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Pink is a classic lip color that looks good on everyone. Light and medium pink shades are the perfect picks for everyday wear, as they give your lips that “YLBB” (your lips but better) look. But pink doesn’t always have to be on the subtle side. You can also go bold with a hot, bright, or neon pink for days when you really want to stand out from the crowd. That’s why we wouldn’t be surprised if you keep more than one pink lipstick in your makeup bag.
Beyond choosing between shades of pink, there’s also the formula to consider. These days, you’ve got quite a few to select from, including liquid lipstick for serious staying power, cream lipstick for a work-appropriate look, matte lipstick for a totally on-trend appearance and more.
Here are our picks of the best pink lipsticks across the spectrum.
Best Overall: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Disobedient
This lipstick formula receives top honors from us for a variety of reasons. It applies smoothly—no dragging or skipping—and feels like you’re not wearing anything on your lips, all the while delivering an incredible color payoff. Plus, the formula is hydrating, thanks to ingredients like aloe vera, and jojoba and avocado oils. Disobedient is a gorgeous medium pink cream shade with a satin finish, which you can layer for more intensity.
Best Budget: Covergirl Exhibitionist Lipstick Cream in Bombshell Pink
You don’t have to break the bank for a quality pink lipstick. In fact, you don’t even have to spend $10. This budget-friendly pick performs just as well as its more expensive counterparts. Customers rave about the rich and smooth formula, which is loaded with hydrating ingredients like coconut oil and aloe vera. Bombshell Pink lives up to its name—it’s an eye-catching cool-toned fuchsia hue that would look gorgeous when paired with a LBD.
Best Drugstore: Maybelline Color Sensational Made for All Lipstick in Pink for Me
Maybelline sought out to create a pink lipstick that flatters all by testing shades on 50 different skin tones. They succeeded with Pink for Me, a medium rosy mauve color that has slightly warm undertones. It’s muted, making it the ideal workday lipstick, and the creamy formula contains honey nectar to ensure the product applies smoothly and doesn’t dry out your lips.
Best Long-Lasting: Make Up Forever Artist Liquid Lipstick in Fresh Pink
We’ve all been there: You apply lipstick, only to look in the mirror a few minutes later and realize it’s almost all gone. That’s where liquid lipstick comes in. This type of lipstick offers long-lasting wear—and this particular formula is especially amazing. Reviewers note how it doesn’t smudge or dry out their lips (a common complaint lodged against liquid lipsticks). They also call out its ability to stay put through anything from meals to kisses. Fresh Pink is a light, Barbie-esque pink that is super fun and bold.
Best Matte: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Ballerina Blackout
Leave it to Rihanna to create the perfect matte lipstick. We love everything she’s done with Fenty Beauty (hello, 50-shade foundation range!), and this lipstick is no exception. The long-wearing formula offers beautiful color payoff, without any feathering or bleeding. Although it looks matte, the lipstick has a velvety feel and applies really smoothly. The bullet’s slim design makes filling in your lips and staying inside the lines oh-so-easy. Ballerina Blackout is a cool, medium bubblegum pink that is sure to turn heads.
Best Liquid: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Mother
If you’ve ever used a liquid lipstick before, then you know that they last all day long—but they can be drying and tricky to apply if you’re not a pro. Enter this version from Kat Von D. The lipstick goes on like a gloss and dries to matte without drying out your pout, thanks to vitamin E and sunflower seed in the formula. Mother is a dusty mauve pink—consider it a neutral for everyday wear.
Best Gloss: Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Sky Pink
For a lip gloss to get our seal of approval it has to be non-sticky, ultra-shiny (otherwise what’s the point?), and have some staying power. This lip gloss does all that and more. The nourishing formula features agave, moringa oil, and capuacu butter, so you never have to worry about stickiness or dry lips. The applicator has been designed to deposit the just-right amount of color—and the color stays put for hours. Sky Pink is a pretty light pink hue that will give you the YLBB look you crave.
Best Cream: Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Fruit Punch
Cream lipstick is likely what you think of when you think of lipstick. It’s the classic lipstick formula—and it remains a mainstay in so many of our makeup bags for good reason. Milani’s take on cream lipstick is one of our faves. One reason we’re crazy about it: It’s formulated with antioxidants like vitamin C to help shield your lips from free radical damage. Fruit Punch is a medium, neutral pink that veers into the bold territory without being too bright.
Best Stain: Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Dare to Be Pink
This lip stain goes on smoothly with a creamy texture but magically dries down to a silky stain. While lip stains often get a rep for being drying, that’s not the case with this one. That’s because the formula is chock full of avocado oil, which moisturizes lips, preventing dryness and stickiness. Dare to Be Pink is a flattering-to-all medium pink with a matte finish.
Best Pastel: MAC Lipstick Cream in Saint Germain
Who says pastels have to be reserved for spring? We’re here to tell you pastel pink can be worn year-round—if you find the right lipstick. Saint Germain is just right: It veers slightly purple for a fashion-forward look. MAC’s cream formula is nourishing, with ingredients like beeswax and jojoba seed oil. Reviewers note the lipstick’s creamy texture, consistent color application, and long-lasting wear.
Best Bright: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi
On days you want your lips to really pop, it’s time to turn your attention to a bright pink lipstick, like this one. Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche formula is one of our go-to's because it comes in so many high-impact shades, and is infused with vitamins and omega oils that keep lips looking young and smooth. Kimchi is a shockingly bright cool-toned fuchsia that has a creamy texture and long-lasting finish.
Best Bold: Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick in Talk to Me
This matte lipstick boasts a long-wearing finish, full coverage in one swipe, and comfortable feel on the lips. Talk to Me is our shade choice for bold pink lipstick—it’s a magenta with blue undertones, which makes teeth look whiter. Customers are fans of this lipstick’s pigmentation and long-lasting ability.
Best Neon: Nars Lipstick in Schiap
This shade is a cult favorite among beauty aficionados—and we have to admit we’re totally smitten with it ourselves. For starters, the formula delivers incredible color payoff and leaves lips feeling soft thanks to a blend of moringa oil and passion fruit seed oil. Now about that color: Schiap is a neon fuchsia-pink with a semi-matte finish that lasts for hours and would pair perfectly with an all-black ensemble in the winter or colorful garb in the summer.