There are some big similarities in my picks for 2024. Nude is back. Matte is back, and the classic red is always going to show itself. Enjoy my top 25 lipsticks for 2024, as we edge closer and closer to National Lipstick Day (Jul 29th so set you reminders!)


It seemed only timely to coincide with this occasion a best of list.

So let’s get straight to it.

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My 25 Top Lipstick Picks for 2024. Try saying that fast!

#25 Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in Red Velvet

This is a long-lasting, super pigment-filled, deep, rich brick red lip color. And yes, there’s a good reason it’s called red velvet – think the cake! It has a very creamy consistency on application.
As always, vintage-inspired and historically accurate, highly-pigmented lipsticks are what you should come to expect from Besame. And I will always have a soft spot for the touch of old Hollywood glamor twisted with modern-day wearability. Plus, I love the way these lipsticks smell, too.

#24 Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

This best-seller, sheer, berry-toned lipstick with a glossy finish offers a natural look and buildable coverage.
I always feel like asking “where has black honey been all my life?” As this iconic shade provides a sheer wash of color that will enhance your lips’ natural tone. And it’s this very thing that makes it completely universally flattering. It goes on very smoothly as well, so if, like me your lipstick tends to oxidize, no matter how cool the tone, this is the perfect solution.

#23 Pat McGrath Labs Trance Lipstick in Omi

Makeup icon and modern-day setter of trends, it comes as no surprise that I include at least one of the Dame’s lipsticks in this list. A feminine, neutral rose shade with an entirely matte finish, this Pat Mcgrath special is well-known for its luxurious formula and super-rich color payoff.

#22 Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Pioneer

I love a good red lipstick. Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is quick to apply and reliable. And while delivering a very adequate amount of matte product on my lips, they don’t feel dry or flaky. This is also the perfect 1940s or 1950s light, bright red. Did I mention that it smells delightful? Maybe I obsess over lipstick smells too much?

#21 Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out

I love this warm, nude liquid lipstick with a matte finish. And this beauty from Smashbox is known for its comfortable wear and long-lasting formula. A perfect shade for everyday looks.

#20 Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Babe

A virtually weightless lipstick that I forget I’m wearing. Love it in Babe for day wear. It’s incredibly light and smooth and full of goodies to nourish and heal extra dry lips. Almost like a lip balm in texture, and a gorgeous pinky, nude shade it’s like a treatment for your lips with a hint of color.

#19 Glossier Generation G in Cake

While not strictly a lipstick per se, this is a great lip stain. And I am fond of the odd lip stain in my arsenal! I find them so handy for day wear when you really want a little color on your lips but without the full commitment of a lipstick.

Sometimes a lip stain can be all that’s required. Feels great on, and gives that peachy flushed lip stain look without wearing a full lipstick.

#18 Jefree Star Velour Liquid Matte Lipstick in Celeberity Skin

This may well just be the perfect neutral, nude matte lip product. And this formula feels a little lighter on the lips once it’s dried. Long-lasting and matt, I will quite happily wear this day or night.

#17 Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Bombshell

Transfer-proof, quick swipe-on application, and sleek classic Huda style in the packaging department (yup I’m always a sucker) you can’t go wrong with this pretty as a picture warm, pink nude matte finish lipstick. Comfort and style, sound like the perfect combo to me!

#16 Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Queen B

Uber-cool-toned neutral and mauve in it’s shading. If your lips tend to turn everything to rust (like mine do) this may well be the dream product for your lips. Finally, a neutral color that doesn’t turn orange! If you know, you know, so I apologize for going on. But this liquid lipstick with a matte finish, feels lightweight on the skin and will reward you with intense color payoff.

#15 L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude

There’s a good reason brands like L’Oreal are still standing. And this is truly a classic. This is a true nude lipstick with a creamy satin finish, and despite epic pigment delivery, it still offers your lips hydration and comfortable wear.

#14 Tom Ford Lipstick in Casablanca

A luxurious lipstick in a rosy pink shade with a creamy finish, this luxe “you’re worth it” lipstick is known for its high-quality formula and elegant, sleek packaging.

#13 Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lip Color in Unending Red

A long-wearing true cool red lipstick with a glossy finish on one end and a clear balm on the other, known for its all-day wear. You can’t go past refined glamour with a touch of vintage panache with this ultra-flattering red tone.

#12 Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper

A warm-toned brown nude with a matte finish, known for its cute packaging, affordable prices and long-lasting formula.

#11 Urban Decay Vice in 1993

Nothing says brown lipstick quite like the title 1993. I love Urban Decay’s play on the time era, and this popular brown-nude shade has a creamy finish, and is super comfortable to wear and will give you versatile color.

