There are a handful of advancements that have changed the beauty industry so profoundly, we'd liken their creation to the invention of the wheel — and one of them is long-wear makeup. If all this sounds a bit dramatic, we hear you, but anyone who's carefully applied a face of makeup only to have it smudge, fade, or totally disappear in a matter of hours knows the struggle.
We've made strides in almost every category of long-wear makeup, but lipstick remains the most interesting to test — namely, because a good one must be comfortable, pigmented, kiss-proof, and food-proof. And as we approach the season filled with lots of eating and mistletoe kisses, what better time to start looking into a reliable formula?
We asked our editors to share the drugstore lipsticks they fall back on when it really counts, including the 2019 Beauty Innovator Award winner we won't head into the holidays without. Check them all out, ahead.
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