If we can be really honest, few makeup items pack a beauty punch like a gorgeous lipstick. Whether you’re a natural neutral lady, a pretty pink gal or a retro red siren, a simple stroke can instantly transform your entire look (and mood).

But we all know that all lipsticks are not created equal, especially those that leave annoying smudges on your coffee cup, your red bean bun or even your significant other. And more recently, the need to find one that still stays intact on your lips when you remove your mask becomes a very real need.


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Granted, there are plenty of tricks out there that you can try to get your lip colour to last longer but when it comes to serious staying power, you simply can’t overlook long-lasting lipstick formulas. Swipe on once, then eat, drink, and kiss to your heart’s content – reapplication is hardly needed.

While most long-lasting lipsticks (or kiss-proof lipsticks, if that’s your ultimate test!) come in the form of liquid lipsticks these days, nothing beats the satisfaction of twisting the tube of a traditional lipstick and swiping the velvet bullet on your pout. These are the best 20 long-lasting lipsticks that put the “stick” in lipstick.

1. Maybelline Color Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick


The name may suggest something chalky and perhaps mildly uncomfortable but you’d be surprised at how the actual formula is the complete opposite: the velvety formula envelops lips and forms a cushion-like veil that’s rich in high-coverage pigments.

Infused with honey nectar to keep lips hydrated, this matte lippie is the one to reach for if you want something that doesn’t budge through food and drinks. This is definitely one of the most long-lasting lipsticks you can find without breaking your bank.

Maybelline Color Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick retails for RM27.90 at major pharmacies such as Guardian as well as online at Hermo.

2. L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipstick


Infused with jojoba and rosehip oils, this intensely rich formula promises a long-lasting colour minus the drying and cracking that come with other matte lipsticks. With just one swipe, you’ll get a three-dimensional super matte finish without forsaking the comfort you desire.

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipstick retails for RM39.90 at major pharmacies such at Watsons and Guardian as well as online at Hermo.

3. Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick


Revlon is one of the main purveyors of long-lasting lipstick, and this creamy matte lipstick is the one of the best affordable long-lasting options that you can get your hands on.

It dresses lips in intense, rich colour with just one swipe, and it lasts for hours on end without feathering or flaking.

Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick retails for RM37.90 at major pharmacies such as Watsons and Guardian as well as online at Shopee and Lazada.

4. M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick


A lipstick doesn’t achieve and retain its cult status – for years, mind you – for no reason. Case in point: this iconic lipstick from M.A.C.

Its must-have shade, Ruby Woo is a real crowd-pleaser as it’s the perfect shade of red that flatters virtually every skin tone. You’ll also love that the long-wear formula is void of any shine or glitter to give you the boldest, most glamorous crimson pout.

M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick retails for RM84 at all M.A.C stores and counters as well as online at the M.A.C website, and Lazada.

5. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil


Shaped like a jumbo pencil, this non-drying formula contains rich emollients and vitamin E for a creamy texture that stays put and vibrant for hours. Plus, its pencil format makes it super easy for anyone to achieve pro-like precision. This is definitely one of the kiss-proof lipsticks you want to invest in that you know won’t kiss and tell.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil retails for RM97 at all NARS boutiques and online at Zalora.

6. Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Crème Lipstick


Infused with algae extract from the Mediterranean Sea, this silky lipstick moisturises and smooths skin’s appearance as micronised pigments coats the lips for an intense yet weightless finish.

Available in a massive collection of 32 shades, the formula can last up to six hours without fading, bleeding, drying or settling into lines.

Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Crème Lipstick retails for RM105 at all Laura Mercier counters.

7. Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte


Adding some drama to your look is as easy as a click on the rose cap with this chic lippie. Choose from 25 pigmented shades that glide effortlessly and don’t dry out lips thanks to the brand’s light powder technology. One of the most long-lasting lipsticks in the market? That’s for sure.

Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte retails from RM117.60 at all Lancome boutiques as well as online at Lancome’s website.

8. Pretty Vulgar Bury Them With A Smile Matte Lipstick


This long-lasting lipstick delivers perfectly mattified lips that still feel moisturised courtesy of the formula’s blend of hydrating butters and nourishing oils. It goes on sheer at first swipe, so you can build the intensity according to your preference of the day.

Pretty Vulgar Bury Them With A Smile Matte Lipstick retails for RM108 at Sephora.

9. Guerlain Rouge G Customizable Lipstick


You can’t call yourself a lipstick aficionado without owning this glorious lipstick. The lipstick, enriched with plant-based polymers, micro-crystals, jojoba, mango butter, and hyaluronic acid, envelops the lips in smooth, luscious colour that doesn’t budge once it’s set.

But the chic casing, which comes with a double mirror, deserves a special shout-out as the work of art takes the lipstick from amazing to iconic with its ingenious design that lets you dress your lips on the go effortlessly.

The best part? The lipstick has recently been reinvented to a refill design where you can pick your favourite casing and lipstick shade from the countless variants available.

Guerlain Rouge G Customizable Lipstick retails for RM149 for the bullet refill at all Guerlain counters and Sephora stores as well as online at sephora.my. Lipstick case sold separately.

