Explainer: 10 top-rated lipsticks
No. 10: Revlon Renewist LipColor, $9.99
Why: One reviewer called Revlon Renewist LipColor an "answer to my prayers! I have tried many, many lipsticks, even the high priced, 'natural ingredient' ones and my lips would be so dry and sometimes crack or get little pimples around my lips. I almost gave up, then I tried Renewist. It's great!" For super sensitive lips, this lipstick "actually feels good," said another reviewer. One reader was "surprised by how much I liked it. My experiences with drugstore makeup brands have been pretty hit-or-miss, but this one was definitely a hit!" Another loved the "super moisturizing, lasting power and absolutely awesome color!"
No. 9: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color, $30
Why: Readers agree thislipstick does what it says: "It left my lips looking smoother, more luminous and a bit fuller." Other readers give praise that "this is definitely my "go to" lipstick" and that "it goes on soft, but at the same time stays on." And while it may be pricy "the luxury affects shows in the product when you apply the color to your lips." A reader who wears Crazed #32 gets compliments like "that is an amazing lip color — I need to get that" every time she wears it
No. 8: Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing LipSheers, $8.99
Why: Readers say that it has the "subtle cooling sensation, which is great on hot days." And with its 10 sheer colors, one reader loved the "your-lips-only-better tint" which gave her a coverage that was "sheer enough that you can still see your natural lip color through it." The sunscreen was a "big plus" for some and with its slim packaging you can "place it in your purse or pocket for re-application."
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No. 7: Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick, $22
Why: Readers say this long-lasting lipstick does what it claims: "I can apply it in the morning and it goes on smoothly and makes my chapped lips look great till noon." One reader says it "goes on creamy and stays that way, other long lasting types are too drying." Another reader has "never bought another lipstick" after trying this one and says that the "price is worth every penny."
No. 6: Clinique Almost Lipstick, $14
Why: Readers say, "Clinique Almost Lipstick is so much better than lipstick" because it is "somewhere in between a lipstick and a gloss or sort or of a lip stain." Another reader says it "is never sticky, always moisturizing, and I find it to be longer lasting than most other lip glosses. I think this product is a great value." As for color choice, readers agree that "Black Honey is truly worth the hype" and one person called it "a perfect ten."
No. 5: Sonia Kashuk Luxury Lip Color, $7.99
Why: Readers agree that "it feels just as nice as high end lipstick but with half the cost," and that "it goes on smooth and lasts a long time." One reader "noticed that I'm really sensitive to most lipsticks out there in the market. But after using this lipstick, my lips did not dry out or flake." Another reader says that you get "long lasting color, moisture and shine for less than the department store brands."
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No. 4: Nars Lipstick, $24
Why: One "self-professed lipstick-aholic" claims "no lipstick comes as close to perfect as Nars." Another reader says, "It looks absolutely gorgeous and stayed on my lips at least 6 hours even after a quick bite to eat." Readers say, "the colors are always rich and really remain true once applied." Favorite shades include Captiva, "a berry-reddish shade that looks good on almost everyone," and Dolce Vita, which one reader says "goes on a sheer rosy-brown" and "enhances my natural lip color and brightens up my skin tone."
No. 3: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor, $7.50
Why: A reader who is not really a "lipstick girl" is "now a convert" and found that it left her lips "feeling smooth and soft — no st...ickiness — and it lasted a good long time." One reader marveled that the shade Plum-tastic stayed on her lips, even after working "in a hot crazy kitchen for 8 hours." Another reader found that the "color is intense, and has amazing staying power. I didn't even need to reapply after eating dinner."
No. 2: NYX Round Lips, $0.99
Why: Readers agree that the price is right: "I bought all my NYX Round Lips online for $0.99 each! Great quality without the great expense! What could be better than that?"
One reader loves "the fact that there isn't a hint of any fragrance or smell. It is very creamy and smooth, and the payoff (color deposit) is very intense. It's such a great price too!" And yet another reader exclaimed "OMG! These lipsticks are so great, they're very pigmented, creamy, and they have shimmery glaze."
No. 1: MAC Mattene Lipstick $12.50
Why:Readers say, "the colors are beautiful, the pigment rich and intense and the finish is silky and matte" and even though "it's definitely a matte finish, it glides on smoothly and doesn't look dried out or dry out your lips." One reader thinks that "Mattenes are so great, everyone has to have at least one. There are quite a few flattering colors and they last all day." A reader touts that "it does everything it claims! It goes on light as air and stays on." Another reader asserts, "this is one of the best lipsticks ever."
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