Best Lipsticks (Over $15) | 2017

Best of 2017
Best Lipsticks (Over $15)

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As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the products I’ve reviewed during the past year and share with you my personal favorites. I find narrowing down my favorite mid-end to luxury-priced lipsticks to be the hardest across all of the lists that I do solely due to the sheer volume of shades to choose from. This year, I started with 59 shades and managed to whittle that down to 36. You’ll notice I have definite colors that I gravitate toward–plums, mauves, corals, and browns–and I tend to like some shine or pearl in my finish.

There were a slew of new-for-2017 formulas that were just so well-done that made culling a challenge, like Tarte’s Color Splash Lipsticks, Pat McGrath’s LuxeTrance Lipstick, Hourglass’ GIRL Lip Stylos and Confession Lipsticks, along with shade extensions in lines like Estee Lauder’s Hi-Lustre and original Pure Color Envy Lipstick lines and Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Lip Color range.  You can check out my full list of favorite shades below! 🙂

What were your favorite lipsticks in 2017?  Share your favorites in the comments!

P.S. — View swatches of my favorites here!

Bobbi Brown Desert Rose

Bobbi Brown Desert Rose Luxe Lip Color ($37.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Saks

Bobbi Brown Rose Blossom

Bobbi Brown Rose Blossom Luxe Lip Color ($37.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a brighter, medium plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Saks

Urban Decay Rebel

Urban Decay Rebel Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium, rosy mauve with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, Selfridges

MAC Concord Grape

MAC Concord Grape Robert Lee Morris Mattene Lipstick ($25.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a deep, purple-leaning mauve with a subtle, pearl sheen. Read full review.

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MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Ulta, Saks

Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Soleil

Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Soleil Lip Color ($54.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a soft, medium rosy copper with warm undertones and fine, gold, copper, and pink pearl. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Beautylish, Neiman Marcus

MAC Fire Roasted

MAC Fire Roasted Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, coppery red with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Ulta, Saks

MAC Brick Dust

MAC Brick Dust Liptensity Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

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MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Ulta, Saks

Tom Ford Beauty Adora

Tom Ford Beauty Adora Lip Color ($54.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Beautylish, Neiman Marcus

Tom Ford Beauty Discretion

Tom Ford Beauty Discretion Lip Color ($54.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Beautylish, Neiman Marcus

Pat McGrath Beautiful Creature

Pat McGrath Beautiful Creature LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark reddish plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath Sorry Not Sorry

Pat McGrath Sorry Not Sorry LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, pinky-plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath Realness

Pat McGrath Realness LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with warmer undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath She’s Heaven

Pat McGrath She’s Heaven LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle, warm rosy undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath Madame Greige

Pat McGrath Madame Greige LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin sheen. Read full review.

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Sephora, Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath Lavish

Pat McGrath Lavish LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, dark brown with subtle, warm rosy undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Pat McGrath

Urban Decay Heartache

Urban Decay Heartache Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark fuchsia with subtle, cool undertones and iridescent sparkle and pearl. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, Selfridges

Urban Decay Hideaway

Urban Decay Hideaway Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a muted, medium pinky mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a satin sheen. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, Selfridges

Pat McGrath Omi

Pat McGrath Omi MatteTrance Lipsticks ($38.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink with more neutral undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Pat McGrath

Hourglass I Hide My

Hourglass I Hide My Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.03 oz.) is a deep, muted berry with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Hourglass, Space NK

Urban Decay Scorched

Urban Decay Scorched Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark, coppery brown with warm, red undertones and fine gold and copper pearl. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, Selfridges

MAC Coral Optix

MAC Coral Optix Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium red with strong, warm orange undertones and pink, gold, and copper shimmer that give it a more metallic finish. Read full review.

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MAC Cosmetics, Nordstrom, Ulta, Saks

Givenchy Coral Gypsophila

Givenchy Coral Gypsophila Le Rouge ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark coral-orange with warm undertones and a shiny, cream finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porter, Barneys

Tarte Island Life

Tarte Island Life Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Ulta, Tarte, DermStore

Tarte Cruisin’

Tarte Cruisin’ Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Ulta, Tarte, DermStore

Tarte Escape

Tarte Escape Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brighter, medium pinky-plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Ulta, Tarte, DermStore

Tarte Daiquiri

Tarte Daiquiri Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, medium-dark coral-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Ulta, Tarte, DermStore

Tarte 5 O’Clock

Tarte 5 O’Clock Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Sephora, Ulta, Tarte, DermStore

Estee Lauder Killer Kiss

Estee Lauder Killer Kiss Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with ruby red pearl and cool undertones. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Ulta

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye

Estee Lauder Tiger Eye On Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is medium-dark copper with strong, warm orange undertones and a frosted shimmer-sheen finish. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Ulta

Estee Lauder Naked Truth

Estee Lauder Naked Truth Hi-Lustre Pure Color Envy Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a brighter, medium pink-coral with a golden, frosted shimmer. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Ulta

Estee Lauder High Level

Estee Lauder High Level Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium coral with warm undertones and a lightly glossy, cream finish. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Ulta

Estee Lauder Rose Tea

Estee Lauder Rose Tea Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, pinky mauve with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Ulta

Hourglass Inventor

Hourglass Inventor GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and a natural finish. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Hourglass, Space NK

Hourglass Activist

Hourglass Activist GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a soft, muted, medium-dark rosy plum with warm undertones and a cream finish. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Hourglass, Space NK

Hourglass Achiever

Hourglass Achiever GIRL Lip Stylo ($32.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark brown with a hint of plum paired with a lightly glossy sheen. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Hourglass, Space NK

Urban Decay Backstab

Urban Decay Backstab Vice Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a rich, reddish-berry with cool, pink tones and violet and ruby red pearl. Read full review.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, Selfridges