Lipsticks (Over $15) | 2018 Editor's Favorites

If there was any category that was hardest to keep short and sweet, it’d be this one:  there are so many fantastic lipsticks out there, and brands release new shades nonstop.  Sometimes I feel like I’m catching up on eyeshadow palettes, but I always feel buried under lip products.  This category is stacked with competition!  I started with 55 shades I really enjoyed and narrowed it down to the 36 listed here.

Best of 2018

Lipsticks (Over $15)

I gravitate toward corals, mauves, and plums, but I also have a deep appreciation for more unusual lip colors, like Fenty’s exploration of non-traditional shades like Ya Dig, Clapback, and Turks & Caicos.  You’ll also find me happily drooling over more luminous, lightly glossy, and shimmery finishes so favorites like Bite’s Sugar Flower, Urban Decay Heatwave / Outspoken, Pat McGrath’s Electra / Club Kiss, and Too Faced’s TF20 / Hot Flash should really be no surprise at all.

What higher-end lipsticks did you reach for this year?

P.S. — You can view swatches of my favorites here.

P.P.S. — If you enjoy reading/viewing my favorites, make sure you check out my all-time favorites here, products I’m thankful for (2018 series), and all of my editor’s recommended products here.

Top Lipsticks (Over $15) of 2018


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Rachel R. Avatar

Now that’s a list! I will now drool over the Pat McGrath lipsticks yet again.

My favorites this year were Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Sagittarius; Too Faced Throw Back Lipstick in TF20, Hot Flash, Hoochie, and Too, Too Hot; MAC x Patrick Starrr Slay Ride; MAC Girls Smarty Pants Lipstick in Shimmer & Spice; UD Rebel, Outspoken, Cherry, Devilish, 66, Ready, and Singe; UD x Kristen Leanne Bun Bun; Kat von D Studded Creme Lipstick in Divine.

Nancy T Avatar

While I did get several of these (UD Outspoken, 100 Degrees, Nars Sheena, Pat McGrath Executive Realness), I am shocked by how many of these are on my WL!
As for one’s I reach for most; PMGL Omi, Strangé, Executive Realness, Flesh Fatale and She’s Heaven, Nars Sheena and Siouxsie, MAC Viva Glam I, Paramount, Cosmo, Aaliyah’s More Than A Woman, Mehr, and my new Slay Ride x Patrick Starrr, UD Disturbed, Bruise, Amulet, Cruz, Troublemaker and Outspoken, Tom Ford’s Derek and Seadragon. I think that does it?

Z Avatar

I don’t have any of these shades, but I totally agree with the formula choices! Lipstick is my “splurge item” in makeup. Sure, this year I bought a buttload of eyeshadow palettes like a sucker, but I also spent a pretty penny on lipstick. Lipstick will always be my luxury item and a good, solid formula in nice packaging (*hefty*) gets me every time and feels like money well spent. Sure those PMG lipsticks are redonks expensive, but I now own five, all picked up for at least 25% off and were worth every damn cent. Not that I don’t have a ton of less expensive lip loves too (rimmel nudes for life and soap and glory) and am now off to check out your list of those…..

Kim Avatar

PMG Full blooded looks so gorgeous on you!
I would have had a really hard time doing a round up like this since my personal preference to color would weigh in so much.
I love that there are so many A+ in this category!

Marie Avatar

My favorite in recent memory is Bite Beauty Amouse Liquefied Lipstick in Cassava. It’s very pigmented, very creamy, smells great, lasts a long time.

The application can be a little messy with just the doefoot applicator, so I use a brush to smooth it on.

But it’s so worth it. It’s a deep, cool-toned burgundy. Every time I wear it, I get compliments and it makes my teeth look very white in pics. It reminds me of Nars satin pencil in Palais Royale.

I think this is a limited edition color, so I bought 2 extra!

Also, I love Bite Beauty in Pink Salt— another limited edition color.

And of course— Hourglass made a Confession limited edition lipstick duo in shades called My One Desire and At Night. I love them both, but I bought an extra back-up for My One Desire. It’s a mauve pink that is very pigmented and creamy. Love the formula! Just wish it wasn’t limited edition and also so expensive.

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