Lipsticks Over $15 | 2020 Editor's Favorites

No real surprises on this list–shade extensions from my favorite formulas were a pleasure to test, like Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy, Pat McGrath MatteTrance, and MAC Lipstick (which is a reliable favorite!). New formulas like Fenty Beauty Slip Shine and Bite Beauty Lip Crayons made it onto the list, along with new-to-me Becca Ultimate Love Lipstick was a nice, more mid-end find for the year.

If you’re unfamiliar with how I like to do my year-end favorites, here’s the low down: I pull from the products I reviewed in 2020, regardless of whether they were new, limited edition, or an established range I’ve only just gotten around to reviewing. These are personal favorites, so they may or may not be the highest rated products reviewed during the year (though they will tend to be better rated, naturally!). (You can check out best of 2019 if you missed last year’s.)

Temptalia’s Favorite Lipsticks Over $15 | 2020

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Your Year in Review: Lipstick Edition — Part 2

I thought it would be interesting to read through how readers used products throughout the year, what favorites emerged, what products fell by the wayside… so, if you want to join in, copy and paste the questions below and add your answers via a comment!

  • What were your most-used mid-end/high-end lipsticks? this past year
  • What lipstick colors did you gravitate toward the most this past year?
  • Any shades you’d like to use more in 2021?
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What were your most-used mid-end/high-end lipsticks this past year? MAC Siempre Selena Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick, Baroque The Internet, and Marque Ultimate Lipstick, PML She’s Heaven, Omi, Executive Realness and Deep Orchid.

What lipstick colors did you gravitate toward the most this past year? “Nude” and MLBB, plus red and plums.

Any shades you’d like to use more in 2021? Terracotta and orangey reds!

I never stopped wearing lipstick at home, instead I turned toward loving old faves that had been pushed to the side. I fell back in love with my MatteTrance, LuxeTrance, and new love Buxom’s bullet lipstick (so creamy!). I also started using gloss a lot at home too. My lips have been ungodly dry this year, almost splitting several times. The only things that could keep them ok were thick balms and glosses.

What were your most-used mid-end/high-end lipsticks this past year? Em Cosmetics Infinite Lip Clouds, PMGL Luxetrance, Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Musk, Tom Ford Lip Color in Casablanca

What lipstick colors did you gravitate toward the most this past year? My usual MLBBs but mostly because I was really trying to completely finish a couple of favorites that were getting older.

Any shades you’d like to use more in 2021? I’d really love not to purchase any lips at all this year. I have so many, and I need to use them.

What were your most-used mid-end/high-end lipsticks? this past year?
My most used mid end lipstick this year was MAC’s Fresh Moroccan, which I completely finished.

What lipstick colors did you gravitate toward the most this past year? I gravitated towards some lighter shades than what I have in the past – more mid tone shades of orange/red and rosy browns.

Any shades you’d like to use more in 2021? I think I would like to pursue more rosy brown kind of lipsticks that are less stark and more in keeping with my colouring.

Of the above lipsticks – Shiseido’s Sleeping Dragon is the one I covet the most. Lea by Nars is next.

What were your most-used mid-end/high-end lipsticks this past year? MAC Craving, Party Line and Full Fuchsia; Smashbox Red Rage
What lipstick colors did you gravitate toward the most this past year? Pinky plums like Craving (is that how you’d describe that colour?) and cooler reds
Any shades you’d like to use more in 2021? Nope. I know what shades look flattering on me and I don’t want to waste money trying orange or nude lipsticks when I already know they don’t flatter me.

What were your most-used mid-end/high-end lipsticks this past year?
MAC Milan Mode (finished one); Chanel Mademoiselle; Tarte Island Life
What lipstick colors did you gravitate toward the most this past year?
Pinks and pinkish-plums
Any shades you’d like to use more in 2021?
Plummy reds; brownish reds

I’m currently enjoying MAC Wham from their summer Bronzer collection.
I’m completely in love with those warm, plummy shimmers. They were very popular in the late 90s and early 2000s with Stila Luce and Natalie, Lorac Ashley, Olay cosmetics (!!!) Autumn Leaves, Estee Lauder Maple Sugar, and MAC Sophisto. This one doesn’t disappoint.

What were your most-used mid-end/high-end lipsticks this past year? It’s hard to remember. I only wore bullet lipsticks the first three months of the year, then we had to start wearing masks. UD Vice Lipstick in Sheer Rapture, for sure. I remember wearing these: MAC S’sexy, Uoma Beauty Black Magic Metallic Lipstick in Bahia, Pat McGrath LuxeTrance in Pink Ultraness and Psycho Candy.

What lipstick colors did you gravitate toward the most this past year? Rosy browns, mauves, warm browns, fuchsias, and reds. Most of the year I just wore clear lip balm, though, because of having to wear a mask.

Any shades you’d like to use more in 2021? I just want to wear what I have again. So…all of them? lol

What were your most-used mid-end/high-end lipsticks this past year? Without a doubt MAC Matte Lip Mousse in “My Better Half”, followed by Bite Lip Crayon in “Glacé”

What lipstick colors did you gravitate toward the most this past year? I’ve always been all over the place when it comes to lip colors, but I have always loved me a classic apple red and this year was no different

Any shades you’d like to use more in 2021? Not really. Because my lipstick collection is all over the place color-wise I feel happy with the pretty diverse selection I have to choose from

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