We went on a mission to find a kiss-proof color 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 realizing 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 budget-friendly dupes 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.
Because we take our blind-testing very seriously at Byrdie HQ, we got a non-tester to dispense the colors into plain lipstick vials. We had no idea which was which and no prejudice about which would be best. We were on the hunt for a silky-smooth finish and a color that wouldn’t budge but felt non-drying. Surely not too much to ask, right?
All of the lippies we’ve featured, the below ones were our top picks. They all had seriously vivid color 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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We didn’t touch up this up once. Perfect for busy days.
This was a super-pigmented red and stayed on for a full workday. Love.
After a speedy one-stroke application, we were set for hours on end.
We couldn’t believe this was only $5, as it felt super-luxe.
If you’re looking for a glam shade that will last all night, meet our new party-makeup secret weapon.
Yes, 50 kisses later, there was no color transfer or bleeding all day.
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 24 shades.
A gorgeous creamy texture that doesn’t dry lips.
Lasting throughout a day of food and hot drinks, we couldn’t fault this stunning lippie. If you love a velvety matte color that doesn’t flake, this is perfect.
We could really feel that the luxurious texture and rich color 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.
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?
A dark color can often be tricky to wear all day, but this foolproof formula ensured we didn’t need a second application.
If you don’t want to wonder whether your lipstick has lasted, trust us that this color isn’t going anywhere. Stress-fee makeup like this is right up our street.
We’d wear any of the 12 stunning shades of this matte lippie. The silky smooth finish and staying power proved ideal.
We had to hand it to Stila. The Stay All Day shade does exactly what it promises. It’s even taken the crown as our new favorite red. With both a lightweight feel and stay-in-place color 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.