A pretty pout is worth every penny you pour into achieving it — whether that means luxe moisturizing balm or a Chanel gloss. To get us through the winter months, we’ve test-driven some of the best and brightest options on the market to finish off your look. Remember, even if your hair is a mess and your socks don’t match, a quick swipe of the perfect hue on your lips will make all the difference. Combat the post-holiday slump by treating yourself to a pop of pretty.
Primers can be a real racket — pricy solutions for a problem that is either unfixable or not that much of a problem to begin with. However, one grand old exception to the rule is Dior Addict Lip Glow, a primer that has brought my haggard, winter lips back from the edge of ruin on more than one occasion. The gorgeous packaging and soft, pleasant scent don’t hurt either. This is one product that’s worth shelling out a bit more than you’d like to. $33, Dior.
One of the new kids on the block is Lancome’s Lip Lover, a highly pigmented, ultra-creamy solution that’s halfway between a stick and a gloss. I mean really, does it get any prettier? Available in 16 kiss-worthy shades to fit your every mood, these are ideal for winter months when lips tend to be dry and cracked. They’ll fix you right up and leave a gorgeous shine behind. $23 each, Lancome.
Estee Lauder’s new Pure Color Envy sculpting lipsticks are a covetable collection perfect for this time of year. Bold, come-hither colors make a solid impact and last for hours on end, even with eating, drinking, and smooching along the way. We can’t get enough of Carnal, the punchy, vixenish red that’s newest to the family. But whichever of the 31 shades strikes your fancy, you’re sure to turn heads. $30, Estee Lauder.
Hands-down the best stain stick out there, Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is a color-rich moisturizing solution that I know you’ll love as much as I do. So pretty and so soft, these are awesome for throwing in your purse and they don’t require a mirror so you’ll be gorg in two seconds flat. And at less then $10 each, they’re a total steal. Ulta. Stock up!