While Instagram and YouTube may be full of tutorials for making your lips look like a suede sofa or a mirror-finish, hot-magenta Claes Oldenburg sculpture, the rest of us ladies out here are just trying to take care of business and look alive doing it.
But if vinyl-lacquer, mega gloss, or high shine aren’t keywords for you, that doesn’t mean your lot in (your very busy) life is tinted-chapstick. We’ve found the sticks, pots, and tubes that not only deliver long-lasting, universally-flattering shades, but also apply so easily that you could touch up in dimly lit restaurant restroom or without a mirror at your desk.
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Urban Decay Lo-Fi Lip Mousse
Perhaps the most tote bag-friendly, jean jacket pocket-portable product we’ve seen lately, Urban Decay’s latest lip color doesn’t fit with the crazy colors and special effects finish you may know them for. Instead, these matte shades are ultra-buildable so you can add a pop of color (as Tan France would say) or create a more high-impact look at night all with your index finger. Our favorite is Fade, a terracotta color with summer-to-autumn versatility.
Charlotte Tilbury Matt Revolution in Pillow Talk
For those that ride-or-die for pink shades, this iconic shade from legendary makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury can be applied by those who are, well, the opposite of a makeup artist. While the finish is matte, it doesn’t dry out even after a few hours, and the in-between-nude-and-pink shade works with a wide range of skin tones for a your-lips-but-better look.
Lano Lips Tinted Balm
If gloss is your game, LanoLips combines their pasture-raised-butter-textured balm (made with super moisturizing lanolin) with colors that actually make an appearance, unlike most tinted lip conditioning products. The balm boasts a believable shine akin to a freshly whipped meringue instead of a patent leather or waxy effect.