What were your five most used lip products in 2021?

Urban Decay Rebel (mauve, discontinued), Pat McGrath Flesh Fatale (shimmery plum), Urban Decay 1993 (dark brown), Pat McGrath Dreamscape (duochrome, copper gloss), and Sara Happ The Lip Slip Lip Balm.

— Christine


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Mariella Avatar

Hmmmm….this is one time I’m hard-pressed to name FIVE. MAC Craving could, realistically, take all 5 spots but there goes:

#5 – Smashbox Red Rage
#4 – Smashbox Legendary
#3 – Sephora Empowered Rouge Lacquer
#2 – a toss up between Givenchy Fuchsia in the Know and MAC Full Fuchsia
#1 – of course, MAC Craving

and for a lip “care” product – Kiehl’s Simply Rose Butterstick

Rachel R. Avatar

A boring list, thanks to almost non-stop masking. Really, I mostly wear whatever clear lip balm is at hand.

1. . ColourPop Lux Lip Oil in Reign Check (clear with fine pale lavender pearl)

2. Lip Smackers Dr Pepper Lip Balm (translucent reddish plum).

3. E.l.f. Lip Exfoliator in Brown Sugar (no color).

4. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Fig (translucent mauve-leamimg plum).

5. Milani Color Statement Lipstick in 89 Naked (pale, slightly cool-leaning, mauve+tinted beige).

Z Avatar

Milani plumping gloss (3 different colors), which I have finished……3 tubes of? 4? I like it a lot, but I noticed you get half the amount of product in it versus the fenty gloss and the money ends up being the same for the amount…Yeah, if I’m going to be going through lip glosses this year like last, I’ll be picking the bigger size. After trying the Maybelline lifter gloss, I prefer its formula and likely won’t get the Milani again anyway, plus the color I like was discontinued and now they have all these super light shades. No thank you.

Sephora lipstain gloss (discontinued, still available in the sale section). I honestly don’t know how many of these I finished (minimally 4). I remove the stoppers on them and keep going until there is literally zero product coming out. Don’t like the scent, but I like the stain and the formula – while not moisturizing – isn’t drying.

LA Girl lip pencils. I’ve got a handful of these and two colors are diehards that I’ve finished and also have repurchased to put EVERYWHERE. Purses, coats, wallet, makeup table, gym bag, etc…They’re so freaking cheap and the colors and formula are perfect for my needs.

Bite Beauty lip balm – OLD FORMULA. I have a few of these kicking around still and they’re just damn wonderful.

Straight up lanolin. Bite Beauty is where I learned that lanolin is a far-superior hydrator for my lips versus petrolatum, beeswax, or plain oils. I’ve gone through several 2 ounce tubs of the stuff between my lips and cuticles.

Nancy T Avatar

1.) Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Vintage Rosewood
2.) Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Endless Purple
3.) MAC Selena Siempré Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor
4.) MAC x Rosalia Nuez Moscado lipstick (blotted)
5.) The Ordinary Marula Oil topped with Laneige Gummi Bears Lip Mask at bedtime in order to deal with using so many liquid lipsticks this past 21 months!

Honorable mention goes to: Sugarpill Strange Love liquid lipstick, Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow and another Sephora Cream Lip Stain who’s name I cannot recall (but it’s a perfect dupe of PML’s She’s Heaven) which I’m sure I’ve worn equally as often as the other lipsticks I’ve listed above.

Swoozy Avatar

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Nu is always a favorite. I’ve been using up older, discontinued Rouge Gs and, sadly am down to my last Lipstick Queen Saint Pinky Nude. It looks like the brand is toast since I haven’t seen it turn up anywhere since it was pulled from Ulta.

Kira Avatar

Urban Decay – Ex-Girlfriend
Pat McGrath Lust Gloss in Prima Donna (trying to finish it, but was too light for me)
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick – Rose Blazer (89)
TOM FORD Lipstick – Indian Rose
Dior Addict Lip Glow – Pink

Honorable mentions go to a couple of sample sized Pat McGrath lust glosses that I rotate between!

