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The number one thing that we look for in a lipstick? Staying power. Lately, the only thing we’ve been reaching for is liquid lipsticks—while they may deceive you and look like a wimpy gloss, they’re actually packed with high-impact color and will stay put for hours.
Here’s a few we’re obsessing over right now.
Kat Von D’s Everlasting Lipsticks are like Oreos to makeup junkies—you can’t have just one. With over two dozen colors, there’s a lot to hoard, but that’s pretty much what we’ve been doing. The formula has some conditioning agents like vitamin E and sunflower seed oil so it actually wears comfortably. (Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in ‘Lolita’, $19, Sephora)
Anastasia might be known for her magic brow-makers but it’s her liquid lipsticks that have us most excited this summer. Not only are the formulas excellent in terms of sticking around through lunch, but the colors are surprisingly adventurous for the elegant brand—see the blue shade above? (Don’t worry, there are killer reds, pinks and nudes too.) (Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in ‘Paint’, $20, Anastasiabeverlyhills.com)
This new liquid lipstick from NYX had a pretty impressive debut—on the lips of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on the Met Gala’s red carpet this year. The sisters wore two different nude shades – Sandstorm and Soft Spoken, setting off a feverish hunt for the drugstore lip color. It wasn’t on the market just then, but now that we’ve been able to try them out we agree that if we were embarking on a paparazzi parade, we’d want this bold matte formula on our lips too. (NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, $7, NYXCosmetics.com)
The unique thing about TooFaced’s Melted Lipsticks is the precise applicator that makes it easy to control the amount of lipstick that goes on your lips. You can squeeze out more for a super saturated pout or the teensiest bit and blend for a matte stained look. Either way, the look will last on your lips for hours. (TooFaced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, $21, Sephora)
We’re obsessed with the bright candy colors in Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick —like this poppy orangey-red, Venezia. With vitamin E and avocado oil in the waterproof formula, it feels super buttery upon application and dries matte without coming off all day. We like to keep one in our beach bag since a bright lip always looks nice on a tan. (Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick, $22, Ulta)