There’s nothing more disappointing than wearing a gorgeous lip shade only to find that the color has disappeared within minutes of applying it or eating a meal and seeing all of it has transferred onto your fork. Like most makeup products, finding a lipstick that will last all day often comes down to trial and error. And with so many options on the market, it can be difficult deciding where to begin.
To avoid spending money on fast-fading lipsticks, we asked makeup artists and Shop TODAY editors alike to recommend their favorite smudge-proof formulas. From classic nude lipsticks to a lip stain that'll leave a lasting impression, we rounded up makeup artist-approved recommendations starting at just $4.
- Best long-lasting lipstick, according to experts
- Best long-lasting liquid lipstick, according to experts
- Best long-lasting lip liner, according to experts
- Best long-lasting lip stain, according to experts
Best long-lasting lipsticks, according to experts
This lipstick "lasts forever," according to Shop TODAY editor Julie Ricevuto. "It stays on through pasta dinners, wine nights and even sweaty dance parties. Sometimes I add a clear gloss on top of it to add a bit of shine. But whether I wear it alone or with gloss, I never have to reapply."
Made with vegan ingredients, this lipstick is currently available in up to 18 colors.
Included in this two-piece kit is a matte lipstick and lip liner, from which there are 25 colors to choose from. Together, the two create a look inspired by the brand's founder herself. "Kylie Jenner lip kits are the longest lasting lipsticks I have EVER used," said Alexa Arent, commerce coordinator at Shop TODAY. "They have so many different colors and I swear last all day. They are LIFE CHANGING!"
The vegan lipstick can also be purchased on its own, and is available in 16 different colors.
“When it comes to long-lasting lipsticks, there aren’t too many moisturizing options — but this Covergirl product is matte and never really feels overly dry when wearing it," celebrity makeup artist Megan Lanoux told Shop TODAY.
This lipstick is available in up to 16 shades, including gorgeous reds and neutral pinks. According to the brand, it can stay on for up to 24 hours and increase lip's moisture by 40 percent.
"This is going to feel more hydrating," Lanoux said of this Revlon lipstick. "It won’t stay on as long as a liquid lipstick would, but it’s super pigmented, hydrating and will give you a much longer-lasting color than just a traditional lipstick."
When it comes to a lipstick that goes the extra mile, a matte or velvet formula is your best bet, said Lanoux who recommended this popular Nars pencil.
“Velvet lipsticks are going to feel a little bit more moisturizing on your lips than just matte," she explained, noting that matte formulas tend to dry out lips. "A velvet one is a little bit more comfortable and I find that it lasts really long while still having a matte effect."
Best long-lasting liquid lipsticks, according to experts
Available in a plethora of colors, from magenta plum to siren red, there's a whopping 35 options to choose from. This liquid lipstick "stays put, goes on smooth and has a matte finish without feeling drying on the lips," said Shop TODAY editor Vivien Moon. "It provides me what I need from a long-lasting lipstick: longevity and the security of knowing it won't smudge."
For those who want the long-lasting benefits without the matte look, Moon recommends swiping a clear, glossy lipstick over top.
An affordable option, this lipstick "glides on like butter," according to the brand. Available in seven colors, this matte lip "never budges," said Ricevuto. "I frequently put it on before an evening out and don't even bother to toss it in my purse for possible reapplication — that's how reliably long-lasting it is."
"I have super dry lips that peel, and this is a matte finish but super hydrating," said Shop TODAY editorial assistant Shannon Garlin. This matte liquid lipstick from Too Faced is available in 10 colors, is gluten-free and has hyaluronic, avocado oil and Vitamin E on its list of ingredients to serve a purpose of moisturizing and soothing lips.
This 2-in-1 product features long-lasting lipstick on one end, and a hydrating lip balm on the other end, so your lips never go bare. This liquid lipstick "has a super comfortable finish and stays through the whole day," said Arent, who added that she's never seen her mom reach for anything else when it comes to lipsticks.
If she could only choose one liquid lipstick, Lanoux says this Anastasia product would be it.
"I love the colors and the staying power is really intense," she raved. “Anastasia has really unique shades — she has these crazy bright pinks, purples, fun blues, burgundy and cherry shades — she really has every color in this product."
Not only does this pigment-packed formula deliver on its beautiful color, but it also has intense staying power and boasts an easy-to-use applicator that makes application a breeze.
This top-rated lipstick from Revlon features a colored liquid formula on one end and a clear gloss on the other. "So if you wanted to keep it more matte you could just use the color," notes Lanoux. And if you want a more shiny effect, just layer on the gloss.
"You’ll need a makeup remover to get it off, it’s so intense," she added. "This is great if you’re getting married or if you’re going somewhere where you just don’t want to mess with your makeup."
For less than $7, this lightweight matte cream feels like a mix of a lipstick and a gloss — and it delivers on color.
"This has a soft, matte, soufflé texture," pointed out makeup artist Jennifer Nam. "It's not very liquidy, so it's easy to build and very comfortable. You can layer it very thin or build it up. It's not going to last you eight hours, but it's still a really great option."
"This an oldie but a goody. I discovered this when I was in high school and it's still around," said Nam. "This is great for the person who prefers a lip product that you put on once and forget about."
According to the brand, this formula gives you up to 24 hours of transfer-resistant color. Just seal in the long-lasting power with the hydrating top coat!
Best long-lasting lip liners, according to experts
“Make sure you don’t skip out on using a lip liner, especially if you’re using a bold color," Lanoux advises. "A lip liner will give your look definition, prevent it from feathering and help your lipstick stay on longer."
This matte lip liner is a great budget-friendly option with staying power, says Lanoux. “They have so many shades of this liner and it’s only $4 — it’s amazing.”
NYX offers this product in 36 shades, including traditional reds and soft pinks — plus, a bunch of fun colors like fuchsia and peach.
Nars Precision Lip Liner is a great quality product that will help keep your lipstick in place throughout the day. "It glides on, it's easy to use and it's long-lasting," said Nam.
This Nars option has an over four-star average rating on Sephora — and people can't seem to get enough.
"Great liner! It's smooth and pigmented," wrote one customer. "Creamy so it's easily blended but stays in place all day."
Best long-lasting lip stain, according to experts
A cheaper alternative is this unique lip stain from L'Oreal. “This gives your lips a bit of hydration and while you may have to reapply, it’s comfortable and lasts,” Lanoux said.
This formula feels practically weightless and delivers intense pigment every time you apply. With 21 shades, there's bound to be a color that you don't already have in your collection.