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?

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. It was...

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. It was...

Bite Beauty Gold/Sour Cherry Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a holiday party duo if I've seen one--a gold, glimmering top coat...

Bite Beauty Gold/Sour Cherry Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a holiday party duo if I've seen one--a gold, glimmering top coat...

Bite Beauty Pickled Ginger Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as an "electric coral." It's a bold, bright pink-coral with warm...

Bite Beauty Pickled Ginger Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as an "electric coral." It's a bold, bright pink-coral with warm...

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.

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.

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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....

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....

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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...

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...

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. It had...

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. It had...

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. The...

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. The...

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Violate is a soft, medium mauve with warm undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation with a...

Violate is a soft, medium mauve with warm undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. It had very nearly opaque pigmentation with a...

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27. Amulet Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick

PPermanent. $18.00/0.11 oz.

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Amulet is a medium plum with warm undertones and fine pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, slightly emollient texture...

Amulet is a medium plum with warm undertones and fine pearl. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightweight, slightly emollient texture...

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28. Deep Rooted MAC Lipstick

MAC Lipstick

PPermanent. $19.50/0.1 oz.

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29. Honey Bear Too Faced La Crème

Too Faced La Crème

PPermanent. $22.00/0.11 oz.

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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...

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...

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I’m so sorry πŸ™ There’s an issue in the code, and it should be fixed now but since I could not fix it, it took longer to get it done.

Hey Christine, it looks like you’ve got Bite’s Sour Cherry in both spot 11 and 12.
I love that formula enough to put it twice though πŸ™‚
I’m delighted to see unconventional colours make the list!

I’m so sorry, Cherry! There was a bug in the code, and unfortunately it was not something I could fix myself so I had to wait for my team to fix it.

I’m so sorry, Jenny! Technical error on the code πŸ™ I wasn’t able to fix it myself so it took longer, but it should be fixed now.

Lots to admire; lots to acquire. Wow, how these vary from person to person. Deeply rooted is firmly a purple on me, and massive dupe for abh Veronica. Never would have picked that for first abh lol, had I known. The abh looks pinky mauve in the tube, but worn, is very similar to deeply rooted. Thought I had something very unique! Esp having missed stavros. I think the liptensity dedicated page has no link to what became perm, and what remains LE. That would be helpful. The year of the lip, truly. Course, it could continue, if the remaining brands do a complete overhaul. This is a great reminder of what we may have overlooked, put off, or decided against, the first time ’round.

Ok, bite! Who wants a dual end with Squid Ink and Kale? Everyone!!!! That would be ideal, as lots of us cannot justify full size. I know you read this, bite. So, do it. Vast sales potential. I’ve tried both, and they look fairly good, prob due to the dark, traditional, menswear look of the shades. But at my age, seems irresponsible to get full size. I’d jump on a two end in a New York minute. I’d even be willing to stalk it. Just do it, already!

No, I’m so sorry, there was a bug in the code that was causing it to duplicate. It should be fixed now, and I apologize that it took so long to fix.

Yes, I’m so sorry for that error, Cristiana. There was something wrong in the code, causing it to duplicate. It was not something I was able to fix, so it took longer to get resolved. I’m very sorry to have caused everyone such confusion. I can see that it was a real issue today and made this post pretty worthless!

Out of the above, I have a TON on my wishlist, but so far own just 3! All UD, too. Amulet, Wildfire and Violate. Love ’em and get loads of complements on each.
Surprised to not see Tom Ford Seadragon not make the list, though! I tried on Aperture, but it just didn’t look right on me, for some odd reason. But Seadragon is sooo beautiful and super flattering!
Next up, either EL Naked Ambition, UD Manic or Shiseido Red Queen! And Bite Kale, too!

I am a lipstick collector, for sure. I only own a few from your list. BITE sour cherry is a fave, but Mauvember was not. A few of my favorites this year were: Charlotte Tilbury Secret Salma, Queen, and Bond girl, YSL Volupte in oil Rouge Tuxedo and Smoking Plum;

I say semi-opaque(?) I get so many complements when I wear the Rouge Tuxedo , as it gives a once bright pop, while the smoking plum is a rich plum (not too dark) They feel light yet emollient. and of course, the YSL mango scent — I am a fan.

I’m sorry for causing you problems, Tina, with reading this list – how confusing that must be. There was an error in the code itself, so it was something that took longer to fix. I’m so sorry again.

Yes, I am so sorry. It took awhile to get it fixed (it was in the code itself that generates the order of the list), so I’m very sorry about that.

I’m so sorry, Natalie! There was an error in the code that was causing it to duplicate but was outside my ability to fix. It took longer to get it resolved, and again, I am very sorry for the inconvenience.

I’m very sorry for that, Vanessa. There was a bug in the code itself, so I was not able to get it fixed right away but should be fixed now. I’m sorry!

I feel like there were too many lipsticks even for a fiend like me this year. As far as favourites, I was completely blown away by how lovely Kale turned out, and how surprisingly wearable it is for a night out. But just the fact that there’s a purple Nars Audacious lipstick named “Kate” is enough to have made my year.

You know it’s the Year of the Lip when you “only” have the top 32 listed and that’s only the HE category, hahahhha Forget the lip injections, I need to grow another lip to wear all of them πŸ˜‰ I think out of the HE, BITE Taro was the most unique for me, and so thrilled I could pull it off!

I know, right? If UD/MUFE hadn’t done their big revamps this year, I think it would have been more manageable – barely – but there were a LOT of lipsticks this year.

Hey, I hope the coder is not your b-i-l, because by now, you must want to kill him or her! It’s no biggie. (Except for the perfectionists, like a certain Christine Mielke…)

Great list!
I love the three TFord shades you listed as well as Bite’s sour cherry…..a fabulous red! So many colours it’s hard to narrow down.

I was disappointed to miss Bite Taro. I had it on my wishlist for a while but ended up not getting it. Then when I got the full set of minis I expected it to be in there, but found out that it was no longer part of the line. I guess it must have been LE but I didn’t notice that earlier. When you posted the 4 gorgeous LE neutrals for spring from Bite, I bought them all up immediately though.

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