If you want a long-wearing lipstick or gloss, you're a girl who takes her glamour seriously. No matter what your day throws at you, you want to be confident and secure in your lip color. And you especially don't want to have to dive into your purse every 30 minutes to reapply.
Why should you have to worry about your lipstick that splits and feathers down your lips, or gloss that dries so quickly you'd think you were in a desert sandstorm? Beauty and durability do not have to be mutually exclusive. For the busy, independent glamour gal that you are, you need gloss with gusto and lipstick with lasting drama. Well, feast your eyes-or rather, lips-on this. We've rounded up some of our top long-wearing lip picks, now it's up to you to pucker up and try these supremely satisfying treats.
This lipstick has it all: light-maximizing pigments, bright shades and best of all, long-wearing, hydrating texture that envelopes your lips. This lipstick brings long-lasting shine and is made to prevent feathering and fading. $25
L'Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Compact
New from L'Oreal, this lipcolour contains traits of both lipstick and gloss to provide 16 hours of coverage. It's an innovative product, with a moisturizing complex of marine collagen and vitamin E that conditions lips and prevents mid-lip wear-out. After you put on the base coat, the color is applied with a unique, slanted applicator. Both are kept in a mirrored compact. Comes in 24 shades, ranging from Merlot to Azalea. $11.99 (prices may vary)
This water-based lip product looks a little more like a mini magic marker than lipstick. But don't be swayed, it gives you lasting color with a lightweight feel. It won't carry the weight or the feel of traditional lipstick, but will give you a blush of color. It also has an applicator that looks similar to a pen, so you won't see any twisting tubes here! Conditioners soften and smooth tips throughout the day.
Apply just one coat of gloss for a subtle look, or for a pop of color, apply twice. The lipstain will dry to a matte finish, so if it's shine you seek, consider applying a top layer of gloss. $8.29 (prices may vary)
This puppy was nominated by totalbeauty.com as a 2010 Reader's Choice Beauty Awards product, so it must be good. With moisturizers like vitamin C and E, this lipstick comforts throughout the day as it covers. All lipsticks come in bold colors wrapped in a satiny sheen. Plus, if you like fig, this lipstick's for you - all the Estee Lauder Pure Color lipsticks have the aroma of fresh fig. Choose from high fashion shades like Classic Red, Maraschino or neutral hues like Hot Kiss or Sugar Honey. $22
Maniac Mat Long Wearing Matte Lipstick from Sephora
This lipstick holds true with colors just as fun as its name. If you didn't already guess, this lipstick gives a matte finish, and is highly pigmented. Its formula allows the lip color to be applied with intense color that lasts through the day and evening. A hydrating formula keeps lips from feeling parched and more importantly, protects them the whole day through. Color highlights include an oh-so-girly Matte Bright Pink, a dramatic but sophisticated Matte Mauve Plum and Matte Cherry Plum. If those don't spark your interest, don't worry; there's plenty more to choose from. $12
This is guaranteed to give you color and shine for up to 6 hours. Plus, this long-wearing lip gloss provides SPF 15 protection. This lip gloss is infused with sea kale and vitamins A, C and E to nourish lips and prevent that tacky glue texture. Check out fun colors like Eternity, a shimmery bronze, or barely there Infinite, a baby pink nude gloss. $21
Clinique provides a long-lasting gloss at a slightly lower price point. There are 18 shades of color all with 8 hours worth of shine. This gloss is also moisture-laden, so it protects lips as it coats. Choose from delectable colors like Guavagold, Brandy Twist or Cabana Crush. $14
This product in the ColorStay line provides up to 16 hours of color and shine, so you can spend your day touch-up free. The lipcolor is 2 sided; one end provides Revlon's SoftFlex liquid formula for long-lasting color, so you won't need to worry about unsightly feathering and bleeding. The other side provides a chamomile and soy extract top coat for a soft, glossy look.
Application tip: Apply lipcolor and allow it to dry completely. Then brush on the topcoat. While you could wait 16 hours, you can reapply as needed. Choose from 28 natural shades. For a nude with a twist of pink, try Keep Blushing and for a slightly darker, mauve/pink combo, consider Relentless Raisin. Also peruse Revlon's Colorstay Overtime Sheer Lipcolor or Colorstay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor for a matte lipstick look. $9.99
This long-lasting gloss has an added bonus: a built-in breath freshener. This gloss also works as a double-sided wand. It has a gel-based lip stain on one side, and a minty hydrating formula on the other. Choose from 8 shades, including Poppy for a fire engine red or Posy for a sheer hue with hints of beige and rose. The other good news is that this gloss is also easy on your wallet. Available at Walmart for $6.
This lip gloss features a Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE formula to give you long-lasting moisture without stickiness. It will also help make your lips appear fuller through its red and yellow pigments, pearl and dual optimizing powder. Comes in 8 shades, with innovative colors like Sunlight, a pale yellow and Warm, a rusty, orangey brown. $22