7 Beauty Editor-Approved Lipsticks That Won't Come Off On Your Date

Let us paint a picture: You're getting ready to head out to dinner on February 14th. You've already picked out the perfect date-night outfit and, after some serious thought, you've finally nailed down your makeup, which includes the perfect lip color. Whether you've been together for five years, or this is just your fifth date, you know there's probably kissing in your future. A few hours later, you get caught up in the moment, forgetting completely that you wore that bright pink — and now, you both look like Heath Ledger's Joker. Yikes.

Now, that imagined scenario does not have to be your reality. We asked our Refinery29 beauty editors to tell us all about the lipsticks that have never failed them through makeouts, burgers, date-night margaritas, and beyond. Ahead, the long-lasting lip colors we trust to stay put through it all.


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"My boyfriend and I love food (almost) more than we love each other. So, in addition to kissing and all that fun stuff, you can bet our Valentine's Day plans involve eating and drinking. I'll be wearing my favorite flowy sweater dress to hide my food baby, and this intense lip pigment, which won't feather or budge through margaritas. The formula lasts for hours and it isn't drying, so I can leave it on all day and won't feel like my lips are falling off by nighttime. I'll probably step out in Vain, a brick-red shade that's bold but not too obviously festive." — Aimee Simeon, Beauty Writer
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment$26.00 Buy
"Long-lasting lipstick has always meant standing in front of the bathroom mirror peeling dry, flaky skin off my bottom lip, so I usually stick to a shimmery balm like Glossier’s Birthday Balm Dotcom or the Dior Lip Glow when I want a hint of color. That being said, if I were to pinpoint the best lipstick for the chap-prone (me), it would definitely be this one from Kosas. Stardust, a warm peachy-pink nude, glides on creamy, almost like a soft balm, and provides color payoff that stays on my lips and never leaves me absentmindedly picking off dry flakes mid-afternoon. I prefer it as a stain for a more naturally sheer look, but the pigment also builds up beautifully." — Megan Decker, Beauty Assistant
Kosas Weightless Lip Color Lipstick$28.00 Buy
"I'd forgotten to pack a lipstick for date night the day this liquid lip color came across my desk, so the timing was perfect. During the evening, my boyfriend kissed me and his immediate response was 'Oh, shit,' remembering I had red lipstick on. But when I looked at his face, there was nothing there — not even the slightest pigment had transferred over. He asked, 'What kind of sorcery is this?' It is a bit annoying that it takes forever to remove at the end of the day, but that hasn't stopped it from becoming a date-night or long-day staple that I trust to last through everything." — Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer
Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte$37.00 Buy
"I feel like I'm the president of Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink's fan club. It's the longest-lasting lipstick, I believe, in existence. I have eaten three meals, had more than three drinks, showered, and regrettably slept in this lipstick without it budging. Maybe the only people who love it more than me are porn stars, some of whom have told me that this is their go-to for days that are, let's say, 'oral-centric.' Honestly it's concerning how well this stuff stays on, but beyond it being the longest-lasting lipstick I've ever tried in my life, I love almost all the shades, too." — Rachel Lubitz, Senior Beauty Writer
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick, Lover$7.94 Buy
"Like starting your day with a messy bun when you know it will inevitably go up at 3 p.m. anyway, the lazy hack to making your lipstick not look not-faded by mid-afternoon is to start with it faded in the morning. This blotted mauve-pink lipstick, which is full coverage but has a slightly blurred finish, lasts all day and into dinner, without a single touchup." — Cat Quinn, Beauty Director
ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lip$20.00 $17.00 Buy
"My personal preference for lipstick is one that looks like it's been sitting on my lips for hours: stained, faded, and blurred. But just because I like my lipstick to look worn-in doesn't mean I'm okay with it wearing away quickly. With most other long-wear matte lipsticks, achieving the blotted effect takes lots of finger patting — and even then, most of the color wipes away within minutes. Chanel's powder formula gets it right the first time with the perfect blotted effect that's seamless, soft, and lasts hours. On the rare occasion I do have to reapply, the sponge applicator makes it so simple I could do it with my eyes closed." — Samantha Sasso, Beauty Writer
Chanel ROUGE ALLURE LIQUID POWDERLiquid Matte Lip Color$30.00 Buy
"My lips are constantly chapped, so long-wearing lipsticks are extremely not my thing. That said, I find this formula to be more like the glossiest, silkiest, most hydrating liquid lipstick of all time than a traditional gloss — it has a tacky texture that really sticks to lips yet somehow doesn’t attract stray hairs like a glue trap. A single layer in my shade of choice, Secret Lover, gives me the perfect amount of pigment that stays put for hours, and high shine that won’t come off on a burger bun… or someone else’s skin." — Rachel Krause, Senior Beauty Writer
Pat McGrath LUST: Lip Gloss$28.00 Buy
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