I love lipsticks, one could even say I have a lipstick obsession. I find it funny that lipsticks were one of my last makeup discoveries because they have become my favorite makeup product. I have been wearing makeup since I was 13, but I didn’t really start using lipstick until I was about 16 years old. Yet ever since my very first lipstick purchase (Revlon’s Lip Butter in Peach Parfait since been discontinued) I have been obsessed. I think what really draws me to lipsticks is that they are the easiest way to completely change your makeup look. The difference between a nude and a dark lip is vast, and can change your natural look into something bold and daring. I must admit that I counted up my lipstick collection recently and I own more than 50 lipsticks and that number continues to grow. That number and the fact that it’s growing probably seems excessive to you (and why wouldn’t it, it’s ridiculous) but that number is ridiculously large because lipsticks are the products I buy first. Whenever I’m trying out a new brand I tend to purchase their lipsticks first, I do this because trying out their lipsticks tends to give me a sense of the brand and the quality of their products. To me lipsticks are the most noncommittal purchase because if you don’t like it you can take it off immediately whereas with a foundation, to take off the product you have to remove all of the makeup on your face and start from scratch. This kind of reasoning has increased the number of lipsticks in my collection, but has given me a chance to try a lot of products which helps me in informing you which are worth it and which ones are best to skip. In this post I have written about my favorite luxury lipsticks that are worth the money.
In my opinion Tom Ford makes some of the best lipsticks on the market. There are many different formulas to choose from but my favorite is the original Tom Ford’s Lip Color because of its comfortable satin texture and its longevity. I have this formula in the shades Flamingo (a bright pink), Scarlet Rouge (a deep red), and Negligée (a pinky brown) which all retail for $53. This is a really high price, but don’t fear because you can also purchase the mini Lips & Boys (0.07 oz compared to 0.1 oz) which are available in most of the full size shades in multiple formulas and are less of shock at $36. That’s still a lot of money but considering most lipsticks expire before being fully used it’s not a bad idea to have many mini lipsticks as opposed to fewer full size tubes. You can also sometimes purchase Tom Ford lipsticks at the Cosmetic Company Store (found at outlet malls) who sell department store’s overstocked items at a discounted price. All of my Tom Ford lipsticks were purchased here and I got them for around $35, but they don’t always have them in stock or in the color you want, so keep a look out anytime you go to the outlet mall.
One of my favorite lipsticks I own is Chanel’s Rouge Allure in 135 Énigmatique ($37). What drew me to this lipstick was because it is Chanel, it’s formula, and the packaging. That might sound weird but I get so much joy every time I open up this tube of lipstick. It is in a sleek black case with a gold top engraved with the Chanel logo, and to open it you press the gold top and the lipstick case pops open (this is seriously my favorite thing ever). Again this is a high price for a lipstick but the formula makes up for the cost. It has a nice satin texture that lasts for hours and the color payoff is fantastic. This is a great treat to purchase and is one I turn to time and time again.
One of my favorite everyday lipsticks is Lancôme’s Juicy Shaker in 381 Mangoes Wild ($21). The packaging is a bit gimmicky but I am a sucker for packaging, so I love opening it all the time. It comes in a cocktail shaker like package so when you use it you shake it to dispense the product onto the applicator which is a sponge tip somewhat reminiscent of cushion foundations. The color is great for everyday because it has a your lips but better color and texture. The best way to describe it is as a lip gloss/lip stain hybrid because it is a thin water-like texture that never feels sticky on the lips. It goes on with a shine but it quickly fades to something more natural, and after you put it on it feels like you’re not wearing anything which is completely different from any lip gloss or lip stain I have ever used. The price is also a little less shocking to your wallet and considering how often I wear it it’s definitely worth the price.
Another everyday favorite of mine is Dior’s Dior Addict Lip Glow in Pink ($33). I have recently finished my second tube of this lipstick because I really do wear it all the time. The texture is similar to a really intense lip balm but leaves a pretty pink color on the lips. What is unique about this particular lip product is that the color of the pink is determined by the pH levels of your skin, so in other words you get your very own personal shade of pink. I use this nearly everyday because it leaves my lips incredibly hydrated with a natural lip color that looks good in any season with any outfit. I can assure you I’m going to purchase this for a third time as soon as possible.
Another favorite of mine is Dior’s Dior Addict Lipstick in 976 Be Dior ($35). This is the shade from the add campaign with Jennifer Lawrence from a few years ago which is perfect. It is a pink berry shade with a little bit of glitter that leaves a nice shine to the lips but without the typical grit that most lipsticks containing glitter have. The color payoff is excellent and will last a really long time, so you won’t need to worry about reapplying too much throughout the day. The bright shade is perfect for spring and summer, but I’ll admit I’ll wear it in any season because the formula is so comfortable to wear.
Burberry’s Burberry Kisses Lipstick in No. 17 English Rose ($34) is another great luxury lipstick. I think of this as a classic lipstick formula because of it’s hydrating satiny texture which delivers a comfortable feel for everyday wear. Burberry has a wide range of shades to choose from with my current favorite being English Rose which is a great everyday nude shade being a light pink with brown undertones. I like that I can wear this on a daily basis with any outfit during any season. This is a great lipstick to pick up if your looking for a classic formula, but what really sells this to me is the packaging. This comes in a metal tube with the classic Burberry check pattern and has a magnetic closure which is delightful to play with whenever you pull this out of your handbag for a touchup. If you happen to spot this while shopping in a store you should definitely check it out.
I purchased Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo in Gold/Sour Cherry and in Rose Gold/Fig ($14) over the holidays because I found the unique effects of the metallic color over the normal shade of lipstick intriguing. These are easy to apply especially given the small size, and the metallic color creates a nice finish that is different from the lipsticks you already own. I also like that if you want to wear a more typical shade you can apply only the base color but for something more special you apply both. These are great for travel and is perfect for special occasions.
Another favorite of mine is Juice Beauty’s Phyto-Pigments Liquid Lip in 18 Gwyneth ($24). I decided to try this because it is an all natural product and because I don’t actually have an excessive amount of liquid lipsticks (crazy right). I really like the smooth formula and great color payoff, but I prefer applying a little bit with the applicator and then smoothing the product with my finger so I can achieve a more even layer of product, when I don’t do this it tends to deposit a thick layer that feels excessive to me. The shade Gwyneth is perfect for fall and winter because of it’s deep berry color and delivers enough hydration to wear everyday.
In my opinion some of the easiest lipsticks to apply are Nars’ Lip Pencils, my favorites being Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella ($26) and Nars’ Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien ($26). The pencil form makes applying bold colors easy so you won’t need to clean up afterward. The lasting power of both the matte and satin formulas are excellent and hydrating enough for everyday wear. I really like both of the shades I own because Cruella is a really deep blue toned red that is perfect for bold looks in fall and winter while Rikugien is a pinky rose that has a your lips but better color that is great for everyday. If you decide to give these a go, make sure you own a pencil sharpener large enough for these (Nars makes a good one) because you will need to sharpen them fairly regularly.
Those are all of my favorite luxury lipsticks and I hope this has inspired you to give some of them a go, and I hope you like them as much as I do. If you enjoyed reading this post please follow my blog, like this post, and let me know about your favorite luxury lipsticks by commenting below.