does not crack up on the lips. And even though it’s a matte lipstick, it has a nice texture and goes on very smoothly. The Pink Velvet is non-transferring, so it won’t leave marks on cups, clothes, and the like. It also has a long-wearing formula, and in most customer reviews women agree that it will indeed last for a fairly long time.
Vegan & Cruelty Free
It’s a “kind” product in that the Lime Crime team try to make sure that it does not use any animal derivatives or harm any animals to give us this great lipstick. In addition, it is said that they use only vegan ingredients, so the only crime here would be to not get the bodacious Pink Velvet for your lipstick collection.
VINCENT LONGO Paula Dorf Rejuvenating Lip Color, Sexy Lady
Vincent Longo’s Velvet Riche is a rich, creamy lipstick. Its lovely texture is what drew me to this lipstick and the color, Sexy Lady, is great. I would describe it as a cross between pink and mauve, and when it is applied it has a fresh, natural look. Even though it’s not considered a hardcore long-wearing lipstick, this one lasts for hours, even if you have a snack here or there.
But back to the amazing texture of this lipstick. Vincent Longo’s Velvet Riche is super creamy, so it will cling to your lips when applied and you are less likely to have lipstick bleed with this product. It’s packed with essential oils, aloe vera, and Vitamin E, which allows it to provide some serious moisture that lasts throughout the day. These ingredients sit in a beeswax base that is key to making your color look fresh all day long. Sexy Lady also has an aromatic vanilla fragrance which is pleasant when the lipstick is being applied but, as you may know, the fragrance may not last all that long.
The anti-aging properties of this lipstick make it really stand out. In addition to the amazing moisturizers, this formula contains collagen and hyaluronic acid filling spheres. These ingredients firm the lips and help to keep them looking fresh and plump. Don’t be fooled by the anti-aging properties, though – this lipstick is suitable for people of all ages.
MAC Russian Red Matte Lipstick
A red lipstick is a classic look that has stood the test of time. We have seen that many Hollywood icons of years past wore the shade, and today it’s still the signature look of many stars. MAC’s Matte in Russian Red is today’s choice for a bold color.
I love love love this red lipstick from MAC! It has a nice rich red hue that looks classy and sophisticated when you put it on. Russian Red has a blueish undertone that’s flattering for most skin tones, so most of us can feel confident in buying this color. The blue undertone is also great for brightening your smile as it makes your teeth look whiter, too. Another great thing about it is that it lasts relatively long when applied. Just make sure that you properly apply it and it will last you for several hours without having to be touched up.
Matte Yet Smooth
This lipstick has a matte finish, but with an ever-so-subtle shine that is what gives it the glam look. Its texture though is not as waxy as traditional matte lipsticks so it won’t cake on your lips. Russian Red has moisturizers too, so it doesn’t dry your lips as matte lipsticks often do. The creamy texture of this matte lipstick makes it easy to glide on as it is being applied.
LIP INK Shine Moisturizer Organic Vegan Lip Gloss
Everywhere consumers are becoming more aware of what goes into making the products that they buy and use. Products like this LIP INK shine organic moisturizing lip gloss that are vegan and free of certain types of ingredients are becoming ever more popular as a result. If you prefer that your lip gloss is vegan, this is an excellent option that is kosher as well as cruelty free.
Over or Under
This vegan lip gloss from the LIP INK brand can be used as much more than just a regular lip gloss. It can actually be used as either a base conditioner under your lip color or over it to give your lip stain a shiny, high gloss look. You also have the option of using it both ways and applying a coat under your lip stain as well as over it.
Lip Stain Ecosystem
Do not be fooled into thinking that just because this is a vegan lip gloss it is very basic and unable compete with other glosses on the market. In fact, this is a thoughtfully designed, technologically advanced lip gloss. It was designed to be used with two other LIP INK products to give you lip color that is 100% smearproof. When used together with these other products they form what is know as the LIP INK smearproof lip stain ecosystem.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Vampira
Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira is a rich and vibrant shade. It’s the color that pulls you in, making you give it second look. It’s a matte lipstick that is also long wearing with its creamy consistency.
If you are looking for a vibrant blood red shade, you should seriously consider trying Vampira. It’s described as a deep reddish burgundy by the Kat Von D team but it looks like a true to life blood red when applied. The rich pigment looks fantastic when you put it on and it is totally opaque so, generally, you don’t need to apply more than one coat. The lipstick applies like a gloss but dries completely to a luxurious matte finish. There is always a concern that that matte lipstick will be drying and appear cakey after a while. Kat Von D’s Vampira takes care of these concerns by infusing their formula with natural oils and emollients like Vitamin E and sunflower seed oil, so you will not have to worry about dry lips or cracking lipstick.
