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12 Iconic Lipsticks You Must Try Before You Die

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There are certain lipsticks that women all over the world have loved and gone back to time and time again. These are shades you know just by name (like Ruby Woo) or number (like 999) and they have the ability to flatter and elevate your look to whole new levels. Just a swipe or two and your world is suddenly more colourful and powerful. Using an iconic lipstick is a matter of great pride and joy. So without further ado, here’s our list of iconic lipsticks you must try at least once in your lifetime!

 

MAC Ruby Woo_Hauterfly

1. MAC Ruby Woo (Rs 1,500)

It isn’t known as a cult beauty product for nothing. MAC’s Ruby Woo is the pop red shade you need to instantly brighten up your face (and mood!). It is that uplifting. It’s a lipstick that makes a statement, lasts through meals, talking, drinking, heck, even an apocalypse! Also, it looks beyond gorgeous on every complexion. Do you need any more reasons?

 

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice_Hauterfly

2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Fire & Ice (Rs 926)

Whether you wear it as a stain or in all its fiery glory, there’s no denying that Fire & Ice is a cracker of a red lipstick. Scoring a 4.4 out of 5 rating on Makeup Alley is no mean feat. Aptly named, Revlon’s glamorous red goes on warm or cool toned depending on your clothing. Little wonder then that it’s been a bestseller since the 1950s.

 

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in No. 19 Fuchsia_Hauterfly

3. YSL Rouge Pur Couture #19 Fuchsia (Rs 3,342)

If you can get past the insanely chic packaging, you’ll notice that this intensely pigmented lipstick is a gorgeous shade of purplish-pink. It was the first shade created by Monsieur Saint Laurent in 1979. Despite being a creamy formula, it lasts for as long as six hours without bleeding or feathering.

 

Dior Rouge Dior in Iconic 999_Hauterfly

4. Dior Rouge Dior Iconic 999 (Rs 4,304)

Apparently, this lipstick was worn at the first-ever Christian Dior runway show (although it was named 9 back then). This classic red lipstick is the brand’s best-selling tube and is aptly known as “The Dior Red”. It is more warm than cool but flatters every complexion since it is bright without being overpowering.

 

Clinique Almost Lipstick Black Honey_Hauterfly

5. Clinique Almost Lipstick Black Honey (Rs 2,533)

With its perfect blend of red, blue, orange, and yellow pigments in a sheer base, Clinique Black Honey achieved cult status because of how beautiful and different it looked on every complexion. Read more about cult beauty products here.

 

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color Pirate_Hauterfly

6. Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour Pirate (Rs 2,895)

Inspired by Coco Chanel’s signature red pout, Pirate is a blue-toned red that looks great on warmer skin tones.

 

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude_Hauterfly

7. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Fairest Nude (Rs 1,090)

Aren’t we all a little wary when it comes to nude lipsticks? More often than not, nudes tend to make you look washed out. Fairest Nude though is a gorgeous shades of pinky beige that flatters everyone from pale to olive skin tones.

 

Tom Ford Lip Color in Bruised Plum_Hauterfly

8. Tom Ford Lip Color Bruised Plum (Rs 7,761)

One of the best dark lipsticks around, Bruised Plum is a plummy red shade with micro-shimmer that looks like you’ve gorged on a handful of deliciously glossy blackberries!

 

NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Schiap_Hauterfly

9. NARS Semi Matte Lipstick Schiap (Rs 4,424)

This is one bright pink lipstick with blue undertones that you’re really missing out on if you haven’t tried it out yet. Named after designer Elsa Schiaparelli, this is a head-turner shade that brightens your face and makes your teeth look whiter. It’s the kind of pick-me-up you need on a dull, winter morning.

 

Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Scarlett_Hauterfly

10. Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick Scarlett

The deep wine red colour in a satin finish, coupled with its elegant bullet, give off movie star vibes. And who doesn’t love that feeling?

 

MAC Russian Red_Hauterfly

11. MAC Russian Red (Rs 1,500)

Is any red lipstick list complete without this cult classic? This is one shade you can identify from a mile away, it’s THAT distinct. Read more about its history here.

 

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour 109 Rouge Noir_Hauterfly

12. Chanel Rouge Coco Rouge Noir (Rs 3,000)

Not a lipstick for the faint-hearted, Rouge Noir was once known as Vamp. Don’t you just love it when lipsticks are aptly named like this? This deep wine colour is a fall mainstay. Here are some more gorgeous Bordeaux lips you must try.

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