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21 Best Long-Lasting Lipsticks That Really Stay Put

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When you want to choose the best long-lasting lipstick, figuring out which one is right for you can be difficult, with so many options available on the market. Whether you’re working late into the night at the office or spending all day in class (in person, or virtually), you don’t want to have to stop to reapply your lipstick.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite long-wearing lipsticks that genuinely last, including one that I recently wore on my wedding day! Keep scrolling to find out which one it is and figure out which of these products will be the best choice! From the most affordable to luxury to mattifying and vegan, here you have all the best long-lasting lipsticks to give a try!

Best Overall
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Okay, so you didn’t have to read far to find my favorite long-lasting lipstick! I recently wore Stila’s liquid lipstick in Baci (a nude pink) on my wedding day, and while I find it to be one of the best long-wearing liquid lipsticks on the market, that isn’t the only reason you should trust it.

This creamy, rich formula comes in a variety of bold and classic shades, as well as finishes that promise to last up to twelve hours. Formulated with vitamin E and avocado oil, the texture is lightweight and pleasant to wear. Pick it up for yourself today at Ulta, or Amazon!

Best Matte
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

The unique arrow-like applicator on our next long-wearing lipstick landed it firmly in the best liquid lipstick category. You won’t even need a lip liner!  Maybelline’s lip inks were heavily reviewed when they first hit the market, and I had several of them myself. Advertised as lasting for up to a whopping 16 hours, I can personally attest to this long-wearing lipstick’s staying power and color payoff. With drugstore pricing at under $10, you can grab several for the same price as its’ higher-end competitors. Try it today at Ulta, or Amazon!

Best Red
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color
Fenty Beauty

If you’ve spent ages searching for the perfect red lipstick, look no further, for Queen Rihanna has delivered. With the initial release of Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint, the universally flattering red shade Uncensored was the only available color for quite some time. Red is a power color for many, and finding a long-lasting lipstick in a perfect shade of red eluded me for years! With a soft matte finish and unique, lip-shaped applicator, you’ll want to try every one of Rihanna’s hand-picked shades. Get it at Sephora!

Best Liquid
KVD Vegan Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
KVD Vegan Beauty

If you want to prioritize our animal friends when it comes to your makeup purchases, check out the 100% vegan line offered by KVD. Boasting a range of classic and bold shades, KVD Vegan Beauty first took flight with their remarkable tattoo eyeliner but soon kept soaring to new heights by proving that they provided one of the best long-wearing lipsticks on the market.

A classic doe-foot applicator complements this liquid lipstick’s smooth, lightweight formula, full of moisturizers like vitamin E and sunflower seed wax. Still unsure? They remain one of the bestsellers at Sephora, where you can pick it up and put it to the test yourself!

Best Budget
Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor

If you love the act of buying lipstick, or any makeup for that matter, things can get expensive very fast. Having a budget option for a quality, long-lasting lipstick like Revlon’s is always a good thing! Boasting an impressive 24 shade range, this budget choice is a creamy matte formula that won’t feather or dry out your lips. The dual end also contains a clear gloss top coat that provides additional moisture to ensure your lips won’t dry out. Add it to your cart on Amazon today!

Best Color Payoff
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick
Anastasia Beverly Hills

While the name ‘Anastasia Beverly Hills’ has become synonymous with brows, the brand’s expansion into other merchandise has kept them at the top of the bestsellers list at Sephora and other chains. When it comes to the best long-wearing liquid lipstick that doesn’t slack on the color payoff, you have to have the ABH liquid lipstick in your arsenal.

Available in 31 shades (28 at Sephora currently), this high-pigment matte formula dries down to a smooth powder finish that will last for hours with just a single coat. The classic doe-foot applicator makes application a breeze – no liner needed! Get it at Sephora, or Amazon!

