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If you’ve been hanging out around these rosy parts for awhile, you know that my lovelovelove for a good bold lip runs deeeeeeeep. My favorite things to accentuate are lips and lashes (catchy, amiright???), so give me all ye best mascaras and longwear lippies and I’m a hamper camper. With V-Day right around the corner, I know we’ve all got a few things on our minds.
1.) If you’ve got a date with Ben AND Jerry, you’re going to be quite busy. You need lipstick that’s going to last to the very end (of the pint).
2.) Pete Za has a reputation. You don’t want your lip product to be smeared all over your face alongside your toppings o’ choice when you’re done – ain’t nobody got time for that.
3.) Kissing. Enough said.
Really tho, whether you’re planning on quality me time, Galentine’s day festivities (mine are this coming weekend – hollah!), or date night with the beau, a lippy that lasts is non-negotiable. (Read: “lippy” = lip product). I’m a *huge* sucker for lip products; if you follow me on Snapchat, you might’ve caught recent peeks at my lippy drawer…I must have over 100. Absurd, yes. Necessary…YES. Ha! I’m rounding up the best of the best in kiss proof lipsticks and lippies, because ain’t nobody got time to constantly reapply when other, more important things are happening. Like kissing, or a pint of Phish food. Ya feel? Also, #RealTalk…I can be the absolute worst at applying makeup sometimes. Like, don’t get me wrong, I can rise to any occasion. But I’m also the girl that showed up to a MAC event and greeted the PR girl WITH LIPSTICK ON MY TEETH. *insert face slap emoji here* I’m typically a fake-it-’til-ya-make-it kinda girl in the makeup department, but some things just can’t be faked.
The same way you can’t fake good versus bad breath when the moment comes, ya also can’t fake lipstick that doesn’t transfer right over, to Pete Za or the love of the life. Either way, kiss proof lipstick is a necessity. So I rounded up 11 of my fave kiss proof lipsticks and lippies, plus two absolute MUSTS to have on hand for the prep beforehand. Let’s begin.
First thing’s first: PREP.
I recently got my hands on MAC’s Lip Scrubtious and it. is. game. changing. My lips get suuuuuuper chapped + dry in the winter, and I need to exfoliate ’em on the reg to not be peely and gross. #Attractive, I know. I’ve used a whole BUNCHA scrubs before, from Elf’s $2 lip scrub stick to Lush’s cult-classic Mint Juleps, and NOTHING comes anywhere close to MAC’s recent release in my eyes. Elf’s does the exfoliating job, but it can basically exfoliate off ALL YO’ LIPS…it’s super harsh. Lush’s is gooooood, but it feels pretty piecey and crumbly to me, and a bit like an event to exfoliate. MAC’s Lip Scrubtious is juuuuuust right – it’s sugar-based with conditioners in it, so your pucker comes out looking + feeling seriously smoochable. I’ve got the flavor/scent Candied Nectar, and it smells PHENOMENAL. It’s one of those crack products that I sit at my desk sniffing like a crazy person. 😉
After I use Lip Scrubtious, I follow up with this gem from Clarin’s. I got this at a PR event recently and it was love at first application. I have the scent/shade “Honey” and I use this duo together predominantly before bed at night. That’s how I noticed the huge difference it makes – instead of waking up feeling parched, I wake up with lips feeling plump and hydrated. BLESS. UP.
Snag both products here:
Now, KISS PROOF LIPSTICKS + LIPPIES.
I didn’t want to bore/overwhelm ya with literal lip swatches of every.single.lippy, so I picked out 3 to highlight: my absolute favorite red, a fabulous everyday nude (from the drugstore!), and one of my alltime favorite formulas in a fun hot pink.
First up, this fun everyday nude. Bonus: Right now it’s buy one, get one 50% off!
Get it here – 10 Nude Flush. It’s Buy One Get One 50% off, AND it’s less than $8 to begin with… And here are my earrings (which I’ve worn every day since they came in last week), and my white wrap top (under $22!).
I love this formula and have it in 3 colors. It’s definitely buildable, and I think the feel on yo’ lips changes depending on how much product you use. A lighter layer will be more kiss proof, since it will dry quicker and leave a more matte finish. But layering on a few swipes (it’s got a lipgloss-like wand!) definitely feels more wet, so it’s a good remedy if you hate the feel of overly drying liquid lipsticks. I’m wearing 10 Nude Flush!
Next up is this red…are ya sick of hearing about it yet?! HA. 😉 It’s just my absolute favorite, and I’m completely obsessed with it. This red is a must in every girl’s makeup bag, because it’s genuinely the perfect red lipstick. It’s blue-toned, meaning it’ll make yo’ teeth look whiter. #bless. It’s super matte, super pigmented, and super easy to apply. #bless. It’s DEFINITELY a long lasting kiss proof lipstick, AND I don’t find the formula drying at all. #BLESS. I would buy ten tubes and just keep them lined up ready to go, because this lipstick is hands down my favorite in the kiss proof lipstick, classic red, and overall flattering lippy category. (Hint: I wear Ruby Woo!)
Get it here – it’ll show the picture for a liner, but don’t worry, it’s the lipstick!
