Ask a Beauty Editor: 6 Long-Lasting Lipsticks That Stay Put No Matter What

They won’t come off until you want them to (and maybe not even then).

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Reader question: "Can you recommend some lipsticks that will stay put when eating?" —Lauren Brooks

I love lip products; I hate reapplying them. This antithetical conundrum is the reason why I’m often sporting a bold color in the morning and nothing at night, so I get it. You want to maintain a statement lip throughout the day without having to whip out a pocket mirror every hour and confirm you’re not feathering. 

Here’s the thing: Like a toxic ex, marketing claims for lipsticks are unreliable. Most lip products market themselves as “long-lasting”—you wouldn’t buy anything that admitted it’s “short-lasting,” would you?—but that word’s definition is . . . subjective. If you already have enough trust problems in your life and are looking for a budge-proof lipstick that will actually stay loyal to your lips, I’ve put together a list of tried-and-true formulas with pigments that won’t ghost you when you’re eating, drinking, kissing, or anything else. In fact, they’re so loyal that you might have a hard time getting them off—but that’s a problem for another time.

Best Long-Lasting Lipstick

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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

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For those desiring pigment with MASSIVE staying power, this is the one. The product is aptly named—it will even put up a fight when you try to wipe it off at night. You also don’t have to use a lot to get the color you need, so I recommend using your finger to “pat” the color into your lips.

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Stila Stay All Day Long Wear Liquid Lipstick

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If you have drier lips and tend to stay away from lipsticks for that reason, try Stila’s. They offer matte, sheer, and shimmer finishes, all of which are enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil to hydrate and prevent dreaded flaking throughout the day.

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color

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The consistency of this lip paint comes across as wishy-washy (read: liquid-y) at first, but don’t be fooled—once it’s on your lips, it makes itself at home and will commit to staying there. I also have to shout out the stunning color range—from nudes to fluorescents, all eight are beautiful and surprisingly flattering on most skin tones. 

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Kat Von D Everlasting Hyperlight Transfer-Proof Liquid Lipstick

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Kat Von D is known for formulas that last, and the latest liquid lipstick (an updated formula) maintains that rep. The biggest pro to this formula is how lightweight it is, so it’s especially perfect for people who dislike the feeling of lipstick. Fair disclaimer that the pigment might settle into more of a lip stain after *aggressive* eating, but the hue definitely lingers enough to make a difference.

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NYX Lip Lingerie XXL Long-Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick

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There will be no feathering, smudging, or bleeding with this drugstore gem of a formula. At 10 bucks a pop and 31 shades to choose from, I wouldn’t blame you if you buy the lot.

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Giorgio Armani Lip Power Long-Lasting Satin Lipstick

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Matte not your type? Armani’s lipstick is as long-lasting as satin will get, and it’s formulated with protective, comfortable oils that moisturize alongside high-intensity pigments. Special S/O to the drop-shaped bullet, which lets you apply with precision. 

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