Monday, December 31st, 2012

Top 10 of 2012: Lipsticks

There were actually a lot of fantastic lipsticks released this year! I already pulled up twenty that to consider for the top ten, and I had only reached August (I go backwards). There were 52 pages of lip product reviews to sift through (that’s 312 posts!), and these were the ones that made the cut:

What was your favorite lipstick from 2012?

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45 thoughts on “Top 10 of 2012: Lipsticks

  1. Mariella

    My favourite lipstick purchases this year (not sure if they’re new for 2012 but they were new to me) were Nars Damage and Guerlain L’Heure Bleue.

  2. Nicole

    Mine was Armani Sheer Nr. 600 in plum. Sadly that I discovered these in September.

  3. Great picks and shades!!!
    Happy New Year Christine!

  4. Tigerlily

    These are very useful lists, thanks Christine! There were several reviews I missed out on and am glad to discover this way. And my goodness, is Laura Mercier’s Raspberry Sorbet gorgeous or what :-0

  5. Katherine

    Lancome Rouge In Love in 163M – Dans Ses Bras (I think this came out in early 2012, although I just discovered the line and this particular colour recently).

    My PERFECT everyday raspberry red. I now own 4 colours from this line and although this colour is my holy grail, I’m pretty sure I’m going to own more before all is said and done…

  6. Roberta

    A recent find: Diabolique by Tom Ford. My first TF lipstick, and I LOVE it. It may even have supplanted Garçonne by Guerlain (and I do love that one).

  7. Maíra

    I don’t have access to so many brands, since I live in Brazil. Loved MAC’s Marilyn lipstics, tough

  8. Alba

    Mac blankety :D:D

  9. baby in a corner

    It doesn’t get better than a temptalia lipstick review – I am loving this top ten series – really interesting to see what you really liked.

    I bought very few lipsticks in 2012 as I gone a bit crazy in 2011 but I did really like YSL Glossy Lip Stains in no 17 for a fun summer lip. Also I was looking for a nude to suit a very pink toned skin and looking through your archives I spotted Rouge G Gillian which I also love! thank you!

  10. Jill

    Although I caved in to the matte trend this past year, my two favorite lipstick shades were not. They are both Chantecaille lip chic in LE shades Sunrise (spring 2012) which was inspired by a pink-coral rose, and LE Nocturne (Holiday 2012) which is a beautiful rosy- fuschia shade. They have the perfect amount of shine and have me anxiously awaiting their spring LE shades! PS- Please review more Chantecaille in 2013! Happy New Year!

  11. I like your choice ^^ Especially golden occ lip tar such a woooow!

  12. Jennifer

    Mine were Mac viva glam nicki and Nars Amsterdam!

  13. helen

    I own a few of these, thanks you all your hard work. Have a very happy New Year!

  14. Rad

    My favourite by far was ‘Violet Crush’ by Estee Lauder. Really disappointed that I only bought one and that it was limited edition :(

  15. Patricia

    I have been enjoying these top 10 posts so much! Happy New Year Christine, I hope 2013 be an amazing year for all of us! Love from Brazil!

  16. My favorite of the year was Tarte Glamazon in Playful

  17. I’m loving your lists of favorites! Perhaps next year you could do one for drugstore brands, since that’s all I can afford? :)

  18. ms

    i m glad i bought the party parrot, i have bought a few more lipsticks this yr, i cna’t think of any other lipstick that blew my mind that i can think off the top of my head.

  19. xamyx

    Although I’m sure it’s been out for years, I just picked up NYX Honey, and it may just be my HG nude. I also picked up NYX Galaxy & Rimmel/Kate Moss 15, both of which are beautiful layering shades. I believe these are the only ones I bought this year, as I’m not big on lipstick, but I really thought out my purchases.

  20. Cat

    I love the last two!

  21. blueraccoon

    My two favorite liipsticks this year were Guerlain Lou-Ling and Burberry Sepia Pink–the problem being I can’t remember if I bought Sepia Pink this year or last year :( I think it was part of the fall collection for this year, though!

  22. KEG

    I really liked all of the bold bright lip choices this year. I thought Party Parrot,Pink Pigeon, Scarlet Ibis,Candy yum-yum,and all the pro MAC colors that are now permanent,were fun ,trendy and flattering. I also loved all of the NARS semi-matte lipsticks like Red Lizard and Schiap.A nice surprise were the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks and the foiled love lipsticks- they are beautiful on. YSL lipstains were also nice.I thought another great trend were the big lip pencils. I love Urban Decay’s super saturated ones.

  23. KEG

    Forgot to mention one of my all time favorite formulas; longwear lip color-Chanel has some wonderful shades, and MAC’s really doesn’t budge. Kudos to MUFE for making a stellar one too!!

  24. Vicki

    MAC’s Watch Me Simmer is my hg lipstick, I wish it were in the permanent range!

  25. CC

    My favorite lipsticks this year were:
    Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge in RD 415, beautiful red and wonderful formula; to this day I still thank the Shiseido lady who advice me to buy it
    MAC Russian Red, best birthday gift ever, thanks to my wonderful little sister
    Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Rosy Nude, finally I was able to find a nude color that didn’t wash me out!
    Lancome Rouge in Love in 377, best fushia color in my collection, period!
    Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick in Lilac Champagne, beautiful bright pink, but I think is discontinued now :(
    Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in:
    -Really (Matte) Red, great matter formula from a drugstore brand
    -Cherries in the snow, iconic color
    -Berry Haute, gorgeous purple-lish color!
    Wet & Wild Black Orchid, for a dollar you get a nice vampy color perfect for this time!
    Wet & Wild Fergie Collection lipstick in Ferguson Crest Cabernet, matte color, great color payoff!
    Makeup Geek Lipstick in Famous, they say is a dupe for MAC’s Rebel, I say that I just love it!
    Tarina Tarantino in Floriculture, great fall color

    PS. I love lipsticks! lol

    • ms

      fabulous list! i have really red, that sucker is matte! it pulls a little orange on me, cos i m warm toned i guess. it’s pretty fantastic lipstick.

  26. Wow, everytime there’s a Burberry product, before I see it’s Burberry, I notice it in particular. I guess I’m on a similar brain wave…

    • That’s how I feel about jackets. I’m like, “OOH! I like that!” on Nordstrom. Oh, by Burberry. Not surprised! But my wallet ran away a longtime ago!

  27. Mariam Shah

    How could you miss out the Dior diorling diorific lipstick?? Omg! I think I haven’t had anything like it before in my makup collection. It’s awesome! I’m too scared of finishing it up too quickly so I use it very less often

  28. My favourites are at least as brand similar: Shiseido, a red one, Giorgio Armani 102, and Chanel Orchidée 17.

    Also some lipsticks from the german organic brand Dr. Hauschka, which launched a lipstick LE with really great colours.

    Burberry is my favourite lipgloss, did not have the opportunity to get new lipsticks there…

  29. It’s great to see a budget-friendly brand that put out a lipstick worthy of a Best list.

  30. Leticia

    Great list!

    My favorite lipstick in 2012 was Lancome Rouge in Love in Corail in Love :)!

  31. Erin

    I had two favorite lipsticks this year. First was Smashbox Vivid Violet and Clinique’s After Party. Both great formulas and look great even with my fair complexion! I was also pleasantly surprised by Revlon’s Lip Butter in Peach Parfait. It is an everyday go-to.

  32. Trudy

    MAC Candy Yum Yum and Brave Red

  33. Trudy

    OH! And MAC Rebel!!! Love MAC’s pro collection LIP MIXES too!! Awesome!

  34. L

    I absolutely loved Illamasqua lipstick in Fable.