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17 Of The Best Lipsticks I've Bought And Tried In 2017

It's been a big year for lipstick and a terrible year for bank accounts.

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Hi! My name is Gena and you may already know that I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with lipstick.

2017 has been a great year for lipsticks, and a consequently horrendous year for my bank account, so I've decided to share a bunch that I've bought and loved in the hope that you may find something you like too!

1. Jordana Cosmetics Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Red Velvet Cake.

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Finding the perfect red lipstick is something I've struggled with for what feels like an eternity. It's either too light, too orangey, or just ~off~ for my skin tone, so I go through long stints of trying lots of random ones to wearing none at all. It was only until my friend recommended the Jordana Sweet Cream Matte range that I finally found The One. As far as liquid mattes go, it's not the most drying I've tried, but I would recommend making sure your lips are well moisturised before putting it on. Most importantly, it doesn't get dry and flake off, which makes it one of the best of the cheaper liquid mattes on the market.

Pros: Affordable and the colour is TO DIE FOR.

Cons: Can be pretty drying, but worth it if you're in love with the colour like I am.

Get it from Beauty Bay for £6.00, or in the US from Walgreens for $4.99.

2. Fenty Beauty Cosmic Lip Gloss Lip Glitter in Astro Naughty and Starlit Hyper-Glitz Lipstick in Sci-Fly.

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It would be an understatement to say Rihanna has been robbing me blind the last couple of months with the release of Fenty Beauty. I'm not usually one to wear lip glosses, but this year I've managed to acquire three glosses, two of which are from Fenty Beauty. I tried the Hyper-Glitz Lipstick first and wasn't too impressed, as I'm used to my lipsticks being more pigmented and way less subtle, but when I added the Cosmic Gloss — hooooooly shit. They're the perfect combination; the colour was incredible.

Pros: The gloss isn't sticky and has an impressive staying power. If you needed a lip look for Christmas or New Year's Eve, you've pretty much found it with this.

Cons: The lipstick and lip gloss look so good together that you're probably going to have to buy them both, which means more money unfortunately.

Get the lipstick from Harvey Nichols for £16.00, and in the US from Sephora for $19.00.

Get the lip gloss from Harvey Nichols here, and in the US from Sephora here for the same price as above.

3. L'Oréal Paris X Balmain Color Riche in Balmain Instinct and Domination.

4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Trust Issues.

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I rave about Anastasia Beverly Hills' liquid lipsticks all the time because I think the formula is BRILLIANT. No crumbling, no cracking when you smile, and it just goes on really nicely. I have a few other liquid lipsticks from the same line, but Trust Issues is a great colour for autumn. If you're looking to treat yourself to your first liquid lipstick, this is where I would start.

Pros: Really great liquid matte formula that stays put.

Cons: Not the easiest to come off, so make sure you've got a good makeup remover.

Get it from Anastasia Beverly Hills for £20.00, or in the US from Sephora for $12.00.

5. By Terry Terrybly Velvet Rouge Liquid Velvet Lipstick in Bohemian Plum 4.

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This is by far the most expensive lipstick I've ever tried (and likely ever will try). That being said, it's also one of the best. I have never seen a liquid lipstick like those from By Terry. They're the perfect sweet spot between a matte and satin lipstick, whereby they're moisturising, but dry to the perfect texture. The applicator is designed so it's easy to apply, and the colour is so striking that I get complimented every time I wear it. Most importantly, no matter what you do during the day, the colour looks JUST AS GOOD as when you first put it on. It's a miracle lipstick.

Pros: A great texture, not drying at all, and stays on forever.

Cons: Transfer on to things more easily than most other liquid lipsticks, and pretty bloody expensive.

Get it from Net-A-Porter for £30.00, or from the US from Nordstrom for $47.00.

6. Urban Decay Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick in Perversion.

7. Bite Beauty Amouse Bouche Lipstick in Squid Ink.

8. Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick in Naughty by Nature.

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I love Too Faced's fun, colourful aesthetic and they just opened a store in London, so I tried a lipstick from their Melted Matte range. There's a bunch of bold, beautiful colours to choose from, and the liquid lipstick dries to an ultra-matte finish. Naughty by Nature is the kind of colour that's ideal for the colder months, but I'm also a fan of Drop Dead Red, if you're looking for a deep red colour.

