A while back, I got an e-mail from my favourite of favourite beauty publications, Daisy Beauty. Cue squealing. OMG. I was invited to be a judge for the 2017 Daisy Beauty awards, where a team of bloggers select the best products of the past year.

I was given my most wanted category of lip products, and have been testing out the products over the past couple of weeks. If there’s one thing I can do, it’s pass judgement. It’s been so fun and a real honour to be invited to give my two cents on the best products of the year for a publication I respect so immensely! Daisy is a magazine centred on beauty, but they also take the time to cover important and difficult issues like critiquing dangerous diet fads and spreading information about alcohol abuse. In addition, they also organize events for bloggers, readers and beauty fanatics like you and me. Needless to say we’re getting a little spoiled here in Sweden!

Either way, let me introduce the finalists in the lip product category:

Armani Lip Magnet
Type: Liquid Lipstick
Brand claim: An extremely fine texture, unparalleled sensation of weightlessness, intense color concentration, ultra-chic matte finish and flawless, long-lasting wear: LIP MAGNET is all this and more.
LIP MAGNET is the first liquid lipcolor to offer unprecedented color concentration in the finest of textures, while perfectly fusing with the lips.
LIP MAGNET delivers incomparable results: intensity of color, extreme finesse and a makeup finish with a matte, second-skin effect.
Two major accomplishments:
This long-lasting (up to 8 hours) matte lipcolor is never greasy or sticky; it does not migrate or dry your lips. Lips stay hydrated and perfectly defined for hours on end, with a very pleasant bare-lips sensation.

MAC Liptensity
Type: Classic bullet lipstick
Brand claim:
A brilliant formula that pushes the boundaries of colour. Each Lipstick holds intense amounts of pigment, resulting in extreme colour intensity, clarity and vibrancy. This luxurious gelled base melts on contact, providing fully saturated colour with a satin finish in one stroke.

  • Gel formula glides on smoothly
  • Long-wearing, eight hours
  • Comfortable formula


Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid
Type: Liquid Lipstick
Brand claim: Color Sensational® Vivid Matte Liquid™. Rich, intense lip color that glides on smooth to a matte finish. Drench your lips in vivid color. Pure pigments collide with a creamy liquid base for a soft, cushiony feel. The result? A high-impact lip that stands out! Available in a collection of intense shades.

Verso Lip Serum
Type: Lip Treatment
Brand claim: Anti-aging, softening and plumping lip serum with Retinol 8, a stabilized Vitamin A complex eight times more effective than standard retinol. It helps to increase the skin´s own production of collagen and to reduce the appearance of minor dark spots as well as fine lines around the lips. Contains hyaluronic acid and peptides for hydration and plumping.

Urban Decay VICE
Type: Classic bullet lipstick
Brand claim: Prepare to get hooked. Vice Lipstick comes in a massive lineup of 100 addictive shades and six indulgent finishes—our biggest lineup yet!

Our shade range has it all: Bold brights. Dark, sexy shades. Super-versatile neutrals. With so much variety it’ll make your head spin, there’s something for everyone—from new shades to cult favorites you thought you’d never see again. Several shades were inspired by some of our other lip products (and even our Eyeshadows and Eye Pencils!).

Have you tried any of these? What’s your best product of the year?