Editor’s picks: 5 lip colour products I’m loving right now

You guys! I’m going to resurrect the Editor’s Picks. If you’re a longtime reader, then you’ll remember that I used to do a weekly video featuring five new products I wanted all y’all to know about. Then I got busy with the site redesign, exasperated by the 24+ hours it can take to upload things to YouTube… and mildly distressed by rude drive-by commenters (yes I KNOW I have a wonky eye on video; thank you for pointing it out, random person).

But I miss giving you my product picks! And lots of you have told me you miss them too. So what I’m gonna do instead is just tell you about them. (I’m better at writing than talking anyway.) Unlike the last time around, I’m also going to mix in both new products AND not-so-new ones that I’ve been using lately… because the oldies are often still goodies.

So here goes! The first instalment is all about lip colour…

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor1 Editors picks: 5 lip colour products Im loving right now

Maybelline New York has really changed its brand identity lately. For years, they were pretty much known for Great Lash and that was about it… but now they’re involved in New York and Toronto Fashion Weeks and are really pushing the boundaries when it comes to COLOUR. I don’t know who is in charge over there, but they’re coming out with stuff that looks and feels fun and youthful, and the new Vivids range is no exception.

This is an eight-shade collection of insanely bright lipsticks. Like, I think the brightest I’ve ever seen. They’re able to do that thanks to special patented pigments that help the colour stay true and sit on your lips for high coverage as well. Unlike many lipsticks, they’re also not drying at all—which is super-important when you’re wearing bright shades that accent any crack or flake.

Aside from the classic red (On Fire Red), I think the most wearable, everyday brights in the range are the Shocking Coral (bright coral) and Vivid Rose (a classic fuchsia). The others are more “out there”—I could totally see Nicki Minaj in Pink Pop.

Out now for $9.99 each at mass market retailers and drugstores; click here to learn more and purchase.

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm1 Editors picks: 5 lip colour products Im loving right nowRemember when I first started squealing about the gloss-balm? It was a new category back then, in 2011, but now I’m thrilled to see that it has completely saturated the mainstream. Like, does Lancôme even make any money off its Juicy Tubes these days? We’ve come such a long way that I can’t imagine anyone would settle for a goopy, sticky gloss anymore. Not when you can get the same amount of shine PLUS the moisturizing benefits of a balm PLUS a wider array of more deeply pigmented shades. It’s a no-brainer.

The latest newcomer is from CoverGirl, and this launch combines the gloss-balm with another one of my favourite beauty micro-trends: the chubby stick. It’s actually a twist-up format so there’s no need to worry about sharpening either. I’ve only tried one shade (Scarlet Twist) out of the whopping 16 in this lineup. But can I just say? It is heavenly. Really, really moisturizing and non-sticky with a sheer, beautiful pop of colour. You get sort of a stain effect and I can’t imagine this NOT flattering you. This is an amazing product if your usual lipsticks are too drying in the winter months—although it’s so good, you might never want to switch back! Serious love.

Out now for $9.99 each at mass-market retailers; click here to learn more and purchase.

Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss

Burts Bees Lip Gloss Editors picks: 5 lip colour products Im loving right now

As you may know, I’m a total green beauty person—but when you’re being seduced by the vibrant shades and flashy packaging of mainstream brands, it’s a little hard to stay boring and natural with a plain old tube of classic lip balm. That’s why it’s so exciting to me that Burt’s Bees is getting into the lip colour game in a big way this year. Yay! They have a few noteworthy lip launches: more shades in their awesome tinted lip balm range; new Lip Shines; and these, Lip Glosses.

It’s the glosses that are my fave because they’re like all-rounders: you get the shine, you get the hydration AND you get the colour. And it really is a lot of colour—these aren’t like most lip glosses where they look all pretty in the tube but you can barely see any difference on your lips. They actually have a lot of pigment. There are 12 shades ranging from nudes to reds and berries; my pick is Summer Twilight, the fifth from the right in the photo above.

Even better, they’re 100 percent natural and made with lip-friendly ingredients such as jojoba, sunflower polyglycerides and botanical oils.

Available in February for $12.99 each at select natural, grocery, drug and mass retailers; click here to learn more and purchase.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss

Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick Editors picks: 5 lip colour products Im loving right now

Finding a flattering matte lipstick is one of beauty’s great Holy Grails. It’s hard work. There just aren’t a lot of them out there, and of the ones we have to choose from, often the shade selection isn’t that great. Nothing is more unflattering on your lips than a dried out matte lip colour that whites out your lips as if you’d slapped on concealer. Ew.

Luckily, we now have Kate Moss to thank for this new collection from Rimmel London. All 10 shades are matte. The colours are divided up into six shade families; most of them fall under the Pink-Rose category but there are also Peach-Corals, Mauve-Roses and one each of Red, Burgundy-Wine and Beige-Brown. My top pick is #102, one of the Pink-Roses. Where has this been all my life? It’s that semi-bright, medium matte pink that’s VERY runway. (Reminds me of this Nina Ricci show.)

The feel of these is also very velvety, but as any matte will do, they can accentuate dryness… so you might want to save this launch ’til we get into spring and your lips are less ravaged by the elements.

Available in February for $7.99 each at mass retailers; click here to learn more and purchase.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick1 Editors picks: 5 lip colour products Im loving right now

Nope, these aren’t new. But they’re new to my life lately, because I hadn’t tried them ’til I met with the Hourglass PR rep back in November. Then in a moment of beauty synchronicity, I noticed at the Golden Globes that Hourglass—and this product specifically—was the brand behind those orange lips on Jessica Alba. (I didn’t like them with her dress; but then with her more casual after-party look, they were incredible).