Pros: Glides on really easily, is light weight, and colour is super rich.

Cons: The ultra-matte finish means it can feel pretty tight on the lips at times, particularly if you're not used to it. It's also another one that needs a good makeup remover to get off your lips. Trust me, this one's no joke.

Get it from Too Faced for £21.00, or from the US from Sephora for $21.00.

9. Wet N Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Vamp It Up.

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This lipstick is the cheapest of the bunch, but one I constantly have in rotation during the week. I initially got this as a present from my friend who saw the colour "Vamp It Up" and thought of me because of my love of dark lipstick colours, and thank God she did! As far as drug store lipstick goes, the Wet N Wild MegaLast lipsticks are great and they really do last. This finish is thicker than a regular satin but still pretty shiny, and the pigmentation is fab.

Pros: Cheap enough for me to buy three in one go and not feel bad about it.

Cons: For the price, there are very few cons! A great, affordable lipstick.

Get it from Amazon for £3.80, or from the US from Amazon for $4.40.

10. Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer.

11. Makeup Forever Artist Rouge Crème Lipstick in C603 Midnight Blue.

12. Glo Girl Cosmetics Lipstick in Hella Ratchet.

13. Urban Decay Metallized Vice Lipstick in Voodoo.

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I got this Urban Decay metallic lipstick as a birthday present and immediately fell in love with the colour. It's a black and purple hybrid with PINK GLITTER in it, which makes it one of the most badass lipsticks I own. All of the Metallized Vice lipsticks are super unique, and their main selling point is definitely the colours being so drastically different to an everyday lipstick. It's definitely the type of product that will push you out of your comfort zone.

Pros: The colour is just really fuckin' cool.

Cons: Not as pigmented on the first coat, so definitely need more than one to do the colour justice.

Get it from Urban Decay for £15.50, or from the US from Sephora for $17.00.

14. NYX Professional Makeup Velvet Matte Lipstick in Midnight Muse.

15. Beauty Beholders Matte Liquid Lipstick in It's Lit.

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If there's one thing I love about the Beauty Beholders Matte Liquid Lipstick range, it's the names (if you can find a lipstick name more badass than Bad Bitch Tabetha, I'll give you a digital high-five). It's Lit is a deep red with blue undertones, and the lipsticks have a velvety matte finish that's transfer proof, so you won't leave a trace wherever you go.

Pros: Really pigmented, plus I love the names, packaging, and price.

Cons: I found them a little drying, but my colleague Tolani didn't find them drying at all, so it very much depends.

Try one at Beauty Beholders for £10.00, and they also ship internationally.

16. Literally any of the ColourPop Lippie Stix.

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I've not had the best luck with ColourPop liquid lipsticks — the colours are incredible but they crumbled off my lips! — but I will shout from the rooftops about my love for the ColourPop Lippie Stix. As far as affordable lipsticks go, these are pretty up there with some of the best. There's a great range of colours to choose from, the lipsticks are pigmented with full-coverage, and although the finish is matte, the shea butter and Vitamin E means they're really nourishing.

Pros: Lipsticks that look good without breaking the bank.

Cons: So affordable that you may end up being a hoarder like me and buying four for no reason.

Get them from the ColourPop website for $5.00, which also ships internationally.

17. And lastly, a custom lipstick from the Bite Beauty Lip Lab.

Okay, may I start by saying it BLOODY KILLS ME that there isn't one of these in the UK! As Bite Beauty is my favourite lipstick brand, I was more than excited to visit their renowned lip lab in NYC when I visited in August. They have three so far — Toronto, San Francisco, and New York — and for $55 you get to make your very own personalised lipstick, which includes choosing from over 200 lip pigments, picking a finish, and choosing a scent. I got way too excited (as I said, they don't have one where I'm from and it's my fave brand), so I chose to get two lipsticks for $80, ending up with a cherry red and chocolate brown. It was really, really fun and would make a great present for anyone who's just as addicted to lipstick as I am.

Pros: You get to be that annoying person who says "I got it custom-made in New York" whenever someone asks where your lipstick is from.

Cons: It's expensive, and sadly in my case I can't replace them unless I fly half way across the world.

Take a look at the experience here.

Is there a lipstick you fell in love with this year that isn't on this list? Let us know in the comments below and share the knowledge.

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