The lips are a generally overlooked feature of the face, especially when one is just starting out with makeup. However, paying attention to the lips can make your skin look brighter, complete a look, and can even make your face appear healthier overall. Here is my list of the best 2013 lip products~ Let me know what you guys think!
High End: Lush Mint Julips lip scrub
This minty lip scrub effectively exfoliates and softens the lips without making them feel dry or raw. A bonus feature includes being able to lip this yummy scrub off your lips once you’re done!
Drugstore: Vaseline + Sugar
Honestly, there are some drugstore options that work well, but if you just need something to get the job done, just mix some Vaseline and coarse sugar together. Voila!
High End: Estee Lauder Automatic Lip Pencil Duo
Although rather pricy, these lip liners come with a lip brush on one side and a refillable lip liner on the other. These lip liner replacements can be purchased separately, and there is a huge number of shades available. Won’t dry out the lips, but provides a great basis color for long lasting lipstick.
For only $1, these lip liners prevents feathering and comes in a wide array of colors. Although not as moisturizing as it could be, these is easily fixable with a light layer of balm (see best balms below).
Lip Balm (Non-tinted)
High End: Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment in Translucent
This product is supposed to “repair the lips, significantly [boost] moisture, enhancing volume, and [improve] the definition of the lip area”. And it does all that, leaving the lips feeling hydrated and silky.
Drugstore: Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve
A longtime cult favorite, this salve has proven to hydrate the lips, as well as added benefits of soothing burns, relieve dryness, and heal irritation. It’s amazing.
Lip Balm (Colored)
High End: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
Although this lip balm looks really dark in the tube, its rather sheer and creates a beautiful sheer berry color on the lips. It’s beautifully moisturizing and feels great on the lips.
Drugstore: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter
Since their release, these lip butters have been huge within the makeup community, and they remain some of the best lip balms out there. Although these can be classified as a lipstick rather than a lip balm, they are incredibly moisturizing, comparable to labeled lip balms, and range from sheer to highly pigmented and they feel great on the lips.
High End: Benefit Chachatint Lip and Cheek Stain
This lipstain leaves a gorgeous mango-rose color on the lips that looks amazing, especially during the summer. It stays put all day, and applies very easily.
Drugstore: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
Lipstains have a bad rep for drying out the lips, so these new Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains delivers great color without drying out the lips. They also come in this adorable crayon-like packaging.
Lipstick (Matte Finish)
High End: Em Cosmetics Lip Gallery Matte Liptick
With it’s velvety finish, this matte lipstick has an impressive formula that doesn’t leave the lips as dry as normal matte lipsticks would. Although not moisturizing, these lipsticks apply easily and cleanly, without flaking the lips.
Drugstore: NYX Matte Lip Cream
Applies smoothly and creamily with the included wand, this matte lip cream won’t budge after you apply it. Great formula, and comes in a great array of colors.
High End: Too Faced La Crème Lipsticks
One of my favorite lipsticks of all time, the description wasn’t lying when it said this lipstick was “drenched in moisture”.
Available in a huge array of colors, these lipsticks are creamier and more moisturizing than almost any other drugstore lipstick that I’ve tried, with ingredients such as Omega 3, Vitamin E, and Argan Oil. The packaging is very luxurious looking as well.
High End: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick
Although this might not be the longest lasting lipstick on the market, it is one of the longest lasting lipsticks that provide high pigmentation and will not dry out the lips. The bullet shape helps ensure a precise color application as well.
Drugstore: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick
Again, this is a drugstore lipstick that won’t dry out the lips, has intense pigmentation, and lasts for a good amount of time. It also comes in a huge range of shades.
High End: Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain
I’m not a huge fan of lip glosses, but I adore this glossy stain by YSL. These will provide an even layer of gloss across the lips, with good pigmentation that will last on the lips for awhile. They feel nice on the lips, and have a unique applicator.
Drugstore: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss
These glosses have a creamy and lacquer-like finish that “delivers shine, moisture, and softness and envelopes lips with glistening color.” They deliver on all their promises, and is a must for any gloss-lover.
I hope this list of the best lip products of 2013 is helpful to you all, and especially the lip enthusiasts out there who are looking for something else to try! I also hope that those of you who are a little shy with the lip colors will find something you like and try out a new color. You never know how you might look with a bold or vibrant lip without trying!~ Hope this new year brings you lots of smiles (which you can show off with a new lip color! Hint hint**). Enjoy your fresh start and hope your New Years resolutions come true! Until next year!~~