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    19 Amazing Lipsticks You'll Wish You Could Buy In Every Shade

    I don't like to throw the phrase "holy grail" around too often, but...

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    1. A matte Maybelline SuperStay liquid lipstick you can hypothetically fall asleep whilst wearing — and it will still look great when you wake up in the AM. This magic stuff has a staying power of up to 16 hours, which means it must be the byproduct of some sort of sorcery. I know. / Via @maybelline,

    Promising review: "I love this lipstick! I fell asleep with it on and it stayed on all night. Plus, it has amazing pigment and dries within about five minutes. As a busy mom, I probably won't be trying out any other lipsticks for a while." —A. Williamson

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67 (available in 26 colors).

    2. A cruelty-free Milani lipstick infused with vitamins A and C to ensure that your pout doesn't feel drier than sandpaper whenever you wear it. Dare I say your lips will actually feel...nourished?! / Via @milanicosmetics

    Promising review: "This is my favorite lipstick ever. It's smooth, beautiful, pigmented, and smells fantastic (I know that sounds weird, but truly it's lovely). I generally don't love lipstick and usually prefer lip stains, but this one is definitely a keeper!" —KW

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97 (available in 32 colors).

    3. A L'Oréal two-step lipstick that guarantees no fading, no bleeding, no transfer, no need to reapply. How? One end contains color while the other contains a conditioning balm, designed to lock in color and prevent it from budging 👏 all 👏 day 👏 long 👏. / Via @lorealmakeup,

    Promising review: "There is no reason to buy any other lipstick. This stuff STAYS ON through lunch and sometimes through dinner. I've actually had to scrub it off before bed, after only having applied it once at 7AM. It's amazing." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $8.41 (available in 31 shades).

    4. A Nars lipstick available in both matte and semi-matte finishes, both designed with a super creamy formula. If you love the feeling of gliding on your favorite cherry lip balm, then this is the lipstick for you. The application feels pretty much the same. / Via @narsissist

    This formula is also infused with vitamin E for ultimate nourishment.

    Promising review: "Laugh if you must, but when I found the 'Belle de Jour' shade of this Nars lipstick, I swear I could hear Etta James singing 'At Last' in the background. I have been on a never-ending quest to find a true perfect NUDE, and I've found it at last. In addition to being the perfect shade, this lipstick glides on like a dream: it's creamy, moisturizing, and long-lasting. Plus, the case is classy and sleek. I'd give this 10 stars if I could." —cuff

    Get it from Sephora for $28 (available in nine colors).

    5. A Lipstick Queen lipstick packaged in deceivingly green form, but surprise! It has nothing in common with Kermit. This moisturizing formula will reveal a perfectly pink hue within seconds, one that's totally unique to *your* pH balance. / Via @lipstickqueen,

    Not only does it provide the perfect pop of color, but this balm *also* contains essential oils and vitamin E for the ultimate dose of a) moisture, and b) softness.

    Promising review: "A 'flattering shade of pink' was an ever illusive thing for me until I found Lipstick Queen! I am a red-head with tricky coloring, and pinks always look too garish on me — so naturally when I learned about this, I HAD to give it a go. I am in LOVE! It's super hydrating, lightweight, and is a very flattering shade that is uniquely mine. I'm thrilled!" —Stepper the Mighty

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    6. A lightweight TheBalm matte lip color that is a) long-wearing, b) non-drying, and c) infused with a subtle vanilla mint flavor. And while I'm not saying that this tube of makeup is edible ('s not), I can assure you that lip biters around the world are currently jumping for joy.

    Promising review: "Absolutely the best formulation for matte lipstick I've tried. I love the wand, the color, the packaging, the smell, the staying power, the way it feels on my lips. It is dry but it dries SOFT and not hard, so it doesn't cause my lips to shrivel up. I love this so much that I haven't shut up about it for three weeks...and I have a drawer full of lip products. I'm a nurse and I work 12+ hours. I only touch up ONCE in my shift (after I eat lunch). Drinking coffee and water doesn't affect the wear." —Anne Marie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.15 (available in 12 colors).

