Even if you are not in the mood to get all dressed up, a lipstick is enough to pull your no-makeup look together. A lipstick that is neatly applied oozes of confidence and is sure to make heads turn when you walk into a room.

Now that you know how important a lipstick is in your makeup routine, you should definitely choose yours from one of the best lipsticks in India.

What you should know before choosing your lipstick?

There are many criteria that have to be considered when you are making a list of the best lipsticks from the best lipstick brands in India. We have considered many parameters like transferability, longevity, finish, pigmentation, etc. If you are a lipstick rookie let’s explain these terms for you:

Transferability: Ideally, you should not stain glasses with your lipstick when you drink from them. And also don’t send your boyfriend out there with lipstick stains unless that’s a thing ?

Longevity: This tells you how long a lipstick will stay on your lips without requiring a retouch.

Finish: Lipsticks come with different finishes these days. Your lips can appear matte, creamy or even have a satin finish.

Pigmentation: This will tell you how pigmented the colour of your lipstick is. In other words, how strongly the colour transfers to your lips after one application. And we want lots of it!

Now that we have gotten all of this out of the way, let’s get into the list:

1. Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color

  • Reduces flaking and chapping
  • 36 shades
  • Smooth and creamy finish
  • Free from harmful substance

About Product:

You are not wrong if you think that the Luxe Lip Color from Bobbi Brown would have to be the absolute best if it made it to the top of our list. Let me tell you why this one’s here.

Product Features:

  • The lipstick is packaged in a luxury gold stick that oozes of royalty. If you are anything like me, you would purchase a lipstick case, just for this beauty.
  • The Luxe Lip Color is available in 36 shades and they are all really pigmented.
  • This one has a smooth and creamy finish that applies like the softest lip balm.
  • This lipstick is also free of every harmful substance that you can possibly think of. It is phthalate-free, paraben-free, sulfite-free, sulfate-free and gluten-free.
  • Applies very smoothly and is highly pigmented.
  • Leaves lips feeling lush and moisturized throughout the day.
  • Colour lasts for 8 hours and can withstand one proper meal.
  • Reduces flaking and chapping of lips.
  • Does not have any harmful chemicals.
  •  Too expensive and unaffordable for students.

2. Huda Beauty Power Bullet Lipstick

  • Available in 22 shades
  • Matte finish
  • Highly pigmented
  • Cruelty-free product

About Product:

All makeup lovers must admit that Huda Beauty products are new favourites that are definitely here to stay.

Product Features:

  • Power Bullet is available in 22 shades.
  • It has a matte finish and is highly pigmented.
  • It comes with a custom pointed tip.
  • This is a cruelty-free product.
  • Highly pigmented.
  • Easy to apply on the lips.
  • Great selection of shades.
  • Custom pointed tip aids precise application.
  • Feel very light on the lips.
  • Can dry the lips.

3. Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color

  • Available in 25 different shades
  • Rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E
  • Satin-matte finish
  • Chemical-free

About Product:

Another one on our list from Bobbi Brown, this is a slightly better option in terms of affordability. Let’s look at the features this one has to offer:

Product Features:

  • The Crushed Lip Color is available in 25 different shades.
  • This lipstick is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E and beeswax.
  • It gives your lips a satin-matte finish.
  • The product is phthalate-free, paraben-free, sulfite-free, sulfate-free and gluten-free.
  • It is very nourishing for your lips.
  • The colour lasts a good 6 hours on your lips.
  • Does not leave your lips feeling dry.
  • Moderately pigmented. Can do more swipes if needed.
  • A harmful chemical-free product.
  • Expensive.

4. Manish Malhotra Hi-Shine Lipstick

  • Available in 14 shades
  • Glossy finish
  • Cruelty-free and vegan
  • UVB protection

About Product:

All of us have heard of the famous Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra. While we may still not be able to afford his designer pieces, his lipsticks are definitely not out of reach.

Product Features:

  • These lipsticks have a glossy finish that makes you party-ready in a jiffy.
  • This product is cruelty-free and vegan. It does not contain mineral oils, preservatives or any nano-ingredients.
  • The product is fairly pigmented.
  • It offers UVB protection to your lips.
  • It’s available in 14 shades.
  • The lipstick smells really good and effortlessly glides onto your lips.
  • It does not dry your lips.
  • It is a vegan product that is free of nano-ingredients and preservatives.
  • It has a curved bullet that allows precise application.
  • It offers high coverage with a glossy shine.
  • The product does not stay on your lips for long. You will require a retouch after 3-4 hours.

5. Nykaa So Matte Lipstick

  • Soft matte finish
  • Available in 50 shades
  • An intense colour payoff
  • Infused with Vitamin E

About Product:

Nykaa is the most recent storm that the makeup industry in India has witnessed. So no list of best lipsticks in India is complete without one from Nykaa.

Product Features:

  • The product has a soft matte finish as the name suggests.
  • It is available in 50 shades!
  • It has an intense colour payoff.
  • The formula is infused with Vitamin E.
  • This is a cruelty free product.
  • Great matte finish.
  • Huge number of shades to choose from.
  • Highly pigmented.
  • You can easily apply it in one smooth stroke.
  • Very Affordable.
  • Can dry the lips.

6. MAC Satin Lipstick

  • 28 shades
  • Satin finish
  • Bold shades
  • Lasts for about 6 hours

About Product:

We proudly welcome our first MAC lipstick on our list. Although MAC is one of the top lipstick brands in India, let us take a look at the product features that put it in this position.

Product Features:

  • The satin lipstick from MAC comes in a variety of 28 shades for you to choose from.
  • It has a satin finish as the name suggests and glides on smoothly.
  • It lasts for about 6 hours.
  • It offers medium to full buildable coverage.
  • There is a good choice of nude and bold shades.
  • Good pigmentation.
  • Very easy to apply.
  • Lasts long.
  • The formula can make lips very dry.
  • Expensive.

