The Best Lipsticks That Won’t Stick to Your Coffee Cup

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There’s nothing worse than buying a brand-new lipstick only to find out it lingers longer on your coffee cup than on your lips. Eek! To save you the agony of wasting your time and money on lipsticks that transfer and smear (and leave your dishware looking dingy), we found the bulletproof lipsticks that last for hours upon hours.

Rouge Pur Couture Bullet
YSL Rouge Pur Couture $38

If there's one thing we know about red lipsticks, it's how hard they are to keep from getting everywhere that isn't your lips. With YSL's classic lipstick, this is pleasantly not the case—while it may transfer once or twice, it rarely smudges and won't rub off. As far as bullet lipsticks go it's a pretty good bet that you'll find this one to your liking. Plus, who doesn't look good opening a metallic YSL tube?

Ghost Veil
Lime Crime Ghost Veil $16

This isn't a lipstick, it's a lip primer, but it deserves a place on this list nonetheless due to its ability to make any lipstick a long-wearing lipstick. Plenty of lip primers have questionable efficacy—this one doesn't. If you're going out for drinks, or plan on doing a lot of kissing, layer this under one of the other lipsticks on the list for a truly transfer-proof lip that will last all night.

Rosewater Lipstick
Kosas Weightless Lip Color Lipstick $28

Natural lipsticks aren't exactly known for their long-lasting powers, but Kosas has somehow managed to find the perfect formulation. All of the available shades are rich pinks, berries and reds; perfect for date night.

Burberry beauty liquid lip velvet in oxblood
Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet $34

We're not sure what we like better about this: the formula or the color. Somehow, it manages to be the perfect shade of dark red, and is flattering on near-everybody. People who typically shy away from reds will be happy to find that it's not so harsh that it will clash with their skin tone, and people who wear reds often will appreciate the fact that despite its versatility, it declines to be understated.

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Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick $18

Dose of Colors were one of the first indie brands to get on the liquid lipstick train, and we're fully into it. The product's staying power is part of what made them a widely known name in beauty. Now, with over 30 shades, their range is part of what keeps them on top.

Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Holy Chic
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick $21

You really don't even need a primer when using these lipsticks—maybe a balm under to keep them from drying your lips out, but certainly not a primer. It takes more than one round of micellar water to get this liquid lip fully off, so proceed with caution and be very, very exact when you put it on.

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NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment $26

A favorite of makeup artists and obsessives everywhere, NARS's best-selling lip pigment is widely known for its staying power. Minimal reapplication is needed because no matter what you eat or drink, this stuff really stays put. No need to worry about lip liner, either, as with the precise tip this liquid lipstick is its own liner.

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