These Are Our Editors’ All-Time Favorite Lipsticks

They’re tried-and-true.


Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Ultraberry

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“I love Chanel Rouge Allure 247 Ultraberry. I wanted a color that was deeper and bolder than my day-to-day look and this shade is perfect for a pale gal like me! Also the magnetic case keeps it from popping open in a handbag or clutch. Plus, it’s moisturizing!” —Leslie Yazel, editor-in-chief

To buy: $37;


Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rapture

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“I use Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Rapture every day. It is neutral enough on me to not make too much of a statement with my work wardrobe, but still offers some life to my lips. Plus it’s super moisturizing, so I always look forward to swiping it on before I leave the house in the morning.” —Stephanie Sisco, home editor

To buy: $17;


Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

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“I’ve gotten buyer’s remorse with more than a few lipsticks I’ve purchased, but never this one! This super flattering shade goes on like a sheer balm, so you can build the color’s intensity, and you don’t have to worry about being precise or using a lip liner. It’s an easy, go-to color that’s hydrating and goes with everything!” —Priyanka Aribindi, associate social media editor

To buy: $17;


Ulta Matte Lip Cream in Striking

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“I love Ulta’s matte lip cream in the color ‘Striking.’ It’s the most perfect berry shade, lasts forever, and beautifully complements my fair skin. (It also has a bluish undertone that makes my teeth look bright!) The formula is creamy and creates a stain so I rarely have to re-apply.” —Brandi Broxson, articles editor

To buy: $9;


Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balm in Gumdrop

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“This is more lip balm than lipstick, because it’s super moisturizing and makes your lips feel soft. Don’t be afraid because the Gumdrop shade looks dark in the tube, it’s actually a lot lighter and natural-looking when you put it on. The color works on just about everyone—two other Real Simple staffers (who have completely different skin tones than me) also own it!” —Sarah Yang, lifestyle editor

To buy: $8;


Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Posie K

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“I know we’re tired of hearing about these, but this is a universally flattering shade (a pretty mauve) and makes enough of a statement without going overboard!” —Tamara Kraus, assistant digital home editor

To buy: $17;


Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Anarchy

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“My favorite lipstick is Anarchy, from Urban Decay's Vice line. It’s a cream lipstick in super-saturated fuchsia with blue undertones that compliment my fair, pink skin. I definitely wear it when I want people to notice my lipstick because it is BRIGHT! It’s a great spring/summer replacement for ‘power red.’” —Wendy Granger, photo editor

To buy: $17;


Brite Organix Matte Lipstick

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“I was recently introduced to this line of vegan lipsticks and am now hooked. They’re matte, but don’t dry out your lips—which is an amazing feat in and of itself. They last all day long (even when I’m constantly chugging coffee on a Monday!) and come in nine flattering colors. I am hesitant to try colors that aren’t classic va-va-voom red, but I love these so much that I’m trying to branch out!” —Liz Steelman, associate editor

To buy: $4;


MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

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“My go to shade is MAC’s RubyWoo. I love this color because it’s a universal red and brings out the Hollywood star in every woman.” —Yasmin Lashley, digital merchandiser

To buy: $17;


Glossier Generation G in Jam

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“Sometimes I feel like I have to stare intently into the mirror when applying lipstick or it’ll just end up all over my face. Generation G has the consistency of lip balm, so it’s easy to apply. Jam, their deep berry shade is my go-to color.” —Hannah Norling, assistant producer

To buy: $18;


Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia

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“I am a HUGE fan of Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia. It’s a very natural pinkish-brown, and it only costs about $6. I discovered it when my favorite Laura Mercier tinted gloss stick was discontinued, since it almost exactly the same color and texture, but much cheaper. I buy a few at a time and keep them in all my different bags.” —Marisa Cohen, senior editor

To buy: $5;


Jay Manuel The Ultimate Lipstick

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“These go on smooth, stay on for hours, and have an awesome color range.” —Emily Kehe, creative director

To buy: $24;


Hi Wildflower Dianthus Lipstick

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“I really love the feel of these—they’re super pigmented, don’t wash me out, long wearing, creamy.” —Contessa Schexnayder, senior digital merchandising manager

To buy: $27;