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The 10 lipsticks you need to add to your cart in 2021

July 7th, 2021 | by

The right lipstick is the greatest shortcut to add oomph to any look. Even on days when you prefer stepping out with just a dash of mascara and a hint of eyeliner, adding a pop of colour to your lips can complete your look.

Whether it’s powering through a hectic workday or enjoying a girls night out, a few go-to lipsticks can help you look effortlessly put together, no matter the occasion.

If you’re even remotely into makeup, you would have heard every makeup blogger, beauty aficionado and blog talk about the importance of choosing the right lip shade for your skin tone. 

But there is a lot more you need to consider while adding a new lip colour to your makeup arsenal. From the barrage of lipstick formulas that exist – matte, semi-matte, gloss, cream and shimmer, picking the right one can take all day. 

While a full matte finish lipstick stays on all day long, it can also dry out your lips very easily and while a creamy formula won’t strip your lips of moisture, it isn’t your best bet if you want to avoid countless touch-ups. Added to this is the quest to find a shade that’s pigmented and long-lasting enough to not wear off by the time you’ve downed your second espresso.

To turn this exhausting search into a walk in the park, we’ve put together a round-up of the best lipsticks in 2021:

1. Best Overall Choice: Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick

Highly pigmented, lusciously creamy and as light as a feather – this lipstick boasts an intensely smooth formula. It’s packed with UV protection and light-diffusing pigments to give you a luminous, full-bodied pout, as they capture and reflect light back out. A special blend of waxes makes this lipstick glide over the contours of your lips, with no bleeding outside the lip line. It comes in a range of sophisticated shades like bright red, peach-nude, deep berry and rosebud pink. 

2. Best Nude Shade: Mac Velvet Teddy

When it comes to a high colour pay-off and a smooth matte finish, few lipsticks come close to this one. The Mac Velvet Teddy is a medium, rosy brown shade with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Equipped with a formula that’s highly pigmented, smooth and velvety – this lip colour melds comfort and ease of application like a dream. Non-drying and long-lasting, this is a lip colour that doesn’t budge well into the evening and gives you the confidence of a diva!

3. Best Matte Choice: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick

In addition to a weightless matte finish and a high colour pay-off, the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick brings to market unique 3D glow pigments that give its colour plenty of dimension, making your lips appear fuller and plumper (Bye bye, plumping injections!). 

With a shade range of 12 colours, it leaves you spoilt for choice. If you’re going for an everyday shade, you can’t go wrong with its best-selling shade – Pillow Talk. Its uniquely shaped bullet ensures application that’s as precise as that done by a seasoned makeup artist.

4. NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

With as many as 40 shades, this is a lipstick that covers every hue that there is to cover. While for most, nudes or a bright red are enough to glide through most occasions – for the slightly more adventurous girls out there, this shade range is apt to break away from the mundane. Its creamy, cushiony and matte formula keeps your lips moisturized for hours.

5. L’Oreal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Liquid Lipstick

Spanning nudes, reds, corals, pinks and purples – this lipstick features the boldest hues across an extensive shade range. Its liquid formula comes with a weight-less feel which dries into a pigmented matte finish on application. It stays on all day long while keeping flaking, drying and smudging at bay.

6. Best Drugstore: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolor

Fortified with jojoba oil, this lipstick is made of an ultra-moisturizing formula to leave your lips with an enviable velvet matte finish. While the jojoba oil promises comfort, the matte gel technology creates an intense matte look. With moisture and colour pay-off that lasts incredibly long hours, this lipstick brings together the best of both worlds in one neat black leather packaging.

7. Best Long-Lasting Lipstick: Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Promising 16 hours of wear-time, this Maybelline lipstick lives up to its claim. Give it 15 seconds after application and no amount of greasy eating or bottomless cups of coffee stand a chance to diminish its hue. Its exhaustive shade range of 40 colours ensures you have plenty of options to choose from. 

8. Best Luxury Lipstick: ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick 

Living up to its name, this Estee Lauder lipstick comes with a bullet-shaped tip to embrace the curves of your lips. Encased in a luxurious case, it isn’t just a priceless makeup addition but a sight to behold. It’s Time-Release Moisture Complex helps capture and seal hydration, leaving your lips moisturized throughout the day. Featuring an effortlessly gliding, creamy formula that stays up to 8 hours, this lipstick comes in a range of statement-making shades.

9. Sugar Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipsticks Mini

Enriched with the goodness of Vitamin E, this matte lipstick is super long-lasting and highly pigmented. Gliding smoothly onto your lips, it settles into a comfortable yet ultra-matte finish. Its ability to not wear off while keeping dryness at bay is an added advantage. With a vast range of over 50 shades, this is priced at 499 INR, making it a dream budget pick. 

10 Nykaa Matte Luxe Lipstick

Featuring 12 sophisticated shades ideal for Indian skin tones, this lipstick by Nykaa leaves a luxury velvet matte finish and an incredible colour pay-off. Ultra-lightweight and comfortable, it settles onto your lips with a one-stroke application and stays on for hours. 

You’ve picked the right lipstick. Now what?

While it’s incredibly important to pick the right lipstick, it’s just as crucial to know how to apply it for a flawless finish. Exfoliating and moisturizing your lips before going in with your lip colour can not only help you attain a smoother application but also protects your lips from dryness. 

Just the way applying a primer is an essential step before going in with your foundation, exfoliating and moisturizing your lips is non-negotiable before going in with your lipstick. 


Supriya Jain