Best Liquid Lipsticks (Over $15) | 2018

In 2018, Bite Beauty released more shades in their Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick range, which I was all about, as I love this type of liquid lipstick: creamy, smooth, ultra-pigmented, and very comfortable to wear.  I hope NARS adds Lip Covers to their permanent offerings, as it’s a standout formula, and is a nice counterpoint to their Powermatte Lip Pigments.  I’m curious if we’ll see more edited offerings in the liquid lipstick category in 2019, as it seems to be a product type that isn’t quite as popular (possibly because most major brands offer a solid range of shades in their core lines).

Best of 2018

Best Liquid Lipsticks (Over $15)

What higher-end liquid 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 Liquid Lipsticks (Over $15) of 2018

02.

02. Arrowroot Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty

LELimited Edition. $24.00/0.25 oz.

A+

Bite Beauty Arrowroot Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a creamy finish. The...

Bite Beauty Arrowroot Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a creamy finish. The...

03.

03. Jicama Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty

LELimited Edition. $24.00/0.25 oz.

A+

Bite Beauty Jicama Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a muted, medium plum with strong, warm undertones and a creamy, glossy...

Bite Beauty Jicama Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a muted, medium plum with strong, warm undertones and a creamy, glossy...

04.

04. Cassava Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty

LELimited Edition. $24.00/0.25 oz.

A

Bite Beauty Cassava Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a creamy, glossy...

Bite Beauty Cassava Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a deep, reddish plum with subtle, cool undertones and a creamy, glossy...

05.

05. Chicory Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty

LELimited Edition. $24.00/0.25 oz.

A

Bite Beauty Chicory Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. ...

Bite Beauty Chicory Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. ...

06.

06. Lotus Root Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty

LELimited Edition. $24.00/0.25 oz.

A

Bite Beauty Lotus Root Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a bright, bubblegum pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy,...

Bite Beauty Lotus Root Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a bright, bubblegum pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy,...

11.

11. In Bloom Smashbox

Smashbox

LELimited Edition. $24.00/0.13 oz.

A

Smashbox In Bloom Always On Liquid Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte, metallic finish. ...

Smashbox In Bloom Always On Liquid Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte, metallic finish. ...

Glossover Breakdown

97%

Average Score
A
12
B
0
C
0
D
0
F
0
Glossover Averages
product
9.5
pigmentation
10
texture
9.5
longevity
9.5
application
5
Total
96%
product
9.5
pigmentation
10
texture
9.5
longevity
9.5
application
5
Total
96%
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I didn’t buy hardly any liquid high end lipsticks this year. Maybe 4 or 5? I’ve been enjoying gloss’ comeback too much. lol I don’t have any of these, though they’re all lovely. ABH Insomniac was tempting, but I have it in the Matte Lipstick.

My two favorites that came out in 2018:
* Fenty Uninvited. I absolutely love it. So many people say it’s thin and sheer, but both the one I swatched at Sephora and the one I ordered are opaque in one stroke. The formula is thin, but I don’t find it sheer or watery. I’ve been really impressed with it.

*Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick in Kohlrabi. I’m really impressed that it doesn’t bleed or need a liner, and that the color is evan and opaque. Not so easy with such a dark purple shade.

The Bite ones are my favorite bc they are basically liquified bullet lipsticks so they don’t dry down. I’ve fallen out of love with true liquid lipsticks.

Dior Lip Tattoo (lip stain) – very thin formula, matte, applies like a dream and does not transfer. They came up with four new shades part of their Juice collection – Summer 2018. The one shade I purchased from that collection (Watermelon) was a bit watery but the ones I have from the original launch (351 – Natural Nude and 761 – Natural Cherry) are stellar for me.

Lancôme L’Absolu Lacquer launched in 2018 – shine of a gloss, staying power of a lip stain. Brilliant formula, at least for the shade I have (315 Energy Shot). I wore it all summer long.

YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain – beautiful comfortable formula. A bit thicker that the two above. They came up with some metallic shades towards the end of 2018. I have it in no. 16 Nude Emblem (terra cotta pink).

Man, but do I have a rather hellish time with liquid lipstick, other than ColourPop USLS’s! Therefore, only Bite Arrowroot is still on my WL. It looks so beautiful, but I haven’t pulled the trigger for it due to the highly embarrassing incident I had with Bite Mauvember Liquified Lipstick somehow wandering all over outside my lip area while at a congregation picnic a year ago! It sits unused except as a center lip lipgloss.
The only 2 I use with any regularity are Sugarpill Strange Love and KVD Hawkwind.

Terrific round up. Makes me realize I DID cut down this year. I see quite a few LEs that I actually still rue not scoring, esp Hell’s Gate.

Liquid Lipsticks aren’t my favorite lipstick, but if I’m wearing red, green, blue, deep vampy (PMG, aside), it’s going to be a rock-solid formula. While I don’t have any shades on your list, I did name NARS’s powermatte in StarWoman my new “power red” (previously used to be the finicky KVD Nosferatu (i’m not using that asinine spelling)). I also like my single Dose of Colors and handful of TooFaced – their formula is pretty good…a little dry, but not too bad.

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