It makes total sense that celebs would choose from this nine-shade lineup of liquid lip colours for the red carpet, because not only is the colour payoff HUGE, but they also last 14 hours. I haven’t given them that long of a test-drive, but of the two shades I’ve tried (Icon, the blue-red, and Muse, the coral-red), it’s been L.O.V.E.

I think the reason they feel better on the lips than most long-lasting lip colours (and are less drying) is that they’re made with advanced polymers and a whole bunch of good-for-your-skin ingredients including fruit extracts and vitamins A, C and E. You can also layer a lip balm or gloss on top for a less matte look.

Out now for $33.00 each at Sephora; click here to learn more and purchase.

Tell me:

Have you tried any of these products?
Which lip colour products are currently in YOUR rotation?
What do you think about all these bright colours? And matte colours? (Excited?)


Nomadic D.
Thursday, January 31/2013 at 9:25 am

Ooh, I’m glad you’re bringing back editor’s picks! The Hourglass lippie sounds amazing. My newest lippie addiction is the YSL glossy stain – I rave about it here:


Have you tried it? I am kind of madly in love with it.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 1/2013 at 6:40 am

Yes, they are great too! Just not sure I’ve found the right colour yet. The red one I have is a little too brown for my skin… although there is a very pretty peach one coming out for spring 2013.


Nomadic D.
Friday, February 1/2013 at 7:13 am

I have #20 which I think is a wonderful red, but somehow subdued, maybe that reads too brown for you? I love it though. And I have my eye on #7 as well for a lighter slightly more natural look.



Thursday, January 31/2013 at 12:29 pm

love this editor’s picks feature…glad you brought it back. I appreciate your reviews and can’t wait to try all of these. i have a serious lip product addiction. My latest lip love is by Este Lauder Pure Color High Gloss (berry lush) i am so impressed with it.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 1/2013 at 6:41 am

Is it highly pigmented?


Friday, February 1/2013 at 8:47 am

IMHO it’s a perfect blend of lipstick and gloss. berry lush is more opaque but they also have some that are a lighter color. I wish you could try them…i’m wondering what your review would be on them…i really like ‘em. Also, i received a sample of UD Lip Junkie. I really wanted to love it but the “cool” part is too minty for my taste. Have you tried it?


Elaine K
Thursday, January 31/2013 at 5:36 pm

Editor’s picks is back!! Cue mini-dance in my chair! My favourite feature.

(My wallet will not be happy that it is back however..)


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 1/2013 at 6:44 am

Haha! Yes I can be a bit of an enabler :)


Thursday, January 31/2013 at 11:40 pm

I love this post! I also love my first Maybelline color sensational lipstick I tried–not in the vivid line, but absolutely amazingly moisturizing and glossy, yet pigmented!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 1/2013 at 6:45 am

Yes that entire line is so good! The glosses are nice as well.


Friday, February 1/2013 at 12:48 pm

I am a total fan of Rimmel’s matte (and not only) Kate Moss Lipsticks, they rule :)


Saturday, February 2/2013 at 8:19 pm

I loved your video picks! Very sorry you were deterred from continuing the practice by rude viewers, etc.

I like your pics. I’m a big Hourglass fan generally (love their eyeshadows, lipsticks, liquid eyeliners, and tinted moisturizer, not to mention their new finishing powder), but I found their liquid lipstick to be very drying. It would wear off unevenly, and my lips would end up with random flakes of color. It wasn’t a good look. I loved the color I chose (Canvas), but overall, it didn’t work out. :(


Saturday, February 2/2013 at 8:20 pm

*Picks, not pics.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, February 4/2013 at 7:46 pm

Well it was more that it takes an insane amount of time between the filming, editing and uploading – but yeah the weirdos on YouTube can be a bit much :)

Good to know about the Hourglass… did it work any better with a balm on top?


Comment Avatar Vero Neek
Sunday, February 3/2013 at 11:49 am

I missed the Editor’s Picks!
I would definitely try any of those mentioned (esp. the Rimmel ones because I actually don’t own a matte yet). What I’m wearing a lot now is the Laura Mercier lip stain in Mulberry (sometimes layered with a Revlon Lip Butter to change the colour a bit) or a Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Rose, Pink Blossom or Red Dahlia (whichever is in my coat as I’m dashing out the door.)


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, February 4/2013 at 7:47 pm

Haven’t tried the Laura Mercier stain but in love with the Burt’s tinted balms. Red Dahlia and this new one called Petunia are my faves. I swear Petunia smells like bubblegum!


Wednesday, February 6/2013 at 4:10 pm

I’m also glad your editor picks are back! I liked the videos because sometimes you showed how the products actually worked or how they looked on you which was nice to see, But I totally get the uploading issues.
Of these lip products, I love Covergirl the best! It’s funny how the idea obviously came from Clinique but I find these to be so much better. Better color and moisture. I’m even getting more into deeper pigments and not my usual sheer red or pink!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, February 6/2013 at 6:24 pm

Well I may start doing them again at some point… never say never :)

I agree that the CoverGirl one holds it own (and then some) against prestige versions. It really is a fab product – can’t believe only $10!


Monday, February 18/2013 at 9:41 am

Older African American.just graduated from
Esthetic Studies..due for state board exam.I would
Love love..to sample some free products.
Hot flashes are not my friend..so Iam bare
Faceed ..other than abit of enhanced brows
Lip liner and color/gloss…loose powder..
And..spot foundation….would love to Rep.
For youth/Peri..Cancer…Med….etc.love to really
make a different s…to diverse needs….thanks
JO..Durham N.C


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