The statement lip speaks for itself, no explanation necessary. A bold color on your kisser will elevate any look and announce you have arrived before the rest of your body has entered the room.
Whether you favor a red, burgundy, fuschia, orange, or chocolate hue, the statement lip speaks volumes. Want a glossy finish? We got you. Does your mouth prefer matte? Not a problem. Whatever look you’re going for is attainable and easy to achieve.
There are so many versions of lipsticks available: classic bullet, liquid, liquid gloss — we could go on and on, but you get the idea. The possibilities are virtually endless and you can mix and match as well.
Want to make a statement? Look no further than this specially curated, tried and trusted list made just for our readers by our beauty editor!
Best Statement Lip Colors
Stila Cosmetics ‘Beso’
The Stila Cosmetics ‘Beso’ shade falls into the liquid lip category and is our top red liquid lip. It’s the only red in our arsenal because literally nothing compares to it, and Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, yes, THE AOC, wears this color as well, so we’re in good company.
If you’re partial to a glossy red, the Tower28 ‘Spicy’ is a shining star. It’s our fave gloss formula, a cross between a gloss and an oil in feel, and it’s just super comfortable on the lips–not sticky at all.
Silk Naturals ‘Femme Fatal’
Silk Naturals ‘Femme Fatal’ is a classic bullet matte lipstick and it’s a beautiful, vibrant deep red that is so affordable! They’re a small, handmade, clean beauty brand in New York, and we love everything that they do.
YSL ‘Burgundy Bodysuit’
Another bullet lipstick we adore is YSL ‘Burgundy Bodysuit’ and its super smooth formula that glides on like butter. It’s a very comfortable glossy finish, and has a really pleasant, sweet scent.
Fenty Stunna Lip Paint ‘Underdawg’
Fenty Stunna Lip Paint ‘Underdawg’ is a gorgeous deep burgundy liquid formula with a soft matte finish. And Rihanna made it – enough said.
Buxom Plumping Gloss ‘Kir Royale’
Buxom Plumping Gloss in ‘Kir Royale’ is a tingler, so if tingly lips aren’t your thing then we do not recommend plumping gloss. But we cannot deny that the tingle factor means it’s plumping your pout, and the rich wine color is a show stopper.
R.E.M. Beauty ‘Cabernet’
R.E.M. Beauty ‘Cabernet’ is from Ariana Grande’s new line, so you know it’s good! The slim bullet design for precise application is a creamy formula with super pigmented color.
Dose of Colors ‘Chocolate Wasted’
Dose of Colors ‘Chocolate Wasted’ is a liquid lipstick in a beautiful deep brown. It’s great for mixing with other lipsticks to make them deeper or more neutral – if your lipstick is too pink or too light, you can add a little bit of this shade to tone it down. This hue is our go-to brown shade!
Smashbox ‘True Grit’
Smashbox ‘True Grit’ is a waterproof liquid matte formula that has great wear time and goes on velvety smooth!
Mented ‘Baby Brown’
Mented ‘Baby Brown’ is a gorgeous color in a moisture-packed shiny formula. The color is buildable and it’s not sticky, which is a must for our glosses. Mented, established in 2017, is a Black-owned brand started in order to create more inclusivity within the makeup industry.
Melt Cosmetics ‘Double D’s’
Melt Cosmetics ‘Double D’s’ is a classic bullet lipstick in a beautiful chestnut brown. The matte finish is really matte, so it definitely benefits from a little layer of lip balm underneath.
About-Face Beauty ‘Unforgettable Season’
About-Face Beauty ‘Unforgettable Season’ is a liquid formula in a powerful, perfect pink. Created by Halsey, the line is 100% vegan.
Another classic bullet lipstick we love is Milani ‘Blossom.’ “Color Fetish Matte Flora is a creamy, velvet matte lipstick that glides onto lips. Floral-inspired shades flatter a range of skin tones.”
Buxom Plumping Gloss ‘Kanani’
Buxom Plumping Gloss ‘Kanani’ is another tingler, so beware! This pink lip polish pays off with plumping power and a high-shine, shimmering finish.
Tower28 Gloss ‘Fire’
We are obsessed with Tower28 Gloss ‘Fire’ – as mentioned above, we love the formula, but this is our favorite bold shade – a sheer orange that pops.
About-Face Beauty ‘Canyon on Fire’
Another liquid lip color from Halsey’s line, About-Face Beauty ‘Canyon on Fire’ is an intensely pigmented orange – just look at this color!
Sephora Collection ‘Hot in Havana’
The Sephora Collection ‘Hot in Havana’ is an eye-popping orange and is a super affordable satiny lipstick from Sephora’s own line.
Tell us what your favorite statement lip shade is below!
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