The Best High-End Lipsticks & Lipglosses for Your Holiday Wish List

Next up, a look at some of the very best high-end lipstick and lipgloss formulas that I’ve tried to-date. Some of these will come as no surprise, but hopefully there’s a little something for everyone as we enter into the season of sales and deals! What formulas and shades would you recommend to other readers?

For more recommendations, I suggest browsing my past reviews by rating or seeing what products I’ve given the Temptalia Recommends designation. For a list of all my favorites, see the Editor’s Choice Awards.

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick
A decadent formula that is every bit as luxurious as you might expect, given the price tag. Long-wearing, ultra-hydrating shades with luminous finishes makes this one of my favorite formulas, period. Favorites include Gemma, Garconne, Gracia, Geneva, Gina (or you know, I could go on and say just about every shade ever). Full Review

Where to Buy

$54.00 at Sephora,
Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
This is a richly pigmented, lightweight, creamy, and moderately long-wearing lipstick formula that feels lovely to wear and is hydrating over time. Favorites include Defiant Coral, Intense Nude, Vengeful Red. Full Review

Where to Buy

$30.00 at Sephora,
Nordstrom

Givenchy Le Rouge

Givenchy Le Rouge
For those who love a very pigmented, creamy, more satin-finish formula, Le Rouge offers a luxury experience with those characteristics. Favorites include Brun Createur, Grenat Initie, Rose Boudoir, Magnolia Organza. Full Review

Where to Buy

$36.00 at Sephora

NARS Audacious Lipstick

NARS Audacious Lipstick
The formula is characterized by rich color payoff paired with a creamy, satiny finish that gives lips a smoother, fuller look. Favorites include: Angela, Silvia, Dominique, Janet, Juliette, Kelly, Natalie, Greta, Vanessa, Vivien, Audrey. Full Review

Where to Buy

$32.00 at Sephora, Beauty.com, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lipstick
The formula is long-wearing, intensely pigmented, hydrating, and very comfortable to wear. I love that it’s not too pricey but delivers a very high-quality product. Favorites include: Dolly, Hooligan, Provocateur, Swinger. Full Review

Where to Buy

$21.00 at Sephora

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick
This is a nicely pigmented, very creamy, hydrating lipstick formula that is comfortable to wear and lasts awhile. Favorite shades include: Full Review

Where to Buy

$22.00 at Sephora,
Beauty.com

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss
This is my go-to lipgloss, and if you love sparkle and dazzle and all things glittering… this might be a formula to try. Favorites include: Canary, Citrus, Naked Plum, Plum Gold. Full Review

Where to Buy

$25.00 at Sephora,
Bobbi Brown

OCC Technopagan Lip Tar (Metallic)

OCC Technopagan Lip Tar (Metallic)
As soon as I saw Technopagan, I couldn’t wait to try it–it’s such a sexy, fierce color. It’s intensely pigmented, as you’d expect from a Lip Tar and applies with even, smooth color coverage. It has more of a satin finish for the first few hours of wear, but it settles to more of a metallic-matte (sheen but not shine) finish. May this shade be the one that convinces you that blue is wearable! Full Review

Where to Buy

$18.00 at Sephora,
Beautylish,
Nordstrom

Too Faced Melted Lipstick

Too Faced Melted Lipstick
If you love richly pigmented, long-wearing, bold color, then this is a liquid formula worth checking out. Favorites include: Melted Fig, Melted Violet. Full Review

Where to Buy

$21.00 at Sephora,
Beauty.com