How long do long wear lipsticks really last? And what about the variables that may seem like complications, like staying put through a meal (or meals), a make-out sesh, or 30 sips from a venti-sized Starbucks cup? Don’t worry: we put these burning questions on the radar in an intense two week testing decathlon, with a different formula every day, that resulted in the top nine long wear lipstick picks across a variety of price points, ranging from $1.99 t0 $29.
Here’s the criteria that I stuck to:
1) It had to be a long wear lipstick, and not publicized as a lip stain.
2) There had to be a measurable, touted number of hours that the formula would be expected to last.
3) I used colors mainly in the family of brighter pinks and reds to compare the saturation and staying power.
Click on the slide show above to see which brands and formulations made the cut!
Of note: although the top long wear picks all had incredible staying power, nothing beats the look of fresh, just-applied lipstick!