We Tried 4 Long-Wear Lipsticks — Here's What Happened

Photographed by Tory Rust.
Let's be real: Our beauty products make some pretty lofty claims. Every tube of lipstick alleges to be the brightest, most moisturizing, and all-around best hue we could ever swipe on. But, the biggest claim we regularly call BS on? Long-wear.
Truthfully, it's hard for any type of pigment to stick to your lips for more than a few hours. Why? It's because our lips get put to work a lot throughout the day. Food, drink, and gossip pass across them so regularly, it's only natural that the color will break down.
Still, our products make the claims. We're obviously going to test 'em out, right? Ahead, we do just that.
We gave four long-wear lippies the go-around, seeing how they fared against cake pops, champagne, and ramen (three of the more important food groups). Did they stand up? Read on for the results.
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Who: Jada Wong, staff writer, brand experiences
Lipstick contender: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira

Jada pulled a moody hue from Kat Von D's line and found the application a little difficult. "It felt kind of hard to get an even layer of color on my lips, because there was a lot of product on the applicator," she says. "Once I swiped, I had to quickly smooth it over my lips before it dried."

The dryness is a typical side-effect of long-wear lipstick — moisture is what makes them slide. For Jada, the result was slightly uncomfortable. "I felt the product sucking the hydration from my lips and desperately needed lip balm — which I applied like nobody's business after the shoot, of course," she says.
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But, did it stay? Jada says yes — kind of. "My lips remained lacquered up until lunch time — salad dressing is every lipstick's worst enemy," she says. "The product in the middle of my lips was obliterated, but the outside perimeter was intact." Since the lipliner look isn't exactly cute, Jada swiped off her pigment. It didn't come completely off, though — she claimed there was still a burgundy tint to her pout.

Even though the color was gorgeous, Jada says she probably won't be pulling out this shade again. "It was just too drying for me," she says. "Does Kat Von D make this shade of lipstick in balm form?" In fact, Jada, she does.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira, $19, available at Sephora.
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Who: Brittnee Cann, QA manager
Lipstick contender: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Beta

OCC is the gold-standard in long-wear lipstick, so we tossed it over to Brittnee for a whirl. "I used a lip brush to apply it, which helped it go on smooth," she says. "It's definitely a little sticky, as it's drying, which is not something I like in a lip product." She found that she had to apply multiple layers of the product in order for the hue to read.

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After she layered on the lip tar, we gave Britnee some ramen and told her to go to town. Apparently, this is when things got slippery. "It lasted pretty well up until it was time for lunch, at which point it seemed to come off pretty easily," she says. "I still had an orange tint to my lip, but nothing like the bold hue it was to start with."

Even though the lipstick faded, Brittnee would still consider this shade long-lasting. "So long as you're able to apply a touch-up after a meal, I do think it'll get you through the day," she says. As for whether she'd try it again, Brittnee is interested in seeing how other colors stand up. We can't wait to see.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Beta, $18, available at Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
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Who: Allison Daniels, staff writer
Lipstick contender: Sephora Color Lip Last Lipstick in Coral Calling

While the first two ladies complained of drying with their lipsticks, Allison didn't feel that at all. "[The lipstick] felt smooth," she says. "Not drying or weirdly textured."

The reason behind this may be the formula's rosehip oil, which is deeply moisturizing. Sephora's website claims that it helps ease the application.
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But, did the rosehip oil help or hurt the long-lasting claims? "It seemed to last pretty well through eating and drinking," Allison says. If you tend to rub your lips together a lot (we're totally guilty of that), this may be one to stay away from. Allison claimed that it caused her pigment to fade pretty rapidly.

Allison would, however, give this guy the long-wear stamp of approval. That said, you may not see her sporting this shade again. "I'd be worried about what to wear, and what other makeup to use in order to not look pale," she says. But, in a different shade? "Yes!"

Sephora Color Lip Last Lipstick in Coral Calling, $13, available at Sephora.
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Who: Nikki Mendell, PR Coordinator
Lipstick contender: Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Fiore

The consistency of Nikki's lipstick was interesting, to say the least. "It was pretty smooth and easy to apply," she says. "It's not exactly creamy, not exactly glossy. It really kind of felt like paint."

However, Nikki was a little nervous with the application. She was afraid to go outside her lip line, as she didn't know whether or not the lipstick would stain. So, she used her finger to smooth on the rest of the pigment.
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"It pretty much lasted all day," Nikki says. "I reapplied it a few times, just because I really wanted the color to be a bright, shocking pink, and it dulled a bit with wear and after eating."

Dullness aside, Nikki would totally call Stila's shade long-lasting. "After a fresh application, it's super opaque, and I really liked how it looked. There was always a nice pink stain on my lips," she says.

Not only would Nikki wear the shade again, she's actually already been sporting it around the office. "My only critique is that it's a bit drying, and can get cakey, as most long-wear lip colors do," she says. "To keep the color bright and smooth, I apply a bit of Rosebud Salve over it throughout the day."

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore, $22, available at Ulta.
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