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Best of The Best: 7 Lipsticks We Swear By

We love a good lipstick. We say “lipstick” but really what we mean is anything with colour worn on lips. Nowadays, there are crayons, paints, lacquers, glosses, etc. We’ve compiled a list of our go-to brands when searching for a lip colour with pigment strong enough to show clearly no matter how dark your lips may be.  With these babies you won’t be left with patchy, or streaky pigment – only an even, opaque finish. Enjoy!

In no particular order:

Urban Decay hit our shores last year and gave us 100 lipstick shades to choose from. We have 2 favorite shades from this brand: A beautiful neutral shade called “1993” and this red beauty called “Bad Blood”. Their lipsticks are creamy (even the matte selection) and give you full on colour on the first swatch.

One of the most iconic beauty houses in the world, Elizabeth Arden, really did their thing when they launched their matte lipstick collection a few years ago. Our favorite shade is “Chocolate” – really beautiful on any complexion. Pictured above is their classic red, which you can never go wrong with.

YSL lipsticks, specifically the Rouge Pur Couture range, are simply beautiful. We’re not just talking about the packaging – these lipsticks are rich in colour and very moisturising. In fact if your lips are well exfoliated, you don’t need a lip balm underneath. Just apply it directly to your lips and you’ll get the most in terms of the pigment. Use a lipliner in the same shade to line the lips and shade all over before applying the lipstick because this range tends to run off the lipline (melt) in very hot days.

One of our best discoveries in beauty is the little known brand called BlackUp. As black women, we usually struggle to get a lip colour that brilliantly shows colour on our lips as effectively as it would on paler lips. BlackUp has solved that struggle. Their lip crayons are the best in the business in terms of strong pigment, easy application . Bonus = they are quite thick (perfect for full lips) and come with their own sharpener which is attached to the lid. Yasss!

Yes we know – it’s a love/hate relationship with the Woo. But when it comes to makeup we cannot deny the genius that is MAC. Ruby Woo is definitely the universal lipstick shade, as in – no matter what your ethnicity or complexion, this is the lipstick that WILL suit you. It’s dry though – very dry, yet the colour is so good we can’t stop buying it. But we already did a post on that telling you how to prepare your lips and get the most out of the Woo (or any very dry matte lipstick). Check it out here


When Avon launched their matte lipstick collection a few years back, beauty insiders everywhere were quite frankly shocked. Avon is not a brand many associate with great lipsticks – maybe skin care – but for them to give us the best matte lipstick ever made was almost weird.  Also, because they don’t stock retailers and you have to call a rep to purchase, it can seem like a bit of a mission getting anything from them. But trust us, once you get your hands on their matte lipsticks, it’s over. This is DEFINITELY the most comfortable matte lipstick we’ve ever worn and it’s “proper” matte too – zero shine.

Last but certainly not least, Inglot gave us HD Lip Tints late last year and as far as we’re concerned, they have made the BEST lip paint that fades to matte we’ve ever tried. We’ve tried many brands that make lip paints that go matte and our biggest issue was the blotchiness and cake-y dryness that happens 30 mins in. This collection, however, took all of that into consideration and gave us an amazing product. Our favourite shade is #37. They are not cheap but they are worth it.





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