Kiss-Proof: We Put 9 Long-Lasting Lipsticks to the Test

Updated 09/08/17

As beauty editors, we’re used to grand claims. Serums that promise the skin of a five-year-old, hair products that swear to magically reveal waves worthy of Gisele, powders and pills that promise to solve everything from acne to brittle nails…we’ve heard it all, pretty much. We take most of these with a grain of salt, but one claim we do take very seriously is staying power. If a product promises to last all day, we expect it to do just that—our dignity is on the line, after all (melted mascara…not a good look before a big meeting, or any time).

Thus, we took it upon ourselves to test some of these claims, starting with some of the best long-lasting lipsticks. We armed nine Clique Media employees with a long-lasting lipstick, and told them to carry on with their day as usual. Turkey sandwiches were eaten, coffee was guzzled, spin classes were taken…we put these lippies through the ringer, with surprisingly pleasant results. Keep scrolling to read our reviews and see the before and afters!

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Jenna Peffley

Before

The Tester: Michelle Plantan, Director of Social Media & Content Strategist

The Product: Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour ($35) in Précieus

The Review:

“A good nude lipstick can be hard to find, but this peachy nude kind of won my heart this week. It goes on really smoothly, almost like a Chapstick, but super light. It's silky, not sticky, and moisturizing. Since it's nude, you can apply it without a mirror, without a liner, and without a lot of fear.”

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Jenna Peffley

After

The Review (con.):

“It held up pretty well. Since it's nude to begin with, it's hard to say how long the color lasted, but at least four-ish hours, and definitely a few coffees. I personally didn't notice that much of a color presence in the first place, but to my surprise (and delight!) a lot of my co-workers noticed and inquired about my ‘subtle peach-y lip color.’ It's definitely not the longest-lasting lipstick I've ever worn, but it faded super naturally and evenly throughout the day, so it was easy to just apply another swipe when it needed a refresh.”

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Jenna Peffley

Before

The Tester: Alina Gonzalez, Byrdie Editor

The Product: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick ($10) in Eternal Rose

The Review:

“I absolutely loved the smooth, moisturizing finish of this L'Oreal's lipstick. Eternal is an appropriate name for how long the color lasted. When I first applied, it looked and felt glossy slick, but wasn't sticky at all, and that effect lasted all day. People (myself included) were obsessed with the electric pink color, and the best part was that the formula had a plumping effect. My lips looked fuller and poutier after putting it on.”

 

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Jenna Peffley

After

The Review (con.):

“The utter infallibility of L'Oreal's Infallible lipstick was mind-boggling. I now understand why they named the line ‘infallible,’ and this shade ‘eternal,’ because it was exactly those two things. I put this lipstick on at 9a.m., and 12 hours later, it looked like I had just applied it. It didn't budge, and not only did the color itself last, the super-slick, moisturizing, gloss finish stayed as well. It held up through an intense boxing class I attended that evening from 7 to 8p.m. While I felt a little silly showing up to a boxing gym in an electric pink glossy lipstick, I was excited to inform everyone that I was in fact carrying out a test to see if the lipstick could handle the heat—which it very much did.”

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Jenna Peffley

Before

The Tester: Dana Covit, Market Editor, Domaine

The Product: Lorac Lip Luxe 8 Hour Lip Color ($16) in Hot Pink

The Review:

“The Lorac Lip Luxe went on really matte—no glossy glide here. It was a little hard to apply, but once it was on, it didn't feel too dry or anything, just really set and secure. The color was super saturated and it more or less stayed in place through cups of tea and even lunch.”

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Jenna Peffley

After

The Review (con.):

“By the end of the day, it was completely gone, but the disappearance was seamless (none of that awkward ‘90s lip liner look, which is always a plus). I would say it lived up to the 8-hour wear promise!”

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Jenna Peffley

Before

The Tester: Deven Hopp, Byrdie Editor

The Product: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Crème ($18) in Overtime

The Review:

“The shape of the applicator makes this lipstick so easy to apply—plenty of control. And I love how creamy and pigmented the formula is.”

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Jenna Peffley

After

The Review (con.):

“After five hours of wear (including a cup of coffee and countless sips of water), the color had definitely faded, but evenly. It wasn't blotchy or feathered, the pink was just a little less saturated. I did find it just the slightest bit drying, but then again, everything is drying to my lips.”

