Whenever I'm mulling over a purchase big or small, I always get frustrated when the online retailer doesn't have customer reviews. It's so helpful to take advice from people who have already tested out the product and shared whether it lives up to expectations or not. When we're talking about items that have thousands of reviews, it's all the more reassuring. I don't care if I'm going to be out $5 or $50—no matter the cost, I want my purchase to be satisfying. Luckily, there are a ton of beauty lovers who are extremely opinionated about their lipsticks if you happen to be in the market for a little color. (Hello, Zoom meetings.)
Below, I've rounded up lipsticks with excellent reviews from in-the-know shoppers. Just one of these drugstore lipsticks, for instance, has 3300 five-star reviews on Amazon. Cumulatively, these formulas below have recommendations from over 10,000 customers. Impressive. Scroll down to shop the best-reviewed drugstore lipsticks from beloved beauty brands.
How good is this lipstick? Well, over 3300 Amazon reviewers have sung its praises, noting that it stays put throughout the day and is moisturizing. One reviewer noted that it's a "great dupe for Lady Danger by Mac."
This Revlon lipstick comes with a clear lip gloss to help give it some shine and make sure the color stays put. If you haven't put on clear lip gloss since middle school, you're seriously missing out.
This lipstick comes in a slew of shades and boasts 2052 five-star reviews on Amazon. I'm particularly fond of the color Cyprus, as it's the ideal bubblegum pink. "It definitely lasts longer than your average lipstick, and I will 100% be buying more colors as time goes on," one reviewer said.
Clinique's Chubby Stick is iconic for good reason. It's moisturizing and the application is pretty much a no-brainer.
Over 2700 Amazon reviewers have given this lipstick five-star nods, proving that it's one of the all-time best. This is my favorite pick if you love matte lipsticks. "I put it on in the morning and if I don't take it off before I go to bed, which I always do, it will still be there in the morning," said a reviewer.
Sifting through the 499 five-star Amazon reviews, I noticed that shoppers agree about this lipstick's great texture and longevity. "This is the first drugstore brand of lipstick I have worn that has zero smell or taste. Really creamy formula and this shade is not patchy," said a reviewer.
This lipstick has earned 1073 five-star reviews (and counting) at Sephora. This Grace color is a fantastic easy-to-wear pink if neon isn't quite your thing. "The texture is light and creamy," one reviewer said. "You barely feel it is on your lips. It stays on for at least 6-8 hours and does not feather at all. I like this so much that I might try some other colors!"
When you're browsing Revlon and Maybelline options, don't overlook Almay. This lipstick, in particular, has 189 five-star reviews. "It just gives you very natural color and is glossy and super hydrating," one reviewer said.
Over 270 Amazon shoppers have given this lipstick five-star approval. "Great moisturization," one reviewer said. "I don't even have to use lip balm; these will moisturize your lips all day long. Sheer enough to apply without a mirror and comes in great colors."
Maybelline is such a classic brand in the lipstick space, so you truly can't go wrong. I especially love this oh-so-perfect red that's giving me Marilyn Monroe vibes.
This particular lipstick has earned the praises of 1791 Sephora shoppers. It's earned five-star status thanks to the wide range of colors available and the moisturizing formula.
This is a deep red that's statement-making yet totally classic. It currently boasts 1170 five-star reviews on Amazon. "Bonus: It smells like those fruity Lipsmackers balms from the early 2000s, which is kind of hilarious," one reviewer said."
This is a great choice if you want a lipstick with a hint of sheen.
Does it get any more iconic than L'Oréal? This formulation has earned 1812 five-star reviews on Amazon. "I've found this brand works so much better than lipgloss for Chapstick for keeping my dry, chapped lips moisturized for longer periods of time," one reviewer said.
Yes, Burt's Bees makes a lot more than lip balm. I love this lipstick, which also has 846 fans on Amazon.
This one won a spot in Mindy Kaling's roundup of the best lipstick shades for dark skin tones. You can see how it looks on her above, but I'm confident the magenta-like shade would look good on anyone.
This two-in-one buy comes with a top coat to help keep your color in place all day.
One of the most affordable lipsticks on the market, this $3 version is a safe bet.
In my opinion, you should own both matte and shiny lipsticks to suit different occasions and moods. This one is a great version of the latter with 79 five-star reviews on Amazon. "I really like this color and the glossiness of it," one reviewer said. "It has a lot of pigment and is really shiny. The color is a gorgeous rosy brown. I have used Rum Raisin in other formulas and I have always been a big fan of this color."
Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 12 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of senior news editor (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.
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