My Favorite Lip Products of 2018

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Happy New Year, everyone! I feel like 2018 was pretty overwhelming in the makeup world with all of the new products and collections that seemingly launched every other week. I thought it would be a lot more difficult to come up with my favorites, but there were some really phenomenal products that either came out last year, or that I discovered last year, so it was actually pretty easy to create this list. There will be other 2018 favorites post, too, so check back each weekend in January for those!

I’m curious what YOUR favorites were for 2018, so leave me a comment and let me know!

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Alright enough rambling, let’s jump into these favorites!

Lip Scrub:

  • Budget:   Homemade lip scrub using sugar mixed with honey or coconut oil. This is what I typically use because I keep forgetting to restock my more expensive lip scrub, and also because I have no use for sugar now that I’m doing the whole Keto thing.
  • Boujee:   Bite Beauty Agave Lip Scrub. Available from Sephora, this lip scrub costs $18, contains 0.26 oz / 7.39 g of product, is cruelty free and contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. It’s a great lip scrub, it smells nice, has a nice flavor to it, and gently exfoliates my lips without being too rough.


Lip Balm:

  • Budget:   Aquaphor Lip Repair. You can pick this up from pretty much any drugstore for about $5. Each tube contains 10 ml / 0.35 oz of product and one tube lasts a pretty long time. I’m on the fence about this product because I’ve heard mixed things about their parent company’s cruelty free status, but it does work incredibly well and has rescued my lips when they were literally peeling off every day from being out in the cold, so I figured it was worth mentioning.
  • Boujee:   Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. You can pick this up from Sephora for $26. Each tube contains 15 g / 0.52 oz of product and this is available in four other colors/flavors/scents/whatever other than the original clear variety. Each color is pretty sheer, so no matter which you choose, it won’t be too bright or over the top. These are very comfortable to wear and absorb well. I actually reviewed this product in the past so you can click this link if you want to check that out. Bite Beauty is a cruelty-free company and these are natural and free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.



Lip Primer:

  • MAC Prep + Prime Lip. This isn’t really something new to me, but it’s a tried and true lip primer that I reach for year after year. You can get it at any MAC store, counter, or online for $18.50. It contains a 1.7 g / 0.05 oz of product, but one tube lasts several months.


Lip Liner:

  • Budget:   NYX Slim Lip Pencils and NYX Suede Matte Lip Liners. These are amazing lip liners and only cost about $2 to $4 from the NYX website, Ulta, or pretty much any drugstore. Each pencil contains 0.03 oz to 0.04 oz of product and is cruelty free. They come in so many colors ranging from neutrals to brights so there’s something for everyone. Both formulas remind me of MAC’s Lip Pencils, but as you can see, these are much easier on your bank account.
  • Boujee:   Melt Cosmetics AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner. Each pencil sells for $17 and contains 1.20 g / 0.04 oz of product. Some shades are vegan, but all are cruelty free and Melt is a cruelty free company. The formula for these is very highly pigmented so even though they’re somewhat creamy and don’t always last as long (like, in months) as a drier formula does, you don’t have to use much product, so that makes up for it in my opinion.
Melt Cosmetics Allday/Everyday Lip Liners in Love Note, Modest, Foxy and French Kiss
  • Honorable Mention:   MAC Lip Pencils. These are a favorite pretty much every year because they’re just great… That’s all there is to it. They’re my ride or die lip liners because I know each shade and what lipsticks they’ll work with so well. You can purchase these from MAC’s website, or at any MAC store or counter for $18 and they contain 1.45 g / 0.05 oz of product. In the US and most countries, MAC is a cruelty free company. However, in China, they allow independent agencies to test their products on animals when the government requires to do so, as does every other brand that’s sold there.



