At this point, leaving the house without a protective face mask is as absurd as leaving without your phone and wallet, but by the end of the day, our protective face mask is wearing more lipstick than we are.
Thanks to TikTok, we’ve figured out a way to budge-proof our makeup, but lipstick is a different story. When you find a lip shade you love, it’s hard to give it up in favor of a more practical, long-wearing version. Stubbornly, we’ve persisted in wearing the products we’ve always been loyal to, only to find them smeared across our faces when the mask finally comes off. It’s time to admit we need to change our lipstick habits.
Over the years, longwear lipsticks proved to be products that were terrific in conception and terrible in execution. Remember the first iteration of Kylie Cosmetics’ ‘Matte Lip Kits’? They would dry so hard that, in order to remove them, you had to peel them off like duct tape.
However, a new generation of budge-proof lipsticks has found a way to balance long-lasting wear and texture. Smooth, hydrating (and in the case of Victoria Beckham Beauty’s ‘Bitten’ lip tint, pumped full of replenishing squalane and three weights of hyaluronic acid), and deeply pigmented, these options won’t stick to your lips like paint spackle.
Below are 10 of the best longwear lipsticks on the retail market, including favorites from Fenty Beauty and Stila, but before you change your lipstick habit for the better, check out our guide on ‘3 Things You Should Always Do Before Applying Matte Lipstick’.
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