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Battle of the Drugstore Liquid Lipsticks

I’ve been in search of a good drugstore liquid lipstick that’s more convenient than online shopping and cheaper than the luxury brands. So, after scouring the makeup community for suggestions, I found the following lipsticks and decided to put them to the test.

The stipulations:

  • I must wear it for 12 hours with no touch-ups

  • I have to eat with the lipstick on

  • I have to drink coffee (oh, the shame) and see if it transfers

All prices are from Ulta.com. (Also, ignore my frown in some of the after photos – long days of class can do that to a person.)

NYX Lingerie in Ruffle Trim ($6.99)

Surprisingly, this went on silky smooth (probably why it’s called Lingerie), and the color stayed on for quite a while. Even when it felt like my lips were a disaster, they weren’t too bad – it was just the color that had faded. The texture did get a bit weird throughout the day, as if the formula had clumped together.

Coffee Test: B+ (Bit of transfer, but nothing too drastic.)

Food Test: B (Comfortable while eating, but had to watch how I ate to avoid digesting my entire lipstick.)

Overall: 7/10 – Would Recommend

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Kisses ($9.49)

Honestly, I was dreading this day. I had worn it before for thirty minutes or so (I wasn’t a big fan then), and it translated when I wore it for the day. When you put it on, it transfers on everything. Look at my poor coffee mug! Aesthetically pleasing – maybe. Good for long-wear lipstick – not so much.

I decided to blot off the top layer to avoid getting my lipstick on everything – and the pigment went away a little bit, but not too much. It stayed for about twenty minutes before fading. I got back from class literally four hours after I had put it on and it was faded to the point where it looked like I wasn’t wearing lipstick at all – utterly failing the 12 hour test (It also failed the 5 hour test). It also makes me sad this one was the most expensive. At least the formula smells good?

Don’t be fooled by the after smile – I’m smiling through the disappointment

Coffee Test: F (is there a rating worse than failing?)

Food Test: N/A (It had faded too much by then.)

Overall: 2/10 (2 points just because the formula smells good.)

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in Red Punch ($7.99)

This lipstick was…a little less than okay. Don’t get me wrong – the pigment was amazing, it felt like velvet, the formula seemed pretty good – but there are just some things that really annoy me about lipsticks, and this one checked a lot of the boxes. It transferred to anything with ease, it started to feather around my lips, and it felt like there was always a cream on my lips that never dried. The only way I would wear this again would be to a formal event where I wasn’t eating or drinking, and I would definitely use lip liner to avoid the feathering. Other than that, I wouldn’t recommend for long-wear lipstick.

Coffee Test: D+ (If you blot it.)

Food Test: F

Overall: 3.5/10

Rimmel London Provocalips 16-hour Kissproof Lipstick in Wish Upon A Berry ($6.99)

I’d like to thank Her Campus for showing me the light that is this beautiful lipstick. We were sent these little beauties and I may dare to say it was the best experience I’ve had with a lipstick. It stayed on all day, the color barely faded (if it faded at all), and I forgot that I was wearing it half the time. I even ate pizza without it having a problem. It passed the pizza test, do you know how huge that was for me?

I am definitely going to get more colors of this lipstick.

Coffee Test: A- (Little specks, nothing too drastic.)

Food Test: A

Overall: 9.5/10


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Shelly Hank

Notre Dame '19

Shelly (Noun) (pronounced shell-ee) Definition: Notre Dame Grad #LyonsLove, Cat Lady, Hockey Enthusiast, and Taylor Swift disciple.
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