    7. A Pat McGrath MatteTrance lipstick so lightweight that it'll feel like you're wearing nothing, as if your lips are just naturally a bright fuchsia! And while that is all fine and dandy and grand, let me present you with the pièce de résistance of this product: the packaging. / Via @patmcgrathreal, / Via @patmcgrathreal

    This lipstick tube is probably the most beautiful thing I've ever laid my peepers on. Consider this the Gigi Hadid of your makeup vanity.

    Promising review: "This is pretty amazing and I don’t even care how much it costs anymore, lol. Just one swipe on my lips and you can see how pigmented it is. Plus, IT LITERALLY FEELS LIKE I HAVE NOTHING ON. That’s my favorite part! I hate feeling like my lips are suffocating or dry, but this formula is so lightweight." —Talia2011

    Get it from Sephora for $38 (available in 28 shades).

    8. A Charlotte Tilbury matte lipstick designed with 3D glow pigments that catch the light to reveal fuller, wider lips. Another fun fact: The "Pillowtalk" shade is often lauded as the perfect everyday nude pink. / Via @ctilburymakeup

    Promising review: "This is my all time favorite lipstick! The color (I own 'Pillow Talk') is perfect for my skin tone and matches with any outfit I wear. It's also very pigmented, stays on my lips for most of the day, and I get so many compliments whenever I wear. Plus, it glides on so softly and feels so pillowy on the lips." —Shale2

    Get it from Sephora for $34 (available in 12 colors).

    9. A buildable, cruelty-free NYX lip cream that, although it *is* super pigmented, is also light enough that it won't have stained the delicate skin around your mouth. Have an unsteady hand? This will become your saving grace. Consider any outside-of-the-line mistakes as good as swiped away. / Via @nyxcosmetics,

    Promising review: "I'm a huge fan of nude colors and matte lipstick. However, it's usually difficult to find a matte lipstick that doesn't make my lips look dry or cake-y. I'm happy to say that I have yet to have that problem with this product! It stays on very well (even after eating) and I hardly have to touch it up throughout the day." —brandie

    Get it from Amazon for $3.98 (available in 34 colors).

    10. An Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipstick with a favorite nine-letter word: HYDRATION. This creamy, medium-to-full coverage formula will keep your pout moisturized for up to six hours. Most of my lip balms can't even do that. / Via @esteelauder

    Promising review: "This lipstick is amazing. I've gotten five different shades ranging from red to nude and mauve, and all the colors apply flawlessly and look gorgeous. Most lipsticks look terrible if you have chapped lips at all, and it'll often settle into fine lines. This is really the only lipstick I've found that is so creamy, it doesn't show any dryness at all! So worth the price." —CatherineL714

    Get it from Nordstrom for $32 (available in 35 shades).

    11. A ColourPop matte lipstick sent from heaven to be delivered into the paws of makeup newbies. On top of being super affordable, this pencil-like tube design allows for precise (and easy) application: use the pointed edge as a liner, use the rounded side to fill everything in.


    Promising review: "This has great color pay-off and is easy to apply. I also really like the shape of the lipstick: you can use the pointed edge as a liner, and then flip it around to fill in the rest of my lips." —Siobhan G.

    Get it from ColourPop for $6 (available in 28 shades).

    12. A YSL liquid matte lip stain with an ultra-matte, high-pigment formula so lightweight, you'll feel as if you're wearing another layer of skin. It kind of feels like skinny dipping, except you're still wearing clothes and the only thing that feels naked is your mouth. / Via @yslbeauty

    The cult-favorite 'Tatouage' shade is pictured above!

    Promising review: "I wish I could give this product 20 stars. I don't know what fancy chemist came up with this formulation, but dang. Rich, rich, rich color, lighter than air feel, hydrates all day with zero dryness...but dries matte. Seriously, no cracking, patchiness, or discomfort. If you're hesitating on whether or not to buy it, stop it. You've done enough research. Get the 'Tatouage' shade. You won't regret it, I promise." —syp00

    Get it from Sephora for $37 (available in 26 shades).

    13. A L'Oréal satin lipstick about to become your holy grail of drugstore makeup. Ingredients like omega 3, vitamin E, and argan oil keep everything moisturized, all while while managing to deliver a TON of pigmentation.


    Promising review: "This is the holy grail of drugstore lipstick. The color is amazing ('Raisin Rapture' would look good on ANYONE), and it's super comfortable to wear, isn't drying, and has great color payoff." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67 (available in 46 colors).

