Matte liquid lipsticks have been a godsend for those who consistently snack and drink throughout the day (guilty). Their grippy formulas penetrate deeply into lips like a stain in the best way, and because of this, they last well into the evening so you don't have to continuously reapply. Accordingly, these products are abundant in this roundup of the longest-lasting formulas, but peppered throughout the list are some holy-grail OG lipsticks for makeup traditionalists who just want to swipe on a tube that will stay put.
To get a sense of which products work the best (without putting a big dent in our wallets), we searched for the best drugstore lipsticks praised by real customers and included their honest written reviews. Because truly, there's no better way to get a sense of how well a product works than to read the pure, unadulterated opinions of women who've put them to the test. Below, take a look at the lipsticks that garnered resounding accolades for abiding staying power.
You may not consider natural lipstick to be synonymous with long-lasting, but this drugstore product is one of the most praised offerings out there, for both its lack of toxic chemicals and staying power. Says one user, "I especially love that [this lipstick] is made from natural ingredients. I don't want to put something on my mouth that would be unsafe to eat (not that I recommend eating this!). The color is soft and can be layered for a bolder look, or even blended with another color for a custom look.
And it really does last for hours, in my experience."
The main gripe customers seem to have with matte lipstick is how drying it is, but this formula is an unheralded blend of creamy and matte. Writes one user, "I love these lipsticks! They glide on so smoothly and don't smear like other products. They also last all day, even after eating. Some of the product does come off while eating, but it still looks good!"
At just $8, this highly pigmented liquid lipstick delivers a smooth, velvety finish for up to 16 hours of wear. Says one customer, "Such a beautiful, rich color with wonderful staying power. Also, for a liquid lipstick, it is not terribly drying. I am very happy with this purchase (I have both Gorgeous and Loved)."
Swipe this silky lip color on for a barely there feel. It comes in an array of nude shades, perfectly fitting for its "lingerie" vibe. One user raves, "This Lip Product is AMAZING. Long-lasting, kiss proof, nondrying. What more could you want?"
Part lip color, part hydrating balm, this color doesn't feather or move once it's on. One customer writes, "I love this lip color. It lasts forever, so putting just a little on in the morning gives you subtle color all day, and you can put almost anything on as a top coat. While I like the gloss that comes with it, sometimes I will just put a simple Chapstick on to freshen up. This color does not come off unless you want it to and comes in great fall shades."
Leave it to Kate Moss to come out with a drugstore lipstick to rival high-end brands. Customers can't get over the budge-proof formula and its surprisingly enjoyable scent. One customer writes, "I bought this along with another Rimmel lipstick for the first time about a week ago, and let me tell you I am hooked! The color is not patchy, goes on easy, smells great, and lasts a while. I highly recommend these lipsticks!"
Can't get your hands on Kylie's coveted Lip Kits? ColourPop's formula (which is made in the same lab as Kylie Cosmetics) is often compared to the celeb's highly sought-after lippies and gets rave reviews from users. One Amazon customer writes, "I applied it once yesterday morning and left for work at 8 a.m. Didn't have to reapply at all throughout the day and when I came home at 5 p.m. it looked as if I had just put it on. GREAT PRODUCT! I will be buying more colors for sure."
This pointed, flat, plush applicator is part of the magic of this long-lasting liquid matte lipstick, allowing for precise application and perfectly sharp edges. It's also enriched with vitamin E to nourish the lips and prevent drying. Of its staying power, one user writes, "The color is beautiful and the formula is much more hydrating than some mattes I’ve tried. I was also pleasantly surprised with the longevity of the lipstick; it lasted an entire girls night out. I’ll definitely be trying out a few other colors!"
The natural marine plant extracts and vitamins A and E in this semi-matte formula smooth and hydrate lips while offering budge-proof color. One customer writes, "I seriously love this lipstick. I think I have eight shades now. It goes on smooth, stays put (I'm 54) and doesn't bleed, doesn't dry, stains a little—which is a good thing because if it does wear off… you still have color. Never again will I spend $40 at the department store. This stuff rocks. At this price, you can get every color."
Short on time? This highly pigmented lip color only takes one pass of the precision-edge wand to get an intense, satiny color that hugs tightly to the lips. Avocado oil and vitamins A and E offer skin-loving nutrients to prevent cracking. One customer says, "Color is beautiful and the velvet finish is smooth but not too dry feeling."
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This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.