How to Choose the Right Lipstick for You!

Hi there!

Have you ever walked through the makeup section of a shop looking for a simple lipstick and been overwhelmed by all the different types of lip products? If so, this is the post for you!

In this blog post, I’ll be breaking down the differences between different formulations of lip products to help you choose the right lipstick for you!


MEMEBOX'S Lipstick Satin in the shade Brick Slip
MEMEBOX’S Lipstick Satin in the shade Brick Slip

Lipsticks are the classic lip product formulation. When I think of lipstick, my mind goes to the classic bold reds worn by Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Nowadays you can find lipsticks in many different finishes, such as matte finish or a metallic sheen.


Lipsticks can have a matte, satin or gloss finish. Essentially, this means little to no shine, medium amounts of shine, or high shine!

Lipsticks are medium wearing: they are not transfer-proof, meaning they will smudge and transfer and will need to be reapplied throughout the day. However, the more matte a lipstick is, the more long wearing it’ll typically be. So if you want to wear lipstick when you’re going for burgers, definitely opt for a matte lipstick!

Liquid lipsticks

Bourjois’ Rouge Edition Velvet in the shade 07 Nude-ist

These types of lip product have become popular in recent years. These have an opaque look to them, just like the classic lipstick. Like traditional lipsticks, they come in a wide range of colours and finishes.

However, these do differ from normal lipstick in the way they apply. Liquid lipsticks go on as a liquid (as the name suggests), but then they dry down.  Most liquid lips dry down to a matte finish, but you can find satin finish or gloss finish liquid lipsticks!

Some liquid lipsticks are completely budge proof, and will stay all day, whereas others will need to be reapplied. Generally however, liquid lipsticks are more long wearing than traditional lipsticks.

This is why liquid lipsticks are my favourite type of lip product for when I want to wear a bold, opaque lip colour but I don’t want to have to think about reapplication!

Tinted lip balms

TONYMOLY’s Petite Bunny Gloss Bar in the shade Juicy Apple

Tinted lip balms are just lip balms that provide a wash of colour! These are usually nourishing and moisturising, and are perfect for a natural look.

Because they’re so light in colour, tinted lip balms are a great lip product for those not able to wear makeup but want to add a bit of colour to their lips. On a daily basis when I’m not wearing makeup, I like using a tinted lip balm to bring a bit of life to my face!

As they’re lip balms, they’re not long wearing and need to be reapplied.

Lip stains/lip tints

Peripera’s Vivid Tint Water in the shade Peach Squeeze

Lip stains are a more recent formulation and are a popular type of lip product in Korea. These products stain the lips (or cheeks if you wish to use them as blush) and last for many hours. You will usually find lip tints in reds, pinks and oranges.

Lip tints usually have a watery formulation, which means they aren’t opaque in colour, but will leave a vibrant stain on the lips.

Lip stains are relatively fast drying, and once your lip stain has dried, it will not budge! They will usually withstand hours of talking, eating and drinking. If you hate reapplying product on your lips, I think you’ll enjoy lip tints!

Lip gloss

Easy to apply and extremely high shine, lip glosses do exactly what they sound like they do, gloss the lips and make them look juicy and plump. Some lip glosses may have a slight colour to them (but often this doesn’t show up on the lips), and some may contain glitter or shimmer.


These can be worn alone on a bare lip for some high shine, or on top of another lip product to add some dimension to the lips.

Lip glosses are not transfer-proof and are not very long wearing, so you will have to reapply throughout the day.

Lip powder

This is a new product to me! Lip powders are powders that when applied to the lips transform into a type of cream, leaving a thin layer of colour. How cool is that?!

Lip powders are opaque formulations and are usually matte but can be metallic colours. They are lightweight, relatively transfer-proof and long wearing.

I need to try some soon. When I do, I’ll write a review here for you!


Lip products now come in a variety of different textures, colours, and finishes, meaning everyone can find their preferred lip colour in the exact finish they want. My personal go-to for the everyday are tinted lip balms, but when I go for a more high-glam look I opt for liquid lipsticks.

Comment below what your favourite type of lip product is, or the name of a lipstick, gloss, balm, powder or stain that you just can’t live without! And comment any questions you might have!

Bye for now,


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