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The 15 Best Liquid Lipsticks for Smooth, Long-Lasting Lip Color

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Searching for a moisturizing, bold, and long-wearing liquid lipstick? We get it, this cosmetic combo sounds like a unicorn. But believe it or not, you have plenty of options when it comes to the best liquid lipsticks that are all of the above.  

There are now a ton of liquid lipsticks available that both look awesome and won’t dry your lips out. Whether you're looking for a matte finish or a satin lip stain, liquid lipsticks glide on easily and are great for pigmented, full coverage wear or a wash of barely-there color. 

No matter if you’re after a nude lip color or a bright statement red, there’s a liquid lipstick for your skin tone and price point. Wear these liquid lipsticks alone, or swipe on a lip gloss for a stay-all-day shine. However you choose to wear them, the liquid lipsticks on this list won't dry out your lips or flake and smudge. Here are the best liquid lipsticks according to Ipster reviews.

UOMA Badass MF Matte Fluid in Misty

1. UOMA Badass MF Matte Fluid in Misty

Big lip energy! This ultra-matte liquid lipstick saturates lips in a bold wash of dusty mauve color, and we just can’t get enough. One stroke delivers intense color payoff and long-lasting coverage that’s sweat-proof, transfer-proof, and drink-proof. For sheer coverage, apply this liquid lipstick, and immediately blot your lips with a clean tissue while your the color is still damp.

OFRA COSMETICS Ofra x Madison Oh My Ry Ry Liquid Lipstick

2. OFRA COSMETICS Ofra x Madison Oh My Ry Ry Liquid Lipstick

Madison Miller created this neutral mauve-pink lipstick so we could build the perfect pout with minimal transfer (meaning it's kiss-proof, for whatever the night holds!). It dries down to a soft, velvety-suede texture, and is infused with moisturizing Vitamin A and antioxidants to keep your lips hydrated throughout the day. Wear it with a clear lip gloss for a beautiful shimmer, or alone as your go-to pigmented matte liquid lipstick. 

One Ipster raved, “Wow! This lipstick applied so nicely, dried quickly, and felt smooth on my lips. I loved the color too! It’s just a bit darker than a nude, which I think made my lips stand out!”

LA BEAUTE FATALE Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Tuff Love

3. LA BEAUTE FATALE Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Tuff Love

This hypoallergenic, fragrance- and cruelty-free soft matte lip cream goes on smoothly for a pigmented pop of color that will last until you go in with your makeup remover. Not only is it creamy and long-lasting (read: no need for touch-ups), the handy click pen applicator helps you get out just the right amount of lip color and experimenting with coverage. One Ipster wrote, “This is a GREAT lipstick because it stays on all day!”

SMASHBOX COSMETICS Always On Liquid Lipstick in Babe Alert

4. SMASHBOX COSMETICS Always On Liquid Lipstick in Babe Alert

This eight-hour liquid matte is a dusty rose shade that’s destined to turn heads, and offers a stunning liquid matte finish that won’t feather or smudge over time. The lipstick’s primer oil complex conditions, while a precision-tip applicator means you can skip the lip liner (and not worry about it transferring or smearing). It's so good, it's even converting non-lipstick wearers: Ipster @-A-m-c- wrote they “generally hate lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, gloss, gel, etc. on my lips. Gotta be a balm/chapstick-like texture or it really bugs me. With that said, the texture of this is perfect—can’t feel it at all and that makes me very happy!” And Ipster @cspencer574 wrote, “Best color ever. Great for nights out as well as every day. Sets down quickly. Pretty with a gold gloss topper also.” Even better: the formula is cruelty-free.

HOLA NEON Matte Liquid Lipstick in FOMO

5. HOLA NEON Matte Liquid Lipstick in FOMO

This bold and unique magenta berry lipstick offers an intense, pigmented color payoff, and little to no fading over time. It also spreads so uniformly that you won’t need a lip liner. Ipster @ajs30 says it’s “definitely a high quality product; color is SUPER rich. Like, your mouth will literally be the same color as the tube.” If that isn't enough, this long-wear matte liquid lipstick is ultra-moisturizing, too.

OFRA COSMETICS Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Versailles

6. OFRA COSMETICS Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Versailles

This nourishing, richly pigmented lip color hydrates and protects your pout every single time you apply it. It’s also smudge- and transfer-proof, but unlike a lot of other long-wear lipsticks, it locks moisture in. The pretty rose-gold metallic flatters most skin tones; as one Ipster says, “Love Ofra and this color is everything!!” And Ipster @ladyace2004_cc admits, “I don't usually like the liquid lipsticks. The applicators make it harder to put properly on my lip. However, this was perfect. I surprisingly loved the color.”

OFRA COSMETICS Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Mocha

7. OFRA COSMETICS Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Mocha

This mauve nude with just a hint of red is another shade from OFRA COSMETICS’ Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick line. Skip the lip liner—just apply the emollient-rich lippie and count on it to act as a form of skin care for your lips. Ipster @jamkev143 says they “love this shade and how it stays on all day.”

