The Top Lipstick Formulas Readers Love 2019

This week’s topic is BEST LIPSTICK FORMULAS!  We’ve been compiling formula recommendations from the community, and you’ll find the top 10 top performing lipstick formulas shared below.  If you’ve shared your favorites in the past, you can always make adjustments to your recommendations or add additional recommendations based on new releases or products you’ve now tried.

Best Lipstick Formulas | The Top 10

The list below shows the top 10 most recommended lipsticks with the only requirement being that they’re a formula that is permanent (so currently available). The list will automatically update as more recommendations are made! (If something has been discontinued, please let me know!)


You can view the full list of recommendations here, where you can refine the results by things like price, skin type, skin tone, and so on to get a list of the best recommendations for your coloring. You can also share your own recommendations.

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The Temptalia community is enthusiastic, honest, and diverse, so crowd-sourcing top picks from our readers is an excellent way to keep track of and organize the answers from our weekly “Hit List” post, which has typically asked for readers favorite [fill-in-the-blank].  Instead of scanning through comments, everyone’s answer(s) get saved to the Recommendations Database along with pertinent information like skin tone or skin type (as applicable).

We invite you to share your own recommendations, and if you think you might be making recommendations often, consider registering and filling out your profile as the form will pre-fill with your profile information for you each time!

Thank you for taking the time to add your recommendations to our database! 🙂


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Miradan Avatar

Recent convert to the awesomeness of Pat McGrath’s Luxetrance lipsticks, they are my new favorites. Also a fan of the Urban Decay Cream and Comfort Matte formulas, and Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Lip Cremes.

Blanca Avatar

Hear hear! I’m in love not only with Marc Jacob’s lip cremes but also with his Liquid Lip Crayons and I don’t think they get half the hype they deserve

Francesca Avatar

I’m in love with Mac lipsticks, in particular matte and retromatte. But I Also own a loro of amplified too. Also Urban Decay lipsticks are great. What I like in particular of Mac (and ud) lipsticks Is that there Is huge variety of finishes and shades… in fact Is It not difficult to find a great lipstick formula… But usually the other brands I tried present Always the same Shades.
I would like sono much to try the bite beauty lipsticks, I’ve heared more than One time that they are the best in the currently market (and I can see It from the rating too) but here bite beauty is totaly unavailable ??

Katinka Avatar

I’m a huge lipstick lover but I find Amuse Bouche waaaaay too thick for my tastes. I’d also nominate Smashbox’s Be Legendary formula – it’s stellar!

Lily Kelley Avatar

My favorites are Mac ( Satin, Luster and Amplified), Urban Decay (Cream, Sheer Shimmer) and Smashbox Be Legendary cream lipstick.

kjh Avatar

Favorite l/s formulas are dependent on many factors, including season, weather, humidity, the current condition/status quo of your lips, the finish of the l/s re: your other m/u, longevity, the setting, formality of the occasion, etc., etc….There’s a place for all of these. My faves are Audacious, Pat, Besame, and Bite.

Z Avatar

PMG’s LuxeTrance forever and always.

Also, very surprisingly, I rather like H&M’s cream lipstick (white lids). I have two nude colors and they go on smooth, aren’t drying, and while they may not last a long time, it’s easy to reapply without much care.

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