As trying as it was, there were a number of learning points we could adopt from the mask-wearing days of the pandemic. That skin breakouts as a result of ‘maskne’ or COVID-19 itself would come to stay with us for longer than we could have ever imagined, and that the true test of a lipstick was how resilient it was underneath our various face protectors. There was a collective desire for longer lasting options that would not only hold its pigment beneath the mask—as surely there were never many opportunities for touch-ups—but also swipes that would be free from smudging all over. The allure of a smear-proof lipstick proved its might here; it belonged in a class of its own entirely.
So who’s to say we should ask for anything less these days? Mask-wearing may well be behind us, but the pouts we wear are forever. It’s completely understandable that we would hence wish for our lip products to come in strong; lasting for endless hours into the day; and hydration assured. And for the late night party-goers or lipstick enthusiasts amongst us, it might do well to acquaint yourselves with the knowledge of the heavy-duty lip products out there—sure to leave a striking stain on your pout, even post that coffee break or fried food binge. Read: Mac Cosmetics Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour or Rare Beauty’s Lip Souffle Matte Cream.
As the beauty aficionados we are, we’re fairly cognisant of the magical feeling that comes with knowing you have a perfect lipstick within reach at all times. So no matter your shade preference, read on for our curation of the best budge-proof lipsticks out there, ready for a full, luscious swipe should you so desire.
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Mac Cosmetics Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour
If you’re looking to strike a balance between value for your buck and a product that feels like a luxury to apply, the Mac Cosmetics Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour is the one for you. Not only does it make for a good, plush spread across your pout, rest assured that its pigment is one you can count on to take you through a whole day affair.
Mac Cosmetics Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour, $48, available at Sephora.
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Shiseido TechnoSatin Gel Lipstick
Count on Shiseido’s TechnoSatin Gel Lipstick to give you a decadent lip swipe—packed with nourishing oils meant for a hydrating finish. And with 20 varying shades on its roster, you can rest assured that there’ll be a shade for almost everyone out there. We’ll also call it a winner all for its chic, magnetic casing alone.
Shiseido TechnoSatin Gel Lipstick, $48, available at Shiseido.
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Etude House Colourful Tattoo Tint
Don’t be fooled: whilst the liquid formulation is a lightweight pick and gives a glossy finish at first glance, the Etude House Colourful Tattoo Tint dries down to a powerfully intense spread—and you can trust it to last through all those oily meals and coffee breaks in-between. It also makes for a great layering option; dot a glaze in the middle of your pout for that brilliant last touch.
Etude House Colourful Tattoo Tint, $17, available at Etude House.
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Pat Mcgrath Labs Liquilust Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick
When it comes to long-lasting formulations, this Pat McGrath formulation is quite the star. Apart from being a clear industry-favourite, this tube of magic is a dream to apply; with its tip applicator doubling up as a liner as well. In terms of product, its staying power is truly like no other, and those heading out for a good party will be sure to appreciate its reliability on this front.
Pat Mcgrath Labs Liquilust Legendary Wear Matte Lipstick, $42, available at Selfridges.
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Rare Beauty Lip Soufflé Matte Lip Cream
When it comes to adding a dab of colour to your mien, it seems cult label Rare Beauty knows exactly what you need. With just one swipe of the wand applicator on its Lip Soufflé Matte Lip Cream, you’ll be able to attain a buttery-soft finish, packed with pigment and moist to the touch.
Rare Beauty Lip Soufflé Matte Lip Cream, $33, available at Sephora.
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Dior Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Transfer Proof Lipstick
There’s a fascinating decadence that comes with Dior’s Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Transfer Proof Lipstick. Texture-wise, it’s just the right amount of smooth and velvety to slide on without feeling too OTT. Whilst on the pigment front, it’s guaranteed to give that elevated polish—perfect for pulling a full make-up look together, especially when you’re opting for its rich reds such as the 840 Forever Radiant or 861 Forever Charm.
Dior Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Transfer Proof Lipstick, $62, available at Sephora.
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3CE Blurring Liquid Lip
An ideal blend of that velvety, powdery texture we always look out for in matte lips, this number from the cult South Korean beauty brand 3CE offers up a soft, blurred effect when applied—perfect for achieving the gradient look popularised by K-beauty enthusiasts. Whilst a few swatches are needed to achieve a full pout, its final effect is one that will fade almost naturally, as if already absorbed into your skin. Its range of muted reds, pinks and corals are also a plus point for those on the lookout for an everyday hue.
3CE Blurring Liquid Lip, $25.92, available at 3CE Official Store.