Whether you’re loyal to a classic matte red or a soft pink hue, there’s a long-lasting lip color out there for you. The following 10 shades put the “stick” in lipstick.
The secret to being lazy but still glamorous is simple: a bright lipstick. However, if that lipstick gets smudged or wears down that trick can backfire on you in a major way. Lipstick smudges on mugs, napkins or on your partner’s face is never a good look. It’s actually one of the main reason women forgo a bold lip colour, too "high-maintenance".
Classic lipsticks and stains are great, but the longest lasting of all lip products are liquid lipsticks. We’ve tested every one of these lippies and each will give you at least six hours (or more) with no touchups required.
1. Maybelline New York Superstay Matte
Maybelline New York Superstay Matte Ink, $12, maybelline.ca.
Countless brands have claimed wear-all-day colour but most fall short. This one totally lives up to its claim. Available in 10 shades, from nudes to neons, Maybelline New York Superstar Matte Ink says it lasts 16 hours of full-on saturated colour—and it does. It’s kind of crazy. It’s lasted through multiple meals, cups of coffee a bottle of water and a sweat-inducing spin class.
2. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor, $11 each, well.ca.
If you struggle to find a long lasting formula that won’t dry out your lips consider this one. Its moisturizing formula should slide right off, but it doesn't. Instead it leaves a velvety finish that isn't drying and will last through many drinks, dinner and a goodbye kiss.
3. Victoria’s Secret Velvet Matte Cream Lip Stain
Victoria’s Secret Velvet Matte Cream Lip Stain, $14, victoriassecret.com.
This lipstick slides on super smooth, though you probably want to swipe wipe off the excess product on the sponge applicator before applying it onto your lips. Apply it on the top and bottom lips, then blot them together. If you want more of a stain effect use your finger to tap in the colour. It feels hydrating and last from the minute we applied until removed.
4. Still Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Still Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, $29, sephora.com.
This was one of the first great liquid, long-wear lipsticks, and it still holds up to being one of the best. It goes on creamy and hugs lips with intense pigment that gives your look a strong statement. The Stila website says that it stays for up to 12 hours of continuos wear. The range has since grown and now it comes in matte, satin and thinner shades.
5. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipsticks
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipsticks, $18, sephora.ca.
Don’t just take it from us on how great this lipstick is, because there are more than 4,600 five-star reviews on Sephora’s liquid lipstick. It’s super smooth, easy to apply, and comes in 40 different shades. The darker shade the better the staying power.
6. Fenty Beauty Stunner Lip Paint
Fenty Beauty Stunner Lip Paint Long Wear Fluid Lip Colour, $24, sephora.ca.
If you’re looking for a bright red, look no further. Fenty Beauty’s (Rhianna’s beauty brand) Stunna Lip Paint only comes in this one shade (Uncensored) and its said to be universally flattering. Now, we haven’t tried it on the whole universe (I know, we’re slackers) but we’ve tried it on a multitude of different complexions and it really does look like the perfect matte red on everyone. In fact, it was hand-picked by Rihanna and obsessively tested to make sure it look incredible on everyone. The formula is lightweight and claims it will hang on for up to 12 hours. We should note that it does transfer every so slightly.
7. Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment
Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment, $34, narscosmetics.com.
Nars’ Powermatte came out last summer, and it’s just so damn good. The liquid, almost water-light, formula is flexible, meaning it doesn’t dry out lips. Despite how lightweight it is it’s still super pigmented, and the doe foot applicator makes it really easy to make perfect lines around the edges of my lips.
8. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $24, sephora.ca.
Ranging from petal pink to pitch black, the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick has one of the best shade selection in the game. The formula is so creamy but dries to a matte finish quickly—one coat and you're good to go.
9. NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream
NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream, $9, nyxcosmetics.com.
Not only is each tube affordable, its available in 33 colours and feels very comfortable. Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, the matte lip cream is a new kind of lip colour that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish.
10. M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, $25, maccosmetics.ca.
If you're looking for high pigment, smooth application and colour that wears for up to eight-hours with no feathering or bleeding try a swipe of this Retro Matte from M.A.C.
We Tried it: long-wearing lipstick