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1. Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick for a legendary lippie loved by makeup artists everywhere.
Promising review: “My goal is to own every shade of Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. The colors are beautiful, the formula is divine. My lips have never looked so good and my hubby doesn’t care if I have lipstick on when he kisses me because it stays on my lips.” —AngieDaz
2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Lip Tar for an unrivaled spectrum of highly-pigmented shades.
Promising review: “As an OCC addict, I’m always looking for new and different colors. When I first saw the new colors, I wasn’t sure they were for me, but I decided to try them because I have such trust in their products. I’m ecstatic with my order! The colors are sooooo different. (I’m normally not very daring in my lip colors…Black Metal Dahlia is the most different color I own and I adore it!) But Indrid is so stunning that it’s changed my mind about trying new colors! Thanks OCC for such amazing products!” —Danielle
3. BH Cosmetics’ Long-Wearing Matte Lipstick for a whole day of full-coverage wear.
Promising review: “WOW!!! This is one of best lipsticks I have ever tried. Will buy again and recommend to all my friends. Goes on smooth and stays on. You must try it.” —Jeanette M.
Get it from BH Cosmetics for $11. Available in 16 colors.
Promising review: “What a great formula. It feels so light and nourishing. Out of all the liquid matte lipstick brands, I think this is the best — not sticky, not tacky, not messy. The brush is short-haired and has a great angle. What an amazing, crazy color. Gerard Cosmetics is the best quality for your money.” —Mommy Pearce
5. Bite Beauty’s Matte Crème Lip Crayon for a matte finish full of moisture.
Promising review: “When I first tried this I was mind blown when I saw how smooth the application was. It is very hydrating and pigmented, they have a beautiful variety of colors. I would really recommend this product to someone with really dry lips like me.” —claudiacute
Get it from Sephora for $24. Available in 19 colors.
6. Lime Crime’s Matte Velvetines, an OG liquid-to-matte lipstick bursting with opaque pigment.
Promising review: “I am so happy I finally purchased one of these Velvetines! This is the first liquid lipstick formula I have tried that doesn’t dry or crack my lips. I apply it once and it lasts pretty much the entire day. It feels moisturizing, which is a blessing. I recommend Googling for accurate color swatches. I can’t wait to pick up more Velvetines! My search for non-drying yet long-lasting liquid lipstick is finally over.” —sleepyrollercoaster
7. Dose of Colors’ Liquid Matte Lipstick for smooth, quick-drying application.
Promising review: “This lipstick is my holy grail. Everyone should have one. I cannot say enough about this. I ordered one for me and my sister, and I use it all the time. The quality is amazing, color is beautiful and unique. You need this in your life; order it and you will never be able to live without it again.” —Amazon Customer
Get it from Dose of Colors for $18. Available in 17 vegan, cruelty-, gluten-, and paraben-free colors.
8. Melt Cosmetics’ Ultra Matte Lipsticks for a solid lipstick in a variety of vibrant, non-traditional shades.
Promising review: “I was a MAC-makeup-only girl until I started to get a bad rash on my lips. I ventured out and bought different lipsticks and a lot of them caused irritation, until I fount Melt. I bought this hoping it would be safe for me and guess what? I’m in the clear! No rash! Not only do I love the color, it smells great. Thank you for the wonderful products you offer.” —Melissa Baray
Get it from Melt Cosmetics for $19. Available in 22 colors.
9. Liquid Matte Lipstick by Huda Beauty for comfortable wear in gorgeous shades of red, pink, and neutral.
Promising review: “I am obsessed with liquid lipsticks. I have watched every review on every brand of liquid lipstick, and have bought so many I no longer even have a place to store them. This brand is by far my favorite! It looks so gorgeous and it glides on so easily. It’s not super drying, which is awesome, and the color ‘Muse’ is everything i have been looking for.” —makeupbymariah1
Get it from Sephora for $20. Available in 16 colors, all gluten-, cruelty-, phthalate-, and paraben-free.
10. Soft Matte Lip Cream by NYX Cosmetics for a buttery, non-drying formula.
Promising review: “I love these. They glide on so smooth and smell like cake frosting. The color range is phenomenal, from lights all the way to super darks. I love the light pink Tokyo, red Monte Carlo, Stockholm, and the super-dark vampy shades, like dark wine Copenhagen, and super-dark purple/almost black Transylvania and Vancouver. These don’t dry my lips too much and I have extremely dry, cracky lips. These are beautiful. A ‘lip cream’ is the perfect name for these.” —Autumn
Get it from Ulta for $5.99. Available in 34 colors.
11. Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick by Smashbox for vivid colors that are velvety and water-resistant.
Promising review: “The second you even swatch this lipstick, you realize that all of the other liquid lipsticks you have ever seen or tried are paltry amateurs and you’ve finally met a professional. When I first swatched Bawse and saw how gorgeous and rich the color was, I thought I died and went to heaven. It is so beautiful and flattering, and the formula is perfect. It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing any product on your lips at all and it is so comfortable. You have to try it to believe it. This lipstick is straight up unbelievable. if you’re interested in the holy grail, it is here. It is this. It is EVERYTHING.” —cnstptdmonkey
12. Sunna Claore’s Kissproof Liquid Matte for a one-and-done application.
Promising review: “As always, the Sunna Claore formula is my favorite. It will stay on for. Ever. I can trust it when I have a busy 14-hour day, even through meals. I love it.” —Melissa
Get it from Sunna Claore Cosmetics for $16. Available in 16 cruelty-free colors.
