We love the glamour and festive spirit of red lipstick. It’s as quintessentially Christmas as ugly sweaters and feel-good movies. And red lipstick is the gold standard when it comes to holiday beauty looks. If you’re someone who prefers to march to the beat of your own drummer boy, you’re probably craving something different. We feel you.
These unique lipsticks may not be red, but they still have plenty of holiday swagger. There are options whether you want to stay close to a Christmas color palette or want something totally distinct. And the finishes range from classic matte to full-on festive sparkle. FYI: All of these lip colors are brilliant picks for your New Year’s Eve makeup look.
See 10 holiday lipstick alternatives.
Le Rouge Night Noir Lipstick in 01 Night in Light, $38 at Sephora
The entire Le Rouge Night Noir Lipstick collection features out-of-the-ordinary, party-perfect shades. This one may look intimidating, but it’s a flattering blackberry hue accented with multicolored glitter guaranteed to make your pout pop.
Kiss of Stars Lipstick in Gold Star!, $20 at Ulta Beauty
This pearly peach lipstick shines in its package and is equally festive once it’s on your lips. The lip color is highly pigmented and twinkles like the North Star.
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Blitztrance Lipstick in Blitz Gold Starglaze, $40 at Pat McGrath Labs
Makeup mastermind Pat McGrath knows statement makeup. This multifaceted gold lipstick will light up your entire face. The ultra-reflective pearls are suspended in an emollient-infused formula so it glides on smoothly and doesn’t feel gritty.
Exhibitionist Metallic Lipstick in Flushed 505, $7.99 at Ulta Beauty
Instead of taking cues from traditional holiday decor, look to winter weather for your inspo. This metallic lipstick has a modern frosted finish. It goes on sheer for a subtle ice queen vibe and the price won’t put a dent in your holiday shopping budget.
Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Midnight Wasabi, $18 at Sephora
For everyone who believes that the holiday season is as much about green as it is red, there’s this wicked lipstick.
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Iconic Baked Metallic Sculpting Lipstick in Liberty Rose Gold, $21 at Nordstrom
Metallics are always festive and this dazzling lipstick comes in a striking rose gold shade. The gluten-free product contains baked loose pigments for a molten metallic look.
Audacious Lipstick in Kirat, $34 at NARS
A deep, bright purple is unexpected yet festive. This lipstick is packed with pigment and has a lush satin feel. The color is long-lasting so you won’t spend your entire evening touching up your makeup.
Lip Spark in 11 Trance, $55 at Tom Ford
Tom Ford knows glamour and that’s evident in this sequin-effect lipstick. It’s meant to look like loose glitter and this brilliant blue color makes a shining statement.
Melted Matte Gingerbread Girl Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick, $12.50 at Too Faced
It’s hard to find a merrier lip product than this liquid lipstick — and it’s not even red. The gingerbread shade is a rich mix of orange, brown and red that’s inspired by the famous cookie. It even smells like freshly baked gingerbread.
Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Squid Ink, $13 at Bite Beauty
This deep navy has a kiss of black for a goth, but still holiday-appropriate, feel. The organic formula keeps your lips moisturized with its balanced blend of nourishing oils, nutrients and vitamins.