I've Done the Research, and These Liquid Lipsticks Actually Last All Night

I have a confession. I’ve written a lot of day-to-night makeup articles in my time. You’ll see them crop up around this time of year when Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve are on everybody’s mind. While I do sometimes need a soft-to-sultry eye shadow or a vibe-changing blush to liven up my face, in real life, I tend to just recommend adding a showstopping lip. It instantly brings a new dimension to your daytime look and is the easiest thing to have in your bag without the need for extra tools. Let’s be honest—as great as a blended-out smoky shadow is, fitting my palette and two to three brushes in my bag is less appealing than one simple lip product.



A lip stain or liquid lipstick are my absolute go-tos, and as I have lips that are sensitive to anything too drying, I’ve tentatively tested a lot of them to find the ones that are worthy of a place in my makeup draw. My quest is to find lip products that don’t make your lips feel too tight and dry while lasting all night. A stain is always the best option for undisputed lasting power so you aren’t left with the ring around your mouth when the middle of your shade has worn away with all the canapés and fizz. A good lip stain will need touching up infrequently, shouldn’t feather or bleed out of the lip line and can be applied precisely without the need for a lip liner.

Here are the 10 lip stains that I’ll have on rotation this party season.

MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lip Colour

These are the liquid lip products that I have the most shades of in my collection. The formula is matte but doesn’t dry patchy. I love the shade Devoted to Chilli for a warm red or Ruby Boo for a blue-red.

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Drama Ink 

This has a light and buildable texture. You can opt for a pink hue, like shade 555, for a pumped-up my-lips-but-better shade.

Revlon ColorStay Satin Ink Lipstick

The tip of this doe-foot applicator makes precision super easy on the go. The finish is satin and doesn’t crack.

 Bits Beauty Outburst Longwear Lip Stain

Okay, technically not a liquid, but I needed to include for those among us who prefer a light wash of colour that doesn’t budge. This balm-like formula applies like lipstick, but I then pat it off with a tissue and am left with a long-lasting stain.

Nyx Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

These were my introduction to good liquid lipsticks, and I still have them in my makeup collection to this day. The texture is mousse-like but dries down to a satin/matte finish.

Sleek Makeup Matte Me Ultra Matte Lipstick

I like to call the finish of this a '90s matte. It is completely sans shine but is really pigmented and applies smoothly.

KVD Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Despite being super liquidy, this formula is highly pigmented. It applies kind of like a gloss but once dry is a solid matte. My favourite shade is Exorcism for a juicy plum look.

Too Faced Limited Edition Melted Matte Cinnamon Bun Longwear Liquid Lipstick

This ultra-matte finish has plumping agents in the formula, so you don’t have to worry about the crepe-y texture matte products sometimes leave on the lips.

Nars Air Matte Lip Colour

If you’re looking for an entry point to matte liquid lipsticks, this airy formula is perfect. It glides on easily and gives a plumped, cushiony finish.

Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream Lipstick

Somewhere between a gloss and a lip stain, this cream lipstick has long staying power while giving a super-subtle sheen.

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