13. MAC Matte Lipsticks for a sophisticated, cult-favorite finish.
Promising review: “I love MAC’s matte lipsticks. In a world of liquid mattes, this is a great alternative. It’s not as drying as the liquid lippies and the color packs a punch! These are the only lip tubes I’ll wear!” —macjunkie
14. ColourPop’s Ultra Matte Lip for the absolute best bang for your buck.
Promising review: “I’m in love! I’ve been using ‘cheap’ lipsticks that cost MORE that didn’t do half as well as this does. It doesn’t transfer, is a TRUE matte, and stays on very well when eating and drinking through straws. It’s a little tricky to apply around the edges, but that’s to be expected from any liquid lipstick. The color is AMAZING! I adore it, and plan to buy more in the future.” —Liz
Get it from ColourPop for $6. Available in 45 colors, never tested on animals.
Promising review: “Oh my goodness! How did MAC find the perfect balance between matte and moisture? I have tried many brands — to my dissatisfaction — and nothing compares to the Retro Matte. The applicator tip is brilliant! I am able to outline my lips and fill them in without it caking. Most mattes sit on top of your lips; this one fills in all the grooves with color that will last. I have several colors and am going back for more.” —electriceclectic
Promising review: “I honestly bought this lipstick on a whim during one of my trips to the store. I had been looking for a very specific shade of dusty rose/light mauve when I stumbled upon the color Lust for Blush. This matte lipstick is a serious gem! It’s very comfortable on the lips since it’s a creamy matte. It applies evenly and does not cling to dry patches on the lips. True to color. I am so impressed! Please do not ever discontinue this formula!” —Ashleymartin1394
Promising review: “I can’t seem to stop wearing it. I keep going on their website to buy different shades. There is no better nude on the market than their shade Child Star.” —Too Faced Lover
18. Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick by Jouer Cosmetics for a soft, weightless finish in a variety of neutral hues.
Promising review: “Got this in Melon and Terra after watching a few YouTubers rave about it…and they’re right! Both colors are perfect for everyday wear. Terra is my favorite! Not too dark, not too light. It does need reapplying after eating, but color stays beautiful throughout the day. Not drying, no streaking.” —nordstromie808
19. Ofra’s Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick for edgy pigment that’s full-effect and non-feathering.
Promising review: “With the whole liquid lipstick craze, this is by far the best formula on the market. It’s the only one that I really see on my lips but don’t feel. It lasts a long time and there are so many beautiful shades. I want to own them all. Great job, Ofra!” —Joanne Sabourin
Get it from Ofra Cosmetics for $19.90. Available in 52 colors.
20. e.l.f. Matte Lip Color for soft, moisturizing color from a $3 lip pencil.
Promising review: “I purchased this lipstick in a nice neutral shade when going for a more natural, glowy look. It’s easy to apply, and the applicator comes with a sharpener build in to the bottom, (it pops right off, very cool)!” —Mimi1985
Get it from e.l.f. Cosmetics for $3. Available in 15 colors.
21. Liquid Lipstick by Anastasia Beverly Hills that delivers ultra-saturated impact makeup lovers swear by.
Promising review: “I’m convinced Anastasia is determined to rob me. I initially had my doubts about the liquid lipsticks because she only had brow products on lockdown. Now, a year later, I’ve purchased three shades in Heathers, Sarafine, and Trust Issues. The product goes on very thick but dries like *that* so you don’t have to worry about feathering and smudging. I would advise priming your lips with a lip balm, and exfoliating your lips as well so you get more wear out of it. The pigmentation is rich and vibrant, and can be paired with each other to create ombre looks or new shades. It goes on creamy, and doesn’t dry out your lips throughout the day! It even moisturizes your lips! I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for good high-end matte lipstick. I hope Anastasia Beverly Hills releases more shades in the coming seasons.” —DajiRuhu
Promising review: “Lip Couture is one of the genuine waterproof lipsticks out there that I would recommend if you want a lipstick that virtually doesn’t need retouching, feels sexy on the lips, and has colors that are oh so fashionable.” —The Beauty Junkee
Get it from LA Splash Cosmetics for $14. Available in 24 colors.
23. The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil by NARS for rich hues enhanced by emollients, vitamin E, and silicone.
Promising review: “Can you marry your lip pencil?” —cantbejenny
24. The Lip Bar Matte Liquid Lipstick for a fresh, affordable take on the liquid-to-matte trend.
Promising review: “The quality is amazing! It doesn’t transfer on cups or any other surfaces. It’s a very nice matte that stays on throughout the day with very little re-application. Because the quality is unlike any other matte lipstick I’ve tried, I went ahead and got the rest of the colors available on Target’s website.” —YoYum
Promising review: “I initially purchased three of the cream/satin finish lipsticks, and then accidentally bought one with a comfort matte finish a few months later. And OMG. The ‘comfort matte’ descriptor is 100% accurate. I much prefer the comfort matte finish now. All of the ones I have are so creamy and feel luxurious. They are not transfer-proof (of course), but can be quite long-wearing. But most importantly, the pigment is intense!” —krishnae
The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.
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