Months ago, if you offered me a liquid lipstick, I'd give it a hard pass. I've tried a few before, and saw little advantage to applying lipstick from a lip gloss-like tube versus a traditional bullet. But sometime between that time and today, I did a complete 180. Now, I wear liquid lipsticks almost exclusively.
So what happened? Part of this is due to the sheer fact that liquid lipsticks have popped up just about
everywhere, from YouTube to Instagram to photo shoots on this very site. I also learned that their formulations have seriously improved, so I gave them another whirl and ended up loving the punch of opaque color, which I quickly realized you can only get from the liquid stuff.
After months of trying dozens of different liquid lippies, I've found a few favorites. All of the products ahead are beautiful, easy to apply, and don't leave my lips feeling parched or looking crusty. Check them out, ahead.
Rihanna hit it out of the park with her first liquid lipstick. The universally-flattering hue is lightweight, opaque, and insanely long-lasting. Plus, the hourglass-shaped wand hugs lips to deposit the perfect amount of even color.
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Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color,
Lawless Beauty, a cruelty-free line of liquid lipsticks, has an extensive list of ingredients it stays away from, including talc, petroleum, and parabens. But that's not all, the formula is opaque, comfortable, and long-lasting, too.
Soft Matte Liquid Lipstick,
Want to dip your toes in the glitter lip trend but don't want to go broke in the process? This kit has everything you need for ruby-red, sparkly lips. The best part? The duo costs less than a movie ticket.
Tattoo Junkee Pucker Up Red Lip Paint & Glitter Set, $6.88, available at Walmart.
When YouTuber Michelle Phan decided to revamp her makeup line, Em Cosmetics, she created a line of pigmented, whipped liquid lipsticks that never feel drying or cakey on the lips.
Em Cosmetics Lip Cloud in Faded Clementine, $16, available at Em Cosmetics.
NARS' first-ever true liquid lipstick does not disappoint. The formula is light and dries down to a matte, yet comfortable finish. It isn't completely transfer-proof but it does last through over ten hours of beach play, ice cream, and roller coasters (we tested).
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman, $26, available at Sephora.
After the success of the Gen Nude range of neutral liquid lipsticks, the brand just launched a whole new 10-shade lineup of the same creamy, long-wearing formula in bold pinks, reds, and purples.
bareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor, $18, available at Sephora.
When it comes to liquid lipstick, we need something long-wearing, lightweight,
and packed with the truest pigment we could imagine — and these all-day options from Stila deliver. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks, $24, available at Sephora.
If you want liquid lipstick that will really, truly never move, Beauty Bakerie is the way to go. The indie brand's formula never clumps and never dries out your lips. But we also love the incredible color range — there is an entire rainbow of pigments to tickle every fancy.
Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in Yogurt Berries, $20, available at Beauty Bakerie.
Prefer a trend two-for-one? This formula comes with two liquid lipstick finishes to mix, match, or wear individually — and it comes in tons of colors, too.
Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil Lipstick Duo, $25, available at Sephora.
Huda Kattan's eponymous collection of makeup includes some of the most wearable liquid lipsticks we've ever tried. Unlike most formulas on the market, which can be thick and heavy, Kattan's are extremely light — they slide onto the lips easily and never feel crusty or dry (even after hours of wear).
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick, $20, available at Sephora.
We know how hard it is to get your hands on Kat Von D's cult shade, Lolita, but know that the entire color range is just as good. We especially love the universally-flattering Berlin — a deep rose hue that works in every season.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $20, available at Sephora.
One major downfall of liquid lipsticks? They can feel super sticky going on. This version is as light as a balm, but delivers major shine.
Tarte Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint, $20, available at Ulta.
When it comes to applying liquid mattes, precision is everything. Thankfully, this lipstick’s trowel-shaped applicator makes coloring inside the lines a snap.
Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse, $24, available at Smashbox
This metallic liquid lipstick offers a Klimt-like gilt with major staying power. Even better, it doesn’t suck the moisture out of our lips.
Milani Cosmetics Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crèmes, $9, available at Milani Cosmetics.
Don't sleep on H&M's beauty section, y'all, because it's the real deal. The brand's liquid lipsticks are a staple in our makeup bags because they live up to their velvet moniker.
H&M Velvet Lip Cream, $9.99, available at H&M.
Dose of Colors is an indie company that deserves all of the mainstream attention. We have a particular affinity for the brand's liquid lipsticks. They go on velvety, dry matte without leaving your lips parched, and the color payoff is major. We're partial to this chocolate-brown shade, which is a dead ringer for Kylie's True Brown K
Lip Kit shade. Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Chocolate Wasted, $18, available at Dose of Colors.
Anastasia Beverly Hills' mousse-like liquid lipsticks apply like velvet and stay soft and comfortable even after hours of wear.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Tara, $16, available at Sephora.
When it comes to liquid lipstick, you can't go wrong with ColourPop. (Even
Kylie Jenner loves them!) Although the brand has traditional matte liquid lipsticks, we're partial to the new Ultra Satin Lips which never make our lips feel parched. Plus, the lipsticks come in a slew of different shades including this gorgeous gray-lavender number. ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow, $6, available at ColourPop.
Last year Revlon joined the liquid lipstick game and totally slayed. The brand's Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor is plush, hydrating, and applies easily and evenly.
Revlon Ultra HD Liquid Lipstick in Obsession, $8.99, available at Ulta.
We have professed our love for these liquid lipsticks more than once (
here and here) so we won't bore you with the gushy details, but just know they're that good. Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick in Praline, $18, available at Jouer Cosmetics.
Nyx's Lip Lingerie line is a nude-lover's dream. The collection includes a host of neutral shades of every persuasion — brown, tawny mauves, beiges, you name it.
Nyx Lip Lingerie in Beauty Mark, $7, available at Nyx.
Hate messing with a doe-foot applicator? Too Faced's satin-finish liquid lipstick is dispensed through a tip that makes precision
and speed possible — plus the colors are rich and last for hours. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, $21, available at Sephora.
Combine the intense pigment of a traditional liquid lipstick with the staying power of a stain and you get this luxurious formula, which goes on smooth and creamy before it sets to a velvety finish that lasts all damn day. This warm, bright red shade is a Dior signature, created to flatter every complexion.
Dior Rouge Dior Liquid in 999, $35, available at Dior.
If you didn't think makeup was entertaining, you haven't tried this
transformative liquid lipstick before. With one smack of your lips, glitter emerges as if by magic. Ciaté Glitter Flip, $19, available at Sephora.
If you're looking to meet a formula that grips your lips and never lets go, you've come to the right place.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick, $38, available at Sephora.
It's been a
consistent sell-out at Sephora for good reason — it comes in gorgeous pink and nude shades that stay on for hours and let you go sheer or full coverage. Dior Addict Lip Tattoo, $33.00, available at Sephora.
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