“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack,” Coco Chanel once said – and while there’s no resisting the thrill of buying a new lipstick, these days we’re all getting a bit more mindful about our purchases.
With an estimated one billion lipstick cases heading to landfill each year, refillable lipsticks offer a more sustainable solution – helping minimise waste, whilst still delivering a splash of beauty indulgence. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up six of the best refillable lipsticks to try:
Lipsticks don’t get much more luxurious than those from French fashion house Hermès, which feature the same dedication to quality craftsmanship as their renowned leather accessories. These gorgeous colour-popping refillable lipsticks are hand-crafted from lacquered, polished and brushed metal, before being nestled in Hermès iconic little orange box.
Choose from a vibrant wardrobe of 24 permanent lipstick shades ranging from electric orange to deep berry in matte or satin finishes, with special limited-edition colours launching twice a year – we’re already head over heels for autumn-winter 2020’s just-released trio of pink hues.
Available from Hermès
Makeup artist to the stars Charlotte Tilbury was inspired by eleven of her most beloved beauty icons to create her Hot Lips 2 lipstick collection – which features a spectrum of uber-glam shades dedicated to the likes of Carina Lau, Jennifer Aniston, Amal Clooney and even Charlotte’s very first beauty inspiration, her mum Patsy.
These refillable lipsticks come in five dazzling designs – the leopard print might just be our favourite – and are a collaboration with the charity Women For Women International, with the brand pledging one million pounds from Hot Lips 2 sales to help female survivors of war.
Available from Charlotte Tilbury
Get ready for a serious bout of “child in a sweet shop” syndrome – Guerlain’s Rouge G couture-inspired lipsticks boast over 30 different highly covetable cases to choose from, with everything from shimmering metallics and monochromatic marbles to vibrant jewel tones and blossoming sakura patterns available. All cases also feature an in-built double mirror that’s ideal for on-the-go touch-ups.
The lipsticks themselves will also have you spoilt for choice. Blending luscious long-lasting colour with a hydrating formula infused with hyaluronic acid and mango butter, there are currently over 40 different shades to play with, in either satin, matte or sheer finishes.
Available from Guerlain
Hourglass’ Confession refillable lipsticks feature a super-sleek, ultra-chic design reminiscent of a thin gold stiletto heel – handily allowing for incredibly precise application too.
Available in 30 richly pigmented shades from killer reds to sophisticated nudes, these vegan, cruelty-free lipsticks are paraben, sulfate and phthalate-free, and deliver creamy saturated colour with a shiny satin finish that won’t smudge or feather.
Available from Hourglass counters at Lane Crawford
It’s no surprise that eco beauty pioneers Lush lead the way when it comes to minimal-waste lipsticks. Their “naked” lipstick refills feature zero packaging – they’re coated in a layer of protective wax, which simply peels off – and are totally vegan and cruelty-free.
Available in 40-plus shades in satin, demi-matte or sheer finishes, the lipsticks are packed with organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax and broccoli seed oil, meaning they hydrate and condition your lips alongside delivering beautiful washes of colour.
Available from Lush
Created by Danish-born, New York-based makeup artist Kristen Kjaer Weis, this forward-thinking, cruelty-free beauty brand is famed for its slick, minimalist refillable packaging – and of course, their lipsticks are no exception.
There are over 20 shades of velvety, highly-pigmented lipstick hues to choose from – we’re particularly loving their dreamy nudes and bold scarlets – in a richly moisturising, silicone-free formula that’s loaded with nourishing oils and natural organic ingredients.
Available from Beautysaur Organics