Shopping for a new lipstick in a preferred formula and flattering shade can cause extreme beauty stress. But before you get hit with a serious case of decision fatigue from mass swatching, here’s a roundup of the latest must-tries including a red lipstick that works with almost every skin tone, plus options if you like it matte, sheer or liquid straight out of a bullet. Here’s where to start.
01 – Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion, SGD52
For those who aren’t afraid of commitment, this long-wearing ultra-matte lipstick is for you. Don’t expect your run-of-the-mill liquid lipstick though, this is one surprisingly light-as-air formula that goes on like a silky oil and dries down to bathe lips in intense colour that won’t fade or feather. And because it is enriched with soft oils, the formula fuses with the pout to create a makeup-free sensation while keeping lips nourished. In 12 colour options including a bright crimson 818 True Red for days when you need something to instantly pull your look together.
02 – Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Care, SGD52
Your lips are going to love these lipsticks that have been infused with skincare. At the heart of each hydrating bullet you’ll find a white CD middle that holds nourishing ingredients and oils that give lips an extra dose of TLC with every swipe of colour. The finish? A luminous matte that offers up to 12 hours of wear. Looking for a daily essential? Try 808 Carress, a rich rosewood that looks slightly different on everyone, in a good way. And one that works for all occasions.
03 – Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Matte Nature, SGD55
Finding a nude can be a struggle but Giorgio Armani Beauty proves that nude is more than just one shade with its collection of 9 flattering neutrals for every skin tone. It is also worth noting that the Lip Maestro formulas won’t bleed or budge and do keep the pout feeling well-moisturised throughout the day. And if velvety-matte lippies in a MLBB shade are your thing, you’ll want to try the gorgeous 523 Rose Sand, a pink coral with warm undertones.
04 – Gucci Beauty Lipstick Collection, SGD53
Gucci Beauty made a Beyoncé-style return when it dropped all 58 of its lipsticks at once. The range is divided into 3 formulas: satin for a long-lasting finish, sheer for a moisturising subtle pop of colour and balm for a translucent barely-there look. All of which are infused with coconut oil for long-lasting moisture and are easy to blend, so much so you can use them as eyeshadows or blushers. For a sexy crimson that works with almost every skin tone, paint on the well-balanced 25* Goldie Red that’s available in both satin and sheer.
05 – YSL Beauté Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Sheer Matte, SGD54
This isn’t engineered like a typical matte lipstick. Instead, this has a creaminess that stays and doesn’t dry out. If matte lips aren’t your thing, you’ll appreciate the subtle sheen and airbrushed effect it leaves on your pout. Choose from 12 shades that can be layered to amp up intensity. The must-try? 101 Rouge Libre, a berry pink hue that’s a red lipstick for those who don’t wear red.