5 Perfect Lipsticks for People Who Hate Lipstick

Rachel Krause

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We’re all about a good lip color, but if you’re not the type to indulge in a bold pout, we certainly won’t judge. Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be intimidating, especially when it comes to something you’ll be wearing on your face. Our suggestion? If lipstick freaks you out, then don’t dive straight into the deep end of the pool with bright matte shades or formulas that are difficult to work with. Instead, find the happy medium between gorgeous lip color and comfort—and these 5 excellent lipsticks have got you covered there. You won’t even know you’re wearing it until you look in the mirror.

Lipstick-bareMineralsbareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($16, bareescentuals.com)
One of our most recent favorites, this delightful new lip color has very little in common with your standard sheer balm—it’s the creamiest, most hydrating, most pigmented “balm” we’ve ever tried. The oil-rich formula means that the color glides on smoothly and stains for longer wear time, and even the nude shades really deliver on pigment.

Lipstick-YSLYves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine ($36, yslbeautyus.com)
As far as luxury brands go, Yves Saint Laurent has some of the best lipsticks your money can buy, and this comfortable, lightweight formula is no exception. It’s full of hyaluronic acid, which helps to seal in moisture, so there’s no dryness with this one. You can really go as bright or as bold as you like without ever feeling like you’re wearing lipstick.

Lipstick-CliniqueClinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18, clinique.com)
Clinique is a classic go-to for those who approach makeup in search of an understated look, and while this new release is packed with tons of pigment, it has a lightweight feel that makes it a prime choice for anyone who doesn’t naturally gravitate toward a high-maintenance lipstick look. It also comes in 16 totally different shades, so there’s something for everyone.

Lipstick-Urban DecayUrban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick ($22, urbandecay.com)
The original Revolution lipsticks are a perennial favorite, but this sheer, shiny revision is the ideal way to combine great colors with a creamy, easy-to-wear formula that feels more like a buttery balm on the lips. We’re particularly fond of the brighter shades—they’re genuinely flattering on all complexions.

Lipstick-LancomeLancôme Shine Lover Vibrant Shine Lipstick ($25, lancome-usa.com)
If you usually favor glosses, Shine Lover is the perfect in-between: It offers both a high-gloss finish and a balmy texture that deeply hydrates without the slippery feel, with plenty of shades to suit every look. They wear down to a nicely stained effect, so while the shine may not last you all day, the pigment certainly will.

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