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T&C Luxury Beauty Awards: Lipsticks, Tints, and Glosses Worth Keeping Forever

Awarding the best of the best in color and formulation.
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What you wear on your lips can complete your look and your outfit. As with your style staples, you’re allowed to love more than one shade or indulge in more than one finish. Here, the basics we have on repeat and the bolder options for days we like to go extra.

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Best Red Lipstick: Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999

Photo by DIOR.

If we’re to recommend a universal bright red lipstick, this iconic tube would definitely be top of mind. Intensely pigmented, this glides on like a balm but holds and colors like a creamy lipstick. 

P2,250; SM Makati; The Podium

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Best Pink Lipstick: Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire in Fame 

Photo by ESTEE LAUDER.

Fiercely pink is Estee Lauder's Fame shade which is best worn with confidence. The creamy lipstick is highly pigmented, long-lasting, and intensely moisturizing—it doesn't leave your beautiful fuschia lips chapped by the end of the day.

P1,900; Rustan’s the Beauty Source; Power Plant Mall; SM Aura

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Best Bright Pink Lipstick: NARS Schiap

Photo by NARS.

The hottest—if not brightest—pink lipstick out there, Schiap has been on the shelves for so long for a reason. It’s a velvety matte neon pink that delivers intensity, holding power, and comfort for cool girls everywhere.

P1,500; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

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Best Rose Lipstick: Tom Ford in Indian Rose

Photo by TOM FORD.

This warm mauve is such a beautiful, flattering rose that’s also long-lasting and comfortable. A classy my-lips-but-better pick, it has a creamy satin finish you’re sure to love.

P2,820; Rustan’s the Beauty Source; Adora

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Best Creamy Nude Lipstick: Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Lipstick in Nu Prefere

Photo by LAURA MERCIER.

Decadence comes in the form of this Laura Mercier lipstick. Weightless, moisturizing, and long-lasting, this creamy lipstick applies without tugging for a smooth and even finish. Once applied, you'll barely feel it's there at all—even after you've eaten your brunch.

P1,450; Rustan's The Beauty Source

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Best Liquid Nude Lipstick: Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out

Photo by SMASHBOX.

What you see is exactly what you get when you glide on this liquid lipstick by Smashbox. The formula is moist, buttery, and a breeze to apply, which is all thanks to its primer oil complex—a combination of jojoba, apricot, and sunflower oils. But don’t be surprised to see the finished application to come out matte despite what you initially felt on your lips. A little will go a long way so you can count on using a single tube for a while, which isn’t unfortunate given it comes in wearable but in vogue shades such as this one called Stepping Out. Another plus is that it’s water-resistant, so you need not worry come mealtime.

P1,250; Beauty Bar

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Best Matte Lipstick: Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick

Photo by LAURA MERCIER.

We were first lured by its innovative format as a lip pen, making it slimmer and easier to use especially since we all know that precision is essential for applying matte lipsticks. (It even comes with a built-in sharpener, allowing us to use it as a liner too!) What made it a staple in our kit is its one-swipe intensity, the way it glides without sinking into lines, and how it flexes with our lips when we smile or talk. A must-try for all matte lipstick lovers.

P1,450; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

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Best Velvet Matte Lipstick:  Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Thigh High

Photo by SHISEIDO.

The ModernMatte Powder Lipstick leaves a lasting first impression, partly due to its sleek packaging and its magnetized case. Another unconventional feature to love is its rectangular-shaped tip, which may look intimidating at first, but is a wonder to swipe on the lips. The shape is ideal for shading in the lips and shaping hard-to-reach areas such as the cupid’s bow. The lipstick’s smooth and long-lasting formula surprisingly leaves a non-drying semi-matte finish and its namesake “powder” effect. The lipstick line comes in an array of colors ranging from a coral pink to a deep plum shade.

P1,700; Power Plant Mall; Greenbelt 5; Shangri-La Mall; S Maison Conrad; SM Megamall; Ayala Center Cebu; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

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Best Powder Matte Lipstick: M.A.C Powder Kiss in Devoted to Chili

Photo by M.A.C.

Perfect for creating a gradient or lips with blurred edges, this moisture-matte lipstick will make your lips look powdery and matte without feeling it at all. It’s wonderfully weightless, comfortable, and buildable.

