The Best Pink Lipsticks Of All Time, According To The Grazia Team

From crimson to mauve...


by Renee Washington |
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You might have thought lipsticks have left the chat, and lip oils and glosses have taken over, but think again. With new satin finishes and lighter formulas, lipsticks have been given a serious makeover. In the realm of celebrity glam, some stars have always stayed true classic allure of pink lipstick. Take Dua Lipa for instance, whose stage presence often boasts a vivacious muted pink pout. And who can forget, Beyoncé‘s pinky-brown lip? She has never let go of L’Oréal’s Rouge Signature Liquid Lipstick.

After delving into the realms of glosses and lip oils, it was only natural for us to venture into the world of lipstick—specifically, pink lipstick. A soft hue that transitions seamlessly from everyday events to evening soirées. As intrepid beauty journalists, we’ve unearthed the crème de la crème of pink lipsticks. Armed with an array of products sent to our beauty desk, we embarked on a journey through vibrant hues and luxurious formulas, all in search of the ultimate lip companion. Amidst the whirlwind of filming social content, juggling writing sessions, and navigating back-to-back meetings, we’ve discovered long-lasting formulas that effortlessly align with our hectic schedules.

Top Pink Lipsticks of 2024:

Best Overall Lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk, £28 on Charlotte Tilbury

Best New Lipstick: Merit Signature Lipstick, £28 on Merit Beauty

Best Lipstick for Dry Lips: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Pink Honey Lipstick, £24 on LookFantastic

Best Affordable Lipstick: e.l.f. O FACE Satin Lipstick, £9 on e.l.f.

How We Tested Them:

Versatility: With diverse skin tones in mind, we sought lipsticks that harmonised effortlessly with a range of complexions.

Pigmentation: We scrutinised each shade’s intensity, ensuring that the pink hues remained true.

Longevity: Through endless sips of coffee and spirited conversations, we evaluated how well each lipstick withstood the test of time. Comfort: From morning commutes to evening soirées, we assessed the comfort level of each formula.

Comfort: From morning commutes to evening events, we assessed the comfort level of each formula. Heaviness and drying lipsticks were quickly pushed aside.

Finish: Matte, satin, or glossy – we explored a spectrum of finishes to cater to every mood and occasion.

Are These Really The Best Pink Lipsticks?

With our eclectic team boasting a treasure trove of beauty wisdom, these lipsticks have passed our rigorous standards. From sumptuous formulas to vibrant, long-lasting shades that pop, scroll down to uncover our top picks...

SHOP: Grazia's Favourite Pink Lipsticks

Best Pink Lipstick Overall

Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk is loved by the whole beauty team. The shade pillow talk is universally flattering and the feel of the lipstick is so velvety on application. It's great for day to day and also special occasions. Beauty Editor Rachael says, ‘I won’t apologise - throw all the new launches at me but I’ll always revert back to my beloved Pillow Talk. The perfect ‘my lips but better,’ shade there’s a reason why Pillow Talk is a best seller.'

Pros

  • Silky formula
  • Pretty packaging

Cons

  • Stock hard to find

Beauty Director Pick

This is our Acting Beauty Director Verity's pick. She finds this lipstick more hydrating and less likely to crack. She enjoys that this can be lipstick can be worn solo, 'It's more forgiving when I'm in a rush and don't have time to use a lip liner. This is a swipe and go type of lipstick but the best part is that unlike most other sheeny shades this one actually stays put and withstands eating, drinking, and chatting.'

Pros

  • Sheer-to-medium coverage
  • 8-hour hydration

Cons

  • Small shade range

Best OG Lipstick

Sameeha Shaik Beauty Writer: 'MAC's Velvet Teddy has enjoyed time in the limelight since its launch in 2004, long before TikTok. It is cult classic for good reason. Loved by celebrities and the make-up obsessives the world over, Velvet Teddy is a universally flattering deep beige which balances tones of pink, peach, brown and nude in a formula that stays put. No lip liner needed.'

Pros

  • Signature lipstick formula 
  • Vanilla scent

Cons

  • Not cruelty free

Best Plush Matte Lipstick

Benefit Plushtint Moisturising Matte Lip Tint, 02 Cream Puff
Price: £19.75 (was £21.50)

www.johnlewis.com

Whitney Jones Editorial Assistant said: Benefit’s Plushtint is a new purchase of mine. It’s lightweight formula offers a matte, soft-focus finish while keeping my lips hydrated for about six hours thanks to the infusion of hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Plus, it’s curved applicator ensures flawless application every time.'

Pros

  • Feels silky
  • Plush-matte finish

Cons

  • Could have a bigger applicator

Best Drugstore Lipstick

Jada Langola-Walters Social Media Assistant Said: 'This was a rogue high street find but, I'm so happy I stumbled across it. Revolution’s Blush Pink Nude lipstick is a true gem! It's dewy formula feels like a treat, keeping my lips soft and moisturised all day. The pinky hue is stunning and really natural.This lipstick truly exceeded my expectations in terms of quality.'