  • Budget:   Colourpop Crème Lux Lipstick. You can get these lipsticks from the Colourpop website as well as Ulta (not sure if they’re available in store but they do sell some shades online). They sell for $7, contain 3.5 g / 0.12 oz of product, and most, if not all shades, are vegan. Colourpop is also a cruelty free company, so that’s a major plus too. The formula for these is so buttery and smooth and oh my gosh these are PIGMENTED. I can’t really think of many creamy lipsticks, drugstore or high end, that compare.
C’Mon Sis, Oouuuu!, and Quickie from the first Shayla x Colourpop collection
  • Boujee:   Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks. These lipsticks are available from and sell for $19 each (they’re usually only $5 when they do their sales, though). Each lipstick contains 3.8 g / 0.13 oz of product and many of them are vegan. Melt is also a cruelty free company. I know I go on and on about Melt all the time, and these lipsticks aren’t a new product to me, but they’re so pigmented and wear so well that they’ll forever be a favorite. Melt started with lipsticks, all of which I purchased the week (if not the day) they came out, and they certainly do lipsticks better than just about every brand out there.
Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks in Voyeur, Cherried, Lucretia, Shady Lady, and Pink Heels
  • Hella Boujee:   Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick. These sell for a whopping $34 each and are available directly from as well as Sephora. Each tube contains 3.4 g / 0.12 oz of product and is paraben free and cruelty free. These are pricey, but the formula for these is incredibly comfortable and lightweight for a matte lipstick, so I imagine I’ll venture out and try a few more colors this year!
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in English Beauty, Pillow Talk, Very Victoria, Bond Girl


Liquid Lipstick:

  • Budget:   Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick. These are available at nearly any drugstore or store like Ulta, so they’re easy to get your hands on. They sell for about $9 to $10 and contain 4.82 g / 0.17 oz of product. Maybelline is now a cruelty free company, so that’s another bonus to these liquid lipsticks. They wear forever and are really pigmented, but I will note that if you apply them too heavily, they feel pretty thick and I dunno, crunchy? after a while. I learned that the hard way and actually hated these at first but now I can’t get enough of them!
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in the shade Ruler
TIME Los Angeles Luxe Matte Liquid Lipstick Tropical Bundle | Top to Bottom: Nuditude, Peach Mimosa, Flamango, Crystal Fizz, Bombshell, Twilight
  • Honorable Mention:   Melt Cosmetics Liquid Set Lipstick. There isn’t a huge shade range with these, but they’re pretty versatile so that makes up for it (for me, anyway). You can purchase these from for $19 each (usually $10 when they have sales) and each tube contains about 0.12 oz / 3.39 ml of product, although it varies slightly from color to color. As I’ve mentioned, Melt is a cruelty free company and all shades of Liquid Set Lipstick are vegan. This is another extremely pigmented, lightweight liquid lipstick formula that’s comfortable to wear all day without being drying. It’s more thin and runny than the TIME liquid lipstick formula, but not in a bad way… It’s very easy to apply but does take a minute or so to set. Once it’s on, it’s there all day, though!
Janice Liquid Set Lipstick + Nudist AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner


Lip Gloss:

  • Budget:   Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip. These awesome little glosses are available from as well as Ulta and sell for $6. Each gloss contains 3.0 g / 0.11oz of product and the finishes vary from creams to shimmer and opaque to sheer, so there’s something for everyone. These glosses have a really comfortable formula that isn’t heavy or too sticky so they’re easy to wear alone or layered on top of a lip pencil or lipstick. Colourpop is cruelty free and a great deal of their glosses are vegan.
Shayla x Colourpop Neat Freak Ultra Glossy Lip
  • Boujee:   Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer. These glosses are available directly from or Sephora and sell for $18. Each gloss contains 0.3 oz / 9 mL of product, is free from parabens and phthalates, and is also cruelty free. There are only three colors available and all are somewhat sheer and quite shimmery, but they’re all flattering on absolutely everyone. The formula is amazing… It’s not sticky, it’s hydrating, and it’s super glossy and wet looking, so it makes your lips look very plump and juicy. It also has a lovely peachy-vanilla scent that I wish was available as a fragrance or body spray!
Fenty Glow (left), Fu$$y (bottom), and Diamond Milk (top right)
  • Honorable Mention:   TIME Los Angeles Luxe Sparkle Lip Gloss. Okay so these are only an honorable mention because they’ve only been out a very short amount of time. That means I haven’t used them nearly as much as my Fenty and Colourpop glosses, BUT that doesn’t mean that these aren’t amazing and that I’m not in love with them! You can get these from for $16 each and each tube contains 5 g  / 0.176 fl. oz of product. They’re cruelty free and while there are only three shades available, they’d look great on anyone! All three glosses are sheer and sparkly, so they can be worn alone or on top of a lipstick or lip pencil. They have a lightweight, non-sticky formula loaded with shimmer and they actually wear for a pretty long time for a lip gloss. I really like the way these apply and look, so I’m hoping that Ashley from TIME will create some more gorgeous glosses for us in 2019!
Aphrodite (left), Ethereal (middle/right), Aurelian (bottom)



These products were purchased with my own money. I did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this post.

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