We all know at least one person who wears the same shade of lipstick throughout winter. Can you really blame them?
For ages, women magazines have been limiting our winter palette to a few shades of reds, burgundies, and browns. Sadly, most mainstream makeup brands seem to be following their advice and throwing in the same few hues every other year.
What if we tell you, holiday season doesn’t have to be that boring.‘Tis the season to rock the deepest, darkest, and brightest of shades. You can faultlessly flaunt the intensity of fall shades, the spunkiness of spring colors, or the muted earthiness of summer hues.
Thankfully, there are hip and trendy makeup brands that are breaking the age-old monotony with a jaw-dropping range of colors this season.
And that is why we have shortlisted the twelve best new lipsticks of the season you must add to your collection.
We are starting with an unusually lighter shade for winter, but we understand that dark isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you feel the same or just need a break from a series of dark lip colors, Amber Dazzle liquid matte lipstick in Crush is the shade you need. Despite being on the lighter side, this one is quite warm. You can call it nude with a hint of coral. Works best when you are going for dramatic smokey eyes.
One thing we strongly feel about ultra-matte long-lasting lipsticks in lighter shades is that they often have the worst formula. It is tacky, drying, and prone to creasing. Not this one! Crush can last for hours without a single crease. While it dries out matte, it feels super creamy on the lips.
Makeuprevue Matte Lipstick in Bossy – $16.99
If you can’t decide between light and dark shade for the season, Bossy lets you strike a perfect balance. Bossy is a warm brown with a hint of terracotta that looks amazing on every skin tone. A fresh color doesn’t wash you down even if you aren’t wearing too much makeup on the face. Not to mention, it is very work-appropriate. No wonder they call it “Bossy.”
Speaking of the formula, we really believe Makeuprevue deserves a massive round of applause for its super lightweight and creamy matte formula. It’s a highly pigmented, full-coverage lipstick that doesn’t need a second swipe. It’s not just vegan, it is cruelty-free, paraben-free, and gluten-free.
MEMI Makeup is on its way to becoming our favorite brand. It is already raved by numerous celebrities and leading makeup artists. Their Matte Luxe Lipsticks are among their most popular products. Not only do they have the most luxurious, creamy formula, they also have the most beautiful range of shades to choose from. “Hard to Get” is our hot favorite for the season. It is a deep red shade that doesn’t scream for attention yet wouldn’t go unnoticed. We love the fact that it is a type of red we can wear any time of the day. It looks just as ravishing at a corporate event as it does on a lunch date.
The formula contains nourishing oils that allow it to glide smoothly and set gently into a super-pigmented, soft matte finish. It is perfect for anyone who doesn’t prefer ultra-matte liquids.
We are in love with Mellow Cosmetics creamy mattes this season. We love ‘em so much, it was really difficult to pick one shade for this list. Every shade is different yet equally beautiful. After a lot of thoughts, we decided to pick Candy Floss as the color of the season. The number one reason behind that decision is the lack of pinks from other brands.
It is not every year that we get to see a winter-perfect pink. To be honest, we didn’t know that such a shade actually exists before we laid our eyes on this bright “almost-barbie” pink. We love how it slides slightly into the violet side of the spectrum while retaining the warmth.
Thanks to the brilliant creamy formula, the color glides on smooth and stays put for hours. The velvet finish adds to the beauty of the color. Overall, a gorgeous daytime shade that steals the show.
If there is one brand that always stays ahead of the trend, it’s Insta Makeover. This season, they revealed a breathtaking range of full-glam liquid lipsticks perfect for holidays. These super metallic shades will get you caught up in the shimmer craze. Our best pick from this line is Mantra. Imagine the beautiful burnt orange foliage of the maple tree, and sprinkle a bit of pixie dust on it. That’s Mantra for you.
What we truly love besides the gorgeous shade is the formula that isn’t flaky or tacky like most long-lasting metallics tend to be. It feels like butter on the lips and stays that way for a good 24-hours. It doesn’t smudge, feather, or bleed like most metallic finish lipsticks. We also love the cute pointed-tip applicator that allows for precision.
