This story was updated in January 2019.
Women and girls should know the market is full of endless choices when it comes to selecting lipstick shades. For an amateur lipstick user, who still have to learn how to apply lipstick, we have put our efforts to make a complete guide on all the types of lipsticks. Buying a good lipstick is not just about buying a lipstick shade which seems appealing, it is much more than that. You need to make sure that the type of lipstick you are using matches your requirements. Moreover, being aware about the types of lipsticks and the purpose they fulfill helps in knowing their advantages and disadvantages.
After reading this article you will get the answers to your questions like- Which lipstick has the longest stay? Which lipstick provides the best nourishment? Which one will be the least harmful? Which one suits which occasion? So, keep reading to finally know the difference between each type and figure out what type of lipstick suits you the best.
8 Different Types Of Lipsticks
1. Sheer Lipstick: A little shine and spark
Sheer lipsticks are the first choice of women who love a little spark on their lips. These lipsticks are enriched with moisturizing oils so that your lips don’t remain dry. Whether it is your office or a party this lipstick will be suitable with any of your dress or look. The drawback of these lipsticks are that they don’t stay for long hours and need a touch up in every 4-5 hours. However, if you have dry or chapped lips, this lipstick would be the best choice.
POPxo Recommends: M.A.C Lustre Lipstick - See Sheer (Rs. 1500), Chanel Rouge Coco Shine (Rs. 4235)
2. Matte Lipstick: A sophisticated velvet finish
Matte lipsticks give your lips a pure colour with a smooth and even texture. These are contrary to sheer or glossy lipsticks which are all about a lustrous look. To understand the beauty and charm of this beauty you need to try it once and then you will be in love with it. They are brilliant at hiding pigmented and patchy lips.
To pull off a charming matte lipstick, apply a little balm on your lips first. This balm will fill up the cracks giving an absolute texture to your lips. So be sure to exfoliate and moisturize your lips before using them.
POPxo recommends: Nykaa Matte To Last ! Liquid Lipstick
(Rs. 599), Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color
Also Read 15 Nykaa Lipstick Shade You Should Try Now
3. Glossy Lipstick: The glamorous lustre!
As the name suggests, these lipsticks give a shiny, watery finish to your pout, which is awesome for dry and thin lips. The luminosity factor is high in these lipsticks. The good part is that they are deeply hydrating as well. They offer low to medium coverage and a semi-sheer finish. These liquid lipsticks are available in liquid form as well as gloss-sticks, which basically look like lipsticks but give the finish of a gloss. Also if you like getting attention from people then these glossy lipsticks will definitely bring you some.
POPxo Recommends: Lakme Absolute Plump And Shine Lip Gloss (Rs.428), Lotus Herbals Seduction Botanical Tinted Lip Gloss Berry Smoothie (Rs.245), NYX Butter Gloss (Rs.550).
4. Creamy/Creme Lipstick: A combo of texture and gloss!
These lipsticks are effortless to apply with a gliding flow. They are rich in oils and butters and therefore, are excellent for nourishing lips. Moreover, in addition to the oils which even the sheer lipsticks have, these lipsticks have high quantity of wax. The wax helps to increase the staying power of the lipsticks.
The colour payoff and coverage vary from shade to shade. It should also be noticed that creamy lipsticks are perfect for colder climates as they tend to melt in hot, humid conditions. Stash them in the fridge during the summer to retain their consistency and prevent breakage. For those of you who don’t want the hassle of prepping, priming and lining your lips before applying lipstick - opt for these hands-down lipsticks.
POPxo Recommends: Lakme 9 to 5 Crease-less Creme Lipstick (Rs 405), Colorbar Creme Touch Lip Color (Rs 499), Lakme Absolute Lip Tint/Pout Creme (Rs 650).
5. Stain or Lip Tints: More colour, less shine
Stain lipsticks are definitely your cup of tea if you want a lipstick which lasts throughout the day. This low maintenance lipstick can be the best option for a super busy day where despite of having no time for touch up, your lips will have the vibrant colour of your choice. However, one drawback of this lipstick is that it can make lips dry. So, the pro tip to use this lipstick would be to apply a balm before applying this lipstick. This will keep your lips moisturized and save them from any harm.
Usually found in liquid form, these lippies glide onto your lips like a gloss but in a couple of minutes, they leave a sheer stain behind. The colour payoff is excellent and lasts really long, but they tend to be a bit sheer. They are ideal for adding a natural-looking, long-lasting flush of colour. It is absolutely simple to apply
POPxo recommends: M.A.C Versicolour Varnish Cream Lip Stain (Rs. 2050), Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain (Rs. 950), E.l.f. Cosmetics Moisturizing Lip Tint With Spf (Rs 210), Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Budding Blossom (Rs. 1,500).
6. Liquid Matte Lipstick: The moisturizing matte!
This liquid lipstick is the newest additions to the bandwagon and the latest rage - gloss like lipsticks which after a few minutes of application, transform into a semi matte to matte finish on your lips. Often the matte lipstick gives the dry feeling to our lips which is not comfortable. Liquid matte lipsticks are a solution for this. They are like magic! These beauties are easy to apply just like a gloss but give the full-blown effect of a matte lipstick. Were you looking for this comfortable combination?
POPxo Recommends: Maybelline Color Sensational Velvet Matte Lipstick (Rs.600), L'Oreal Paris Color Riche L'Extraordinaire Mat (Rs.2000), NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick(Rs. 1716).
7. Matte Balms: Goodness of balm with matte finish!
These balms are actually lipsticks in disguise. They offer all the goodness of a balm with the coverage and colour payoff of a matte lipstick. They are super easy to use and glide onto your lips effortlessly for a smooth and long lasting finish. Be sure to exfoliate your lips before you apply them to curb flakiness. These balms are multi-taskers at their best!
POPxo Recommends: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm (Rs. 1095), The Balm Meet Matte(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick (Rs. 2,887).
8. Balm Tints: Lip care with a dash of colour
Balm tints are perfect for everyday wear at home, for college or for work. These balms are usually available in a crayon form and leave your lips moist with a natural looking colour. Depending on the brand, the colour may last from an hour to a couple of hours. Some of the balms are also available with SPF protection to keep your lips nourished. This is a must-have beauty product for your lip care and should be worn daily for moisturized lips.
POPxo Recommends: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (Rs.3599), Maybelline New York Baby Lips Candy Wow (Rs260), Lakme Lip Love Lip Care (Rs. 180), Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (Rs. 550).
So ladies, which one did you like the best and want to add in your collection?
*Note: Prices can be lower than the mentioned amount depending upon the prevailing offers or sale