25 Long-Wearing Lipsticks, Stains, and Creams That Won't Smudge or Smear
Eating, drinking, talking, kissing, slurping, smacking — your mouth is moving for the majority of the day, which means your lips are getting a lot of action. If you were planning on painting them a certain color, and want it to last longer than an hour, you'll want to find a lipstick or lip stain that won't budge or transfer onto your morning cup of coffee, mid-day sandwich, or anywhere else it doesn't belong.
In the beauty world, being successful in the hunt for a long-wearing lip formula that can survive a meal (or any other potential hazard) is a cause to be celebrated. That's why we've rounded up a slew of budge-proof lipsticks and stains, from ones with moisturizing properties to those that promise to withstand all hours of the day. And whether you're a liquid lipstick, matte, or even gloss wearer, rest assured you'll find a finish ahead that's long-wearing without the need to reapply.
NYX Professional Makeup Shine Loud High Shine
There's a reason our editors and just about everyone on TikTok swear by the NYX Professional Makeup Shine Loud High Shine ($12): it does not budge. Period. First, you apply the lipstick pigment side, let that dry for 90 seconds, and then top it off with the gloss on the other end. The results are pigmented and shiny (but never wet) — and won't transfer all day.
Rare Beauty Lip Soufflé Matte Lip Cream
Our editors can attest with full confidence that the Rare Beauty Lip Soufflé Matte Lip Cream ($20) lives up to the hype. After road-testing a handful of shades, we learned that each matte lipstick packs a pigment punch while wearing comfortably on the lips.
Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Matte Stain
When it comes to lip stains, we love the Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Matte Stain ($37) for its rich color payoff and nonsticky feel. With just a thin coat of color, you don't have to worry about this one rubbing off or smearing under your face mask.
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
We can't decide what we love most about the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick ($9). It's a toss-up between the ultra-pigmented color (which only requires one swipe), the last-through-anything-and-everything formula, the 20-color shade range, or the attractive price tag. Either way, we feel confident saying everyone needs to stock up each one of their handbags with this formula.
L'Oréal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain
Enter, another beloved long-lasting drugstore lipstick. We don't know what we were doing before the L'Oréal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain ($12). The shade range is broad, the non-drying formula is wildly comfortable, and the teardrop applicator allows for the ultimate precision. In short: it worked like a charm. You don't have to worry about this coming off before you want it to.
Kat Von D Beauty XO Vinyl Lip Cream
Longtime lovers of KVD Beauty's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick will be delighted to know that the XO Vinyl Lip Cream ($20) pack just as much pigment. A stray away from a traditional lip gloss (which tend to be on the sheer side), this one features a vinyl-like shine without compromising opacity.
Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color Lipstick
If you need us, you can catch us swooning over the Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color Lipstick ($33), which features an unmatched buttery formula that promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines on the lips over time.
Benefit Lovetint Lip and Cheek Stain
We love a product that's dual-purpose, and the tried-and-true Benefit Lovetint Lip and Cheek Stain ($18) does not disappoint. It provides a fiery, smudge-proof tint for both the lips and cheeks for gorgeous, monochromatic goodness.
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream
The Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Ruby Cream ($32) will have you sporting a bold red lip beyond Valentine's Day. A full range of 12 lipsticks inspired by red rubies along with a luxurious crystal-shaped bullet will make you feel like the royalty that you are.
CoverGirl Exhibitionist Ultra-Matte Lipstick
The CoverGirl Exhibitionist Ultra-Matte Lipstick ($8) is the kiss-proof, transfer-proof, waterproof lipstick we never knew we needed.
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick
Achieve bold, rich color from AM to PM with the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($15). When the initial layer of color wears off, you'll be left with a silky, lightweight stain.
It Cosmetics Pillow Lips Cream Lipstick
The It Cosmetics Pillow Lips Cream Lipsticks ($24) seemingly have it all: hyaluronic filing spheres to smooth the lips, collagen to give the appearance of fullness, and a plethora of shades to match any makeup look.
Nudestix Magnetic Lip Plush Paints
Multi-tasking meets all-over-color with the Nudestix Magnetic Lip Plush Paints ($28). The vegan formula is made with eight natural extracts that deliver a matte, blurring texture. Bonus points for the fact that this can be used on the lips, cheeks, and eyes.
Wet N Wild Mega Last Stained Glass Lip Gloss
For all the lipgloss lovers out there who find reapplying a major buzzkill, meet your new BFF: the Wet N Wild Mega Last Stained Glass Lip Gloss ($6) AKA the first transfer-proof lipgloss on the market that claims an eight-hour wear-time.