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Jenna Peffley

Before

The Tester: Faith Xue, Byrdie Editor

The Product: CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick ($7) in Spellbound

The Review:

“Makeup artist Jake Bailey had just done my makeup for a fun shoot with CoverGirl earlier, so it seemed fitting to reach for this magenta-berry hue from the brand's new Colorlicious line. It applied smoothly and evenly, though was sheerer than I thought it would be. I layered a few coats, until I was satisfied with the more pigmented finish. It smelled like Barbies and cookies, and I enjoyed the balm-like consistency.”

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Jenna Peffley

After

The Review (con.):

“At the end of the day, the sheen had disappeared, but a good amount of color stayed on my lips. Lipsticks tend to stay on my lips for ridiculously long amounts of time (I know, sad violin for me), so I wasn’t surprised to at the result, but I did like that the color left over was pleasantly stain-like. Some pigment had settled into my lips and it did feel a bit dry, but overall I'm impressed!"

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Jenna Peffley

Before

The Tester: Jasmin Perez, Social Media Editor, Who What Wear

The Product: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick ($28) in Icon

The Review:

“I was expecting more of a thick stain, but was surprised to find that it was a bit watery and sheer. The product itself felt totally good and smooth on my lips (after I exfoliated them) but definitely not a good look on chapped lips (compared to lipstick, which, in my experience, kind of hides it). The finish wasn’t shiny, more on the matte side with a nice sheer coverage—I'm a light applier.”

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Jenna Peffley

After

The Review (con.):

“The color didn't fade right away, but definitely didn't last past my two coffees. After reapplying it and adding multiple coats, the color really stood out in a good way—very bold, and a nice mix between maroon and red. The second time around, the color lasted throughout the evening (so, lesson learned: you need to apply a few coats to get that long lasting benefits!).”

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Jenna Peffley

Before

The Tester: Kat Collings, Editorial Director, Who What Wear

The Product: Boots Moisture Drench Lipstick ($10) in Blush

The Review:

“I usually layer Chapstick under most lipsticks since so many matte lipsticks are drying, but I surprisingly didn't need that to do that with my Boots No 7 lipstick, as it was so moisturizing on it's own.”

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Jenna Peffley

After

The Review (con.):

“As for its staying power, my lips were essentially back to their natural color at the end of the day. However, I would describe the Blush color I tried as very natural, almost like a subtle enhancement of my bare lip color (which I loved!), so perhaps a bolder Boots No 7 color would fade less.”

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Jenna Peffley

Before

The Tester: Raleigh Seldon, Social Media Editor, Domaine

The Product: Butter London Lippy Moisture Matte Lipstick ($22) in Come to Bed Red

The Review:

“My entire long-lasting-lipstick-wearing-experience was really unexpected (in the best way). The initial application of Butter London's Lippy Moisture Matte Lipstick goes on more like a lotion-based lip balm and, after about an hour or so, it dries to a rich, matte finish.”

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Jenna Peffley

After

The Review (con.):

“There's no fading of color and none of that omg-my-lips-feel-straight-out-of-the-desert-dry action I sometimes experience with other products! One big cup of iced tea later and my lips are still as sultry as ever. This product has my vote.”

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Jenna Peffley

Before

The Tester: Nicole Kliest, Senior Editor, Who What wear

The Product: Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick ($16) in Runway Coral

The Review:

“This lipstick applies very glossy but dries after a few minutes. I adore the color, but unfortunately it didn't quite make it through my turkey and avocado wrap.”

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Jenna Peffley

After

The Review (con.):

“I would definitely recommend this as a workday lipstick, or even for a date night since it's relatively subtle!”

Keep scrolling to shop all the lipsticks in this story!

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Chanel Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour $35
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L'Oréal Paris Infallible Lipstick Le Rouge Lipcolor
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Lorac Lip Luxe 8 Hour Lip Color $16
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MAC Pro Longwear Lip Crème $18
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Lippy Moisture Matte Lipstick $22
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CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick $7
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Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick $28
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Boots Moisture Drench Lipstick $10
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Clinique Long Last Lipstick $16
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