21 Must-Have Liquid Lipsticks

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.
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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.
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This cruelty-free line of liquid lipsticks ticks all the boxes: each shade is lightweight, pigmented, and never feels drying on our lips.

Spela Matte Liquid Lip in Jet Set, $18, available at Spela.
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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.
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This liquid lipstick goes on a tad watery. But it sets, you'll have a fierce lip that will last the whole day. It's also a great option for those seeking a particular Kylie Lip dupe.

Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paint in Fame, $17, available at Coloured Raine.
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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.
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Burberry's new liquid lipstick is deeply pigmented and lasts for hours. The texture is light, yet matte, and the doe-foot applicator makes it a breeze to apply. So, it's basically perfect.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet, $34, available at Sephora.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Lip Bar's liquid lipsticks are seriously matte — like so matte they're almost powdery. But, despite their mega matte finish, they somehow manage to sit comfortably on my lips without flaking off or making them feel dry.

Lip Bar Matte Liquid Lipstick in Drama Queen, $20, available at Ricky's NYC.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I have professed my love for these liquid lipsticks more than once (here and here) so I won't bore you with the gushy details. I'll just say that if you're looking for a pigmented liquid lippie that feels weightless, these will not disappoint.

Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick in Praline, $18, available at Jouer Cosmetics.
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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.
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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.
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Comfortable, moisturizing, and intensely pigmented, this aptly named formula is just as velvety as you’d think — and this vivid red shade is positively irresistible.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Mineshaft, $26, available at NARS.
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Despite its name, there's nothing glossy about the finish of this product. The matte formula is very comfortable on the lips — and it only sets you back $8. Win-win!

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss in Statement Nude, $7.99, available at Target.
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