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Liquid lipstick is a fickle friend. On the one hand, it can be a bit messy and usually requires a practiced hand to get the application just right (and even then, you’ll likely need a few makeup wipes on standby, just in case). On the other hand, it makes a statement and typically lasts all day, even through eating, which makes it an ideal accessory. That said, locating the perfect liquid lipstick can be somewhat of a challenge, especially because there are so many different options on the market.
Finding the perfect product to swipe on our lips has become somewhat of a passion project. We try every formula that crosses our desks and trust us when we say there are a lot to choose from. From drugstore heroes to luxury buys, matte, satin, and high-shine finishes, and even the occasional peel-off varieties, we’ve put them all to the test.
Ahead, check out the best liquid lipsticks that make up our shortlist. Whether you wear liquid lipstick every day, only use it on special occasions, or are looking for a product that’s perfect for newbies, we’ve got something for everyone. Just have your credit card handy because we guarantee you’ll find your perfect match.
— Additional reporting by Renee Rodriguez