As the name suggests, Kat Von D Everlasting Vampira is a long-wearing lipstick. You can wear it five to six hours before you need to touch it up, and that’s with doing everything you need to do; eating, talking, whatever – this lipstick stays in place.
Lotus Pure Organics Classic Red Natural Lipstick
While ingredients in today’s lipsticks are generally safe, some of us may want to use products that are organic, using as many natural products as possible in the ingredients and at the same time ensuring that you are using a cruelty-free product. If this is what you are looking for, then you would have found it in Lotus Pure Organics Natural Lipstick. It is super shiny and the color is a very vibrant, classic red.
Lotus Pure uses almost 100% natural ingredients in its lipsticks, but in case you’re wondering, the quality is just as good and in some cases better than a lot of the non-organic lipsticks out there. The lineup of ingredients will make you want to try out the Lotus Pure Organics because based on what’s in it, it’s almost like a spa treatment for your lips. So many great oils are used, like coconut, castor, jojoba, sunflower seed, and rosehip seed, in addition to emollients like shea butter and cocoa butter. With a lineup like that, your lips can only be super-moisturized, soft and supple. While the lipstick is not marketed as an anti-aging formula, many of its ingredients are also used in anti-aging lipsticks, so there is that benefit as well.
Nice Texture and Long Lasting
This lipstick has a great texture, almost a satin-like feel, but at the same time the sheen is very good. Lotus Pure also uses beeswax in its formula. The beeswax helps with the long-lasting effect, and many reviewers have confirmed that Lotus Pure lasts all day even after having meals or snacks.
Queen Lipstick, Frog Prince for Women
If you are looking for a fun lipstick that gives you superior moisture, you can’t go wrong with Lipstick Queen’s Frog Prince.
Frog Prince delivers on its promise to provide superior moisture for your lips. Its formula contains the Shea butter and Vitamin E known to provide superior moisture while soothing and protecting your lips. It also has a “secret” weapon in the form of castor oil. Castor oil is a moisturizing agent that has been used for centuries because of the high moisture it provides. It is also known for improving the general condition of the skin. What’s great with this lipstick is that despite the intense moisture that it provides, it does not have that heavy feel or cakey appearance that is common with other brands; it’s very light on the lips.
Fun Color Transformation
While the moisture level in Frog Prince is great, it is the fun factor of its color-changing formula that attracts many of the customers that use it. The lipstick is green in the tube and green when first applied, but then it quickly transforms color to a pink tint. The shade of pink that it transforms into depends on your skin’s pH level and tone. Customers say it appears as a very light pink tint while others report that it appears red on them. Personally, it appears as a deep shade of pink when I apply it. It also has a wet and glossy look and wears like a sheer tint, and can even be worn over other shades of lipstick.
Glory Of New York Paraben Free / Mineral Base Cream
This brand is fairly new on the market and, as the name suggests, Glory of New York’s (GNY) lipsticks are paraben-free and lead-free, so that’s two fewer things to worry about when wearing their fabulous lipstick!
Glory of New York has a nice emollient-rich formula that keeps your lips moisturized for hours. Included in the ingredients are a combination of essential oils and emollients to provide the rich moisture for your lips. They take a multi-level approach to make sure that your lips get what they need to look and feel their best. Moisture retention is targeted by using jojoba oil in the lipstick, while grapeseed oil, shea butter, and Vitamins A, E, and F revitalize, soften, and help maintain the moisture balance on the lips. Ingredients like avocado oil help to maintain elasticity, and Vitamin E works as an anti-oxidant – great for revitalizing the lips while providing moisture. It’s all of these goodies that makes the lipstick so easy to apply as it very creamy and it goes on very smoothly. Another good thing about it is that it does not have that waxy feel to it when applied, nor does it dry into a cakey mess.
Lipsticks, though, are essentially about color and GNY in Magenta delivers on this with its rich pigments that come from natural minerals, oxides, and pigments. The color is so vivid, but yet it still looks so natural when you put it on.
Glory of New York is a long-lasting lipstick. It will last up to 12 hours in some cases, although many reviews suggest that it might have a slightly shorter wear time.
