Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor
Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor

Best drugstore lipstick

Consumers love the huge range of colors (48 shades and counting) and wide availability of Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor. An affordable price tag also helps. It has a creamy texture that feels good on the lips and the formula is highly pigmented so colors are crisp. Reviewers also love that the shades look the same on the lips as they do in the tube. Experts, however, point out that cream lipsticks like Maybelline Color Sensational must be reapplied often, and because they are so creamy, they can bleed into small wrinkles around the lips. By comparison, MAC Matte Lipstick tends to last a bit longer on the lips, but is double the price. Maybelline's downfall, say some, is that the lipstick starts to smell bad after a few months due to the castor oil-based formula.
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MAC Matte Lipstick
MAC Matte Lipstick

Best department store lipstick

MAC lipstick was originally developed to stand up under the light and heat of photo shoots. MAC lip color is chosen as the best more often than any other lipstick, especially in the matte finish. Although it can be a bit drying like all matte lipsticks, consumers say the lovely color and strong staying power is worth it. Experts say the 15 matte shades provide a deep-pigmented "old Hollywood" look without a lot of shine. If you prefer a shiny color with more of a satiny texture, consider using a cream lipstick such as Maybelline Color Sensational. MAC lipsticks also come in six other finishes and 146 shades altogether. The purchase price of certain Viva Glam shades goes to AIDS research, and the company accepts empty tubes for recycling.
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CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lip Color
CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lip Color

Best long-lasting lipstick

Experts say that CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lip Color is an excellent choice if you want something that lasts up to eight hours. The problem, experts say, is that this smudge-proof lip color is also incredibly drying, a fact that turns many consumers off. Most users tend to have a love-hate relationship with it. Beauty editors suggest applying the moisturizing topcoat as often as needed, which makes the lipstick much more comfortable to wear. CoverGirl Outlast is available in 41 shades.
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Chanel Glossimer
Chanel Glossimer

Best lip gloss

Chanel Glossimer lip gloss is not nearly as drying as lipstick and can provide a glamorous shine to your lips. Reviewers say that the 38 available shades impart a natural shimmer without the stickiness that other leading lip glosses typically have. Users claim that the color works well on its own or applied over lipstick. While it is expensive, several reviewers claim that it is "worth the splurge" and that one tube lasts a long time.
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