Hands up if the word “longwear” immediate conjures to mind lipstick formulas that are so matte and drying that they tend to cling onto chapped and flaking skin. But don’t worry, that’s not the look we’re going for. Thanks to constant breakthroughs in technology, lipsticks are becoming increasing sophisticated, promising comfort and lasting power, regardless of the format you prefer your lip colours. From irresistible budget buys to luxury splurges, here are the best longwear lip colours to place your bets on.
#1 Maybelline Color Sensational Powder Mattes, $14.90
Even the name suggests something chalky, the velvety formula envelops lips and forms a cushiony veil that’s rich in pigments for high coverage effect that refuses to budge through food and drinks.
#2 Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in Really Red, $18.90
This creamy matte lipstick dresses lips in intense, rich colour in just one swipe. And it lasts for hours on end without feathering or flaking.
#3 Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in 13 Marvelous Mauve, $19
Available in a dizzying array of colours, this transfer-resistant product applies like a plush lip cream but sets as a silky lip stain. It is also infused with avocado oil so lips feel smooth throughout the day.
#4 Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Color in 020 Angelic, $22.90
For immaculately lustrous lips that lasts up to 24 hours, first apply the matte undercoat. Let the colour set for about one minute before layering the top coat to seal the colour and add a vinyl-like shine so it stays put round the clock.
#5 Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in #21 Saperliprunette, $25
For those still experimenting with matte lips, this is the one made for you. Featuring an ultra-fine texture that glides onto lips smoothly, it sets into a velvety finish with just a bit of sheen instead of a full-on matte finish. Thanks to volatile oils, you can barely feel you’re wearing it, yet it keeps lips nourished.
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#6 Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub, $31
Widely raved about by beauty editors and beauty insiders, this power-packed formula is arguably the holy grail. Not only does it combine fade-proof wear and ultra-pigmented colour, it also boasts a weightless texture that doesn’t clump or stick. Thanks to vitamin E and sunflower seed extract, it applies effortlessly like a gloss and set in a dramatic matte finish.
#7 Pony Effect Stay Fit Matte Lip Color in On Point - $31.90
Containing hydrating oils like Murumuru Seed Butter and Brazil Nut Seed Oil, the velvety Pony Effect Stay Fit Matte Lip Color delivers vivid colours without drying your lips out.
#8 Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Drop Dead Red, $33
For those who prefer a cushiony texture, this creamy liquid lipstick glides onto lips like butter but sets in a vivid and matte finish. It is also infused with hyaluronic filling spheres to plump lip lines so you have a picture perfect pout that lasts for hours without touching up.
#9 M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, $33
A lipstick doesn’t achieve and retain its cult status if it doesn’t deliver. Case in point: this iconic lipstick from M.A.C. Not only is it a perfect shade of red that flatters virtually every skin tone, its longwear formula is void of any shine or glitter for the most glamorous and dramatic crimson shade.
Text: Joyce Cheo / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha
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