Pros

  • Vegan and certified cruelty-free
  •  Bullet applicator

Cons

  • Limited shade range

Best Lip Paint

If you can't seem to part ways with glosses, lip paints give us that same Serotonin boost. The application is basically the same. Wand and all. The thing we love most about Fenty is that the pigment never lacks. Because of this it is so pigmented and it lasts about 8 hours long. Our only qualm is that is very runny so be careful when applying it.

Pros

  • Cruelty free
  • Rich in pigment

Cons

  • Small applicator

Best Lipstick for Dry Lips

Renee Washington Digital Fashion & Beauty Assistant said: 'I'm all here for a lipstick that feels like a balm, because lipsticks can often feel extremely drying. This lipstick has the complete opposite effect because the creamy formula it is extremely nourishing. The pink honey shade is gorgeous, natural, and universally flattering.'

Pros

  • Fragrance free
  • Sheer colour pay off

Cons

  • Packaging doesn't feel very luxe

Best Affordable Lipstick

Renee Washington Digital Fashion & Beauty Assistant said: 'Elf is always my go-to when it comes to affordable beauty that actually works. The texture? Lush. Elf's has hydrating squalane and jojoba which provide a comfortable feel.'

Pros

  • Great price point
  • Available in 20 shades

Cons

  • Bulky packaging

Best Liquid Lipstick

Renee Washington Digital Fashion & Beauty Assistant said: 'Anastasia's Liquid Lipstick has earned a coveted spot in my beauty lineup. It pairs sp nicely with gloss, and I'm a gloss girl. My favourite shade, Hudson, boasts impressive pigmentation and long-lasting wear. It can be but really drying on the lips, but lip balm and gloss helps with this.'

Pros

  • Light-weight
  • Cruelty-free

Cons

  • Can be drying if used too often

Best New Lipstick

Renee Washington Digital Fashion & Beauty Assistant said: 'This is a lipstick you can live in. I hate the feeling of wearing anything that 'I can feel' and appreciate that this is lightweight. Despite it being lightweight the colour is buildable, and can be layered and layered (without crazy build up).'

Pros

  • Buildable
  • Vegan

Cons

  • Hard to find in stores

Best Lipstick For Travel

This lipstick is compact and the perfect all-rounder for holiday travels. Wild Rose (which can be best described as a dark pink), has earned it's spot as the beauty teams favourite shade. We've found this colour to be universally flattering. As for the formula, it is extremely buttery, and smoothes out lip lines and creases.

Pros

  • Creamy
  • Compact and perfect for travel

Cons

  • Looks more like a balm at first glance

Celeb pick

In 2019 Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John, spilled all the juicy details about Bey’s makeup routine, with the most surprising revelation being her love for the cult-favourite drugstore liquid lipstick. It’s a perfect nude pink lipstick and can withstand her lengthy tours and performances. Her colour of choice is, 'I create'.

Pros

  • Very long lasting
  • Affordable

Cons

  • The shade Beyoncé uses is often out of stock

Best Coral Pink Lipstick

Beauty Pie Futurelipstick - Avalon
Price: £9.50(was £22)

www.beautypie.com

For those who love a pop of colour lean on Beauty Pie's Futurelipstick. Infused with natural Papaya extracts the lipstick glides on smoothly and feels light throughout the day.

Pros

  • Clean Beauty
  • Refillable

Cons

  • Looks better lined

Best Gloss Lipstick

If you're too scared to fully immerse yourself into the world of lipsticks, Yves Saint Laurent Loveshine is the perfect gloss slash lipstick hybrid. With single application the transformative texture goes from lipstick to a shiny lip oil. The medium-coverage formula is enriched with a blend of sensorial oils and fig extract.

Pros

  • Glossy lip gloss finish
  • Nourishing

Cons

  • Not as long lasting as a matte finish

Best Luxury Lipstick

This is a timeless icon: With its hydrating formula featuring three vegetable waxes, it ensures comfort all day long. Plus, the range of 24 shades, each inspired by Coco’s inner circle, gives the lipstick a nice personal toush. It has great staying power without drying out your lips - no creases here.

Pros

  • Luxury finish
  • Nourishing formula

Cons

  • Slightly fragranced

Best On Set Hero

Recreate Margot Robbie’s soft pink lips from Barbie with ease. Lead make-up artist Ivana Primorac chose Velvet Petal, a subtle, warm rose shade.

Pros

  • Worn by Margot Robbie
  • Natural finish

Cons

  • Very soft so bullet can break

Best Crimson Pink Lipstick

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Intimatte Lipstick
Price: £16 (was £32)

www.lookfantastic.com

Housed in elegant gold packaging, this lipstick adds a touch of luxury to your beauty routine. It is enriched with Centifolia Rose extract for skin conditioning and Ceramides to keep moisture locked in. The colour French Bisou is our pick, it is a beautiful crimson pink.

Pros

  • Nourishing formula
  • Rich in colour

Cons

  • Hard to find in store

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Renee Washington, Grazia's Digital Fashion and Beauty Assistant, lives online. With a penchant for wispy lashes and streetwear, she writes about the worlds of fashion and beauty from the viewpoint of the modern fashion girlie.

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