by Christine-Elizabeth Laprade

A weapon of mass seduction, an ally, the cornerstone of every polished look: lipstick is unequivocally our numero uno go-to item whenever we wish to play up our assets or distract prying eyes from our dark circles. Whether you’re looking for the season’s trendiest hues, wish to make a bold statement, or are looking to invest in one envy-inducing lipstick, we’ve round up the crème de la crème for every budget.

 

Lights, glitz, camera:

 

Dior Addict Lip Glow 009 Holo Purple in Holo Glow, $41.00

The legacy continues, this time in two new finishes: matte glow (velvety) and holo glow, for a sheer, customizable glittery glow! Infused with millions of tiny sparkles, in a super-hot shade, this hydrating lip balm (24 hrs of continuous hydration) can be worn on its own or to make your lipstick pop. It enhances one’s natural lip colour, and is used backstage by the fashion house’s trusted MUAs. Insanely addictive.

 

Fun, flirty, budget-friendly:

NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in Life’s a Beach/02, $10.00

A no-brainer, really. A vibrant coral hue, perfect for a dog day afternoon, which renders the need to wear any other makeup completely unnecessary. Cruelty-free, bright pigments, playful shades, and a creamy formula, what’s not to like? A hit amongst beautistas – and a well-kept secret. Oh yeah, it’s also waterproof.

 

Natural Beauty Reigns Supreme:

CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm in Deep, $43.00

A dark and mysterious, coveted hue for those who prefer a sophisticated, all-natural look. The new Les Beiges 2018 collection focuses on glowing skin and natural beauty, and thus, their berry-tinted lip balm sets into a light, fairly sheer, gloss finish. Make no mistake, this is no ordinary tinted lip balm, and besides immediately grabbing your fancy, this intensely hydrating lip care will doll up your lips while providing an unparalleled balmy feel, thanks to its contents. Think jojoba and moringa oil, vitamin E, and vitamin C, amongst others. For those who like to look polished with just a hint of color and opt to let their natural beauty shine through. Will send nude lovers into overdrive.

 

High Fashion:

Ellis Faas Milky Lips L202 Dark Blood, $44.00

Hypnotizing undertones of oxblood, a vinyl finish, and a swanky bullet-shaped metallic wand that delivers ultra concentrated pigments through a precise brush applicator. Made in Italy, this cosmetics brand hails from the Netherlands and has already captured the hearts of couture lovers and connoisseurs all around the globe. MUA Ellis Faas has been described as one of the most influential makeup artists of her time, has worked with L’Oréal, CHANEL, Clinique, and the likes, and cites Serge Lutens as an inspiration. The beauty maven counts Mario Testino, Emmanuelle Alt, and Karl Lagerfeld as her closest friends and is fond of “colours that the human body produces naturally.” Truly a name to be reckoned with. Strokes of high drama never looked so mesmerizing.

 

 

Nighttime Vamp:

Guerlain Rouge G no. 25, $36.00, and $20.00 for any Jewel lipstick case

Doll up your lips with the head-turning, sumptuous new lippie Rouge G no. 25 by Guerlain. Take it up a notch and turn it into a weapon of mass seduction, thanks to its jaw-dropping, alluring metal case. A luxury Jewel lipstick like no other, the French house has a knack for heady designs. Available in 15 different colours and finishes such as rose gold and python leather, and equipped with a double mirror, each one of the 15 newly launched styles is meant to be customizable and match the 30 Rouge G shades of lipsticks. The infamous bullet-shaped tube, created over 100 years ago, intertwines the art of Haute joaillerie, French savoir-faire and a highly pigmented, luminous formula. We can’t tell if it’s the 15 various glitzy cases or this particular shade of red that set our pulses racing. This is how obsessions are born.

 

Ultra Violet, Ultra Trendy:

Lise Watier Rouge Fondant Suprême in Amelia, $27.00 and Rouge Gourmand Acai Berry, $25.00

Pantone’s official colour of the year, these violet nuances make for one excessively fashionable statement! We’re torn between pastel hues such as Rouge Fondant Suprême in Amelia or Acai Berry, the newly launched shade from the Rouge Gourmand lipstick line. Amelia, with its delicate hints of lavender, will dominate the season and is ideal for a casual daytime look or a nude lip. Deliciously shiny and enriched with a plethora of antioxidants such as Labrador tea. Meanwhile, Acai Berry is vibrant and ethereal, bold and unapologetic, not to mention ridiculously long-lasting. Infused with plumping agents (aka Maxi-Lip complex) that work overtime to also minimize the appearance of fine lines! An ideal way to transition into subdued fall tones while rocking a sassy look.

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