Top 32 of 2016: Best High-End Lipsticks

Top 32 of 2016: Best High-End Lipsticks

Well, this was incredibly difficult even narrowing it down to 32, and I ended up strategizing my picks by making sure to include some of the best formulas that came out, even though I would have easily been able to double my favorites just due to the sheer volume of new lipsticks released and reviewed this year. Here’s the list I started with (57 shades), for reference!

What were your favorites?

A+

PPermanent. $28.00/0.14 oz.

Shiseido Rose Crush (RD715) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $26.00/0.15 oz.

Bite Beauty Kale Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, blackened green with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $22.00/0.12 oz.

Make Up For Ever M102 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, plum-berry with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $34.00/0.14 oz.

NARS Kate Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $26.00/0.15 oz.

Bite Beauty Pickled Ginger Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as an "electric coral." Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $26.00/0.15 oz.

Sour Cherry is a bold, bright, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, creamy consistency that applied easily and yielded even coverage in a single stroke. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $17.00/0.11 oz.

Urban Decay Manic Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a "rosy wine [with a Cream finish]." Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $17.00/0.11 oz.

Urban Decay Mosh Pit Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a "berry plum [with a Comfort Matte finish]." Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $17.00/0.11 oz.

Backtalk is a muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good pigmentation--just shy of full coverage--with a lightly creamy texture that applied evenly on the lips. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $22.00/0.12 oz.

Make Up For Ever C211 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a subdued, medium-dark rosy mauve with warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $22.00/0.12 oz.

Make Up For Ever C604 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep black with neutral undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $28.00/0.14 oz.

Shiseido Rouge Rum Punch (RD504) Rouge Rouge Lipstick ($28.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plummy-berry with cooler undertones and a soft sheen. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $35.00/0.13 oz.

Bobbi Brown Uber Rose Luxe Lip Color ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $26.00/0.15 oz.

Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016 Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pinky plum with cooler undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $17.00/0.11 oz.

Urban Decay Crisis Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a "plum-rose [with a Cream finish]." Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $26.00/0.15 oz.

Bite Beauty Taro Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark grayed purple with subtle, warmer undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $17.00/0.11 oz.

Amulet is a medium plum with warm undertones and fine pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, slightly emollient texture that spread easily across the lips but wasn't quite as hydrating or as glossy as the full-sized version. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $21.00/0.12 oz.

MAC Galaxy Grey Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium grayish lavender with a cream finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $22.00/0.12 oz.

Make Up For Ever C502 Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, light-medium grayed lavender with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $34.00/0.14 oz.

NARS Apoline Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm, rosy undertones and a satin sheen. Read full review.
A

PPermanent. $32.00/0.12 oz.

Estee Lauder Naked Ambition (120) Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rusty red with warm undertones and fine gold and copper pearl. Read full review.
A

LELimited Edition. $53.00/0.10 oz.

Tom Ford Aperture (03) Soleil Lip Foil ($53.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a deep brown with warm, red undertones and plum, violet, and teal pearl. Read full review.
A-

LELimited Edition. $54.00/0.10 oz.

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Lip Color ($60.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium, muted rosy plum with warm undertones and iridescent shimmer--a mix of teal, pink, and violet. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $21.00/0.12 oz.

MAC Mulling Spices Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, medium-dark red with strong, cool, pink undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $17.00/0.11 oz.

Violate is a soft, medium mauve with warm undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy texture that was comfortable to wear and to apply. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $26.00/0.15 oz.

Bite Beauty Thistle Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $26.00/0.15 oz.

Bite Beauty Squid Ink Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a deep, blackened navy blue with cool undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $17.50/0.10 oz.

MAC Deep Rooted Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "brown taupe [with a Matte finish]." Read full review.
A-

PPermanent. $22.00/0.11 oz.

Too Faced Honey Bear La Creme Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and fine gold shimmer paired with a lightly glossy finish. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $17.00/0.11 oz.

Urban Decay Wildfire Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a "metallic orange with gold pearl [with a Metallized finish]." Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $17.00/0.11 oz.

Urban Decay Twitch Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a "soft purple with blue undertone [with a Cream finish]." Read full review.
B

PPermanent. $36.00/0.07 oz.

Tom Ford Snowdon Lips & Boys Lip Color ($36.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with warm, red undertones and flecks of lighter copper and medium-dark copper shimmer. Read full review.