Coffee Chat: Q&A You asked “What is your favourite lippie formula” – Best lipsticks for dry lips

Hello my lovelies,

Today’s Q&A coffee chat is to answer another of the questions I got on Instagram when I asked:

Ask a chemist a question…and I might write a post replying to it“. If you have a question feel free to message me on Instagram or click here to email me.

Today’s question comes from @suthernshelpn who asked:

“What formula lippie is your favourite”

The short answer is….anything moisturising and nourishing. While some of us have extensive facial skincare routines we often forget and neglect our lips, which are also skin. Our lip skin goes through so much every day and is arguably one of the skin parts that is “used” or “goes through” the most. Eating, drinking, making facial expressions and even speaking can have an effect on them, not to mention the weather and other external factors, and yet we often neglect to give them some care.

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To make things worse, I personally also have dry lips all year round but even if you don’t, and the nourish your skin argument is not good enough for you, think about this. A moisturising and nourishing formulation will make your lips plumber, softer, more even and nice looking, which in turn will make your lipsticks look better and last longer!

So, we should all use moisturising and nourishing lipsticks all year round. But, here’s the complicated part. Some lipsticks feel moisturising but their ingredients are not particularly impressive, some feel moisturising to begin with but not so much after a couple of minutes of wear and sometimes even those lipsticks which have moisturising ingredients in them either don’t feel moisturising or are too greasy or sticky and come off too easily, leading to a more nude lip and therefore, less moisturising feeling.

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With all that into consideration, the best lip formulas are the ones that can, if not do it all, have a good stab in all three categories: ingredients, actual wear feeling and colour longevity. With that being said, these are my favourite lippies:


For best colour longevity but still a little moisturising:

The MAC and Urban Decay lipsticks are the best in this category, despite whether they are a matter or cream finish etc. Even when they are matte, they feel a little buttery and are not as drying out as other mattes out there.

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However, if you want to be picky, the MACs are slightly better, as they feel a tiny bit more moisturising than the Urban Decay ones (if you compare matte to matte, of course it makes a difference if you are wearing a cream lipstick or matte etc). For information on MAC lipstick ingredients check out: MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick vs Primark Golden Rose #74. In-Depth Review, Ingredient Analyses and a Chemist’s Verdict. Is it a Dupe?

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In terms of colour longevity though both MAC and Urban Decay lipsticks will survive eating and drinking (the colour fades but your lip will not be nude) and both brands offer a huge range of colours and finishes to choose from.

The more intense colours survive the longest, which is a no-brainer, and of course like with any brands, the lightest colours the least which they can also be patchy. In general, I recommend avoiding pale skin colours or even lighter colour lipsticks from any brand.

Another great option in this category, but slightly less good than the MACs and Urban Decay lipsticks, really slightly though, are the Too Faced Peaches and Cream lipsticks. Not only do they look great, let’s pause here for a second:

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Look at that! So, not only do they look great but they also survive eating or drinking well and feel slightly moisturising. They also smell like peaches and cream! They only drawback is you will not want to use them!


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I couldn’t resist, just look at them! Fore more information check out: Too Faced Peaches and Cream Collection – Reviews and Swatches

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For best moisturising ingredients/feeling with good colour longevity:

I love the Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick range, the Laura Mercier Crème Smooth lipsticks and the Too Faced Peaches and Cream Too lipstick collection.

The Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing lipsticks give the most hydrating feeling, for the longest time and they are cheap!

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For more details check out: Affordable lipsticks of high quality – Avon True Colour Supreme Nourishing Lipstick – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis).

The Laura Mercier Crème Smooth lipsticks leave your lips feeling hydrated and soft but also survive for some time. They contain olive oil which is great and sadly the only drawback is the “not that pretty” packaging where even the name Laura Mercier is hard to see.


The Too Faced Peaches and Cream lipsticks just look gorgeous! Ok last picture:

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And as I mentioned above they also smell nice, feel moisturising and last for a while.

Best lipsticks 1 9New addition: Since this post was published I’ve also been trying the Clinique Pop Lip Colour & Primer lipsticks and they are gorgeous. They feel buttery-sticky (in a good way) on the lips, the colour lasts for a while and they also contain some good ingredients.