MAKE Cosmetics Best Silk Cream Lipstick, Maraschino Cherry
MAKE Cosmetics Silk Cream lipstick has a smooth formula that promises to condition your lips while saturating them with intensely pigmented, feather-resistant color. Its texture makes it easy to apply and it has a “comfortable” ( if we can use that word to describe lipstick) feel to it.
The Maraschino Cherry is a true shade of red. It has that authentic look as it the undertone seems to be a pinkish orange, which is why I think that this shade stands out. While this is a red-red lipstick, MAKE gets the pigmentation just right as it doesn’t overpower or come off as too bright; it hits just the right tone. How long does it last? You may be asking – MAKE Cosmetics in Maraschino Cherry will last for several hours without the need for frequent touch ups. As with all lipsticks, it’s recommended that you prime your lips prior to application. This lipstick is also marketed as being feather resistant. Other customers have said that it is true to its promise of not feathering when applied.
MAKE does a good job with this one, making sure that your lips are hydrated and conditioned. With ingredients such as rosehip, soybean and safflower oils it’s easy to see why your lips feel so great when wearing this lipstick. They also use aloe and chamomile extracts that add even more conditioning elements, while the antioxidant vitamins in the formula are also very important for the conditioning effect of the lipstick.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Review, Bacca
Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is a matte, long wearing lipstick that has a creamy formula that provides a bold and vibrant shade to last for up to six hours of continuous wear.
Weightless Formula That Lasts
Some matte lipsticks can and sometimes do feel a little heavy on the lips and will give a you cakey look when applied. Not so with Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid. The texture is very light, having a weightless feel to it so it’s easily applied and very easy to wear. This color, Bacca, is beautiful.
It’s like a berry red, so it’s not an all-red lipstick; it’s more of a cross between vivid red and berry red hues, and the result is that it is a wonderful shade for most skin tones. It’s long wearing too – this lipstick really does as it says and stays on the lips and it does not transfer to other surfaces, nor does it bleed. Some reviewers say it wears like a lip stain in that it doesn’t budge after you apply it.
Matte lipsticks can be drying to the lips, but Stila takes care of that by making sure that its Stay All Day Liquid is enriched with oils and antioxidants; it softens the lips and they remain hydrated so they look and feel beautiful.
Free of Harsh Chemicals
You can wear the lipstick with confidence knowing that it’s not formulated with chemicals that can harm you. Its free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, and it does not use synthetic dyes in its formula.
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes, Committed
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Lip Color is a great liquid lipstick. It has a matte finish but with moisturizers, so while it has a full matte look your lips look and feel hydrated.
The Meet Matt(e) Hughes line has a smooth and creamy formula that goes on easily and then dries down to a great matte finish. You can be sure that this is a true long lasting lipstick as it will keep going strong hours after you apply it, lasting up to 9 hours with no touch ups needed. It is not one of those lipsticks that say that they are long lasting, just as long as you don’t eat or drink anything. For sure, you can go ahead and enjoy your meals without having to stress about the lipstick wearing off.
Committed is a berry red lipstick which on me seems to have a pinkish undertone with a subtle burnt orange somewhere in there as well. The pigmentation in this lipstick is superb. With its rich tone, it only takes one swipe for your lips to have the full impact color, so no second coat needed. One of the surprising things about this theBalm is the fragrance. It had an unexpected vanilla mint fragrance which made using it even more pleasant and made me want to go out and get a vanilla mint latte!
Max Factor Lipfinity for Women, Angelic
Max Factor’s Lipfinity is one of the best known brands out there, but is it worth the hype? We think that it is indeed worthy of your attention. This lipstick has been around for many years, so there’s been time to refine the formula; the result is that the color lasting effect is one of the best out there, no question about it.
Another one of my mom’s favorites, Lipfinity is applied using a two-step process, where you apply the color first and then follow up with a moisturizing top coat for moisture and shine. The effect here is that you have a “just applied” look all day long. Speaking of all day long, this lipstick wears so well! It lasts all day and through to the evening, so if you have an after work meet up or other plans your look is still good to go.
The dual formula provides you with a smooth sheer finish, so if you are a matte lover this one is not for you. The shine boosting moisturizing top coat gives it a nice sheen. Angelic’s tone is a very light berry hue with mauve undertones, but when applied it has a pinkish hue. It also has a little sparkle in there which gives it an oh-so-soft glittering effect, nothing that screams “look at me”, but enough to add a subtle brightening effect for your face.
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick Raise The Bar
The Bare Minerals brand is known for using natural minerals in its products. This is also true with its Marvelous Moxie Lipstick as minerals are added to a cocktail of essential oils to deliver to us an ultra-hydrating lipstick bursting with color.
