5 bright lipsticks you need to get your hands on
The Beauty Crew team share their Holy Grail statement lippies
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / October 23 2018
Swiping on statement lipstick when you’re feeling blue can instantly put a little pep in your step. It’s also a foolproof way to add a level of elegance and sophistication to an otherwise classic and pared-back makeup look. But while we know a bright lipstick is a makeup bag essential, finding the perfect shade that instantly lights up your face is often a lot easier said than done. If you happen to still be on the hunt for the perfect shade, take your cues from our team who have shared the Holy Grail statement lipstick they can’t live without.
Erin Docherty, Contributing Beauty Writer
“Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in The Queen ticks all the boxes for me when it comes to lip colour: it’s bold but not too ‘in your face’ bright, feels super comfortable and actually stays on my lips when I eat/drink/eat more. It’s the easiest way to jazz up my makeup look and the colour instantly makes it look like I’ve made an effort. Win!”
Carli Alman, Editor
“L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Colour in 348 is one of the few beauty products that has found itself a permanent place in my beauty bag over the last few years. The blue-based red works well against my medium-to-olive skin tone, and I love how creamy and comfortable it feels while still giving a powder matte finish. And the longevity is amazing – I’ve easily worn one application through a few cups of tea with minimal fade!”
Iantha Yu, Beauty Editor
“Giorgio Armani’s Lip Magnet in 300 Tangerine is an eye-catching colour that puts me in a good mood every time I swipe it on. On top of that, I’m also a big fan of the applicator tip, which allows me to reach the corners of my lips with precision, as well as the quick-drying formula that sets in a matter of seconds but stays put for hours to come.”
Kate Niven, Beauty Writer
“As a lip balm lover, a bright lipstick has to be really special for me to commit to the statement look. It needs to apply easily, feel comfortable on the lips, look great and last for hours and hours. And Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red does just that. The ruby red colour also suits my pale skin tone perfectly and makes my teeth look whiter than white!”
Isobel Larkin, Beauty Assistant
“A classic red lip is my go-to when I’m in a rush and need to up the glam fast. I’ve experimented with a number of different reds over the years and recently have fallen in love with the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey. It’s a very distinctive ‘red currant’ colour and I find it has a slight berry-ish or plummy vibe. It has a satin finish and the colour depth is insane! Because it’s so pigmented, you only need one coat for the full colour payoff. I also love the sleek minimal packaging and the satisfying way the magnetic lid clicks back into place.”
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What’s your favourite statement lipstick? Let us know in the comments below.
Main image credit: Sevak Babakhani
Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.