The colour range is not huge but most of the basic every day colours are there. Check out: Best Lipsticks for Dry Lips – Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

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Of course I haven’t tried all lipsticks out there, although I’ve tried many, and I’m sure that there are also other great options too. The lipsticks mentioned here though are tried and tested and are of very good quality and are worth your cash.


But what about liquid lipsticks?

I personally believe that liquid lipsticks still have a long way to go. Even the best formulas out there don’t survive eating or drinking by being completely intact (some are better than others but non survive perfectly) and for me, if I have to re-apply or re-touch a lipstick after eating or drinking then I might as well use a normal lipstick and avoid the drying effect of the liquid lips. As long as liquid lipsticks are not completely intact after eating or drinking then, they have mostly drawbacks over normal lipsticks.

Here’s the worst drawbacks:

  1. They give a more drying feeling and often contain less skin nourishing ingredients than normal lipsticks.
  2. Liquid lipsticks can make your lips look like they are peeling as they often come off in bits, which is a much worse look than your normal lipstick colour just fading away.
  3. Re-applying a normal lipstick means just sliding another layer on. Re-applying a liquid lipstick more often means taking the whole thing off and doing it again (which can mess up your makeup and you might need to re-draw/re-line your lips, you might need a makeup remover etc), as most only work with 1-2 layers and more applications than that would give you a very heavy and dry lip.
  4. Many liquid lipsticks also suffer from colour variations where they look quite different when wet, dry and sometimes even more different after a couple of hours of wear.

Liquid lipsticks are a great way to move the lipstick technology forward, but at the time being they are not good enough to replace the traditional lipstick. More work is needed before any liquid lipstick would become a better option than a moisturising, nourishing normal lipstick bullet.

For all the details on one of the best liquid lipsticks range check out: Part I: Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipsticks – Swatches and Reviews. A chemist’s view on why some colours work better than others

Part II: Chemical X-ray – Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick Colour Queen B – What is inside and what does it do?

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Other lip products

My favourite lip savior of them all at the moment is the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm, which is actually cheaper than a drugstore lip balm! You only need a tiny amount of this, literally a dot, and it keeps your lips nicely moisturised for hours. I’m a little bit addicted to this stuff!

For all the details check out: Cheaper and Better Than Your Lip Balm? Check out the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

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I use this product during my skincare routines when I don’t have makeup on, but I also sometimes use it before applying a lipstick to give me a lubricated lip base. This is an easy trick if you want to quickly get strict straight lip lines without using a lip liner or lip brush. If you apply something that lubricates your lips, like the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm, your lipstick bullet will slide across easily and will create straight lines that will not be affected, cut or smudged by skin, pores, hairs etc (you might need to add a second layer of your lipstick if you want an intense colour). Depending on the initial finish of your lipstick, this trick will also give the application a slight gloss. Easy trick 😉

I also recommend the Nivea Sun Protect Caring lip balm, especially in the summer months, which not only will give you a good SPF 30 but also nourish your lips while working well under a lipstick.

For all the details on which SPF lip balm to choose check out: SPF Protection for Lips – Mega Battle: Carmex VS Maybelline VS Nivea VS Blistex – In depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses



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By now your coffee should be slowly running out so, that’s it for this Q&A! If you have a question feel free to message me on Instagram or click here to email me.


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2 responses to Coffee Chat: Q&A You asked “What is your favourite lippie formula” – Best lipsticks for dry lips

  1. artofeyeshadow says:

    Dry lips come around for me every year. It sure makes using lippies tough! I think it was the Nivea tinted balm that I used to like when my lips were dry because it gave me a nice tint, but also hid all the dryness and made my lips look moisturized. I didn’t know Nivea had a lip balm with SPF so I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!

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  1. […] Special shout out to the Urban Decay, MAC, Laura Mercier, Estée Lauder and Too Faced lipsticks all of which are also great and have good colour ranges (especially Urban Decay and MAC) but are nowhere near as nutritious or moisturising as the Clinique Pop ones. For all the details check out: Coffee Chat: Q&A You asked “What is your favourite lippie formula” – Best lipsticks for dr… […]


  2. […] Special shout out to the Urban Decay, Laura Mercier, Estée Lauder and Too Faced lipsticks all of which are also great and have good colour ranges (especially Urban Decay and MAC) but are nowhere near as nutritious or moisturising as the Clinique Pop ones. For all the details check out: Coffee Chat: Q&A You asked “What is your favourite lippie formula” – Best lipsticks for dr… […]