    14. A BECCA silky-satin lipstick infused with hyaluronic acid (...and no parabens!) to deliver a swipe of subtle shine, gorgeous pigmentation, eight hours of wear, and intense moisture. / Via @beccacosmetics

    Promising review: "LOVE THIS FORMULA! The formulation of this product is unbelievable. It goes on creamy but lasts all day because, while it is matte, avocado and olive oils infused into the product will actually hydrate and nourish your lips. Plus, it smells good." —SecretGoddess

    Get it from Sephora for $24 (available in 34 shades).

    15. A Sephora Collection matte lipstick that may appear ultra matte, BUT! It won't dry out/clump/wrinkle on your lips after .5 seconds of wear. This lipstick uses rose hip oil and vitamin B to prevent your lips from shriveling up, which is exactly what many matte formulas tend to do.


    It's creamy upon application and dries matte, but it still feels creamy.

    Promising review: "I walked into the store looking for a matte lipstick that would not make my lips akin to the Sahara desert. This lipstick is EXACTLY what I have been searching for all my life. It goes on smoothly, softly, is very creamy, and FEELS very moisturizing. Plus, it doesn't flake or dry off on my lips. Truly, for $14, this lipstick is a TOTAL bargain. I will probably be buying this for the rest of my life." —JadeJennifer

    Get it from Sephora for $14+ (available in 18 colors).

    16. A Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick that basically costs less than a large iced coffee and wow, I'm just now realizing how much I actually spend on iced coffee. Less than $5? For a quality lipstick? *proceeds to purchase every available color*

    This lipstick has a staying power from now until eternity, while a harmonious blend of avocado oil + vitamin e prevents your lips from shriveling up into a pool of dryness.

    Promising review: "My daughter's entire competitive dance team wears this lipstick for every performance and every game because if shows up so well and it looks beautiful. I think I've ordered a total of five or six tubes this year alone! I love wearing it as well, and get so many compliments on it when I do. It goes on glossy and stays on for HOURS!!!" —K.W. Adair

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74 (available in 14 colors).

    17. A highly-pigmented LORAC cream lipstick with a clever container — excess product is stored at the bottom of the tube, meaning you're getting a *ton* of product for the amount of money spent.

    Ulta, / Via @loraccosmetics

    This cruelty-free lipstick has a subtle vanilla scent (yum) and contains acai berry, pomegranate, grape seed extract, and vitamins C and E for a some much-needed TLC in the form of moisture.

    Promising review: "I have quite a selection of these lipsticks and am obsessed! They are true to color, go on easily, and have decent wear time. They can be a tad drying, but for the most part that's not an issue. Just moisturize before applying." –Hannah

    Get it from Ulta for $18 (available in 23 colors).

    18. A Lime Crime matte velvetine lipstick designed to stay put from that first sip of morning coffee all the way to your sangria-fueled girl's night out. The staying power of this formula is truly something to marvel at, making it perfect for those who hate running to the bathroom to reapply. / Via @limecrimemakeup

    Lots of reviewers admit that this formula can be a *bit* drying, but when coupled with a lip primer? No longer a problem.

    Promising review: "Of ALL the top shelf brands I have used, Lime Crime puts them to shame with staying power. I can apply a liquid Lime Crime matte in the morning and by 4:00, it's still going strong — with the other lipsticks, I'm lucky if they make it through lunch. If you apply this straight from the tube, you might find that it's too drying...but with a good lip primer, you won't have issues." —RAblack

    Get it from Ulta for $20 (available in 33 colors).

    19. An ultra-creamy Tom Ford lipstick available in 37 colors ranging from red-orange to neutral, peach-pinks that have "your lips but better" written all over them. Good luck on your journey of selecting just one., / Via @tomfordbeauty

    This lipstick contains soja seed extract, brazilian murumuru butter, and chamomilla flower oil (#luxurious) for a formula that is super lightweight and comfortable.

    Promising review: "This is my holy grail lipstick. I've got about 12 different colors and the formula has been consistent across the board. Pigmented, lightweight, comfortable, and long-wearing." —ddxll

    Get it from Sephora for $55 (available in 37 colors).

    Now without further ado, it's time to pucker up:

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