Best Liquid Lipsticks (Over $15) | 2017

Best of 2017

Best Liquid Lipsticks (Over $15)

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the products I’ve reviewed during the past year and share with you my personal favorites.  I don’t know if I’d say there was a slowdown in liquid lipsticks over the last year, but I felt like we saw less with true, flat matte finishes and a greater variety in more satin to lightly glossy liquid lipsticks.  The latter has always been more my cup of tea, so I was certainly happy to test so many of them out!

I started with 36 shades and managed to narrow my list of favorites down to 26.  You can view all the shades below, but you’ll find the list dominated by Bite’s Amuse Bouche Liquified Liquid Lipstick and Burberry’s Liquid Lip Velvets, two formulas that I fell in love with this year.  Kat Von D’s Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick was one of the most stunning shades I tried all year.

Did you fall head over heels in love with any liquid lipsticks this year?  Share your favorites below in the comments!

P.S. — View swatches of my favorites here!


Kat Von D Bruno

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Kat Von D Bruno Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a vibrant, deep cobalt blue with cool undertones and a fine, metallic shimmer... Read full review.

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017

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Bite Beauty Mauvember 2017 Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium, rosy mauve with cool undertones and a glossy, cream... Read full review.

Dose of Colors Hot Fire

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Dose of Colors Hot Fire Matte Liquid Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a vibrant, medium orange-red with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. ... Read full review.

Bite Beauty Chai

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Bite Beauty Chai Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with a hint of rose and neutral-to-warm... Read full review.

Bite Beauty Chiffonade

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Bite Beauty Chiffonade Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a... Read full review.

Kat Von D Televator

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Kat Von D Televator Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a deep, royal purple with very subtle, warm pink undertones... Read full review.

Kat Von D Reverb

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Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, cobalt blue with lighter blue and medium blue sparkle. ... Read full review.

Bite Beauty Infuse

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Bite Beauty Infuse Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish... Read full review.

Bite Beauty Braised

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Braised is a medium-dark, plummy red with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque coverage that went on evenly and smoothly across... Read full review.

Bite Beauty Candied

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Bite Beauty Candied Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a vibrant, medium pinky-red with subtle, cool undertones and a cream... Read full review.

Bite Beauty Chutney

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Bite Beauty Chutney Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a cream... Read full review.

Bite Beauty Cava

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Bite Beauty Cava Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a soft, medium mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish.... Read full review.


Bite Beauty Éclair

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Bite Beauty Éclair Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a brighter, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream... Read full review.

NARS Save the Queen

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Save the Queen is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle, cooler undertones and a flat, matte finish. This shade is part of the permanent range. It had... Read full review.

Kat Von D Woolf

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Kat Von D Woolf Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a muted, dark grayish blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had... Read full review.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Bon Bon

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OCC Bon Bon Lip Tar/RTW ($17.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy plum with subtle cooler undertones and warmer, gold pearl. It had rich,... Read full review.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics St. Sebastian

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OCC St. Sebastian Lip Tar/RTW ($17.00 for 0.14 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark purplish taupe with cooler undertones and a metallic shimmer. It had... Read full review.

Anastasia Requiem

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Anastasia Requiem Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a deep, bluish teal with fine pearl. The finish of this after it had dried down was... Read full review.

Anastasia Clover

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Anastasia Clover Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark, grayish purple with cool undertones and a flat, matte finish. It did... Read full review.

Giorgio Armani Spotlight (516)

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Giorgio Armani Spotlight (516) Lip Maestro Notorious ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a creamy... Read full review.

Giorgio Armani Dress Code (515)

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Giorgio Armani Dress Code (515) Lip Maestro Notorious ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium peony p ink with warmer undertones and a cream... Read full review.

Burberry Fawn (05)

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Burberry Fawn (05) Liquid Lip Velvet ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is deep plum with hints of rose and a subtle, warmer undertone paired with a cream... Read full review.