7. SUGAR Cosmetics Nothing Else Matter Lipstick

  • Available in 34 shades
  • High water resistance
  • An opaque matte finish
  • Long lasting

About Product:

Sugar Cosmetics is known for their good quality makeup products at affordable prices. Their products also come in fancy and unique packaging.

Product Features:

  • Nothing Else Matter is available in 34 shades.
  • The lipstick has high water resistance.
  • It gives an opaque matte finish.
  • It lasts for around 4 to 6 hours.
  • Glides smoothly on lips.
  • Great Texture
  • Water-resistant.
  • Does not feel heavy on the lips.
  • Long lasting.
  • Dries the lips.

8. Chambor Orosa Lipstick

  • Supreme matte finish
  • Available in 18 shades
  • Moisturising formula
  • Cruelty-free

About Product:

Chambor has some loyal customers that have been built through word-of-mouth more than anything. You would not have seen many ads popularising Chambor products.

Product Features:

  • Orosa Lipstick gives a supreme matte finish.
  • There are 18 shades available.
  • It has a moisturising formulation.
  • The product is not made from any animal-derived ingredients.
  • Product is packaged in a gold royal-looking stick.
  • Lasts long (4-6 hours)
  • Highly pigmented.
  • Glides smoothly on the lips.
  • Rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin A.
  • Little drying on the lips.

9. Lakme Enrich Matte Lipstick

  • Available in 25 shades
  • Moderately pigmented
  • Feels light on the lips
  • Lasts for about 4 hours

About Product:

Lakme enjoys cult status when it comes to makeup products. This is because they have been a trusted name in the industry for decades now.

Product Features:

  • Enrich lipstick is available in 25 shades.
  • The matte formulation feels light on the lips.
  • The product is moderately pigmented.
  • It stays on for around 4 hours.
  • Glides smoothly on the lips.
  • Good pigmentation.
  • Minimal transfer.
  • Does not crease.
  • Very affordable.
  • Some shades are semi-matte.
  • Makes lips very dry.

10. Faces Canada Matte Lipstick

  • Available in 30 different shades
  • Powder matte finish
  • Rich in vitamin E
  • Highly pigmented

About Product:

This is a great quality matte lipstick from Faces Canada. This is a must-have in any lipstick collection. Especially if you are a lipstick rookie who is just getting started.

Product Features:

  • It is available in 30 different shades.
  • This one gives your lips a powder matte finish.
  • Rich in vitamin E, almond oil, and jojoba oil.
  • The product is highly pigmented.
  • Very affordable.
  • Is rich in Vitamin E and other oils.
  • It effortlessly glides on your lips.
  • Offers medium to full coverage.
  • Has a good variety of shades.
  • Can dry your lips.
  • Does not last very long.

Tips & Tricks To Employ While Applying Lipsticks

It won’t hurt to go through these tips even if you are a lipstick veteran.

  • Always exfoliate your lips and apply a light layer of lip balm on your lips. This helps to make your lips soft and lipstick ready. This trick will also make sure your lips don’t get dry especially if you are wearing a matte lipstick.
  • Start your makeup routine by applying lip balm on your lips. Apply lip balm past your lip line onto your skin (just a tad). This will prevent drying of the skin around your lips. This can also be your nighttime routine.
  • Always apply the lipstick as the last step in your makeup routine. Or apply it just before you leave the house.
  • If you want your lipstick to last long without splurging, place a thin tissue above your lips after applying lipstick and dust some translucent powder over it. This will also give your lipstick a matte finish.
  • If you are gonna reapply your lipstick, always blot out any existing product from your lips.
  • After applying lip liner, trace your fingers over it to smoothen and blend the lines with the lipstick.
  • If you want a precise application, use an angled brush.
  • Mix your favourite shade of eyeshadow with colourless lip balm to make your own favourite shade of lipstick.
  • Close your lips around your finger and pull your finger out after applying lipstick to make sure that the lipstick does not awkwardly stain your teeth. This is known as the finger test.
  • Don’t hesitate to apply a couple shades of lipstick for your own unique lip colour.
  • Use a straw if you have a choice!

And last but not least, hairspray removes lipstick stains!

DIY Lip Scrubs

There are many lip scrubs that you can make with ingredients that you can easily find in your house. We have 5 such effective DIY lip scrub recipes for you.

1. Coconut and Honey Lip Scrub

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of organic honey.
  • Add brown sugar to this mix and dilute with water to get required consistency.
  • Scrub on lips for 2-3 minutes and wash off.

2. Orange Peel Lip Scrub

  • Mix orange peel powder and brown sugar in equal parts.
  • Dilute the mixture with almond oil.
  • Scrub on lips for 2-3 minutes and wash off.

3. Coffee and Honey Lip Scrub

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of coffee powder with organic honey.
  • Add honey depending on the lip scrub consistency.
  • Scrub on lips for 2-3 minutes and wash off.

4. Lemonade Lip Scrub

  • Mix 1 tablespoon sugar with little Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.
  • Squeeze half a lemon into the mixture. Add more lemon juice for a more runny lip scrub.
  • Scrub on lips for 2-3 minutes and wash off.

5. Almond Lip Scrub

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with ½ tablespoon of almond oil and ½ tablespoon of honey.
  • Scrub on lips for 2-3 minutes and wash off.

We have imparted all our wisdom when it comes to taking care and pampering your lips. So choose a great lipstick that will accentuate your lips and make them look kissable!

About the Author


Poojitha is a chronic shopaholic. Do you see these product lists? She has them all in her makeup and skincare kit. She does not review a single product without buying it. We wonder who pays for them all.

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