14 Long-Lasting Lipsticks That Won’t Bleed Into Fine Lines or Wrinkles
We’re not shy about our weakness for a flutter-maximizing mascara, and we aren’t ashamed to admit our borderline-concerning dependence on dark circle-busting concealer—but nothing will ever, ever compare to our love for lipstick. Why do Southern women love lipstick so?
Because the woman doesn’t make the mascara or the concealer, but the woman most certainly makes the lipstick. She chooses between bright red, dusty rose, and barely-there pink; she decides whether to go with matte, satin, or glossy finish. It’s the ultimate beauty moment, totally customized.
As we get older, lipstick can start changing its tune. Suddenly creamy formulas are bleeding into fine lines, and things start looking more melted crayon than Marilyn Monroe. That’s when we know it’s time to make the switch to long-lasting, matte formulas. Just a tiny tweak, it keeps your lipstick from bleeding and smudging (watch out, fine lines and wrinkled lips!).
First comes prep. Follow these guidelines for how to stop lipstick from bleeding into fine lines and ensure your lipstick stays all day. Repeat after us: Exfoliate, prime, line, and powder. Next comes the formula. For that, we’ve rounded up the best lipsticks with major staying power. From drugstore to designer, and from bold red to pretty pink, you’ll find just the age-defying lipstick to fit your style and budget.
Here are the best long-wear lipsticks that don’t bleed into fine line or wrinkles.
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil
Go-To Shade: Dolce Vita
It's an icon for a reason—that being, you won't find a velvety matte finish as perfect as this lipstick pencil. Not to mention, it boasts a color range full of nudes, pinks, reds, and purples that will make you start a running must-have list.
The most popular shade is undeniably this dusty rose color, with the classic reds ("Cruella" and "Dragon Girl") coming in a close second and third place.
BUY IT: $27; nordstrom.com
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color
Go-To Shade: Temptation
What we love about this drugstore lippie is that it offers a soft matte finish without drying out your lips. It feels lightweight enough to forget you have it on (proceed with caution!) and will stay put through coffee and lunch. We'll vouch for that.
You'll find a fun pop of color in this hot raspberry-pink shade, but Southern gals will also love the classic red, "Love."
BUY IT: $5.99; ulta.com
Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Liquid Lip Color
Go-To Shade: Coral Minerals
A long-wear velvet lip color that comes complete with anti-aging benefits? We'll take two! It glides on with a mousse-like texture and packs your lips with hydrating and smoothing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamins A & E, and anti-aging peptides. This warm coral shade is basically a kicked-up version of your everyday nude.
BUY IT: $9.99; cvs.com
Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon Lipstick
Go-To Shade: Hustle In Heels
We don't always trust the new kid on the block, but this long-wear crayon lipstick deserves the attention. The precise tip helps the color glide onto your lips with ease and exactness. Stayability? Well, it's in the name.
BUY IT: $7.99; target.com
Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer
Go-To Shade: Nude Pop
What makes this Clinique product stand out amongst its many fan-favorites (hello, Almost Lipstick in "Black Honey!") is the built-in primer. It smoothes and moisturizes, which makes a huge difference when it comes to wrinkled lips, but does not sacrifice lasting color thanks to a modern velvet finish. This shade will be your ultimate everyday nude.
BUY IT: $19.50; sephora.com
IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain
Go-To Shade: Pretty Woman
We couldn't pick any other shade, even if just for the name. What exactly does 4-in-1 mean? Think a product that's somehow equal parts balm, lipstick, stain, and gloss. This product is formulated to have the hydration of a balm, the lasting effect of a stain, and a natural-looking flush of long-wear color.
BUY IT: $20; macys.com
NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick
Go-To Shade: Embellishment
Any lipstick lover will tell you: This drugstore matte color is basically heaven-sent—and on a budget, too. We'll back them up. You won't find a more reliable liquid lipstick to tote around in your purse.
It's easy to apply (like a lip gloss that dries into a perfect long-wear matte finish) and comes in the most shades. Every autumn, we find ourselves stocking up on this muted mauve.
Don't be fooled, though. This is as matte as it gets; don't purchase if you're really looking for a demi-matte or satin finish.
BUY IT: $4.90; ulta.com
Dior Rouge Lipstick
Go-To Shade: 999 (Duh!)
It’s an absolute, perfect true red that works on any skin tone and makes its incredible quality known upon first swipe. Basically...the holy grail of lip color. Go with the satin or matte finish—because it's not going to go anywhere, regardless. It might be Christian Dior's ultimate secret.
BUY IT: $37; sephora.com
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Go-To Shade: Bacca
You might recognize the name from Stila's cult-favorite eyeliner. Just like its long-wear sibling, this liquid lipstick doesn't mess around. Pair the two together, and you'll make it through any "crying while eating" situation you find yourself in, makeup fully intact. (Is that a thing?)
This is the ultimate raspberry shade to rock every season.
BUY IT: $22; nordstrom.com
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
Go-To Shade: Siren in Scarlet
Meet your drugstore "Dior Rouge." You don't have to pick between creamy and matte with this game-changing pick. You get long-lasting bold matte color with a surge of creamy texture. Win-win.
BUY IT: $6; ulta.com
Kosas Weightless Lip Color
Go-To Shade: Rosewater
Not into matte or long-wear? Go with lip-powerhouse Kosas' barely-there sheer rose color. The hydrating formula melts pleasantly into the lips and stays all day—and the semi-translucent color won't appear smudged or bleeding. We suggest pumping up the color (and hydration!) with extra swipes throughout the day.
BUY IT: $28; sephora.com
Glossier Generation G
Go-To Shade: Cake
Just when you think matte lipstick needs to look painstakingly perfect (or risk appearing all sorts of wonky and eskew), this formula comes along with an effortlessly diffused, matte wash of color. All six shades master that just-blotted look, but we favor the subtle peach for a healthy everyday flush.
BUY IT: $18; glossier.com
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Plump and Shine Lipstick
Go-To Shade: Guava Plump
As we get older, we start losing collagen and elasticity in our face, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Combat those signs of aging with a formula that plumps up your lips. The result? A soft, glossy, and visibly plumped pout with a subtle flush of color. Whether you pick something sheer and colorless, or something bright and poppy, it makes a statement.
BUY IT: $9.99; lorealparisusa.com
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
Go-To Shade: Pillow Talk
If you haven't heard of this iconic lipstick shade, let us introduce you. This product is nothing less than a miracle-worker. You'll find a long-lasting, buildable, and hydrating formula with a soft cashmere finish. Once you swipe on the best-selling rose-nude color, you'll never go back.
BUY IT: $34; sephora.com