My 6 Most Frequently Used High-End Lipsticks, as Determined by Height

The short bullets make me feel I've gotten my money's worth with these more expensive shades.
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November 3, 2015
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There’s no beauty product I collect more than lipsticks. To me, they’re transformations in a tube. When I’m feeling sweet and demure, I go for a nude pink, when I’m feeling bold and vampy, I choose a deep red, and when I’m feeling fun, I swipe on an orange, plum, brown or bright Barbie pink.

I’ve acquired a bunch over the years, so it’s hard for me to pick a favorite off the top of my head aside from my Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani in 506. Instead, I looked through my lipstick collection and let the heights of my lipstick tips do the choosing.

Below, I share with you my shortest, most-loved lipsticks. They also happen to be all high-end, which kind of makes me happy, since it feels like I got my money’s worth.

My Favorite Everyday Lipstick: Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani Lipstick in 506

I’ve mentioned my love for this before on this site, but in case you missed it, here’s why I can’t get enough of this beige-pink lip gel: it softens my lips, it doesn’t budge for hours and hours, it glides on easily and it’s nicely pigmented. I have a ton of nude pink lipsticks in my collection, but this one stands out because it has some warm tones that help balance out the cool tones in my skin, and it has a shiny finish (most my nude pinks are matte).

I’m currently on my second tube, and I was very disappointed when I found out the Sephora where I bought this was no longer going to restock.

My Favorite Nude Pink Lipstick: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita

I’ve also mentioned this lipstick before, but here I am doing it again, because it’s really that freaking amazing. I bought this in September, and it quickly became one of my most used lipsticks.

This nude pink is matte, has great staying power and never dries out my lips. This is really easy for me to just swipe on and forget about, since it always packs so much pigment.

My Favorite Nude Pink to Sub in for a Nude Lipstick: Marc Jacobs Sheer Gel Lipstick in Role Play

This falls on the lighter side, browner side of nude pinks, which makes it great to swap in for a nude lipstick. I wear it with a smoky eye in place of a flesh-colored lipstick since the hint of pink prevents me from looking washed out. I also like to pair this with a peachy-pink blush sometimes.

This is another lip gel formula, meaning it’s thin and long-lasting, but also hydrating.

My Go-To Red That’s Not Really Red: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 4 Rouge Vermillon

This is my favorite red on the planet, because it’s not actually a true red—it’s a less-intimidating pinkish red. The shade has some blue undertones, which help brighten my face, and since the formula is super-light, I forget I’m even wearing lipstick when I use this (and then I check my coffee cup).

It’s not super-hydrating, but it’s definitely forgiving to lines on my lips. The only major flaw I have with it is that it feathers on my lower lip sometimes, but clearly, based on its height, I still love it.

Also, have you SEEN the packaging? It’s gorgeous, and I sometimes use it as a mirror.

My Second Favorite Go-To Not-Quite-Red: Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in 510 Dolci

This is another pinkish red, and another pick from Giorgio Armani. I think the brand makes freakin' awesome lip gels, OK?

I love this for the same reasons I love Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani in 506, with the added bonus that this shade brightens up my face when my skin looks dull. I’ve used and dropped this so many times that the cap has separated from the magnetized part of the lipstick.

My Favorite Rose: Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Mademoiselle

When I’m feeling really girly and want to sport a classic, romantic look, I swipe on this lipstick. It yields the prettiest, luminous deep rose color that I imagine would flatter a variety of skin tones—not just mine.

Swiping it on is a breeze, since there’s so much pigment, and the creamy, lightly hydrating formula helps hide fine lines and dryness. This is my second tube of this shade, and I’m almost done! I have no idea why it has a rounded tip, though, since I prefer slants.


Honorable Mentions That Have No Image Since I Lost Them or Tossed Them Out When I Was Done With Them

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita

This dusty rose lip pencil is ridiculously flattering and natural-looking, which is why I use it so much and don’t have any left to show you. I’m convinced this shade looks lovely on everyone.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Montego Bay

This is a warm-toned, my-lips-but-better nude pink that started my obsession with nude pinks. Whenever I wear this, people who would never compliment me on my lipstick choices actually do so! The one that’s currently missing is my second tube that I needed to replace anyway. Since I never see this in stores anymore, I actually spent an hour at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab trying to recreate the shade in a more moisturizing formula, but it didn’t happen.

While doing this roundup, I realized two very important things: I own too many lipsticks, and seeing that I’ve used a good portion of one is extremely satisfying.

  • What’s your most-used lipstick?
  • Who else feels accomplished after using up a lipstick?