We Tried 5 of The Best Long-Lasting Lipsticks…



Love makeup? This edit is made for you. After the success of our previous EscentualWears: Long-Lasting Foundations, we asked our audience to vote for what we should test next, and the answer? Lipstick, of course.

According to our Instagram followers, 57% expect their lipstick to last all day, and 43% predict that their lip colour will only last until their lunch break. We wanted to get to the bottom of this and find out how long some of our best-selling lipsticks stay put. Therefore, it’s only right that we roadtest 5 of the most exciting lip launches to see how well they really fair against coffees, meetings and lots of laughter.

So whether packaging, smell or texture is important to you, we’ve got the scoop on which lipsticks are worth your investment below. Scroll to find your new favourite formula and shade…


#1 Chelsey reviews GUERLAIN Rouge G Matte
GUERLAIN Rouge G Matte in 24 Classic Red Chelsey Review

Name: Chelsey.
Job role: Campaign Editor.
Lipstick: GUERLAIN Rouge G Matte in 24 Classic Red.
Lipstick finish: Matte.
Lipstick undertone: Neutral.
What did you love about this lipstick? Rouge G has my heart. The packaging, instant pigment and delicious powdery scent makes me feel like I’ve spent time making an effort, even when I haven’t.
Longevity rating: Definitely 4/5. And the best part? This lipstick is available in a range of neutral and bold shades to match everyone’s taste.

GUERLAIN Rouge G Matte 24 Classic Red Review

9:00 AM: Now this is a lipstick that makes a statement. Rouge G Matte took me from zero to hero in a matter of seconds, and I’m here for it. The colour pay-off is insane, its formula is not drying or flaky, but on the flip side, as this lipstick is so creamy, I knew I had to blot to keep my coffee cup from stealing all the colour.

11:00 AM: As well as being ‘coffee proof’ and ‘Campaign Meeting proof (there’s a lot talking)’, I believe I’ve found the best long-lasting lipstick that doesn’t dry out your lips. When it comes to lip colours, I’m always of the opinion that less isn’t more; especially as the Rouge G Case makes the application feel so premium. Revelation: I didn’t feel the need to use more, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on all of the matte nude shades too.

2:30 PM: After finishing a saucy stir fry, I was expecting to resemble Ronald McDonald, but to my delight, I was more Marilyn-esque. Don’t get me wrong, the centre of my lips had started to fade, and this would be the time for touch-ups; however, I felt pretty confident dashing to my next meeting knowing that everything was relatively intact. Rouge G’s performance is well worth shouting about – I knew this new formula wouldn’t let me down!

Love GUERLAIN lipsticks? Scroll our Rouge G swatch post to find your favourite shade from the satin finish collection.


#2 Beth reviews bareMinerals BarePro Longwear Lipstick
bareMinerals BarePro Longwear Lipstick Carnation Beth Review

Name: Beth.
Job Role: Copywriter.
Lipstick: bareMinerals BarePro Longwear Lipstick in Carnation.
Lipstick finish: Soft Matte.
Lipstick undertone: Warm.
What did you love about this lipstick? I loved how pigmented and rich the colour was after just one swipe! If you’re anything like me and tend to shy away at even hearing the words, ‘matte finish’ I seriously recommend trying this one. It has an impressive colour payoff, amazing staying power and it’s pretty comfortable to wear; take that from a girl who won’t leave her house without at least one layer of lip gloss on!
Longevity rating: Barepro held its own against everything I threw at it without fading or feathering (and by that I mean lots of coffee, snacks and singing along to the office playlist) so, for that reason, I’m going to give it a 4/5.

bareMinerals BarePro Longwear Lipstick Carnation Review

9:00 AM: Anyone who knows me knows that I’m more of a ‘glossy-lip’ girl than one that finds herself reaching for a lipstick, but I’ll be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with barePro. As soon as I applied, its velvety, nourishing texture glided across my lips (its vegan formula is full of hydrating oils), coating them in full coverage colour without feeling sticky or uncomfortable – so far, so good!

11:00 AM: Elevenses! I usually find myself needing to top up around this time out of habit and snacking. One cup of coffee (and a slice of cake) later, I was expecting my lipstick to have faded at least in the centre of my lips, but when I peeked in the mirror, my lips were still looking good and not too dry, either. As for the colour? It looked as though I’d just applied.

2:30 PM: By this point, I’d eaten a salad, drank around 4 cups of coffee and chewed on my pen. My lips were starting to feel like they lacked moisture, but that was the only sign telling me that I needed to reapply; the colour hadn’t faded from my lips one bit! All in all, I was wowed by the staying power. That’s pretty impressive for a matte lipstick if you ask me!


#3 Jade reviews Urban Decay Vice Mega Matte Lipstick
Urban Decay Vice Mega Matte Lipstick 714 Jade Review

Name: Jade
Job Role: Merchandiser.
Lipstick: Urban Decay Vice Mega Matte Lipstick in 714.
Lipstick finish: Matte.
Lipstick undertone: Cool.
What did you love about this lipstick?  It’s creamy texture. Usually, I find matte lipsticks are hard to apply and dry on your lips, plus I only needed one application to achieve the radiant/bright red colour.
Longevity rating: It gets top marks of 5, because it lasted all day. My top tip? Use a straw with all your drinks!

