I’m always on the lookout for long wearing lipsticks for those times when it’s inconvenient to reapply my lipstick. And I’m always listening for everyone’s recommendations. Over the past several months, I’ve picked up three affordable long wearing lipsticks from the drugstore. A couple of them were mentioned in a Facebook group for makeup artists that I’m a lurker in. I figure I can get some great tips from them, and I have.
The three long wearing lippies I’ve been trying out are:
- NYC New York Color Smooch Proof 16 Hour Lip Stain
- CoverGirl Outlast All Day Long Lasting Lip Color
- Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour 2-step Color
NYC 16 Hour Lip Stain
NYC 16 Hour Lip Stain is totally different from the other two long-lasting lippies because it’s a lip stain rather than a two-step creamy formula. Nevertheless, I still want to include it since it is supposed to have the same benefit: long lasting color.
The NYC Lip Stain comes in a pen, like a Magic Marker. The pointed stiff felt tip is saturated with color.
The lip stain itself is thin, like indelible colored water. I find this formula difficult to apply, specifically it’s hard to get it out of the tube and felt tip applicator onto my lips. The color is supposed to be buildable, but it gets to a certain point – still on the sheer side – and I don’t seem to be able to get any more on. Here’s what it looks like with me going over the color about three or four times. I just can’t get any more color on my lips, grrrrrr!
The shade I bought is Rock On Ruby, but it appears to be more of an orange red than a real ruby red. I like the shade, but I wish I could get more on.
Once I get it on, I apply lipgloss over it because the instructions say to add gloss plus my lips are so dry.
So, does it last 16 hours as the name implies? Not on me it doesn’t. Most of it comes off after a few hours, and if I eat anything with oil, it’s gone.
I looked online for some other reviews to see if my experience was different, and perhaps it was. It certainly looked better on others than it does on my lips. They claim about 5 hours of wear which is a little longer than I got.
I bought NYC 16 Hour Lip Stain at CVS with Extrabucks so it was free for me. The right price, lol. Usually, it’s priced at $4.99 in stores, and it comes in 7 shades.
CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lipcolor
CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lipcolor came out over a year ago. It’s a two-step long wearing opaque lipgloss with a separate moisturizing topcoat/balm.
The lipgloss and lip balm are separate, so the downside is that you have to carry around two tubes. Also, over time, it’s easy for the two tubes to end up apart from each other. So if they ever redesign this lippie, I hope they’ll make it a double ended tube, especially since they already have another product in a double-ended tube. Go figure.
I like the formula of CoverGirl Outlast Lipcolor. It’s a thick opaque lipgloss with staying power. It’s applied with a doe-foot applicator. Once it dries, I apply the lip balm over it.
This lip color lasts for hours and hours on me. There is residual color on my lips many hours after I’ve applied it. It doesn’t come off on cups or glasses.
The shade I bought is Wine To Five and I love the shade: a very pretty berry-brown-mauve cream that goes on smoothly and evenly. CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lipcolor comes in 44 shades, OMG, and is priced in stores around $8.49.
Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour 2-Step Color
This was the lipstick that I learned about in the Facebook group, In My Kit. A number of makeup artists said in one of the threads that they often use this product on brides because of its staying power, so I had to try it out.
It comes in a double-ended tube which is great. All-in-one wins in my book! Doe-foot gloss applicator on one end and lip balm stick on the other. Perfect.
The shade I bought, Infinite Petal, is a berry-pink/mauve shade with a bit of a shimmer. As you can see, I should have used a lipliner for a more precise edge, especially since this is a gloss with a lip balm over it.
It lasted for a number of hours, but not 24 hours. It didn’t really make it through a meal, so I guess the brides don’t eat.
Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Lipcolor comes in 35 shades and is priced around $9.99.
What’s the verdict?
CoverGirl wins this long-wearing lipstick drugstore brand competition for me. It definitely stayed on my lips the longest. After I swatched the three brands and photographed them, I removed the lip colors with a towelette. The NYC was gone instantly, most of the Maybelline came off with no problem, but the CoverGirl stayed on my skin and wouldn’t budge.
But in terms of packaging, Maybelline takes it. The all-in-one, double-ended applicator sure is handier than keeping track of two related tubes. CoverGirl, take a lesson!
And finally, here are the swatches in case you want to get a look at the shades I bought.
So have you found a long-wearing lipstick that works for you? Do share!! Please leave me a comment with the brand and shade. I’m still really interested ‘coz I haven’t found my absolute HG long-wearing lipstick yet!!