Lipsticks With Staying Power (and All Under $12)

6 years ago

While I'm all about glamming up my eyes and changing up my nail color fairly frequently, there's one thing I very rarely use -- lipstick. I mean, yes, I have a drawer filled with various glosses, and if you look really closely, you'll probably find a regular lipstick or two, but more often than not, I just go with a generous dollop of a lip moisturizer (like Aquaphor lip repair) for some shine. Exciting, I know.

But I have a good reason! Two, actually! First off, if I'm going someplace that has me wanting to dress up enough to wear lipstick, there's a good chance drinks and/or food will be included, and I'm not one to go off and reapply the perfect shade of pink to my pout in between rounds, you know?

The second reason is a little more embarrassing. I have ... a thing about leftover lipstick on things. I've poured out a nearly-full can of perfectly delicious Diet Coke because of an imprint of lipstick on the can. From my own lips. I know, I know, it's weird, but there you go. It just grosses me out. Excuse me while I go dry heave.

A long time ago, I tried a longwear lipstick, with disastrous results. The color was dry and flaky, but what didn't flake, I had to scrub and scrub to remove. It dried out my lips so badly that they were cracking for a week. But I've been seeing more options on the market and hearing more good things from my girlfriends, so I figured it was time to give it another try.

Covergirl Outlast All-day Lipcolor ($10.09 at

This was available in loads of gorgeous colors, and the shade I chose, red cashmere, has a little bit of shimmer to it (and y'all know I love the shiny). It comes in two parts -- the lipcolor itself and a moisturizing topcoat. The lipcolor went went on smoothly and I was impressed with the staying power -- greasy food seems to do a number on it, but otherwise, it stays in place really well and the topcoat feels great. The one downside is that the scent is a little strong for my taste (erm, nose, if you will), but that goes away pretty quickly.

L'Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Compact ($11.99)

This option also comes with a base color and topcoat, but comes in a compact that actually holds the base of each part in place, so I'm giving it major points because, well, I've already lost the topcoat to the Covergirl option. Plus, the compact is shiny so you can use it to help with application. And trust me, with these longwear colors, you need to use a mirror. As with the first option, lots of pretty colors are available, but this one felt a little drier on my lips, and seemed to flake off a little sooner. The scent on this one didn't bother my delicate little nose, though.

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick ($10.99 at

Right off the bat, I was a bit skeptical of this one because, well, there's just the color, no topcoat. Would it make my lips look dry and wrinkly? Truth be told, on its own, it looked a bit better than the other two, but I still find myself using some sort of moisturizer or gloss on top of it, in part for looks and in part because, otherwise, my lips just feel a bit dry. These longwear colors really settle into every little crease, and, well, I didn't think my lips were all that crease-y, but, there you go. The color is really rich though, and like the Covergirl option, it has a little shimmer to it, and there are plenty of lovely colors.

Final verdict? I think it has more to do with finding a color you love, because really, they all seem to work pretty equally well. As mentioned above, you definitely want a mirror when applying, because, honey, it's longwear -- if you end up with a smudge, you're going to have that smudge until you find yourself some makeup remover or baby oil to touch it up.

If you're worried about your lips drying out, I think you can breath easy. If someone like me, who's used to slathering on a product that's strictly designed to moisturize, can wear these day after day (and I have) without any problems, I feel confident you'll manage just fine.

Do you have a longwear lipstick you love? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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