The 20 New Lipsticks of 2016 That You Need to Try Right Now
For many women, lipstick was the first beauty product they ever tried, so they feel a special affinity for it. That affinity can translate into serious hoarding, which we will proudly enable. Yes, you need multiple reds. No, you shouldn't cut back on your matte lip budget. There's still so many formulas to try!
In fact, 2016 was a banner year for new lip colors. Shade-switching balms, non-goth black hues, and comfortable liquid lipsticks are just a few of the treats worthy of pampering your pucker with. Read on to see some of the items you should absolutely have in your stash.
Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer
This longwear liquid formula ($19) acts as both a lip color and primer in one, so your pout stays dramatically vibrant and feels nourished for hours. Try the bright Flame Pop for your upcoming holiday soirée — the blue undertones will make your teeth look brighter, and it will last through plenty of kisses under the mistletoe.
Maybelline Baby Lips Glow
If you're obsessed with the original Maybelline balm lineup, you know that the Baby Lips formulas are moisturizing and nongreasy and feel ultra-lightweight on your pucker. This pH color-transforming formula ($4) evolves while you wear it, shifting to the perfect, subtle kiss of pink for your skin tone.
Rimmel London Kate Nudes Lipstick
Those who have had trouble finding their ideal nude pout should turn to Rimmel London Kate Nudes Lipstick ($9). It comes in a variety of hues for a range of skin tones and this formula slides on extra smooth, leaving lips feeling moisturized.
Too Faced Melted Chocolate Lipstick
This delectable liquid lipstick ($21) smells exactly like a warm brownie (yum!). Perhaps even more compelling, the formula glides on and stays on all day, without leaving your lips chapped or dry. It has a semi-matte finish, so you’re left with an indulgent selfie-ready pout.
Smith and Cult The Tainted Lip Stained Flatte
This liquid lipstick ($24) will instantly become a favorite in your collection. It goes on opaque in one swipe and smells just like frosting. The mousse-like consistency is soft and comfortable and won't dehydrate your pout. Bonus: Smith and Cult's chic packaging will make you want to take it out of your bag to reapply even when you don't need to.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick
The Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick ($38) is not to be overlooked. The formula feels smooth and thin — not thick, sticky, or drying — lasting for hours on the lips.
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick
Beauty entrepreneur and influencer Huda Kattan developed this formula ($19) to her specifications, and it is truly outstanding. It is durable, comes in 16 ultrawearable colors (from soft beiges to bold reds), and is one of the most comfortable liquid lipsticks on the market.
MAC Cosmetics Liptensity Lipstick
To produce this line of lipsticks, MAC's team of experts worked with a tetrachromat, an individual who possesses the ability to see up to 100 million colors that average people cannot. This intense navy ($21) — an extremely popular lip hue this year — is ultrapigmented and looks stunning on a wide range of complexions.
Lipstick Queen Black Lace Rabbit
This lipstick ($24) may be black, but it's far more glam than goth. The ultrasheer, balmy formula is loaded with fine gold shimmer that makes your pucker look plump and pretty. We like layering it over a matte red to create a "smoky lip" effect, but it also looks subtly stunning when worn on a bare pout.
The Lip Crayons by Sara Happ
This trio of lip crayons ($38 for the set) comes with three steps: The Highlighter, which you dab on the cupid's bow and the center of your bottom lip; The Balm, to hydrate the lips; and The Nude, a universally flattering shade that gives you pout a little extra "oomph."
Nars Cosmetics Special Edition Rita Audacious Lipstick
When it comes to red lipstick, Nars doesn't mess around. The Special Edition Rita Audacious Lipstick ($32) is scarlet perfection: it glides on the lips like a buttery cream, and the color is instant. You really need just one coat to achieve the perfect demimatte pucker.
Guerlain Rouge G Intense Shine Lipstick in Rouge Saphir
The case of this luxurious lipstick ($56) features a mirror that opens up once you remove the magnetic cap and is accented by a beautiful cobalt stone. But the formula is just as sophisticated: inside is a blue-based red lip color that is infused with ruby powder to give your pout an extra sheen.
It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment
This unique lip treatment ($24) boasts special color-changing properties to transform into your perfect no-makeup makeup lip tint (based on the warmth of your mouth). It also has hyaluronic filling spheres, smoothing antioxidants, and essential butters and oils to give you plump pucker, no injections necessary.
BareMinerals GenNude Buttercream Lip Gloss
Even if you're not much of a gloss girl, you'll fall in love with this Buttercream Lip Gloss ($18). It's not too slippery and has great color payoff, not to mention it comes in an extensive range of nude shades to suit any skin tone.
Stila Stay All Day MATTE’ificent Lipstick
If you swear by the products in Stila's ultra-longwear Stay All Day range, you have to give this a shot. The velvety lipstick ($22) glides on like a cream but features a classic, true matte finish. Unlike many matte formulas, this one is shockingly hydrating and lightweight. You'll actually forget you're wearing it, which isn't an issue — the color lasts for hours.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love Is On
Not only did Revlon manage to produce the world's most flattering red lipstick ($8), the brand also made sure it felt and smelled good, too. The creamy bullet is infused with an aroma inspired by Cleopatra's ancient Egyptian love potions. If someone leans in for a kiss, they'll smell the delectable blend of rose petals, peach, soft woods, and white musk.