A bright pop of color by way of an eye-popping lip is a great way to pump up your beauty look. Even if you've got nothing else on your face, a bold lip can make you look wide awake and put together. This makeup trend comes with its fair share of downsides, too. Staying on board with the bold lipstick beauty look is easier said than done. In addition to melting, feathering, disappearing in the summer heat or imprinting onto your winter scarf, too many lipsticks have a drying effect on your pout, leaving you with chapped lips. To ensure your smile stays smooth (and pigmented with your favorite pop of color), we've rounded up the best hydrating lipsticks on the market. In whichever shade you choose, these pocket-size beauty staples pull double duty—providing you with the matte, shimmery, or sheer swipe of color you desire while keeping your lips hydrated all year long.
Scroll on for our picks of the best hydrating lipsticks that will look great and keep your dry lips at bay.
Best Balm-Texture: Dior Lip Addict
This cult classic is infused with expert oils and includes a moisturizing core to lock in shine and leave lips super hydrated. It's a true lip balm/lipstick hybrid.
Best Demi-Matte: Milk Makeup Lip Color
Achieve a modern matte lip that stays in place with this second-skin formula that provides one-swipe coverage. Natural ingredients from shea butter to coconut and grapeseed oils soften and moisturize lips throughout wear.
Best Satin Finish: Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color
Enjoy all-day color with a single swipe with this moisturizing formula that promises full coverage and rich pigment. This formula gives off a satin finish, meaning there's a slight, but not overly glossy, sheen.
Best Color Range: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick
If you're not afraid to experiment, this is the range for you. Available in a rainbow array of colors in high shine, matte, metallic, satin, and shimmer finishes, this creamy lip formula conditions lips with nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, avocado, and babassu oils.
Best Chubby Pencil: Hourglass GIRL Lip Stylo
Treat yourself to a high-intensity lip color that hydrates with a blend of shea butter, jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower seed to achieve the appearance of softer lips. We love the chubby pencil-style applicator for precision's sake.
Best High-End: Tom Ford Lip Color
Brazilian murumuru butter, soja seed extract, and chamomilla flower oil are blended together to create the creamy texture and super-smooth application of Tom Ford's cult lineup of long-wearing lipsticks.
Best Slim Pencil: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
These cult favorite pencils are small enough to double as a lip liner, but pigmented enough to stand on their own. Thanks to vitamin E and emollients, the pencils really do feel like soft velvet on the lips.
Best SPF: Chantecaille Lip Stick
We know the importance of sunscreen, but how often do we remember to put it on our lips? Vitamins A and C, as well as SPF, protect lips in this creamy formula that moisturizes while delivering vivid color.
Best Nudes: Nars Lipstick
The semi-matte finish of this lipstick line leaves lips looking velvety and soft, while the creamy formula moisturizes and hydrates your pigmented pout. While there are a few bright spots in the color range, the nudes and neutrals really stand out.
Best Plumping: L'Oreal Riche Plump and Shine Lipstick
Need a little help in the volume department? This affordable formula gently plumps lips, while delivering shine and hydration, plus a bright, poppy color selection that will have you struggling to choose just one.
Best Organic: Kjaer Weis Lip Tint
Clean-beauty obsessives will love this organic tint from Kjaer Weis. Packed with jojoba oil and beeswax, it conditions the lips while delivering a sheer wash of color. Plus, no parabens or artificial colors.
Best Longwearing: Bite Outburst Longwear Lip Stain
Bite's formulas always put lip health first—we expect nothing less from the brand that brought us the Agave Lip Mask ($26). These juicy lip stains are waterproof and full of hydrating ingredients like passionflower and coconut oils and sunflower seed wax.
Best Lip Oil: Dior Lip Glow Oil
Glossy types can reach for Dior's luscious tinted lip oil in lieu of a stickier formula. A high-shine finish and non-drying cherry oil combine to create a lip product you'll relish reapplying.
Best Under $5: e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick
There's drugstore prices and then there's less-than-$5 prices. E.l.f.'s creamy lipstick bullet is only $4 a tube, but you wouldn't know it just from swiping it on. The emollient formula, available in four classic shades, delivers shea butter and vitamins E, C, and A right to the lips.
Best Liquid: Em Cosmetics Infinite Lip Cloud
A liquid lipstick that doesn't leave your lips drier than a desert? Seems like an impossible dream, but not so with this cloud-like formula that acts as both a longwearing liquid lipstick and a comfortable lip primer.