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Akisa’s Top Picks for Work Appropriate Lips

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As the editor of Beauty Swatch, I test a lot of lipsticks and struggle to name favourites. But when it comes to picking lippies for the office, I find myself reaching for a smaller selection and leave the rest at home that are too high maintenance for work.  Seeing as I get asked ALL the time to name my favourites, I thought I’d start off with my top picks for the office, as the occasion dictates which formula, intensity and texture I go for.

In no particular order, here are my top 5 picks for the best lipstick & lipgloss formulas for work that looks polished, stays moisturised in air conditioning and requires minimal maintenance.


1. MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick – pigmented yet moisturising lipstick with high sheen
2. ESTEE LAUDER Pure Colour Crystal Lipstickfor those want both pigment and subtle shimmer
3. BOBBI BROWN Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 – really wearable & flattering daily lip tints
4. DIOR Addict Lipstick – a waxy finish that is in between a lip balm and lipstick with a plump jelly finish
5. ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Ultra Lipstick – the BEST plumping & smoothing lipstick!

I’ve deliberately excluded glosses without applicator wands, as not everyone carries a lip brush with them, and sticky fingers are not cool.

1. CLINIQUE Vitamin C Lip Smoothie for a daily dose of Vitamin C on your lips
2. BENEFIT Ultra Shine Lip Shine – subtle hues but high in shine & eye catching glimmer
3. ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Gloss – sophisticated sheer shine
4. MAC Kissable Lipcolour – a pigmented creamy gloss that oozes confidence & looks polished
5. DIOR Addict Ultra Shine Lipgloss ultra shiny & pigmented, the kind of gloss you could have easily spend a life time collecting.


And that wraps up my first ‘Top Picks” post!  I’d love to know your favourites too!
What are your top picks for lipsticks & glosses for work?

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3 Responses to “Akisa’s Top Picks for Work Appropriate Lips”

  1. fayelureview says:

    great post. it’s always hard being a makeup lover and trying to “tone it down” from 9 – 5 when you want to wear bright neon pink =)

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  3. Jamilla Camel says:

    Hi Akisa, my top picks for work: Bobbi Brown products in general, specifically Lip Color, Metallic Lip Color, Rich Lip Color, Creamy Lip Color and of course Treatment Lip Shine SPF15.

    I do love Tom Ford, but he’s a bit theatrical (great for evening statement lips) and Guerlain lipsticks (mega $$$), which I tend to wear off-duty.

    As promised, I will swatch my lips with each FOTD.

    Cheers and happy belated Birthday!

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