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.
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.
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.
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."