#10 YSL Rouge Pur Courture in Le Rouge

This may be one of the most iconic lipsticks available to humanity. Just look at it! Stunning. A luxurious true red lipstick with a perfect satin finish. YSL delivers rich color and a silky, hydrating formula.

#9 NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm

Pretty much a cult-favorite nude shade with a soft matte finish, known for its lightweight feel and buildable coverage. I always describe this shade as bandaid. It’s like that fleshy, warm pinky tone but bandaid really doesn’t do it justice, just helps me know exactly the shade in mind.
NYX – always affordable, and just easy products, and Stockholm delivers, too.

#8 Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire and Ice

A classic red shade with a creamy finish, offering rich color and hydration. There must be a reason that Revlon is still so strong in the market decade after decade. Their lipsticks are definitely go to’s across the cosmetics demographics fields. And this is a lovely lipstick to apply. It goes on with ease, is a little sheerer than some of its counterparts that we’ve come to be familiar with today, but feels great and is in solid daily rotation in Fire and Ice.

#6 NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey.

NARS Audacious Lipstick is a longtime, old faithful, stalwart favorite of mine. Feels so classic with a gorgeous, clean application. Ample pigment and velvety lightweight product. I think it’s worth mentioning the design of the container also. Magnetized so it can only close one way, feels logical and well thought out, crafted.

#5 Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in Kisses.

I probably have more tubes of Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in my household than any other lip product, truth be told! It’s just reliable. Goes on great. Stays on even better, I am in love with this color – a subtle cool, pinky raisin tone. Smells great. This is definitely a solid staple for me, day or night.

#4 Besame Classic Lip Color Lipstick in American Beauty

Besame is a brand I would describe as classic femininity personified. With their unique ‘period correct’ lip colors re-creating lipsticks from decades gone by, you cannot go wrong any product in the Besame line. I have chosen American Beauty because it withholds that timeless 1940’s look. And honestly, this red looks great on absolutely everyone!
Rich, flattering and long-lasting. Plus it really is delivered in the cutest packaging! Besame American Beauty is honestly a no-brainer to make the top 25 best lipsticks of 2024 for me.

#5 NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

Another iconic red shade, this NARS pencil offers a matte finish with a creamy texture. If you haven’t tried these yet, you must do me (and yourself) a favor. They take the hard work, the lipliner-fear and all the time out of lipstick, and deliver you great coverage and speed, and surprisingly creamy lip coverage all in one simple and effective lip crayon.

#4 Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk has become something of a modern-day beauty icon worthy of it’s classic cult status. It is creamy and sumptuous. A delight to wear.
If you haven’t yet, I suggest you jump on board the Tilbury train and discover just what we are all raving about. Plus every time I read or speak the words Pillow Talk, I can’t help but be reminded of the Doris Day flick of the same name. And that just makes me smile with glee, and then sing along!

#3 Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Unlocked

A bold, true-hot pink liquid lipstick with a soft matte finish, known for its long-wearing formula. I am so drawn to this shade like a magnet. So gorgeous on medium to darker skin tones – and in a way, as flattering as a red, just way more daring. I wish the image did this shade justice. It’s just so pink!
Love it!

#2 Charlotte Tilbury M.I. Kiss Matte Revolution Lipstick

Yes, there she is! I delight in CT’s M.I. Kiss. In all her shiny gold glory. She goes on like a dream and just magically brings me to life. Her subtle fragrance lifts me and gets me in the glam mood even when I’m not feeling it!!! Seriously, I absolutely adore love this lipstick. I feel like I was born to wear it.

M.I. Kiss is flattering, and it just has that versatility that allows me to wear it in the day, yet still has enough drama and depth to transform into an evening gown look if needs be. And yes, here we are, 4 years after my first Top 25 list appeared, and both Pillow Talk and M.I. Kiss are still present here. But for me, they are both more than worthy and up the pointy end of my top 25 lipsticks for 2024!

#1 MAC Ruby Woo

It’s now become a bona fide classic. Ruby Woo the red shade with a matte finish, known for its universal appeal and long-lasting formula.

And this year, it’s my #1. I use this on more period shows than I can count, and it’s still got a current, face-forward vibrancy and will never go out of style.

So which of these must you rush out and buy immediately? Or what is your favorite lipstick that have I left out? Let me know, I’m always open to more lippies in my cabinet.

Go and get yours, and wear that new lipstick with joy and pride all day on National Lipstick Day!!! Kisses 😉

Featured image by Andriyko Podilnyk via Unsplash

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