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10. Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick


For maximum matte effect that is equal parts pigmented and hydrated, look no further than this richly pigmented lipstick that adorns the lips in a lightweight veil of opaque colour.

And if a sensually creamy formula isn’t enough, it’s also infused with optical diffusers that blur the appearance of imperfections and is combined with a blend of polymers to provide flexibility and adherence.

Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate the black-lacquered couture case fashioned with a surrealist golden lip? We don’t expect anything less than the Mother of Makeup, to be honest.

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick retails for RM165 at Sephora stores.

11. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick


With a massive lineup of 100 addictive shades in six indulgent finishes, it’s really tough to beat Urban Decay’s Vice lipstick series.

But for colours that stay on and on without fading or budging, you can count on the comfort matte finishes that provide an intense colour laydown in the creamiest matte effect with just one swipe.

While the pigments hug the lips for a rich colour payout, the lipstick is loaded with nourishing ingredients such as a yummy and comforting butter blend that includes Malaysian illipe butter as well as a cocktail of aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils plus antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick retails for RM80 at Urban Decay and Sephora stores.

12. Milani Cosmetics Classic Color Statement Lipstick


Making a statement with your lips is easy peasy when you have this in your makeup stash. Ranging from pretty pinks to radiant reds, this long-wearing lipstick makes your lips feel as good as they look thanks to its pampering formula that’s infused with nourishing, antioxidant-rich vitamins A and C. This is considered one of the best kiss-proof lipsticks that feels super comfortable.

Milani Cosmetics Classic Color Statement Lipstick retails for RM34.35 at Watsons.

13. Silkygirl OMG! Powder Matte Lipcolor


Gliding velvety smooth onto the lips for an ultra-comfortable wear, this lippie contains avocado oil as well as extracts of chamomile and aloe vera to protect, soothe, and moisturise. Long-lasting lipsticks that are super affordable? This is top on our list, for sure!

Silkygirl OMG! Powder Matte Lipcolor retails for RM26.90 at major pharmacies such as Watsons and Guardian as well as online at Hermo, Shopee, and Lazada.

14. Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Matte


Loved by industry-insiders for its innovative approach to colour makeup, it’s hard to do a list of long-lasting lip colours without including Shu Uemura in the line-up.

This lip formula combines a powdery matte finish and a creamy, easy-to-spread texture to wrap your lips comfortably in a velvety, comfortable colour.

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Matte retails for RM102 at all Shu Uemura boutiques.

15. Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick


Enriched with mango butter, hyaluronic acid, ceramide-like molecules, and luffa oil, this luxe lippie delivers long-lasting wear up to 16 hours without streaking, fading or drying out lips.

You can choose from a palette of hues that range from iconic reds, vibrant corals, passionate pinks, romantic rosewoods, and bright statement-making shades but our hearts belong to the signature Rouge 999, a flamboyantly sexy crimson.

Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick retails for RM143 at all Dior boutiques.

16. Hermès Rouge Hermes Lipstick


Released earlier this year to much anticipation among luxury lovers and beauty enthusiasts, the Rouge Hermès collection – which is just one part of Hermès Beauté that the French luxury house is positioning as a full range of beauty products – consists of lipsticks that go on perfectly smooth with little effort and doesn’t give away even after food and drinks. This is what you should invest in if you’re sparing no efforts in your pursuit for long-lasting lipsticks.

Hermès Rouge Hermes Lipstick retails for RM315 at Parkson Pavilion KL.

17. Smashbox Always On Cream To Matte Lipstick


This vegan, cruelty-free option is a rich, long-wearing lipstick that glides on like a cream and sets to a velvety matte without drying out lips.

The full-coverage pigment easily applies like a traditional lipstick but gives you the precise, saturated look of a liquid lipstick that won’t cake, fade, flake, bleed, smudge or feather for 12 hours. Sounds like a perfect kiss-proof lipstick to us!

Smashbox Always On Cream To Matte Lipstick retails for RM99 at Sephora stores and on sephora.my.

18. Dear Dahlia Lip Paradise Effortless Matte Lipstick


Made with cacao seed butter, this full-coverage, true-matte lippie offers major colour payoff in a silky smooth texture that doesn’t cake or flake. The formula is also infused with the brand’s patented dahlia variabilis flower extract, which is found to possess antioxidant and anti-ageing properties.

Dear Dahlia Lip Paradise Effortless Matte Lipstick retails for RM145 on sephora.my.

19. Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet Lipstick


Comfortably soft and weightless, this couture lipstick delivers an ultra-matte finish from the very first stroke and covers the lips in an intense colour for up to 12 hours.

Givenchy Le Rouge Deep Velvet Lipstick retails for RM145 at Sephora stores and on sephora.my.

20. Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick


Available in a whopping line-up of 24 weightless colours that range from nudes and pinks to blues and greens, we can guarantee there’s a shade for every lipstick lover when it comes to this ultra-slim lippie. Buildable and intense, the creamy texture allows lips to feel moisturised and hydrated while staying put all day.

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick retails for RM84 at Sephora stores and on sephora.my.

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