Let’s be honest: You don’t really need yet another lip colour. But when it comes to lipsticks, glosses and balms, you can never have too many.
With their standout formulas that nourish and protect lips, these Her World Beauty Awards 2023 winners get our kiss of approval (pun fully intended) and earned themselves a well-deserved spot in your makeup kit.
Why it won: It goes on smoothly like a liquid but dries down matte. But there’s more. The Gucci Rouge A Levres Liquid Mat Lip Colour not only delivers intense colour that lasts and stays, but it also keeps lip soft and kissable with its blend of black rose oil, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. Also comes in eight other shades.
“This one felt divine on application. It felt creamy at first, but ended with a nice matte finish. The colour stayed on nicely. And when applying, the wand allowed me to use it almost like a lip liner before filling in the rest of my lips. You don’t need much for the colour to pop too!” – Munah Bagharib, actress and host
Why it won: Colour and lip care with every swipe. The Burberry Kisses Matte imbues lips with moisture thanks to the use of hyaluronic acid. At the same time, its creamy formula is also specifically designed to soften and smooth the lips while delivering a lightweight yet intense colour that make lips pop. Also comes in 19 other shades.
“This felt really hydrating and comfortable on my lips – it also applied very smoothly.” – Preeti Nair (@preetipls), content creator
Why it won: With its oil-in-water formula, the Fenty Beauty Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain gives lips an instant glossy finish and leaves a soft tint behind. Just swipe and go, and you won’t have to worry about it slipping and sliding because of its feather- and bleed-resistant formula. Perfect for a fuss-free look. Comes in four shades.
“Looked amazing and was so lasting! Plus, it didn’t dry out my lips too much either.” – Anda (@Andathesea), content creator
Why it won: The Chanel Rouge Allure L’extrait keep lips supple while delivering luminous colour that will make you the envy of your friends. The key lies in its combination of finely-grounded and coated in oil pigments and a blend of powders and a plant-derived oil. In addition, it also comes with a refillable packaging that allows you to swap your favourite shades in and out. Comes in 20 shades.
“I super loved the sleek design and slim lip finish. The colour was intense and true to the shade. More importantly, it wasn’t drying and had a long lasting finish.” – Sha Shamsi, makeup artist
Why it won: The Glowfully Glow & Tint Lip Treatment is a true multi-tasker. It not only nourishes the lips with shea butter, olive fruit, jojoba seed and rosehip oil, but it can also be used to give lids and cheeks a soft wash of colour. And it also keeps lips protected with its SPF15 properties. But that’s not all. The translucent shade option can even be used to tame frizz and flyaway hair! Comes in five shades.
“All five shades gave very different yet staple colours, and can be used for every day. It glided very well on my lips and left it feeling moisturised and smooth. It didn’t feel too sticky or heavy either.” – Tay Ying, actress
Why it won: Get ready to pucker up with the Rouge Dior Forever. It offers transfer-proof, intense colour but never leaves lips dry thanks to the use of red peony extract. Comes in 18 shades.
“The packaging is classy and chic, and looked pretty in my makeup bag. The colour was intense, and made lips pop with ease.” – Letty Seah, associate beauty editor
Why it won: Imbue your lips with moisture and colour with the Givenchy Rose Perfecto Liquid Lip Balm. Its hydrating formula contains 97 per cent skincare ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, shea butter and pink pepper. Comes in six shades.
“Part lip treatment, part lip colour, this rich gloss-balm instantly softened my dry lips while imparting a pretty wash of colour. I loved how it adds an alluring, volume-enhancing shine even on my perpetually chapped, flaky lips. I want it in every colour.” – Letty Seah, associate beauty editor