If ever I had to choose only one luxury, it'd undoubtedly be lipstick. There's just nothing better than the power and confidence that comes with a few swipes of fire-engine red or the sultriness that follows a great nude. And while hoarding lipsticks can cost a pretty penny, there are few that I'd happily go broke for.
Below, I detail the best expensive lipsticks I couldn't live without—no matter the price tag. They're everything from hydrating and creamy to velvety and matte. They last all day (and into the night) and are pretty enough to wear as jewelry. Keep scrolling for a truly luxurious lipstick experience.
Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Lips collection was created in collaboration with 12 notable women—naturally, Kim Kardashian West made the list. Her signature peachy nude-colored lip was perfectly translated into a formula that diffuses light to make your lips look fuller, protects from UV exposure, and will garner comparison's to the reality star herself.
Relish in the smudge-proof, weightless luxury that is this liquid lipstick. It glides on smooth but it dries completely matte—courtesy of the inky formula that's both thinner and more pigmented than a traditional lipstick. The genius is in the applicator, as it's slim enough for serious precision around the curves of your lips.
First of all, this lipstick comes encased in a mirrored jeweled compact (!!!). It's super hydrating, long-lasting, and applies like butter. A tip from me to you? You'll never feel as fancy than when you're swiping on this lipstick.
We've long coveted the shiny red bottoms of Christian Louboutin's shoe creations, so it only makes sense that his lipstick is just as lust-worthy. The silky-satin lip color is encased in an ornate golden tube fit for a queen. And, as if that's not enough to spark your interest, it comes in a silk pouch inside a jewelry box with a silk ribbon to tie around your neck.
With an intensely rich formula (inspired by the Old Hollywood A-list), this lipstick delivers a punch of glossy pigment blended with antioxidant vitamins E and A to keep your lips plump and soft long after you apply. And, yes, it's scented with peppermint oil for a much-needed, refreshing pick-me-up for your senses.
Inspired by the iconic vermillion lips of Japanese geishas, this tube is pure opulence. Associate features editor, Amanda Montell, introduced me to this particular offering, singing its praises: "Let me cut to the chase: I would buy this lipstick if it cost twice as much. I'm not exaggerating. The angular sculpture of the lipstick itself is a work of art. But the formula is even better. First, it feels as light as air when you apply it. I could spend a whole day in this stuff (without the need to reapply, might I add), and I'd never even feel it on my lips."
Who needs men as arm candy? I'm more concerned with lip candy, each named after the men in Tom Ford's life. The collection ranges from matte to satin to metallic with colors I thought I could only dream of. Each one comes cased in the perfect mini clutch-size bullet for every mood you may have.
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