I Blind-Tested Long-Wear Lipsticks: Which Ones Went the Distance?

Updated 12/18/18
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We went on a mission to find a kiss-proof colour that wouldn’t fade as soon as a drink touches your lips. Be it in a neutral nude, trending brown, pillowy pink or killer red, we wanted a long-wear lipstick that would keep up with our stamina this party season.

Then we got to thinking. Without realising it, we all hold pre-judged ideas when it comes to beauty brands—even if we haven’t tried them before (or it’s been years since we did). We are all guilty of thinking that only a high price point must mean high quality, that a budget brand should be dismissed or that we should stick to our faithful makeup lines instead of shopping around.

We decided to up the ante and blind test our long-wear lipsticks for you, dear readers.

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Because we take our blind-testing very seriously at Byrdie HQ, we got a non-tester to dispense the colours into plain lipstick vials. We had no idea which was which and no prejudice about which would be best.

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We were on the hunt for a silky-smooth finish and a colour that wouldn’t budge but felt non-drying. Surely not too much to ask, right?

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All of the lippies we’ve featured, the below ones were our top picks. They all had seriously vivid colour and staying power, so arguably, your money would be well spent on all of them. So which came out on top? Keep scrolling to find out…

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Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint $16
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We didn’t touch up this up once. Perfect for busy days.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Venezia
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Venezia $16
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This was a super-pigmented red and stayed on for a full workday. Love.

Topshop Longwear Liquid Lipstick in Pinky Ring
Topshop Longwear Liquid Lipstick in Pinky Ring $12
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After a speedy one-stroke application, we were set for hours on end.

E.l.f. Liquid Matte Lipstick in Blushing Nude
E.l.f. Liquid Matte Lipstick in Blushing Nude $6
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We couldn’t believe this was only £6, as it felt super-luxe.

Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipstick in Chill Pill
Too Faced Peach Kiss Lipstick in Chill Pill $19
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This smells divine (hello, peaches) and has serious staying power. We’re obsessed with the burnt orange colour.

3ina The Longwear Lipstick 516
3INA The Longwear Lipstick 516 $11
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In an impressive 20 shades, we were stunned that this lasted through a four cups of coffee kinda day.

Diego Dalla Palma Geisha Matt Liquid Lipstick in Nude
Diego Dalla Palma Geisha Matt Liquid Lipstick in Nude $12
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We gave Kylie Jenner a run for her money in this nude that kept our pout feeling hydrated. No colour fade or dry lips here.

Buxom Va-Va-Plump Shiny Liquid Lipstick in Make It Hot
Buxom Va-Va-Plump Shiny Liquid Lipstick in Make It Hot $15
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If you’re looking for a glam shade that will last all night, meet our new party-makeup secret weapon.

Autograph Lasting Colour Intense Liquid Lipstick
Autograph Lasting Colour Intense Liquid Lipstick $10
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This lived up to its lasting colour claims. The brush also makes a precise application easy.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint $19
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Now we know why Rihanna is the queen of the beauty world right now. Once applied, we forgot we were wearing it (in the best way) yet it stayed on until the bitter end.

Laura Geller Fifty Kisses Lip Locking Liquid Colour in Love Blush
Laura Geller Fifty Kisses Lip Locking Liquid Colour in Love Blush $17
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Yes, 50 kisses later, there was no colour transfer or bleeding all day.

Kiko Unlimited Double Touch in 105 Scarlett Red
Kiko Unlimited Double Touch in 105 Scarlett Red $9
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We were seriously impressed by this. If we had to guess, we would have thought it was triple its price point. We’re now going to stock up on the 25 shades.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear 2 Step Lipstick in Perpetual Brown
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear 2 Step Lipstick in Perpetual Brown $10
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A gorgeous creamy texture that doesn’t dry lips.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera $25
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Lasting throughout a day of food and hot drinks, we couldn’t fault this stunning lippie. If you love a velvety matte colour that doesn’t flake, this is perfect.

Chantecaille Matte Chic Lipstick in Helena
Chantecaille Matte Chic Lipstick in Helena $33
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We could really feel that the luxurious texture and rich colour would mean this lipstick was high-end. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a superior matte style in a trending shade, look no further. 

Zoeva Pure Matte Lips in Dare to Dream
Zoeva Pure Matte Lips in Dare to Dream $10
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So smooth that it feels like a second skin.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Craving Coral
Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Craving Coral $7
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A lasting lipstick in the Pantone 2019 colour of the year. Consider us sold.

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Colour
Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Colour $20
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This comes in a chic box and is complete with a pencil sharpener. Why not give the gift of a long-lasting lipstick this Christmas?

Sleek Makeup Matte Me
Sleek Makeup Matte Me $5
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Another absolute bargain we would have guessed was high-end. We can’t tell you how much this didn’t budge.

Surratt Lipslique in Au Courant
Surratt Lipslique in Au Courant $32
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A dark colour can often be tricky to wear all day, but this foolproof formula ensured we didn’t need a second application.

& Other Stories Lipstick in Nubby Sand
& Other Stories Lipstick in Nubby Sand $13
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If you love a classic lipstick, rest assured this one will go the distance.

Lime Crime Matte Velvetines in Wicked
Lime Crime Matte Velvetines in Wicked $18
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If you don’t want to wonder whether your lipstick has lasted, trust us that this colour isn’t going anywhere. Stress-fee makeup like this is right up our street.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in Embrace
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in Embrace $9
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We’d wear any of the 12 stunning shades of this matte lippie. The silky smooth finish and staying power proved ideal.

THE WINNER

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Venezia
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Venezia $16
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We had to hand it to Stila. This Stay All Day shade does exactly what it promises. It’s even taken the crown as our new favourite red. With both a lightweight feel and stay-in-place colour that doesn’t dry, we couldn’t ask for better.

It stood the test of a long workday straight into an evening event without reapplying. When we were convinced it would have faded, one look in the mirror proved otherwise.

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