Lip products to look out for

  • 15 Oct - 21 Oct, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Beauty

Finding the best lip products can be hard, to say the least. There are thousands upon thousands out there, and all too often the ones we purchase and bring home are too dehydrating, too sticky, too smudgy, or just plain old not quite right. That’s why we did the grunt work for you to find the very best. Below, we’ve rounded up the winning lip products for 2021. Whether you’re looking for a new lip balm, a low-maintenance lip stain, a deeply hydrating treatment, or a lip pencil that will finally make wearing lipstick a breeze, we’ve got you covered.

Best lipstick: YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Glow Matte Lipstick

Lipsticks – especially those that come in bold colours – are notoriously hit or miss. But this one does the trick. The YSL Slim Glow Matte lipstick ticks all the major boxes: Its shape made it easy to apply with extreme precision; the matte finish provides a natural, glowy look; it contains hydrating ingredients; it pairs well with lip balm beneath or on top as a finisher; and it comes in a wide range of shades. What else could you possibly need?

Bonus points: A good matte lipstick will provide you with the finish you’re looking for without totally drying you out. This YSL lipstick does just that thanks to its second ingredient, dimethicone, which dermatologists say is excellent for locking in hydration.

Best lip stain: Patrick Ta Beauty Monochrome Moment Precision Lip Crayon

People raved about this lip stain from renowned makeup artist Patrick Ta not just for the product but also for the packaging. The stain comes in a beautiful gold casing that gives a luxurious experience. It’s also functional: To extend the lip crayon further, all you have to do is click a button on the bottom of the case, like you would a pen. Its angled pencil tip enables ideal precision too.

Bonus points: Loaded with film-forming agents, or polymers that create an even, flexible film, this lip stain is sure to go on smooth and last for hours on end.

Best lip balm: Augustinus Bader The Lip Balm

Here, luxury skin-care brand Augustinus Bader delivers with a lip balm that’s got everything you want. This balm gives lips a buttery feel and a natural glow all while protecting you from cracks, windburn, and redness from dehydration. Augustinus Bader products also feature TFC8®, the brand's patented amino-acid-and-vitamin technology that nourishes and renews skin.

Bonus points: This product contains bisabolol, a nonirritant that soothes skin, while ingredients like vitamin E and candelilla wax, a beeswax alternative, hydrate to the max.

Best lip gloss: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Cream Colour Drip Lip Cream

Fenty upgraded its cult-favourite lip gloss with five new colourways – and the results do not disappoint. This buildable, non-sticky formula allows you to skip the lip stain and get a pop of both gloss and colour in just one swipe. We love how this gloss delivers a glassy shine without adding any glittery shimmer.

Bonus points: The vitamin A in this lip gloss helps keep your lips feeling supple.

Best lip liner: Black Opal Coloursplurge Precision Lip Definer

You’ll feel like an artist with your face as the canvas when you use this lip liner from Black Opal. The rich-coloured, easy-to-use liner prevents feathering and gives you the ultimate sense of control when it comes to application. Never worry about your lipstick smudging again.

Bonus points: Loaded with four different types of glycerides – a water-repellent compound – this lip liner stays put through sweat, and a glass of your favourite beverage.

Best lip mask: StriVectin Hyaluronic Omega Moisture Lip Mask

Need nourished lips in a pinch? This overnight lip mask from StriVectin is what we refer to as nothing short of a miracle. Of course, that’s no coincidence – the ingredients in this jelly mask go a long way to provide intense hydration that truly lasts.

Bonus points: Derms say hyaluronic acid is key when it comes to hydrating skin, and it’s the first ingredient in this product.