Tried and Loved: 9 Lipsticks We Could Not Live Without in 2019

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Words by maven46
December 31st, 2019

Adina, Digital Operations Manager…

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Bond Girl 

This lipstick is my ALL time favourite! The colour, the texture, the longevity and, of course, the packaging are all 10/10. Bond Girl is one of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks, but not matte as you know it — if you’ve tried this range you’ll know what I mean. Super smooth and velvety to apply but without that dry feeling often associated with matte lipsticks. Bond Girl is a darker version of my natural lip colour, so while it looks dark in the tube, its all depends on how you apply it, which is why it’s like two lipsticks in one for me. If I want a hint of a tint I simply dab it onto my lips for a ‘my lips but better’ look, or if I want a deeper pout, with just one swipe I get long-lasting opaque coverage.

MAC Modesty

It’s hard to find a nude that has the right balance between pink, beige and mauve, and one that won’t wash out my already pale complexion. I purchased Modesty by MAC last year after swapping some empties (thanks to the Back to MAC scheme) and it’s been a staple everyday nude in my handbag ever since. It’s part of the Cremesheen range, so it’s really comfortable on your lips with a natural, slightly shiny finish.

MAC Lady Danger

If you like red lipsticks, Lady Danger won’t be new to you. It’s been a MAC bestseller for years and I finally picked up a tube last year to see what the hype was about. Red is a hard one to get right, especially one that suits your skin tone, but Lady Danger is one of those that seems to look great on just about anyone. It’s an orange-toned red so it has a modern look and the ability to completely lift and brighten your entire face with one swipe of the bullet. It’s full-coverage colour and with its matte formula, you can guarantee it won’t budge or bleed over your lipline. The formula can be quite dry, but it’s worth it for those days or occasions when you want a great statement lip. Definitely a must-try red.

Nicole, Assistant Editor…

MAC Blankety

When MAC released a new range of Liptensity lipsticks in 2016, I thought I had found my forever shade. So when I heard that Driftwood, the particular Liptensity shade I’d fallen in love with, had been discontinued, I was devastated. Thankfully, I found a really good dupe in MAC’s Amplified collection. Blankety is an ultra-creamy soft pink beige. It offers full coverage, a semi-lustrous finish, and it might just be better than Driftwood. Like Adina, I’ve also found it hard to find the perfect nude shade that suits me, my lips and my complexion — what’s nude on one person isn’t necessarily nude on the next. However, Blankety might just be the one.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss 03

You’ll begin to see a theme when it comes to my favourite lipsticks… I bought this nude shade a few years ago and then swiftly forgot about it, as I often do with lipsticks. I recently rediscovered it though and have since found a new appreciation for it. Where Blankety is quite pink, this is more of a peach-coral nude with an opaque satin finish. While I’ve never compared them personally, a lot of people consider it to be a good dupe for MAC Velvet Teddy so if you’re in the market for a cheaper alternative, this could be a good shout.

Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick Red Queen

If you’re looking for the smoothest, silkiest lipstick, this is it. Rouge Rouge Lipstick by Shiseido glides on and makes even the most dehydrated lips look plump and moisturised which is why my eternally dry lips and I love it. A pinkish red-brown, ‘Red Queen’ is a great everyday shade for those moments when your complexion needs a bit of brightening up. The formula is relatively long-lasting, and most importantly, it’s comfortable on the lips.

Tanya, Editor

Clarins Jouli Rouge Velvet, in Pink Cranberry



I absolutely love a pop of bright pink on my lips. Because of my sallow skin, I can carry stronger tones especially in the fuschia colour range, and this version from Clarins is not only hyperpigmented that requires one single coat, but its hydrating properties allow for my lips to stay supple and soft with long-lasting effects.

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Ruby in Bad Blood 

This is my absolute all-time favourite red lipstick, it packs a punch of ultra-pigmented bold colour that lasts for hours without drying out your lips. The ‘Bad Blood’ shade is the perfect red, not too orange, not too pink and ensures your lips are the focus of your face.


Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lipstick, 401

When you want extra shine and a pop of colour, you can’t go wrong with this lipstick. Its full moisture adds beautiful hydrating shine to your lips without sacrificing on the colour, making it an ideal throw in your bag product.