Nourishes and Revitalizes
Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie has a very creamy texture and a rich satin finish. It is also ultra hydrating as oils such as jojoba, safflower, Abyssinian, and coconut oil are only some of the natural oils in the product. The benefit of this is that it is nourishes, repairs, and conditions as well as enhances beauty; Bare Minerals claims that up to 97% of women experienced an improvement in lip hydration after 48 hours. The minerals contained in the Marvelous Moxie are formulated to help your lips look fuller and more voluptuous and, according to customers, this is the feature that they most like about this lipstick. Those ingredients are usually more that you get in the average lipstick, but for Bare Minerals, it’s not enough. They just keep piling on the goodies because it also has an encapsulated vitamin A, C, and E complex that helps to deliver antioxidant defense so your lips are even more protected.
You really feel like Bare Minerals put everything into making this lipstick as the pigmentation in it so rich. The shade I tried, Raise the Bar, is described as a pearl plum which looks like a very rich berry shade when applied. But even though it’s rich, it doesn’t overpower. The color is outstanding and it’s also long lasting and non-transferring.
Kylie Jenner Metal Matte King K
Liquid Gold. That’s how I describe this new lipstick, the Kyle Jenner Metal Matte King K. You may think that it would be glossy, but it’s not; it has a matte finish and is very creamy, so it’s a breeze to apply.
Soft, Metallic Gold
Yes, gold makes a bold statement, but don’t be afraid to give this a try. The color has in it an incandescent pearl undertone that tones down the gold so it doesn’t appear garish. I will admit that I was a little unsure of trying this one but I was not disappointed with the outcome. The gold is one that will look good on most skin tones. If you do find that the gold tone does not suit you, I suggest that you layer King K with other lipsticks. Its looks great when you mix it with other colors as well.
The creamy texture of this matte lipstick is what helps to pull off its look. It maintains a true gold look, but because it’s matte, it’s not overpowering. Even when dry, it makes the lips feel nourished and smooth and maintains its shimmering metallic finish. Another plus is that it is a long-lasting lipstick, so you can look forward to it looking fabulous for hours on end.
L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire, Nude Ballet
L’Oreal has been around for more than a century and what that means is that any product they put out benefits from years and years of experience. We can see that experience in Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color as it’s as close to perfection in a gloss that you can get.
Wearing this lip gloss feels like an indulgent treat. Its formula contains five micro oils that hydrate and resurface your lips while providing healing properties. It is these oils too that make the gloss have its brilliant shine. However, despite all that moisture and shine being delivered to your lips by Color Riche, the lips gloss is not sticky. Most of us would have had an experience with super sticky gloss and how uncomfortable and unsightly that can be, but this super glossy lip color is not sticky at all.
Soft and Sophisticated
Nude Ballet is a very soft delicate shade, but it has a depth to it that is not usual in a nude lipstick; it would be difficult to find someone who couldn’t wear this shade. If you need a more intense effect, you can layer it to get a bolder look. The texture of the lip gloss is very smooth; the 3D shine gloss effect really makes it look great when applied and it does not smudge easily after application. As with all glossy lipsticks, this is not a long-wearing product – you will have to touch up at least once during the day, but for the benefits that the gloss provides I have a feeling that you may not think of reapplying as too much trouble.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Best Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Beverly Hills is arguably the most popular liquid lipstick out there today. The Company has a phenomenal following on Instagram and you can hardly get your hands on any of their lipsticks, they sell out so quickly. With all of that you know we had to find out if it is really as good as everyone is saying.
Ashton is one of their newest shades in the Anastasia Beverly Hills line. It has a matte finish and great pigment. The color, a caramel brown, is very intense and it is quite a bit darker on than it is in the tube, so you need only one swipe or layer to get you all the color that you need. It goes on easily and is a little more liquid in consistency when compared to other liquid lipsticks.
One of the benefits of matte lipsticks are their long-lasting quality and this lipstick is no different. It does last for a reasonable amount of time, maybe four or five hours, before you have to reapply.
Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick, Red Velvet
If you are looking for a versatile shade of red lipstick that is great for the office or a night out, Besame Cosmetics in Red Velvet is a good choice as it’s a very versatile color suitable for all occasions. This retro color is said to be the exact shade worn by the Hollywood elite many years ago. Retro or not, this shade works well today, and reviewers rate it highly as being richly pigmented and suitable for virtually all skin tones.
