Find your favourite lipstick formula

Buying a new lipstick isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. It's a case of working out which formula fits your needs. Sarah Simpson brings you the best finishes so you can find the perfect fit.


For those who love slick of colour but favour a more translucent finish, a sheer is going to hold you in good stead. Designed to give lips a flush of colour, yet still allow your natural lip tone to peek through, they're fresh, feminine and are one of the best formulas to give the appearance of a fuller pout.

Shiseido Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer in Light Pink, $50. Burt's Bees Lip Gloss Crayon, $18. Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss in Va Va Va Violet, $42. Lancôme Absolu Rouge Sheer Lipstick in Pourquoi-Pas, $60. Bobbi Brown Sheer Colour in Passion-Fruit, $58. Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour in Bubblegum-Pop, $47. Marc Jacobs Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Moody Margot, $43. Chantecaille Lip Chic in Bourbon Rose, $60.


The most classic formulation that has stood the test of time, women all over the world love a creamy opaque finish. It offers a great colour pay-off and a lasting colour. If you are after a classic colour fix, then these satin beauties will become your BFF's.

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipstick in Arabica, $30 . Karen Murrell Lipstick in Red Shimmer, $30. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Wildberry, $50. Guerlain KissKiss Roselip in Wonder Violette, $60. Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Haute-Cold, $46. Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Raisin, $58. Tom Ford Lip Color in Dark and Stormy, $80. L'Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in Tender Berry, $29. 


Matte lipsticks came into the beauty world with a hiss and a roar and have comfortably stayed put as one of our faves. For those more adventurous lipstick wearers, the velvety finish of these formulas, which offer no shine, just intense colour will be ideal. While some formulations can be drying, these have got our seal of approval for being ultra long-lasting.

Max Factor Velvet Matte Lipstick in Love, $26 (on counter mid-June). YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in Rose N Roll, $66. MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Ambrosial, $50. Revlon Ultra HD Matte LipColour in Devotion, $26.50. Lancôme Absolu Rouge Matte in Le Violet, $60. Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in 107, $17. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Video Star, $38. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Chocolate, $48.


For those of you who love a gloss application, but favour the longevity of a lipstick, a liquid finish is the perfect choice. Glossy or matte, these glide onto your lips with ease and allow more manoeuvrability for a quick application that doesn't require lip liner.

Shiseido Lacquer Gloss in Lilac, $52. MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Go For Girlie, $48.  Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick in Luscious Raspberry, $40. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amore, $37. By Terry Terrybly Velvet Rouge in Bankable Rose, $66. Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick in Metallic Dream House, $33. Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Cherry Symphony, $45. Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Rio Rush, $33.