Here, our favorites:
M.A.C. PRO LONGWEAR LIPCREME
The creamy formula (shown here in Overtime) feels moisturizing and has a soft sheen.
To boost endurance, try makeup artist Troy Surratt’s trick:
Coat lips with color, then kiss both sides of an oil-blotting sheet. This lifts excess moisture but leaves behind rich pigment. Then, add another coat
STILA SAY ALL DAY LIQUID LIPSTICK
The Energizer Bunny of lip colors, this heavily-pigmented liquid formula (shown here in Beso) outlasted our 9:30 A.M. meeting, the pasta we ate for lunch, and our post-work glass of wine.
It’s a good thing we liked the color!
To take off long-wear shades, use Vaseline or baby oil and letting it sit for a few minutes. It will break down the formula and make it much easier to remove.
WET N’ WILD MEGA LAST LIP COLOR
It costs less than two bucks, but this drugstore lip color—we love it in Don’t Blink Pink—packs a serious punch:
It saturated our lips with so much color that we didn’t need to touch up until lunchtime.
Paint it on with a lip brush instead of applying right from the tube. Painting it on with a brush allows the color to sink into the texture of your lips.
YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE PUR COUTURE A LEVRES GLOSSY STAIN
With the opacity of a lipstick, the shine of a gloss, and the staying power of a stain, this Best of Beauty–winning hybrid is completely and utterly awesome, especially in shades 12 (pink-coral) and 17 (fuchsia).
Once the formula, a blend of water, pigments, and polymer ethylcellulose (which is where the shine comes from), is applied to lips, the water evaporates, allowing polymer film and pigments to sink in.
Silicone then rises to the surface to give a reflective finish, and oils form a barrier that prevents fading for up to six hours. That’s the back story—but also, who cares, because it’s absolutely stunning.
OBSESSIVE COMULSIVE COSMETICS LIP TAR
Why anyone thought “tar” was a good word to slap on a lipstick eludes us.
But this stain totally delivers: It sinks into lips without any tackiness and has barely any transfer throughout the day.
These intense formulas set very quickly though, so apply to the center of the mouth first.
Then, rub and roll lips together to spread the color to the outer edges. You can go back and perfect the edges with a lip brush.
REVLON JUST BITTEN LIPSTAIN AND BALM
This dual-ended pen is so easy to apply—it’s almost a shame you’ll only have to do it once.
Swipe the marker, shown here in Gothic over lips for light coverage that’s lightweight, and then top with the moisturizing balm.
CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE EXTRAIT DE GLOSS PURE SHINE INTENSE COLOUR LONG WEAR LIP GLOSS
Glosses are usually known for their shine, not their staying power.
Though the glassy finish on this one started to fade after our first cocktail, the color—we’re fans of both Imaginaire (shown) and Insociance—lasted through two (OK, fine, maybe more than two).
But like any lip product, it won’t stick to dry, flaky skin. Slough off any flakes with a scrub like Fresh Sugar Lip Polish then go over them with a moisturizing balm.
Let it sink into lips for a few minutes and blot with a tissue before painting on any color.
LOREAL PARIS INFALLABLE NEVER FAIL LIPGLOSS
Usually, the more matte a lip color is, the longer it will last, which is why we reapply most gloss every ten minutes.
But this former Best of Beauty Breakthrough Winner (shown here in Barely Nude) is different: L’Oreal scientists added shine to the traditional long-wear polymer.
This gloss can deliver high shine while still clinging to the mouth for as long as the old, dry long-lasting ones. Plus, the film that forms over the lips is fine and flexible, so the formula doesn’t feel thick or tight.
LANCOME LA LAQUE FEVER LIP GLOSS ULTIMATE LASTING FULL COLOR LIPSHINE
The glosses that last the longest are made with silicone.
This one’s silicone base forms a barrier on lips that traps in pigment. It’s concentrated with so much color (shown here in shimmery Plum Savvy) that one application stood strong through the evening.