Urban Decay Vice Mega Matte Lipstick in 714 Review

9:00 AM: I find matte lipsticks can be very dry on the lips; however, Urban Decay’s Vice Mega Matte Lipstick has a creamy texture that was a dream to put on (that’s because of its aloe vera, babassu oil and avocado ingredient line-up)! Usually, I would finish by applying a lip gloss, but my lips felt so moisturised and soft that there was no need. The colour is so vibrant; one swipe was more than enough to achieve that perfect red.

11:00 AM: Amazing! By now, I would have topped up my lipstick, but my lips look untouched, and the pigment is still as vibrant from when I first applied it. I drink a lot of coffee throughout the day, and my lipstick tends to fade pretty quickly; but not with this matte lipstick.

2:30 PM: I am in shock; my lipstick has completely stayed put! The sides have started to blend away, but the lipstick still looks flawless. After lunch, I would have topped up my lipstick without a doubt, but there’s no need, this hasn’t budged. My lips have started to get slightly parched, but for such a long-lasting matte-red, this lipstick is worth a buy.


#4 Elisabeth reviews Lancome Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick
Lancome Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick 272 Energy Peach Lis Review

Name: Elisabeth.
Job Role: Copywriter.
Lipstick: Lancome Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick in 272 Energy Peach.
Lipstick finish: Matte.
Lipstick undertone: Warm.
What did you love about this lipstick? I normally stay well clear of long-lasting lipsticks because I dislike the way they wear on the lips and I find them uncomfortable. However, I was really surprised with the Lancome Matte Shaker because it felt as though I was wearing nothing on my lips at all and even when it started to show signs of wearing, it did so in an even way without crumbling off my lips. The formula has a very fluid texture that leaves a very thin but long-lasting film of colour on the lips that actually left a nice ‘stain’ to the lips even when it had worn off.
Longevity rating: 3/5 – however it didn’t experience the issues or problems so often associated with long-wear lip products so I had to score it from a long-wear lipstick hater’s perspective – I’d give it a 5!

Lancome Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick in 272 Energy Peach Review

9.00 AM: Can I start by saying that Lancome has nailed cutesy packaging with these Matte Shakers! I love that you get that satisfying shaking noise before opening up the mini tube to reveal a cushion sponge with just the right amount of product on it – this makes the application really, easy! The water in oil formula, although very wet initially, it applies evenly and feels like a second skin on the lips. In fact, after it dried (which takes about 30 seconds), I could barely feel it, and I’m left with a gorgeous semi-matte, opaque finish that feels ultra comfortable. Great for those who shy away from matte lipsticks because they don’t like the dry sensation they can sometimes give. So far, so good!

1.00 PM: Usually I would have touched up my lipstick by this point, however, with the Matte Juicy Shaker, I didn’t need to. The colour faded ever so slightly, and there was a little transfer on my coffee cup; however, my lips still feel supple, and the finish still looks polished.

2.30 PM: As you can see, the colour has faded quite considerably. That said, it has left a lovely stain on my lips thanks to the pigment which doesn’t look bad at all. Also, unlike a lot of matte, long-lasting lipsticks I have tried in the past, this one doesn’t have a crumbly texture that fades in patches or flakes off at all. It’s a great little addition to your makeup bag if you’re looking for something long lasting that feels weightless.


#5 Nikki reviews YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain
Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain in 01 Rouge Tatouage Nikki Review

Name: Nikki.
Job Role: Customer Service Supervisor.
Lipstick: Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain in 01 Rouge Tatouage.
Lipstick finish: Matte.
Lipstick undertone: Cool.
What did you love about this lipstick? I loved the creamy formula – didn’t dry out my lips at all!
Longevity rating: I’d rate this a solid 4.5.

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Matte Lip Stain in 01 - Rouge Tatouage Review

9:00 AM: I have to confess, I fell in love with the applicator straight away. It has a precise and angular wand like no other. I usually only go with a full-on lipstick for special occasions (due to a combination of me being bad at catching that supremely clean edge and generally touching my mouth and face too much). This could be the lipstick that changes everything! The gorgeously creamy formula had me applying with such accuracy, and with so many colours to choose from, I’ve got my fingers crossed this passes the time test!

11:00 AM: Okay, this is outlasting my expectations, possibly helped out by my subconscious efforts to keep my hands away from my mouth? Nonetheless, my job has me talking to customers on the phone all morning, and that alone would usually mean my lipstick has more or less vanished. I can slightly see the corners of my lips are wearing, but all in all, I’m still rocking a powerful red lip.

2:30 PM: After a very messy lunch, you’ll see that pigment has slightly worn. I notice my ‘artfully sculpted edges’ have blurred out a fair bit, but this little beauty has packed a punch; it’s very much impressed me all day, and it’s kept me feeling like the strong, independent woman I aspire to be all day!


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