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Did you know the average woman spends $1780 on lipstick over her lifetime? While we're not sure how that breaks down between all the amazing varieties out there (red, matte, stain), we sure love our liquid lipsticks. The makeup staple is available in virtually every color under the sun and can elevate your beauty look in an instant (aka a few swipes).
While there's no one-shade-fits-all, with so many brands out there, our friends at Rank & Style have discovered that there are a select few that women clamor for. These top five lippies are not just buzz-worthy makeup must-haves; they're some of the most positively reviewed, high-quality matte formulas out there. So whether you're looking for a new signature lip color or finally giving liquid lipsticks a try and want to get the most bang for your buck, you'll want to check out Rank & Style's list before you do your shopping.
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This creamy, full-coverage formula glides on like a gloss and delivers on its long-lasting promise (it's practically budge-proof once it dries, so apply fast). Have your morning coffee, lunch, and even happy hour sips without worrying about a feathering or fading lip color—it's that good.
If you're a matte kind of gal, then you'll want to try Too Faced's fan-favorite liquid formula. It has a lightweight consistency, delivers high-impact color, and is infused with avocado oil and vitamin E to comfortably coat lips with added moisture. The ultra-matte liquid lipstick also boasts a non-sting plumping agent to enhance your gorgeous pout that much more. Can you say kissable lips?
A budget-friendly find with the staying power of a fancy formula—and a plethora of options. That's what you can expect from drugstore favorite Nyx's best-selling liquid lipstick formula. From wearable neutrals to neon blue and vampy reds, you're bound to fall in love with at least a few of the gorgeous shades in this extensive collection.
There's a reason this liquid lipstick is a social media staple and a makeup-bag essential. The tube's doe-foot wand makes application seamless—the thin tip helps line while the flat part covers a large surface—and the color payoff is bar none. Its impressive formula (comfortable, non-drying) makes it hard for the brand to keep certain shades in stock, so if you see one you like, buy it stat.
Kat Von D's name has become synonymous with makeup thanks to her top-notch namesake line. The Sephora brand is known for having some of the best formulas around, but you can't talk about liquid lipsticks without mentioning the holy grail of this category, the Everlasting Liquid. Whether you were an early adopter and still swear by the perpetually sold-out Lolita or not, you've heard amazing things about this one—and they're all true. Sure it lasts for hours on end, but we love its smooth, crack-resistant finish (it's made with hydrating vitamin E and sunflower oil), and TBH, you can't go wrong with a vegan-friendly option either.