There was a time when lipsticks were restricted to the creamy ones, mattes and the good ol’ tube of sparkly lip gloss. Today, shopping for lipstick comes with a lot more categories. The variety of textures and finishes is as extensive as that for the base makeup category, and there’s a new brand or formula/packaging popping up every day. Here, we break down all the lipstick textures, so you know what you’re adding to your cart.
Lipstick textures you should know about before
Pigmented lip glosses
These lip glosses are nothing like the ‘90s shimmer tubes you’re used to—they’ve still got the glossy finish, but the colour payoff is just like any other creamy lipstick you own. If you love a bright, shiny pucker, this formula is made for you.
Velvet matte lipsticks
These formulas can be solid or liquid and are a friendlier version of your traditional matte lipsticks. They don’t tug on your lips and can be applied even if you’re experiencing a bit of dryness. They provide your pout with a velvet-like finish with the staying power of matte lipstick.
We love: Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick
This formula of solid lipsticks is gaining momentum once again within the beauty industry. The highly-pigmented, high-shine lipsticks are applied straight from the tube and make sure you pout packs a punch and glistens from every angle.
Liquid matte lipsticks
Most definitely one of the most popular categories in the last few years, liquid lipsticks have found a place in the hearts of many. A lot of users find them easier to use and manipulate than solid lipsticks and the matte payoff they dry to make sure touch-ups are a thing of the past. What’s not to like? These formulas are also available in metallic hues that used to be very popular back in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Lip creams and stains
Simply put, this formula is basically a creamy lipstick bottled in a liquid formula and provided with a brush applicator. Expect about 6 hours of lasting power—unless it dries off matte, in which case it will stay on longer—and the ease to take it off at the end of the day.
This upcoming category is basically the non-sticky sibling of highly-pigmented lip glosses. They come with the same intense shades, but with a sheerer finish and provide your lips with a soft-tint-but-better look.
We love: Tom Ford Lip Laquer Luxe
Lipsticks packaged as pencils can be of all textures—matte, creamy or glossy. They are malleable as they can be sharpened for a more precise application and can also be found at a better price point than their lip bullet counterparts.
While it’s safe to say that Benefit Cosmetics made the water-based tints a mainstay in beauty kits, tints now come in a balmy texture for easier application and better depth of the hue. They’re the makeup hack to when you simply can’t be bothered with wearing an intense lip.
We love: Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint
This makeup and skincare hybrid lip formula provides your pucker with much-needed nourishment along with a soft hint of colour—nobody needs to know you’re wearing a lip care product to lunch.
We love: Clarins Lip Comfort Oil
The lived-in lip look is all the rage on the runways and if it stays this way, precise, lined lips will soon be shown the door. Powder lipsticks are soft lip formulas that give your pout a blurred finish with a porous, powder-like texture that’s applied with a brush or with your fingers for a bitten look.
We love: Chambor Powder Matte Lipstick
That tin foil look we all love? It’s also best described as a lipstick that you can layer on top of an existing one to give it a party flavour. The metallic lipsticks add that three-dimensional effect to your look and give it a slight edge.
Holographic is just like a clear gloss but comes with tiny shimmers in it and gives out a jelly-like glass finish. That 90s effect with barely-there shine? That’s the frosty effect that holographic glosses give out.