The 25 Most Iconic Lipsticks Ever
By Alexis Chestnov and Elise Minton Tabin |
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.
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.
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.
Reminiscent of the matte red lipstick seen in Old Hollywood, this blue-red based color is a makeup artist staple.
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.
Packed with micro-pigments for serious color, this creamy lipstick leaves lips perfectly dressed in the hue of red.
When you think of dark vampy lips, no color comes quite as close as this one from Revlon.
Thanks to super thin pigments, this long-wearing lipstick gives a satin finish that feels oh-so good on the lips.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.