Next up is my Melted lipstick in Jelly Donut. Obvi…I like pink. And when it comes to bright, bold hot pink, this takes the cake. But my FAVORITE quality about this product is hands down the formula. It’s SO not-drying while still lasting for hours, which I 100% appreciate. The color selection is fabulous, but I just can’t get over how it feels on your pucker. The applicator is also foolproof – it’s a soft sponge tip, so you can apply this nearly exactly how you’d apply your favorite tubed lip gloss.
Get it here – Melted Jelly Donut. And here are my super fun pom earrings – just bought ’em, already love ’em! And here’s my super soft striped top – I’m buying this in the black version today. It’s SO STINKING SOFT, ridiculously versatile, great quality *and* affordable.
Now, more kiss proof lipstick + longwear lippies for Valentine’s Day + beyond, just like your love.
Top to bottom…
LipSense – I had one sent to me on a whim, and I was SUPER skeptical. Then I put it on, and it burned…and I was even MORE skeptical. But here me out. It definitely gives off a weird tingling effect when you first put on the colored tube, which is supposedly normal; the formula is made specifically to be super longlasting and kiss proof, and it also has chemical exfoliant properties in it, meaning it’s helping clear up dry patches WHILE lasting. The clear “gloss” tube goes on right after the color, and it’s meant to be a sort of neutralizer – any sort of burning or tingling sensation stops as soon as you put the gloss overtop. Most definitely a kiss proof lipstick – this baby lasts all. day.
Maybelline’s Vivid Matte Liquid – See above!
MAC Ruby Woo – See above! (P.S. When you select “Ruby Woo” it shows a liner as the image, but you’re getting the lipstick!)
TooFaced Melted – See above!
Pop Beauty’s Permanent Pout – Immediate disclaimer: These have an interesting smell to them. I can’t even describe it – it’s just not your typical overly fruity or floral sorta scent that typically accompanies lip products. They’re glossy upon application and immediately dry to be matte and longlasting. These babies STICK. Like, if I swatch them on my hand, running water on it won’t budge the formula – they require makeup removing wipes to get off. Fun color selections and affordable price point. For Valentine’s Day, I’d recommend Rouge Red!
Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick – I mean…the name speaks for itself amirght??? I’ve got Bawse and LOVELOVELOVE. It actually reminds me a lot of Ruby Woo in coloration, it’s just obviously a liquid lipstick instead of a lipstick tube…so they’re like the ultimate duo together. Blue-toned, so again, makes yo’ teeth look whiter! I don’t find this to be a drying formula at all, but it’s SUPER long lasting, so I’d definitely recommend.
Sigma Power Stick – This is the lipstick I’m wearing in all of my new CUR branded photos, which are still in the process of being placed in various key locations…have ya caught any yet? 😉 I’ve got the signature Sigma Pink. It’s flawless. This baby lasts ALL DAY. I will say you should definitely do the little finger trick where you make an “O” shape with your mouth and slide your finger in and out to get any excess formula off, but I’d recommend that for ANY lip product. The Power Stick is SUPER pigmented, so literally one strategic swipe will cover your lips and last all day. Seriously.
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor – I have the shades “High Drama” and “Topped with Brandy”; “Topped with Brandy” is what I was wearing in this Instagram and on Snapchat when I had some Q’s and compliments come in about it. Browns in lip colors are SO in right now, and at first, I was like HECK NO, I can’t rock that! But alas, it works. This formula is super longlasting and definitely a kiss proof lipstick, but be warned…it takes a hot sec to apply correctly. This is NOT a swipe-and-go formula, which I learned the hard way. HA. Especially since it’s *so* pigmented, take the time to first line yo’ lips and carefully apply the liquid lipcolor. It’ll dry quickly. Just watch the mirror on and off throughout the day to make sure you don’t have a weird patch of color missing or smudged if you touch your face all!
Covergirl Outlast – Such an oldie but goodie. I’ve got “Into the Fuschia,” and I swear I must’ve had this for at least a year and it’s still going strong, because a little bit goes a long way! I will say I fell off of this product for a bit, because I felt like it was TOO long lasting where it would clump together in color and you had to full on rub to get it off. But I gave it another shot, and so far so good! It says on the tube “longwear + moisture,” which just speaks to me. It’s also only $4, so ya can’t beat that.
NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – I wear “Pink Lust,” as seen here, and it’s definitely a poppy pink! This formula is great because it’s SO pigmented, you can go with a tiny dab for your entire pucker and it’s going to give you the color you want with basically no product on it. Also drugstore, AND they’re buy one get one 50% off right now, too!
Laura Geller’s Luscious Lips Lipstick – This is so good. The formula reminds me a LOT of the Too Faced Melted line, actually. It has Vitamin E in it and a special texturizing gel, so it’s not drying. It’s really NOT drying! A liquid lipstick that’s NOT DRYING!! It’s full coverage color, high pigment, and dries semi-matte, and it’s *not* sticky at all (another rarity for liquid lipsticks). A+ product right here, girlfriend!
Do you have a favorite kiss proof lipstick?
I wanna know! Valentine’s Day is still over a week away, so there’s time to test + stock up. If you’ve tried any sort of kiss proof lipstick, liquid lippy, or other random lippy that you’ve particularly loveloveloved, drop it in a comment below. This girl can never have too many lipsticks. 😉