19 Best Lip Makeup of 2021: Colors, Balm, Gloss | Allure Best of Beauty Awards

If there’s one beauty lesson we’ve dutifully embraced throughout 2021, it’s not to take our lipsticks for granted. The bold swipe of a full-pigment, matte-red bullet, or the comfortable sheen of a tinted balm, and the glamorous shine of a glitter-packed gloss…few were felt during the isolation and rare, face-covered social outings of the last year and a half. But now lipstick, just like the world at large, is attempting a shaky comeback to normality, and at Allure, we understand that return isn’t necessarily a given.

So we savored every single cream bullet, liquid matte lipstick, gloss, balm, and stain (we tried hundreds of them) while determining which ones would earn our beloved Best of Beauty seal because we know we might not be wearing our tried-and-trues — like YSL Beauty Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick Balm in Rouge Studio or Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Cream Color Drip Lip Cream — in public as often as we’d like.

Thankfully, there’s nothing stopping us (and you) from enjoying a bold red like Pound Cake’s Maraschino Cherry or the buttery, neutral Maybelline New York Ultimatte in More Truffle at home and around your vaccinated loved ones. Trust us, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing with the 2021 Best of Beauty-winning lip products below. Because now we know better than ever that wearing lipstick is more for the wonderful feeling than for the look itself. And that’s something we’ll revel in every chance we get.

Scroll through to see each winner, then be sure to read the full list of 2021 Allure Best of Beauty winners. —Nicola Dall’Asen

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