This semi-matte lipstick has several essential oils in its formula. It is also enriched with aloe vera and green tea as well as vitamins A, E, and C. Together, these ingredients ensure that it soothes and protects the lips while providing superior moisture.
I really like the packaging of this lipstick. We know that the lipstick itself is the main event, but this has got to be one of the most interesting packages on the market now. The case is gold plated and bullet shaped with a sophisticated flower design imprinted on it. We are told that it is reminiscent of the 1940s glamour era, and for sure you do feel like a star when you are using Besame Classic Red Velvet.
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips Review (Frick N’ Frack)
I just love this Frick and Frack Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips. It is almost identical to a shade that you would expect to find on a lip stain from Kylie’s line; rumor has it that she was “inspired” by this line, but you won’t have to spend the big bucks to get glamorous color when you purchase this affordably priced lip stain.
Everyone seems to be trying to get their hands on the new lip stains from Kylie Jenner’s lip line, but not everyone can or wants to pay designer prices for them. Fortunately for those who can’t afford the Kylie brand, this Colourpop lip stain is a super budget-friendly alternative. Get the same beautiful, trendy shades for less than half the price.
Do you desire ridiculously soft lips? Well, you are in luck because this lip stain is labeled “Ultra Satin Lips” for good reason. It is packed full of moisturizing ingredients to keep your lips hydrated, smooth, and soft all day long.
Clinique Different Lipstick .14 oz Full Size, Raspberry
Clinique is a trusted brand that has been around forever, and because it’s been here so long it has served more than one generation in my family. My Mom is really into Clinique Different in Raspberry Glace, and has been since before I made my appearance. That’s not to say that it’s only for the older folks though (sorry Mom!). This lipstick more than holds its own with millennials.
The great thing about this lipstick is its texture. It has a very creamy feel and it goes on really smoothly. It has an emollient-rich formula that keeps your lips super moisturized all day. When applied it has a very sheer, glossy look on the lips and this shade, Raspberry Glace, is very subtle. It seems to be a cross between red and pink, so it colors your lips and enhances your features like a lipstick should, but at the same time it’s not a very bold or overpowering shade. Clinique Different is also a long-lasting lipstick as it will wear evenly throughout the day without the need for frequent touch ups.
The Clinique brand has been known for years as providing hypo allergenic or, in other words, allergy-free products. Their products are also fragrance free, which is great for persons with sensitive skin or the tendency to be allergic to cosmetic products.
Manic Panic Lipstick – Cobweb Opalescents Luscious
Do you need to take your lip color to a whole new rock star level? This Manic Panic Lipstick will do just the trick. It is designed to be used to glam up your look to rock star status. It has a tough, hardcore rocker look on the exterior but also carefully chosen ingredients, including antioxidants, to leave your lips flawlessly soft and smooth.
Rock Star Color
You will surely turn heads when you wear this rockstar opalescent blue on its own, but it can also be worn in an understated manner as a base to your darker shade of lip stain. It can also be used to highlight other colors and bring out their fabulousness. Unleash your inner rock star with this luscious lipstick.
No Animal Testing
I prefer to know that my cosmetics are not tested on animals, so I absolutely love that this Manic Panic was not developed using any kind of animal testing. Cruelty-free cosmetics like these are the way of the future, at least I think so anyway, and once the product itself is good like this Manic Panic, I will give them my full support.
Estee Lauder Three-Piece Long-Lasting Lip Jewels Set
Estee Lauder is a well recognized name in the beauty industry and they consistently provide their customers with a stream of high quality, long lasting, and beautiful lip colors like the ones you will find in this reasonably-priced three piece set.
Three Times Beautiful
For the price you would normally pay for a single high quality lipstick you will actually get three separate different colors in this three piece set from Estee Lauder. The three colors are different yet complementary, and all are beautiful. The set includes the stylish lip shades of Blushing, Candy, and Fig.
The variety of colors in this trio are already great, but when you add to that the fact that they are packed with nurturing ingredients for your lips, this makes them even better. The ingredients make lips feel very soft and smooth without being oily. That means when you wear one of the three magnificent colors your lips will look great and feel great too.
Best of Luck
Now you have the most relevant details on my top 20 best lip stains and glosses. Whether you are shopping for yourself and just need some inspiration or you are looking for a gift for a fabulous female, you are sure to find that one of these will fit your needs. If you are still unsure about which lipstick to get you can check out my article on what to look for when buying lipsticks online. I hope you were able to get some helpful info on my little lipstick review site.