Since shimmery metallics are all the rage this season, we can’t help but have another one on the list. Amber Dazzle has a whole range of metallic mattes to choose from. If you can’t decide on one shade to try, “shimmer” is the one we recommend. Shimmer may seem close to Mantra in photos, but it actually is more on the browner side. It is slightly lighter or maybe it is because it has more shimmer in it.
The formula is lightweight and moisturizing. The longevity is good, and it doesn’t get flaky for as long as it lasts. While it looks gorgeous on its own, we like pairing it with a darker matte shade to create an ombre effect.
The Sexiest Beauty – Sex-Proof Matte Liquid Lipsticks are setting new standards in long-lasting liquid mattes. It is not just because of the extended lasting power, but also because of the outstanding range of colors. The Sexiest Beauty is all about channeling your wild side, and “Volatile” is the color that truly lives up to that claim. It is a winter-friendly shade of violet with warm undertones. It looks beautiful on every skin tone. In fact, if the lipstick is all the makeup you want to wear, this is the shade to pick.
Speaking of formula, it is one of the creamiest violets we have tried. For some reason, very few brands can get their violets right, but The Sexiest Beauty seems to have aced it. The color is highly pigmented, dries out super matte, and doesn’t budge no matter what you do. We certify it 100 percent sex-proof.
If someone ever tells you can’t wear bright pink in winter, you need to cut ties with that person. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. Pink is the universal color of beauty – the brighter, better. Turns out the brands of the millennial agrees with us. It is why they have included this lively bright pink in their Satin Luxe line. Date Night is the perfect bright pink with warm undertones.
If you aren’t a liquid lipstick person, MEMI satin luxe lipsticks are the best alternatives. They are just as pigmented and long lasting as any high-end liquid lipstick. The only difference is that they are creamier and more moisturizing. The luxurious satin finish keeps your lips smooth and crease-free.
Makeuprevue Matte Lipstick in Utopia – $16.99
We have already covered the wild side of the violet, but if you aren’t up for something as dramatic as Volatile, you will love this muted mauve from Makeuprevue. “Utopia” is a very trendy shade of purple that both business and fun at the same time. It is a color you can rock with super glam eyes, intense matte smokey or just with a simple black winged liner. You can go as creative as you want.
We have already talked about Makeuprevue matte lipstick formula, but remember how we said most brands can’t get it right with violets and purples? Well, this creamy, moisturizing formula is one of the main reasons we have Utopia on this list.
Now, it doesn’t hurt to have one or two traditional winter shades in your collection. If you want that dark and intense pout this season, INSTAMAKEOVER Dauntless Lipstick in Queen is our hot favorite. To be honest, we can’t really tell if it’s burgundy or wine. Looks like it’s a bit of both with a hint of purple in it. One thing we do know for sure is that it is one gorgeous color every makeup lover would fall in love with.
Dauntless Lipsticks are super intense and have a luxurious semi-matte finish. We love how even this dark shade applies without a streak. Doesn’t bleed or crease and keeps the lips moisturized.
Coral is another color they tell you not to wear in winter. Clapback Coral from the Sexiest Beauty is here to change your mind. Part of the Matteshine Lipstick line, this is essentially a bright red with warm coral undertones. If you are tired of deep reds and burgundies, this shade will give you the much-needed break. We can’t say if you will ever be able to go back.
Like all lipsticks from the Sexiest Beauty, this one also claims to be sex-proof, i.e. will last throughout the day or night. The intensive moisturizing formula makes it a perfect lipstick for drying weather. The semi-matte finish adds glamour to the gorgeous shade.
We were almost about to give up on liquid lip paints when Mellow launched its liquid lip paint line. The formula is groundbreaking. It is just as matte as we like; it is uber-pigmented; it is ultra-lightweight, and it has the most mesmerizing range of colors. Our top favorite for the season is “New York.”
It is a wine meet Bordeaux with a warm hint of berry. Yes, it looks as beautiful as it sounds. If you are looking for a sexy, sultry lip color for a formal evening, we can’t recommend a better shade.