14 Long-Lasting Lipsticks That Don’t Budge

By Tamara Corin | 20th February 2023
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If there’s one beauty lesson that we have learnt since the pandemic, it’s not to take our lipsticks for granted. That swipe of colour before you leave the house for work/dinner/date which makes you feel womanly, confident, and chic has made a welcome comeback in the last year and we couldn’t be more delighted.

More than ever, lipsticks, glosses, stains, and balms, are being formulated for their staying power. Here, we’ve edited down the very best long-lasting lipsticks that won’t need to reapply.

The best long lasting lipsticks that’ll stay all day

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Hourglass Cosmetics Unlocked Satin Crème Lipsticks, £37

Melt-on-the-lip texture doesn’t even come close to how velvety these lipsticks feel. Soft, comfortable yet still highly pigmented in 21 flattering shades with colour that stays on strong for long. The clickable luxe packaging had us at hello.

CTZN Cosmetics Code Red range, £20.40

This collection consists of six ultra-creamy shades of long-lasting, matte red lipsticks designed specifically with all skin tones in mind; ideal for that sexy and glamorous pout that means business. One swipe and your confidence will move up a notch or ten.

e.l.f. O Face Satin Lip Stick, £9

These punch well above their weight for a lipstick that you get change from a tenner! Satin-finish, bold colour and a nourishing formula packed with squalene and jojoba to moisturize and soften lips. Finished off in ultra-luxe soft touch texture packaging with a magnetic closure. What’s not to like? The ultimate bargain brand that always makes our affordable hit list.

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick, £10.35

Celebrating 10 years of colourful lips that last, this ultra-matte lipstick from Sephora’s own best-selling beauty range, sells like hot cakes thanks to its affordable price tag and massive 70-shade range. Long-wearing, weightless and transfer-free. It’s a no-brainer. Stock up fast! Check out our article to see what’s also in our Sephora basket.

Ere Perez Coco Crayon, £22.71

Get creative with this multitasking beauty crayon for lips (and cheeks). It’s completely foolproof, leaves a non-drying matte finish and a super comfy feel on lips. It’s like a lipstick, minus the plastic – all wood, sleek design with an aluminium lid. A brilliant zero-waste alternative to your usual lipstick.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, £35

When Gabrielle Chanel created her first lipstick in 1924, it was to give women a symbol of power, and this collection embodies all of that and more. It’s not just the incredible array of 20 velvety lip shades but also the unique finish. If you’re one of those women that remains unsure whether you sit in the matte or luminous camp, these lipsticks give just the right balance in equal parts, with colour definition and precision. A makeup gamechanger.

Tropic Lip Stain, £14

This is literally the nearest thing to drawing in your lips with a felt tip pen! High pigment that’s bold and stays put! These lip stains are so hard-working they won’t transfer, so they’re ideal to wear under a mask. Once it dries, this lipstick will not budge until you wash it off at the end of the day. We’re big fans of the Pink Bloom stain, a rosy hue which screams “my lips, but better”. Our only complaint is that the stains are only available in just two shades. We want more!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, £17

Celebrated for its incredible staying power, lightweight feel, and beautiful matte finish, this award-winning formula has been a cult favourite for years among Stila fans and beauty aficionados alike. With 12 hours of staying power, take our word for it, once it dries, this long lasting lipstick will not budge until you wash it off at the end of the day and even then, it takes some elbow grease. We guarantee you’ll soon be collecting all 13 shades.

Westman Atelier Lip Suede Compact, £78

This is as luxe and tactile as a long lasting lipstick product gets. The colours are intensely hydrating, super-comfortable on lips and don’t slip over your lip line or end up on your teeth! It’s unquestionably very costly but take some comfort in knowing you get your money’s worth with four different customisable shades you can wear together or alone. Plus, it’s packed with super-moisturising jojoba and avocado oils and skin-boosting peptides to give you a fuller pout. And let’s also take a moment to appreciate the fabulous sleek compact, you’ll definitely want to reapply this in front of your friends even though they’ll be no real need to do so.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, £22

RiRi’s Lip Paints are just one of the reasons we’re obsessed with her (bump aside). With all skin tones at the forefront of her creation, there is 100% a shade that will flatter your look. The formula feels weightless and easily buildable for a more dramatic finish. Boasting 12 hours of staying power, we guarantee this lipstick will give be kiss-proof. If a sultry red lip isn’t your thing, try Stunna – a beautiful nude/tawny brown colour that you’ll want to buy in bulk.

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment, £25

An oldie but still a goodie, you’ll find this in every beauty editor’s makeup bag in several different shades. Time and time again, the liquified pigment locks onto lips like ink, and then dries matte, feeling invisible and weightless but looking incredible. This will quickly become the best friend that you rely on to make you feel special.

Rouge Hermès Matte Lipstick, £62

If ever there was a better time to launch a lipstick collection and make it solely made up of matte formulas, this is it. Expect high pigment colour with every swipe and a velvety feel on your lips that lasts 9-5. And the packaging can’t go unnoticed – beautiful bold designs with a satisfyingly magnetic case that feels rather substantial in weight for a lipstick. And it’s completely refillable too. In a word, this limited-edition lipstick collection has French designer written all over it, and the French rarely get it wrong when it comes to timeless style.

Victoria Beckham Bitten Lip Tint, £32

Anyone that follows Queen VB on Instagram knows her majesty’s love for this product. Don’t be fooled by the packaging this isn’t a gloss or even a tint (which its name suggests) but more like a stain, that gives a ‘just-bitten’ type of colour with extra strong staying power, while also defining and plumping your natural lip line. However, the main reason it’s deserving of a place on our hit list is because it’s soooo lightweight that you forget you’re wearing it, that is of course until you catch a glance of yourself in the mirror. Our favourite shade to date is Amour (very on point with Valentine’s Day!) a brightening sheer peach that makes skin glow.

Rimmel London Provocalips, £9.49

It doesn’t get any more kiss-proof, food-proof, and transfer-proof than with this affordable gloss (with a fab name) that stays put for 16 hours! Who even wears lipstick for 16 hours? Even so, the staying power on this hi-shine beauty is second to none and impressively it doesn’t dry out as time goes by. Plus, the dual-ended product allows you to reapply shine throughout the day to keep lips soft and glossy. Plus, it comes in five classic colourways to choose from. It basically ticks all the boxes.

Want more of the best long lasting lipsticks? Check out our best red lip guide.

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