Best Stain
Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain
Yves Saint Laurent

Have you ever seen an applicator quite like the one for the YSL Tatouage lip stain? The sharp angles look perfect for getting every curve of your lips without having to worry about a liner. Claiming tattoo-like precision, this long-lasting lipstick comes in the form of a lightweight matte stain that moves with your lips for a barely-there feel and contains nigella sativa seed oil to nurture your lips while you wear it. Purchase your favorite color today at Sephora or Nordstrom!

Best Drugstore
NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie Push-Up Long-Lasting Lipstick
NYX Professional Makeup

When it comes to scouring the drugstore for a top-quality product, I’m an old pro. At just $9, the NYX lipstick checks a whole lot of those boxes off. This long-wearing lipstick promises a gentle plumping complex in 12 matte shades (in the same shades as their Lip Lingerie liquid lipstick) that won’t dry out your lips. Like all NYX products, they are cruelty-free, too! Check them out at Ulta, or Amazon!

Best Kiss-Proof
Smashbox Always On Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick

Smashbox was one of the first higher-end lines that I found in my mother’s makeup bag, and the quality of the products has only continued to amaze me over time. Their liquid lipstick is a long-wearing, matte one formulated with a primer oil complex of jojoba, apricot, and sunflower oils. It promises a waterproof, non-drying, weightless finish, while also being free of parabens and phthalates. Purchase one at Sephora, or Amazon!

Best Pink
Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love
Becca Cosmetics

Despite what those Mean Girls told you, pink is not just for Wednesdays. If you’re looking for the best long-lasting lipstick in that classic, ultra-feminine shade, look no further than Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Lipstick Love. This line has several gorgeous pink shades to complement a range of skin tones and preferences.

There’s Flamingo for a cool bright pink, Sorbet for a cool, medium pink, Melon for a neutral, yellow pink, and Sweetener for a cool, bright fuchsia. Whatever your taste, these delicious-sounding shades will satisfy your craving for that perfect pink lipstick while delivering a super creamy formula packed with hyaluronic acid to keep your lips moisturized and happy. Try one of these many cheerful shades at Sephora today!

Best Classic Bullet
Lancôme Color Design Lipstick

How’s that saying go? If it’s not broken, don’t fix it? If you want one of the most trusted long-wearing lipsticks on the market, Lancôme has over 80 years of experience behind their luxury beauty brand. This soft as silk lipstick uses a ‘micro-bubble formula’ to apply evenly while also absorbing oil to keep lips comfortable. If you want a truly reliable, long-lasting lipstick that has the experience behind it, pick up the Lancôme Color Design today at Nordstrom!

Best Splurge
Rouge Hermès – Matte lipstick

When you want to give yourself a gift, give yourself the gift of a truly stunning long-lasting lipstick, both inside and out. Inside the signature little orange box, you’ll find the simple, classic packaging of the Rouge Hermès lipstick that reflects the craftsmanship one would expect from a luxury fashion brand.

Imprinted with the Hermès logo, be mindful of where you toss it if you should finish that Rouge Hermès bullet – they’re refillable and at a discount! This hydrating, powder matte finish is part of ‘a complete collection dedicated to the beauty of the lips’ that you will not find at the drugstore. Pick it up at Nordstrom!  

Best Plumping
Buxom Full Force Plumping Lipstick

With a brand name like Buxom, it’s not surprising that “plumping” comes to mind when considering this next long-wear lipstick. This is a full-coverage cream lipstick that uses hyaluronic acid and conditioning oils to smooth, fill, and hydrate for plumper-looking lips and a satin finish. Many reviews report a refreshing tingle, much like the harsher lip plumpers of days gone by, but without the intense swelling. Stop by Nordstrom and try it today!

