Top 10 of 2013: Best Lipglosses

When it comes to lipgloss, I personally fall in love with two types:  insanely pigmented, nearly opaque colors or glimmering, dazzling, sparkling, and shimmering ones–but they have to be loaded with sparkle (and yet, they can’t feel gritty!).  Over the years, while stickiness isn’t a deal-breaker, I don’t like heavy, thick, goopy kind of glosses.  Reflecting on glosses I’ve tested out this past year, here were the ones I picked for my top ten!

What were your must-have lipglosses from 2013?

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain

YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark orange with strong warm, red undertones and a glossy finish. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Knockout (LE, $15.00) is slightly redder. See comparison swatches. If you really want to replicate the color and finish, I would recommend going for an orange-red lipstick and adding a little gloss on top (here are some orange lipsticks to consider).

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YSL Orange de Chine (8) Glossy Stain

YSL Corail Aquatique (7) & Pink Taboo (103) Glossy Stains

YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, orange-coral with a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque color coverage, applied evenly overall, and wore for six and a half hours when I tested it. While worn, it was lightly hydrating. YSL Corail Fauve (12) (P, $34.00) is darker, redder. YSL Corail Hold Up (105) (P, $34.00) is shimmery.Marc Jacobs Beauty Paint It (202) (P, $28.00) is pinker. Revlon Kiss Me Coral (P, $7.99) is slightly pinker. MAC Whoops (P, $19.50) is more muted. MAC Geo Pink (LE, $20.00) is shimmery. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is pinker. Burberry Brick Red (P, $27.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

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YSL Corail Aquatique (7) Glossy Stain

YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain

YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain ($36.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark fuchsia magenta–there are hints of purple to it but once applied to lips and it settles in, it looks more fuchsia and less purple. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $27.00) is shimmery. NARS Mexican Rose (P, $24.00) is less magenta. MAC Full Speed Ahead (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is pinker, shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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YSL Violine Surrealiste (26) Glossy Stain

YSL La Laque Couture Colour Collection at Selfridges

YSL La Laque Couture Colour Collection
YSL La Laque Couture Colour Collection

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté are bringing a kaleidoscope of colour to the Christmas season with the highly exclusive and indulgent La Laque Couture Colour Collection; the entire collection of La Laque Couture nail polish in one beautiful, sleek and luxurious black acrylic box. Enjoy a rainbow of iconic YSL colours, with 24 timeless shades to express one’s mood, style and femininity. Each shade embodies a story, a desire, an adventure or an irresistible impulse. With the La Laque Couture Colour Collection, the YSL woman can change her enamel as often as she changes her handbag or shoes. The La Laque Couture Colour Collection. The ultimate gift this Christmas.

Availability: Selfridges, YSL UK, Brown Thomas (€450.00) — I have been waiting to see if it pops up all over the world, but it seems fairly exclusive — wish it would make its way here!

YSL La Laque Couture Colour Collection
YSL La Laque Couture Colour Collection

YSL Fuchsia Tomboy (104) Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain

YSL Fuchsia Tomboy (104) Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a medium fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft gold shimmer. The shimmer is subtle, and it really seems to add depth the fuchsia, making it redder in a way. None of the following similar shades are stains, so they wear differently, but I picked them for similarity in overall look. Giorgio Armani #523 (P, $29.00) is glossier, less shimmery. Guerlain Illusion (660) (LE, $35.00) is not quite as glossy. Revlon Sorbet (P, $7.49) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

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YSL Fuchsia Tomboy (104) Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain
YSL Rebel Nudes Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Fuchsia Tomboy (104)
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Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
94%