Genevieve Avatar

Hmm in our globally masked environment we’ve been wearing a variety of lip products these past couple of years. My top five include:
1. Dermal lip balm in the pot
2. Maybelline’s Spice for Me lipstick
3. Maybelline’s Mauve for Me lipstick
4. CP’s Tea Thyme
5. CP’s Foolish and Gallop

Astrid Avatar

Based on how much of these I have used this year – as someone who has continued to do full makeup even when working from home 🙂

1. Pat McGrath Divinyl Lipshine in Temptress
2. Lisa Eldridge Luxuriously Lucent lip colour in Spirited Away
3. Pat McGrath Luxtrance in Tropicalia
4. Lisa Eldridge True Velvet in Velvet Morning
5. Lisa Eldridge True Velvet in Velvet Muse

Nina Avatar

Only three. Revlon Blushing Mauve (7 tubes used in 2021, my favorite). Revlon Blushed. Ilia Little Sister (discontinued, but I had two tubes.) I tossed any berry or reddish lipsticks as I found they are matronly and aging.

Lucie Avatar

1. Fresh Rose Petal-Soft Lip Cream – use this every night after I shower and periodically through-out the day.
2. Givenchy Encre Interdite Lip Stain – I think this was recently discontinued, but I own it in every color except for Solar Stain – I wear Free Pink, Radical Red, and Vandal Fuchsia most often.
3. Maybelline Matte Super Stay Ink – more of a souffle texture and not too drying – I rotate between Romantic, Lover, and Dreamer.
4. Colourpop Glossy Lip Stains – decent for the price. In practice most of the colors end up looking very very similar, but luckily I like the color
5. Bite Creamy Matte Lip Crayons – the bullet lipsticks are underwhelming, but the lip crayons remain pretty solid. I tend to wear Pastille, Tatin, and Pavlova the most.

BrandiD Avatar

On the days I take selfies, I make a note of which makeup I wore that day. So I actually had some data to crunch and these are the winners with #1 being the most used, #2 being second most used and so on.

1. Mac Love Me Lipstick in Tres Blase
2. Mac Satin Lipstick in Mocha
3. Mac Love Me Lipstick in Laissez-Faire
4. Mac Selena Limited Edition lipstick in Inolvidable
5. YSL Rouge in Le Nu

I didn’t stop wearing lipstick with masks, just blotted and lived with the inevitable transfer. I gravitate towards more natural lipsticks anyway but am planning to branch out in the new year

Lisa Marie Avatar

It’s hard to narrow it down! But I’ll try:
-Glossier Ultralip in Villa
-Sara Happ The Lip Slip Balm (thanks for the recommendation Christine!)
-Bare Minerals Mineralist Gloss Balm in Sincerity
-Tower 28 Shine On Lip Jelly in XOXO
-Lawless Forget The Filler Definer Liner in Pink Sand

Matilda Avatar

1. My 8-pack of Bonne Bell Lip Smackers
2. Maybelline Pink for Me
3. Colourpop A Go Go Just a Tint
4. MAC Milan Mode
5. Colourpop Treasure Island Just a Tint (also used as blush)

Helene Avatar

This was/is the year I tried a lot of my lipsticks to see if I liked them. loved them or if I disliked them enough to toss them. It was also to see if any of the lipsticks had turned bad. So, I used a lot of different lipsticks and honestly the few I used more than once or twice were:
MAC Hey Frenchie, my most used lipstick of the year.
MAC Syrup also got used quite a bit.
CT Bond Girl, a favourite, renamed MI Kiss, I hope it’s exactly the same colour as I find it very versatile. I need to get a replacement, I’ve managed to almost use it up.
CT Super Sexy, I like to use this when I use warmer eyeshadow tones, I can’t find it on the CT site, so maybe it is DC’ed or was a LE. Pity, I’d like a new one.
Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm and Weleda Everon Lip Balm, I’ve uesed both about equally much, that is every day and night.

Nikki Avatar

I wear lip products almost every day, even under masks, so I can’t really narrow down any particular shades as being more prominent than others! I did have about 5 formulas I primarily used, mainly bullet lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous, Revlon Ultra HD Matte liquid lipstick (which is actually more semi-matte), Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution, Charlotte Tilbury KISSING, and L’Oreal Colour Riche.

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