Burberry Dark Rosewood

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Burberry Dark Rosewood Liquid Lip Velvet ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is muted, medium-dark rose plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. ... Read full review.

Burberry Bright Plum

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Burberry Bright Plum Liquid Lip Velvet ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is deep, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It had a... Read full review.

Burberry Brilliant Violet

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Burberry Brilliant Violet Liquid Lip Velvet ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark berry plum with cooler undertones and a cream finish. ... Read full review.

Burberry Bright Crimson

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Burberry Bright Crimson Liquid Lip Velvet ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had... Read full review.

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I think you didn’t review them yet, but last week I fell in love with the MAC Retro liquid metallics! Bought two and then 4 more ‘oops’ 😀 They are gorgeous!!

Agreed. I was patiently waiting for the Temptalia review for the holidays, but I caved in and bought a few and I am pleasantly pleased. They are comfortable to wear and they have nice longevity. There are a few that do not go on as evenly as others, but for the most part, I think they are pretty darn good.

Yes !!!!!
Me Too. The Retro Matte metallics last soooo Long. The applicator is the best I know. And I have really dry lips but These are Not as drying as all the Others I know. And the colours look amazing.
I have
In retrograde: a really beautiful Red with a stunning metallic shine. When I Wear it I always get compliments how good it looks.
Crowned: amazing vampy Red
Buzzed Out: really Bright pink, nearly neon
Softly rocking and metrochrome: have Not Tried them yet
Pearl Punk: beautiful Natural metallic pink, like my Favourite Mac lipstick MEHR but with metallic shine
Coral plated: unique orange shade which I have Never Seen before, also stunning
Wish List: the 3 new shades

I have an Important question: do the bite beauty liquid lipsticks have any taste? I have someone of their „normal“ lipsticks and I cannot wear them because of their taste

I have bought 2, then 3 more and yesterday number 6 haha.
First two where Coral Plated and Foiled.
Then I ordered In Retrograde, Love Weapon and Crowned. Yesterday I added Gemz and Roses 🙂 Because I also wanted a more neutral colour.

Out of the above listed, I have KVD Televator (LOVE!) and Bite Mauvember Liquified Lipstick. Others I’ve been enjoying and rate highly are: Fenty Stunna Uncensored Lipstick, KVD Super Sonic and Hawkwind, CP Mrs. from the Karrueche Tran collection, and my #1 favorite, Sugarpill Strangelove!

All beautiful liquid lips on you Christine. I am not a liquid lipstick lover due to my already dry lips but using a balm under or over does allow me to wear most of them comfortably. Some liquid lips just don’t mix well with a balm and become gummy so I have to be careful but my favorite and most worn liquid lipsticks this year are from Kat Von D (Lolita, Double Dare and Bachelorette), ABH (Kathryn and Dusty Rose) and Dose of Colors (Los Anjealous and Talk is Chic).

My favorite liquid lipsticks I got this year were Kat von D Glimmer Veils, Black Moon Cosmetics Black Metals, Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Trinket and Strange Love, OCC St. Sebastian, Notoriously Morbid Mystic Mattes, Medusa’s Makeup MetalAF Lipgloss, and the Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks.

The Glimmer Veils are very cool! I hear great things about the Catsuits – I bought some but with so many lip products, I have not had a chance to get to them.

Liquid lipsticks are certainly having their moment in the sun….surprised that Huda Beauty’s liquid lipsticks didn’t feature…surely one of the best around in terms of shades, comfort of wear & longevity. Biggest disappointment for me regarding liquid lipsticks was the Chanel range & I’m a Chanel fan. Think they got in on the game so late & the product was a real disappointment for me…drying & didn’t last! From your list, I’m certainly going to get hold of the Burberry lip velvets….look gorgeous! Loving these lists….keep em coming please!! Wishing you a happy new year 🙂

Thanks for recapping these! St Sebastian is the Lip Tar that got away and actually the one they have up as their main RTW image on the site. I hope they make it perm. The Armani colors are stunners too!

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