Once you apply these 9 lightweight formulas—they’re not going anywhere.
Best Lip Stains- Lip stains were once the only game in town when it came to long-wearing lip color. Not anymore: the newest crop of louqid lipsticks feel lightweight enough to be considered a lip stain, but have the pigment and opacity of a creamy classic bullet. They leave behind a punch of pigment that takes some elbow grease (and makeup removing oil) to scrub off at the end of the day. But if you’re looking for a lip color that will last through a long day at work, date night, or wing-eating contest (no judgement)—look no further than these nine tried-and-true formulas.
1. Powermatte Lip Pigment
Calling this a “lip pigment” is just a fancy way of saying that once you apply this water-light formula, it won’t budge until you scrape it off with an oil-based remover at the end of the day.
2. SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color
Thank god this lip “ink” comes with a stiff and precise applicator, because once it sets, good luck getting it off. It’s a little drying since it’s matte, but if long-wear is your goal, there’s no better formula for the range of colors and price point.
3. Dior Addict Lip Tattoo
The hydrating, water-light consistency is deceiving. Once it dries down, the color lasts for hours on end. We just wish it came in more than six shades.
4. Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain
This classic lip stain leaves behind the sexiest cherry-pink flush. Sexiest because, well, back in the day it was actually invented to stain not the lips—but something else.
5. Balm Stain
This lip stain first applies like a balm, but after a few hours, the moisture layer disappears and reveals just the prettiest natural pink shade.
6. Vinyl Cream Lip Stain
When the world’s creamiest lipstick and a permanent marker love each other very much, this ultra long-wearing stain is the end result.
7. Rouge Signature, Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick
The weightless feel of a stain with the creamy pigment of a lipstick, this new long-wear formula from L’Oréal Paris has quickly become our go-to for special occasions or big work events.
8. Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick
Here’s a challenge for you: apply this lipstick in the morning, before breakfast. Don’t look in the mirror again until after lunch. You’ll be shocked to see not just a sheer stain of color left behind, but a bright, pigmented semi-matte lip with a silky-smooth texture.