April 16 2014

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Lipsticks Spring Forward


The giddy rush that your regular Beauty Counter correspondent and nail art pioneer, Celia Ellenberg, gets every time a new polish lands on her desk is precisely how I feel about lipstick. I may have makeup cases overflowing with tubes of every shade and brand, but still, each time I twist open a new bullet I can’t help but feel a tinge of excited anticipation. Red, in its myriad incarnations, is my constant go-to hue, but once spring arrives I like to broaden my palette. With that in mind, I have, after tireless testing, managed to narrow down my favorite spring lipstick releases. Here, the top ten.
Julie Hewett Jacqueline Bijou Lipstick

A pale pinky lilac inspired by a vintage photo of Jackie O.

Shu Uemura Égérie Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Nude Beige

A classic cool nude that feels very sixties Shrimpton; for maximum effect, pair with a heavy, smoky eye.

Lancôme Color Design Matte Lipstick in Posh Pink

With none of the moisture-zapping chalkiness of its matte lipstick counterparts, the best new shade of the Mix & Matte collection is a clean, bright fuchsia.
$22, exclusively at Macy’s and

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lip Colour in Berry Queen

A punchy, berry shade that is more pink than red; at a mere $7, it’s the perfect cheap thrill.
$7, at drugstores.

Josie Maran Argan-Infused Lipstick in Bambolina

A true cotton candy pink that’s totally natural, so your tendency to lick off your lip color won’t be such a bad thing.

YSL Rouge Volupté in Rose Paris

Don’t be fooled by the name; this is no rose. More like a flashy orange-pink hybrid.

NARS Lipstick in Cruising

A dusty rose-tinged beige inspired by Catherine Deneuve in La Chamade.

Guerlain Rouge G Le Brillant in Brit

A sparkling light pink that has the signature, ridiculously delicious Guerlain lipstick scent.

Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in Coral

Research has shown that lipstick is an instant mood-lifter, and this intense orangey coral is like happiness in tube form.

Revlon Color Burst Lipstick in Grape

Purple lipstick has graced many a runway; this deep grape is sheer, so it doesn’t feel too goth-y, making it a great darker hue for spring.