Here’s to another year in lipstick! Did you survive? I did thankfully but I am now in a sort-of downsize mode. I felt basically overwhelmed by it all and found myself reaching for trusty ol’ faves. We did get some pretty nice collections and packaging was ultra-glam. Read on to find out who got top honors…
LIPPIE OF THE YEAR: The Mac Cosmetics Selena Collection: “Amor Prohibido”, “Como La Flor” and “Dreaming of You”
The entire collection sold out and it was brought back this week and again was sold out. So I couldn’t just pick one color out of the three. If you did get your hands on any of them, you got the most coveted lipstick of the year. Bravo to M.A.C. for bringing the petition —started a long time ago— to life!
COLOR OF THE YEAR: Pantone Rose Quartz and Serenity
While Sephora+Pantone Universe had two colors to work with in makeup collections and trends—Rose Quartz and Serenity—the shades just didn’t translate well into products. The Sephora Modern Watercolors palette was a wash-out and got discounted by the end of the year. As did many products whose launches were hyped; saw deep discounts to their initial and inflated price points. (Images via Sephora.com)
The colors that did continue to dominate were grey-toned lipsticks and still hot and classic mauves. Cosmetic giants offered new interpretations of these shades in elaborate and expanded permanent collections.
Images from L-R (top): Mac So Me Retro Matte; Dose of Colors Stone; Bare Escentuals Slay Gen Nude Liquids.
Images from L-R (bottom): Mac Really Me; Mac Deeply Rooted (Bangin’ Brilliant collection); and Urban Decay Oblivion Vice Lipstick collection (Sephora Exclusive).
FINISH OF THE YEAR: Metallics
Liquid mattes continued their growth into metallic finishes. Lipstick collections also introduced new metallics/frosts as trendy alternates to creams. This finish will continue to evolve in the year to come as products with such finishes were also scented such as Too Faced Candy Cane and Sugarpill Pumpkin Spice.
Images clockwise: Lime Crime Zenon (KVD has her own dupe coming, Gold Skool); Milani Automatic Touch; Urban Decay Big Bang and Studded Metallized Vice Lipsticks.
LUXURY BRAND OF THE YEAR: Tom Ford
Tom Ford, the Luxury lipstick man came back with the irresistible Lips and Boys lipstick collection (matte, metallic and satin finishes) with 25 new additions to the collection. Priced at $1,980 for the whole set.
Images L-R: Tom Ford Cherry Lush (about the only TF I own and it was a sample) and Tom Ford Lips & Boys.
LOW COST BRAND OF THE YEAR: NYX
NYX Cosmetics ruled the drugstore scene with many releases of endless trending colors in different formulas —all at a price point that won’t break the bank. The holiday season saw vault lipstick sets from NYX that offered fans a chance to try out all the shades in affordable prices.
FAN FAV OF THE YEAR: Urban Decay Vice
Urban Decay totally revamped their lipstick line and introduced 120 lipsticks in various finishes and a multitude of shades. Hashtagged #lipstickismyvice, the drool for these was immense. The price point was well below other brands, accessibility was good and the formula was vegan and performed! UD later launched a Vintage Lipstick collection and lip palettes.
Too Faced is in endless hype mode with an overabundance of gimmicky products. Some work; some don’t (those palettes!). The La Matte Color Drenched Matte lipsticks (yawn drying and tugged on skin), the holiday Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in peppermint-mocha scented Candy Cane (hey I liked it, some didn’t), and recently Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss. Need to swatch those! I am interested in the peach. Remember the chocolate ones from late 2015? I won’t bother to post images but you get the idea.
*PACKAGING OF THE YEAR: M.A.C. Mariah.
This was the packaging we were all waiting for: M.A.C. Mariah. Everything we love about makeup summed up in the uber-sparkle of a tube of lipstick. I’m looking forward to this being topped! *new category this year.
*GAME-CHANGER OF THE YEAR: Lime Crime Diamond Crushers
While Stila Cosmetics came out with a Glitterati topper for their matte lippies, it was Lime Crime that stole the show with not just one but 6 sparkly toppers for lipsticks. They dry to a smudge-proof finish; can be worn alone or over matte lipsticks. *new category this year.
Featured below is Lit described as “rose gold on acid”.
Smashbox Cosmeticsreleased huge, expanded traditional bullet lipstick collections in 120 trendy and classic colors with two finishes: Cream and Matte, the Be Legendary Lipsticks and Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in 20 shades.
Bite Beautycame out with their Amuse Bouche lipstick collection in 34 shades that was citrus scented. Took me a while to warm up them since I like their discontinued Luminous Creme but I did eventually!
MakeUpForever (MUFE) Artist Rouge released 25 shades with 25% more pigment and two finishes: Creamy and Matte.
Feeling dizzy yet? And this list doesn’t even include the myriad of many indie brands, new start-ups, cosmetic giants who are just now releasing rainbow lipstick colors. When will it end and how can the blogger, mua or makeup lover stay afloat in all of this?
My advice and prediction is that many will be sticking to classic shades or just going for their faves. We saw a resurgence of that in the M.A.C.’s most recent campaign meshing their cult-faves with perfume interpretations. #IAmRubyWoo is so me!
In final conclusion, this list showcases 2016’s popular lip trends, colors and finishes.
I hope that you were able to enjoy the colors featured.
Looking forward to 2017.
Happy New Year!
Rock dat lippie!
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