P1,100; Rustan’s The Beauty Source; Power Plant Mall; SM Aura

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Best Liquid Matte Lipstick: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Colour'Ink in On Fleek

Photo by GUERLAIN.

If we can hoard this in all shades, we would. That’s how much we love this “new-generation” lip ink. It glides on the lips and follows your strokes without caking or drying up. It smells wonderful too and lasts up to eight hours, it survived our third cup of coffee.

Rustan's The Beauty Source

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Best Shiny Lipstick: Shiseido LacquerInk Lip Shine in Techno Red

Photo by SHISEIDO.

This can give you the pigment you want from a lipstick and the shine you want from a lipgloss all without the sticky feeling. For how intense it looks, it’s a surprise how light the texture actually is.

P1,500; Power Plant Mall; Glorietta; Alabang Town Center; Greenbelt 5; Shangri-La Mall; S Maison Conrad; SM Megamall; Ayala Center Cebu; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

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Best Lip Gloss: Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Moisturizing Glossimer in Opulence

Photo by CHANEL.

Definitely a luxurious pick, Chanel’s lipgloss formula stands out for its skin moisturizing ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba, sunflower, and mimosa, apart from its non-sticky gel texture that gives your lips a watery shine effect.

Rustan’s The Beauty Source

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Best Lip Stain: Clarins Water Lip Stain

Photo by CLARINS.

Almost like a lip treatment (which you can expect from a skincare brand), the 77-percent water-based lip stain deposits a youthful wash of color in all its weightlessness and comfort. 

Rustan’s The Beauty Source; SM Makati

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Best Sheer Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Pink

Photo by BOBBI BROWN.

This lip tint works on adding a layer of sheen on your lips. The moisturizing tint is sheer enough to keep your lips looking natural while functioning as a non-sticky lip gloss substitute. The nourishing qualities come from the combination of olive, avocado, and jojoba oils that work to smoothen lips and reduce fine lines. While it works as a lip enhancer, the Bare Pink shade also promises some added glitter. We recommend it to be used on its own for no-makeup makeup days or used as the finishing touch above your go-to lipstick to give your puckers an extra shine and plump.   

P1,650; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

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Best Lip Balm: NARS After Glow Lip Balm in Orgasm

Photo by NARS.

We wore this with our other favorites from the Orgasm collection—from the blush and the multiple to the eyeshadow palette—and felt like a true Francois Nars masterpiece. The universal shade which first became popular as a blush works the same for the lips, giving a beautiful natural flush in the perfect pink with subtle shimmer.

P1,550; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

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Best Lip Treatment: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Care Collection

Photo by ESTEE LAUDER.

The Pure Color Envy Lip Volumizer, Color Replenish Lip Balm, and Lip Repair Potion are our daily lip care trio. The lip volumizer—with plumping effect ingredients, hyaluronic acid, and minty-cool sensation—is a staple under our lipstick (but it can also be worn on its own); while the lip repair potion is part of our bedtime ritual—it softens and revives our puckers as we sleep. The lip balm, we reapply any time during the day.

Rustan's The Beauty Source

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Best Lip Oil: M.A.C Shot of Colour Lip Oil 

Photo by M.A.C.

Lip oils may have a reputation for holding back on the pigmentation, but this highly saturated formula not only paints the lips with intense color, it also finishes with a vinyl effect. The newest from M.A.C, this lip oil is infused with a moisture gloss that keeps the lips from drying and cracking. The 14 shades are each their own brand if vibrancy. Each bottle comes with a curved applicator that ensures every area, from the Cupid’s bow to the corners of the lips, is covered in this nourishing lip oil.

P1,250; Rustan’s The Beauty Source; Power Plant Mall; SM Aura

With additional reviews by Hannah Lazatin and Nicole Cruz.

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Nicole Limos Morales
Contributing Beauty Editor
Nicole is the former managing editor of Town&Country. After working as features editor and beauty editor of the title’s print edition for 6 years, she helped launch Townandcountry.ph in 2016, creating new concepts and story formats, analyzing data, and mastering digital audiences—establishing the title to become the Philippines’ leading luxury lifestyle website. She left her full-time position in 2019 to focus on family life, while carrying on writing beauty content for T&C as a contributing editor. “I think what’s amazing about beauty is that in its arena, you can really only be a skeptic for so long,” she says. “There will always be a product that will make you believe.”
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