The Best Long Lasting Lip Colors

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Unlike the latest contour creams and brow gels, lipstick has been a mainstay in many a makeup bag for decades. But getting it to stay put past lunch is a mystery that has eluded makeup lovers for just as long. Because nothing perks up a complexion and makes more of an impact than the right lipstick, we found the best budge-proof formulas in a variety of finishes. Here's the long-wear pick for your pout.

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Gloss

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High-shine formulas are notorious for their five-minute life cycles. The trick is finding a gloss that has bit of tack, so it clings to lips, but doesn’t feel sticky. Chanel's Lèvres Scintillantes Glossimer is a constant winner in our annual beauty awards, makeup artist Jeannia Robinette has noted that this winning formula “isn’t runny yet wears for hours.”

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Satin

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These rich and creamy bullets deliver intense color in one swipe. Available in over 40 colors, Nars Audacious lipsticks are “rich and creamy, and it has a satin finish, which is so wearable,” says makeup artist Johnny Saade. “You get perfect opaque coverage that's long lasting. It's everything you could want in a lipstick,” he adds.

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Matte

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Matte lipsticks might not slide off like a gloss but they can crack of crumble by day’s end….so finding a version that stays put yet feels comfortable is the hard feat here. Julep's matte lip mousse glides onto lips without tugging. It then dries down to a soft velvet finish. One editor applied this before breakfast and found that it stayed put all the way through a late night work dinner. Better yet, it didn’t settle into lines even after a full day of wear.

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