REALHER I Am Adaptable Matte Liquid Lipstick

8. REALHER I Am Adaptable Matte Liquid Lipstick

This is the red lipstick that anyone looking for extra glamour should have in their arsenal at all times. “I Am Adaptable” is an unforgettable fire-engine red matte liquid lip color with staying power. Ipster @NerdyRose describes it as a “very pretty matte red. It's not at all drying—and man, what a vivid colour. It's a very wonderful red liquid lipstick,” while another Ipster wrote, “The color goes on smoothly and is vibrant—the formula is fast drying and doesn't transfer.”

LARITZY COSMETICS Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Tidal

9. LARITZY COSMETICS Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Tidal

This cult-favorite liquid matte lipstick is intensely pigmented and water-resistant, meaning it won’t fade away right after you apply it. And if you prefer the feel of a cream lipstick, you’ll love this moisturizing formula. One Ipster “loved this shade and longevity,” while Ipster @kkfig14 declares this liquid lipstick to be “hands down the best shade and love how it stays on all day.”

CIATÉ LONDON Glitter Flip Glitter Liquid Lipstick in Infamous

10. CIATÉ LONDON Glitter Flip Glitter Liquid Lipstick in Infamous

This gorgeous metallic liquid lipstick achieves wow-factor status—minus the mess or the painstaking application. It goes on matte but gradually transforms into a creamy, shimmery finish. The 100% vegan lippie also happens to be great on most skin tones, and it’s formulated with environmentally friendly mica glitter. As Ipster @Jessica_n_f wrote, she's absolutely "in love with this." We can't help but agree.

SUGAR COSMETICS Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick in Trusty Red

11. SUGAR COSMETICS Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick in Trusty Red

This show-stopping classic rusty red lipstick makes the perfect statement, whether you’re at a dinner party or a night on the town. It also happens to be smudge-proof and long-lasting, so you won’t need extra touch-ups. In fact, all you need is a single coat to last you through your entire day–and evening. This everlasting liquid lipstick also happens to be loaded with moisturizing Vitamin E, so your lips stay hydrated for hours. One Ipster notes, “I'm not super huge on liquid lipstick, but this one is actually very nice. It looked great on, stayed on, and matched my skin tone well.”

KOKIE COSMETICS Kissable Liquid Lipstick

12. KOKIE COSMETICS Kissable Liquid Lipstick

This liquid lipstick comes in 31 different shades, and it glides on like second skin. It dries to a kissable matte finish, and is moisturizing and buildable enough for everyday wear. Ipster @goldengirl93 says, “I love this brand and this color! Another one that I use often!” Ipster @WendyLFG loves the beautiful color and the fact that “it stays on longer than some other lipsticks I have worn.”

SO SUSAN Liquid Matte Long-Wear Liquid Lipstick

13. SO SUSAN Liquid Matte Long-Wear Liquid Lipstick

This matte liquid lip color is highly pigmented and smudge-and kiss-proof, all while moisturizing your lips (without being sticky or goopy). It’s formulated with olive oil, cocoa butter, and chamomile butter, all of which make the skin on your lips soft and supple. Swipe a thin layer on with your finger for a long-wear lip stain, or apply two extra coats for extra drama and high-impact color. One Ipster described this matte liquid lipstick as their “new favorite matte liquid lip,” while @cassierawr says “the formula is amazing. It’s really thin, like water, but still packs a lot of pigment.

JOLII COSMETICS Luxe Crème Matte in Focoso

14. JOLII COSMETICS Luxe Crème Matte in Focoso

If you’re looking for the perfect wearable purple lip color, look no further. This lavender-violet crème matte lipstick is infused with a number of soothing waxes and oils, including shea butter and jojoba oil, to leave you with a velvety, long-lasting matte finish while moisturizing your pout. One Ipster says, "This is the perfect fall color—loved the consistency of this lipstick and how I only need one swipe to fill my lips.” Bonus: it's cruelty-free and vegan.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long-Wear Lipsticks

15. TOO FACED COSMETICS Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

This innovative soft matte lip cream feels like a lip gloss going on, but dries to an opaque matte finish. The Volulip infusion plumps and smoothes lips, and the vegan formula also includes avocado oil, Vitamin E, and hyaluronic filling spheres that help retain moisture. One Ipster says, “This has been my most favorite lipstick ever received by Ipsy. It lasts for months and it makes my lips look so plump,” while another is “obsessed with this color! Very pigmented and long lasting.”

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Nirmala Nataraj
Ipster, theater buff, red lipstick wearer 4 life
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Maddie Aberman
Maddie is the senior manager of editorial at IPSY. She’s been covering beauty and wellness for more than nine years. Her work has appeared in Allure, Cosmopolitan, Popsugar, Women's Health, Good Housekeeping, and Seventeen, among other publications.
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Article Last Updated June 1, 2020 12:00 AM