Best Bold Shades
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
Fenty Beauty

If liquid lipsticks aren’t your favorite, and you prefer a bullet form, you can find your new favorite long-lasting lipstick in Rihanna’s Fenty line. Fortune favors the bold, and you will find yourself very fortunate if you try a few of the intense, daring shades in this collection. With shades like Wasabi (a bright, wicked green), Turks & Caicos (a deep teal), and F’N Black (a navy black), you are sure to find the show-stopping shade you’ve been craving. Slim, stylish packaging provides a visual treat for this weightless, velvet matte finish. Purchase one at Sephora!

Best Cruelty-Free
Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick
Huda Beauty

As we don’t want anything made from animal products, we also don’t want anything tested on our furry friends! Huda Beauty’s lipstick is a long-wearing, cruelty-free bullet that delivers full-coverage color payoff in just one swipe! The Icons collection includes all your must-have summer tones, while the Rose collection is packed with neutrals and rose shades to please your pout! Purchase your favorite shade at Sephora!

Best Cream
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick
Urban Decay

When I want a lipstick that I know will last but am not necessarily looking for a matte finish, I find that Urban Decay’s Vice line is the perfect choice for a long-lasting cream lipstick. This bullet lipstick is one of the few I own that I’ve actually come close to finishing!

Ultra-creamy, with aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils, the formula of these cream lipsticks is incredibly moisturizing and feels more like a thick balm, in my experience. The Vice line’s shade range is also versatile enough that you can even pair two shades together to create a multidimensional look! Check them out at Sephora, or Ulta!

Best Velvety Finish
Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick

If a long-wearing, full-coverage, matte lipstick with a weightless, velvety finish is on your radar, hone in on Shiseido’s lipstick. This lipstick line promises eight hours of non-drying, velvety color. The lipstick’s unique chisel tip makes for precision application, so you don’t have to worry about smearing or any other imperfections. Pick up Nude Streak or any of their other gorgeous shades at Nordstrom!   

Best Weightless
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment

Named after some of the best classic rock songs and references out there, the NARS lip pigment is a stunningly pigmented, weightless formula that will give you a rockstar edge. The long-lasting liquid lipstick has an inky formula that dries down instantly for smudge-free wear.

I’ve personally tried these, and I recommend using them with a liner or wax pencil to seal the edge of your lip to prevent feathering. The applicator is more pointed than doe foot but does make for accurate, precise lining. Pick it up at Nordstrom, or Sephora!

Best Clean Beauty
Tarte SEA Color Splash Lipstick

Stamped with Sephora’s Clean Seal of Approval, this lipstick from Tarte is formulated without sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and formaldehyde, to name a few. The line features a range of long-wearing satin-finish lipsticks that are as moisturizing as their name promises. Available in 24 sea-worthy shades for your every mood, this lipstick promises to make lips look fuller and firmer while keeping them as moisturized as possible. Dive into this line of lipsticks at Sephora!

Best Two-in-One
Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick
Laura Mercier

Sometimes the ease and simplicity of a pencil are what you want, but you don’t want to sacrifice style or payoff when it comes to a perfect long-lasting lipstick. For ease and speed of application, a lipstick pencil like the Laura Mercier one is just the ticket. This intense, rich matte lipstick comes with a built-in sharpener at the tip for precision lining and filling every time. With this pencil, Mercier promises ‘single-stroke coverage and long-lasting, creamy comfort.’ Try it for yourself at Nordstrom, or Sephora!

Best Hydrating
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury

When it comes to staying hydrated, one of the places we probably don’t consider often enough is our lips. Our lips’ skin is incredibly sensitive, resulting in them being more susceptible to things like cold, heat, touch, and losing moisture. If you want a long-wearing lipstick that isn’t going to contribute to your cracked lips but may help them out, take a peek at Charlotte Tilbury’s line.

The formula is enriched with orchid extract and ‘Lipstick Tree extract,’ which is Charlotte’s own secret ingredient – how mysterious! Charlotte’s custom blend of oils and waxes for this formula will leave you with a perfectly hydrated pout. But you should still probably #drinkup. Pick it up at Nordstrom, or Sephora!  

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