Welcome to the lipstick hall of fame. If you’re like me and have at least half a dozen miscellaneous lipsticks rolling around the bottom of your handbag at any given time, but never seem to have quite enough lipsticks, read on for the best selling lipsticks of all time.
Lipstick is arguably the most critical staple essential in every woman’s makeup collection. After all, Elizabeth Taylor wasn’t famously quoted saying “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together,” for nothing.
A great lip color has the power to take you from zero to 100 in a flash. A good lipstick can make you look done up with barely any effort—not to mention the mood boost that a lippy in your favourite hue can provide. Whether it’s a sexy red lipstick that’ll match your dress perfectly for a romantic night out, or a nude lipstick that goes with literally any look, I think we can all agree, lipsticks are addictive.
Despite the damage some lip products have inflicted our bank accounts, clearing Sephora racks and leaving our credit card statements reading in angry red letters, some are absolutely worth it. Finding the perfect lipstick is like stumbling upon a bra that fits perfectly—tricky to find, but once you’ve found it, you want to go back and buy it in every shade. Chances are you’ve probably already got your hands on a few of these best-selling lipsticks of all time. There’s a reason they’re almost always sold out…
Best-Seller Lipstick #1: MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
If you haven’t heard of the MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick before, then clearly you’ve been living under a rock. With the glide of a gloss and the look of a matte, this creamy, warm brown vanished instantly from shelves when Kylie Jenner announced it was her favourite lipstick back in 2015. Even years later, this shade is still as popular as ever and one of the best-selling MAC lipsticks of all time.
Best-Selling Lipstick #2: MAC Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
Think of the mattest matte you can think of, times that by 1000 and you’ll get the iconic vivid red MAC Ruby Woo. Praised for its ability to look stunning on almost anyone, it’s a classic, best-selling red lipstick you’ll use again and again.
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Best-Selling Lipstick #3: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
There’s a reason why Fenty Beauty products sell out whenever they’re released. The beauty line, created by Rihanna, is both affordable and the stuff that beauty-lovers’ dreams are made of. The Mattemoiselle Plush Matte is a best-selling lipstick because it’s lightweight and designed to flatter all skin tones.
Best-Selling Lipstick #4: Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in 999
If you’re after elegance in a lipstick, then look no further. Known for its 16-hour long wear and streakless formula, the iconic Dior Rouge 999, is a classic best-seller lipstick. It’s rumoured the lip color was worn at the first ever Christian Dior runway show, proving that the perfect red lipstick never goes out of fashion.
Best-Selling Lipstick #5: YSL Rouge Pur Couture No.52
This luminous satin texture lipstick provides all day comfort and hydration, and was sold out almost everywhere after its appearance on a Korean TV drama. If you’re after a rich and creamy lipstick that will leave your lips feeling softer, the YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick is for you.
Best-Selling Lipstick #6: KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
Created and formulated by celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, her Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are out of this world. Her beauty range is vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free, making this one of the best vegan lipsticks of all time. Described as a Terracotta Nude, the muted rosy coral color has a warm undertone with long-lasting matte finish that is everyone’s must have shade in the range.
Best-Selling Lipstick #7: Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks in Trophy Wife
Trophy Wife is a beautiful pink-toned purple shade and the beauty blogger’s best-selling paraben-free lipstick shade. The Huda Beauty lipsticks are known for their unique creamy texture and longevity. The formula is paraben-free and feel so light, you’ll think you’re not wearing any lipstick at all.
Best-Selling Lipstick #8: Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in 1993
Created in 1993 when Urban Decay first released their Vice Lipstick line, and inspired by the chokers and baby tees of the time, this shade was the first to sell out thanks to its warm medium brown and perfect matte finish. Fast forward over 20 years and we’re seeing a resurgence of the very same trends that became popular in the 90s… Just like this best-selling lipstick shade.
Best-Selling Lipstick #9: Pat McGrath Matte Trance Lipstick in Antidote
The new range of Pat McGrath Lipstick shades have broken the beauty world with their revolutionary style formula and major YouTube beauty bloggers raving about its luxurious ultra matte finish. The shade Antidote is a fiery magenta violet that screams sexy vibes – no wonder it sucked the website dry.
Best-Selling Lipstick #10: Tom Ford Lip Color in Primal
Enough with the mattes, let’s move onto the best creamy lipstick formulas. Tom Ford has slayed the game with his luxurious packaging and modernistic formulas that glide on the lip like a dream. The designer himself says each shade he creates is an essential with Primal being the perfect dark toned lip that has the strangest effect of making you buy it again and again. You’ve been warned.
Best-Selling Lipstick #11: NARS Lipstick in Schiap
Schiap is a shade like no other. Its neon pink, full coverage and semi matte finish has the ultimate superpower of making any girl feel like their best selves. It’s like magic, as it’s a bright pink lipstick that suits almost everyone. NARS‘ secret ingredient, passion fruit seed oil, keeps your lips feeling moisturised all day.
Best-Selling Lipstick #12: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk
The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipstick features in almost every beauty blogger’s list of must-have lipsticks. It’s long-lasting, hydrating and buildable, making it versatile and suited to both daytime and evening looks. The 3D glow pigments help your lips to appear wider and fuller, and the formula is paraben-free.
Best-Selling Lipstick #13: Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Brown
Is there any better feeling than wearing a lipstick that is super hydrating, wearable and comfortable formula? We think not. The Bobbi Brown Lip Color in the shade Brown is the brand’s best seller of all time known for its full coverage color and unbeatable creamy and polished formula.
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