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
Best 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?