T&C Luxury Beauty Awards: Lipsticks, Tints, and Glosses Worth Keeping Forever
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.
Best Red Lipstick: Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999
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
Best Pink Lipstick: Estee Lauder Pure Color Desire in Fame
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
Best Bright Pink Lipstick: NARS Schiap
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
Best Rose Lipstick: Tom Ford in Indian Rose
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
Best Creamy Nude Lipstick: Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Lipstick in Nu Prefere
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
Best Liquid Nude Lipstick: Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out
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
Best Matte Lipstick: Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick
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
Best Velvet Matte Lipstick: Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Thigh High
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
Best Powder Matte Lipstick: M.A.C Powder Kiss in Devoted to Chili
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
Best Liquid Matte Lipstick: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Colour'Ink in On Fleek
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.
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Best Shiny Lipstick: Shiseido LacquerInk Lip Shine in Techno Red
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
Best Lip Gloss: Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Moisturizing Glossimer in Opulence
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
Best Lip Stain: Clarins Water Lip Stain
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
Best Sheer Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Pink
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
Best Lip Balm: NARS After Glow Lip Balm in Orgasm
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
Best Lip Treatment: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Care Collection
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
Best Lip Oil: M.A.C Shot of Colour Lip Oil
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.