The 25 Most Iconic Lipsticks Ever


From long-standing classics to new releases, these iconic lipsticks are the best of the best in the bunch. Beloved for their colors, formulas and staying power find out why these have become cult-classic favorites.

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Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick ($25)

Although it’s only been available since spring 2015, this color-changing lipstick—it transforms from green to a rosy pink based on your body’s pH—continues to be a top seller at beauty outposts like SpaceNK

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Insatiable Ivory ($30)

The brand’s most popular nude shade, this super pigmented lipstick stays true to form for up to six hours, creating the perfect amount of definition on the lips

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Sonia Kushuk Satin Luxe Lip Colour in Classic Red ($10)

Nothing screams iconic like a pure red lipstick. This creamy, lightweight one delivers a serious dose of color while flooding lips with moisture—a must with red lips. 

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TooFaced Melted Lipstick in Peony ($21)

Beauty bloggers and vloggers may have put this long-lasting pretty pink lipstick on the map and here’s why: It provides the color payoff of a regular lipstick with the shine factor of a gloss. 

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Dior Addict Lip Glow in Pink ($33)

A best-selling Dior lip product and a backstage must-have for all the major runway shows, this lip balm meets lip primer can be worn on its own for a hint of color or layered under lipstick or gloss for a more amplified look. 

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Quintessential of legendary designer Tom Ford with it’s classic packaging and deep dark color, the name of this lipstick is also the name of Ford’s first fragrance. 

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana ($32)

Exactly the color you think of when you picture a cherry red lipstick, this long-lasting, super dramatic, creamy formula is sexy, feminine and totally modern. 

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Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($17)

Ever since this color hit the beauty scene in 1971, it’s become a mainstay. Modern in color—think light berry, although it looks much darker in the tube—and somewhere in between a lipstick and a gloss, lips are left with a hint of the color with a sheer finish. The more you layer it, the darker the color becomes. 

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MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($17)

Reminiscent of the matte red lipstick seen in Old Hollywood, this blue-red based color is a makeup artist staple.

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L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Blushing Berry ($9)

Super creamy and extremely hydrating thanks to a blend of nourishing ingredients like omega-3s, vitamin E and argan oil, this under $10 lipstick must have is the perfect berry shade to wear yearround. 

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Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture No1 Le Rouge ($37)

Packed with micro-pigments for serious color, this creamy lipstick leaves lips perfectly dressed in the hue of red.  

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry ($8)

When you think of dark vampy lips, no color comes quite as close as this one from Revlon. 

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Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long Wear Lip Color in Pirate ($37)

Thanks to super thin pigments, this long-wearing lipstick gives a satin finish that feels oh-so good on the lips.

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Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lip Color in #400 ($35)

While this may look like just another tube of red lipstick, it’s anything but. The first “CC” lipstick of its kind, this one was created to give the moisturizing properties of a lip balm with the vibrancy of a lipstick.

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Inspired by the Lancôme Rose, this good-for-your-lips lipstick is loaded with hydrating agents so your lips never look dried out and your color never looks cakey.

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Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Brown ($28)

Bobbi Brown’s semi-matte lipstick was the first product from her brand and helped earn her place in makeup history. The shade Brown, a light brown with a hint of pink, is one of the most popular originals. 

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Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Lipstick in 001 ($6)

A rich, deep red, 001 is can be dressed up or dressed down, making it perfect for any occasion. It glides on super smoothly and will maintain its bold hue for up to 8 hours.

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Posy ($24)

This soft pink lipstick is the perfect go-to for pretty much any skin tone, but the technology is what really makes it special. It is formulated with potent ingredients that plump your lips and leave them hydrated for up to 20 hours, providing you with a more youthful appearance (all while maintaining color).

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Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Iconic 615 ($35)

As if its name doesn’t spell it out for you, Iconic 615 is a classic warm red with a creamy feel that has moisturizing properties to keep your lips full, rich and feminine. 

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Maybelline ColorSensational Lip Color in Deepest Cherry ($6)

With the richness of a ripe cherry’s color, this lipstick is formulated with honey nectar to hydrate your lips and leave them looking (and feeling) extra lush. 

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Bésame 1959- Red Hot Lipstick ($22)

As a copy of a 1959 shade that happened to be Marilyn Monroe’s favorite, this red is embodies the meaning of the word “classic.” It provides for a smooth and flawless finish in color and in texture, giving your lips a product that they’ll thank you for.

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Topshop Lips in Innocent ($12)

As part of Topshop’s Edited collection, picked out weekly by the brand’s head of design, you know this color is bound to be a classic. The lovely pink shade is nestled within a fun and funky white and black striped tube that you’ll be yearning to add to your own makeup assemblage. 

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Gucci Moisture-Rich Lipstick in Iconic Red 390 ($39)

The pigments in this Gucci lipstick are of the utmost intensity—and we mean that in the best way possible. Containing hydrating oils, your lips will look bolder than ever before. 

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Naked ($17)

Vice Lipstick boasts about how addictive its 100 shades are, and that’s especially true when it comes to Naked, a color that’s a favorite of Wende Zomnir, Urban Decay’s founder. Better yet, it’s packed with Vitamins C and E for antioxidants, and aloe vera for hydration, making this a look-good-feel-good kind of product.

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso ($24)

Beso is as red as it gets, which makes it a must-have in the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick collection. In living up to its long-lasting status, it won’t bleed like many reds tend to do, yet is lightweight and easy to apply. It’s no wonder Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is a Stila best seller.

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