There are just soooooo many brands to choose from that it’s hard to know where to start. We rounded up our tried, true, and tested favourites, which will hopefully make it a little bit easier for you to find The One.
Our top six lipsticks are not just Insta must-haves, they’re some of the highest rated, top-quality formulas out there. These formulas are designed with longevity in mind – rich, opaque colour that dries down to a matte stain with maximised staying power – something that traditional lipsticks can never quite do.
These lipsticks apply like plush velvet and stay soft, comfortable, and fully pigmented even after hours of wear. The ultra-pigmented formula glides on smoothly, delivering a seamless wash of vibrant colour that stays bright and bold all day. One coat and you’re good to go.
When it comes to liquid lipsticks, you can’t go wrong with Coloured Raine – they’re so matte that they’re almost powdery. Despite this, they still sit comfortably on lips without peeling off or making them feel tight, and they have a virtually crack-resistant finish.
There’s a reason why LA Splash liquid lipsticks are both social media staples and handbag essentials. The creamy, full-coverage formula applies like a gloss and delivers on its waterproof promise (it’s completely smudge-proof, so once it’s dried, so apply fast).
Tested by Rosie, Beauty Writer
I have something of a love-hate relationship with fake tan. With my super-pale skin, it’s a vital step in my weekend prep routine and I love having freshly bronzed skin. However, what I don’t love is the way traditional tanners feel once applied (sticky), the mess they make of my bedding and that inevitable biscuit smell that endures the following day. Well, I think I’ve found my game changer: “The Body” from Tan Luxe is an absolute dream – the drops are simply added to my favourite cocoa butter body lotion and massaged into skin, and it develops into the most perfectly even glow throughout the day. My skin is happy from using a moisturiser I know works for my skin type, I don’t have to set aside an allocated tanning time slot in my evening and it’s actually helped to firm up my thighs a little – a much-welcome added bonus!
Tested by Grace, Beauty Writer
This is my first bottle of The Face, but I know that it’s The One. I’ve just got back from Barcelona where I didn’t end up wearing any base makeup during the day – this gave me such a good glow that I just didn’t need it. I’ve used facial tanners before but the difference is that this leaves a glow that is super natural and fresh. I always worry about getting patchy when I use face tans but this works on the premise that you drop it into your moisturiser. As well as regulating the intensity of your tan, this also means that (due to the texture of moisturiser) it glides effortlessly across the face, covering every inch with a flawless layer that fades just as evenly. More than just a tan, it’s also a wondrously hydrating mix of vitamin E, aloe vera, and raspberry seed oil, which keeps a skincare buff like me very happy.
Tested by Amelia, Copywriter
With practically transparent skin, when it comes to the summer I like to take the edge off. However, having little to no experience and a major case of laziness, I need something super easy, streak free and quick. Trialling Tan Luxe’s The Gradual I was dreading the final product and seeing just how much of my body I’d managed to miss. Within just one hour (?!) I could see subtle differences to my skin and with regular use that week not only was my skin super soft and fragrance free but I didn’t blind one colleague with my usual light reflective legs, result!