If I had three beauty wishes, I guess I wouldn’t spend one on long-wearing lipstick. But it’s in the top one hundred for sure, ahead of permanent eyelash-curling but behind facelift-in-a-jar. Luckily, I have found some cheap-and-legal lip solutions:
Blogger friend and talented jewelry designer Wendy Brandes has been using MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolor. And have you seen Wendy’s smile? She’s got the most amazing red lips. Wendy’s endorsement inspired me to try the MAC Longwear in Stuck on You, a neutral bronzey-rose.
Results: Love. It’s glossy but not too shiny. A bit drying, but I solve that with a touch of lip balm about an hour in. It really truly lasts an eight hour day, then gradually disappears during dinner. I don’t need to use any special removers with it. At $23, it’s a little spendy for a lipstick, but it delivers. Small but nice selection of colors too.
Thus emboldened, I looked for a more affordable version of long-lasting lipstick. I wanted one comparable to the goodness of the MAC, but for under $10. I found two keepers:
- Maybelline SuperStay 10 Hour Stain Gloss. This doesn’t last anywhere close to ten hours, but it’s good for four. It’s glossy, not waxy. I have to let it dry on my lips completely before adding a balm, or else it will slip right off. Even when the bright color fades, though, it leaves a hint of “stain” that looks nice and natural. I bought Cool Coral, and it’s a pretty orangey-red. There are only ten shades, though, and a couple of them, like “Lilac” look horrifying. Still, a good value at $8.99 retail, and often on sale for $7.
- Maybelline SuperStay 14 Hour Lipstick. This one is more like a traditional lipstick, not a gloss. It goes on a bit dry, but I smoosh it around with a bit of balm, and this stuff does last! I have to take it off at night or it leaves its mark on my toothbrush (TMI?). There are 20 shades, most of them soft and wearble-looking. I chose Ravishing Rouge because I am all about the Bold Lip lately. Same low price as the 10 Hour Stain; I think I paid $8.
|Ravishing Rouge. Who comes up with these names?|
Have you tried a long-wear lipstick? Like or loathe? Or are you strictly a balm woman?