Road Test: Long-Lasting Lipsticks

Unless it's long lasting

Ooh la la, lipstick: It brightens our faces and makes us feel feminine. So what's not to love? Well, frankly, we could do without the constant reapplying '- which is a hassle whether you're busy or just plain lazy (and there's no shame in that). Long-lasting lipstick to the rescue! Remember the early versions we were so eager to try? We're thrilled to tell you that the products on the market now will no longer have you looking like the Joker after a single cup of joe. The color stays in place perfectly without feathering or leaving your lips parched. So apply away '- and just once at that '- for a great-looking lip flush that lasts. Our testers will tell you:

Product name: MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolour
Claim: According to MAC, this product won't smudge, run or transfer.
Tester says: "Wow. Talk about staying power! I put this on to go out with friends, and it didn't come off on my teeth, my food or my glass '- and it was still going strong long after I got home. It's got a glamorous wet, glossy shine like you see on magazine cover models. No question, I'll definitely be wearing this on dates."
Price: $19.50

Product name: Pretty Pretty Lip Matte
Claim: Pretty Pretty says its lipstick is designed to give a beautiful, long-wearing matte finish while keeping the lips soft and supple.
Tester says: "I generally shy away from lip color of the long-lasting variety since, when I first tried them, "long lasting" meant "seriously dries out your lips." I put the Lip Matte on in the afternoon, and it lasted through lunch and dinner. The color went on really evenly and didn't feel heavy at all. It was also surprisingly easy to remove, and my lips didn't feel any drier afterward than they would with regular lipstick."
Price: $20

Product name: Clinique Stay the Day Lip Colour
Claim: Clinique says part one of this dual-formula lipstick sweeps on full-coverage color while the other part seals it in '- for 10 hours.
Tester says: "I'm a bit of a lipstick junkie, so I was psyched to try this one out. It has two ends '- one with the color and one with a gloss. After I applied the color, it dried in seconds, which I took to be a good indication that it would stay on for a while. Then I added the clear, glossy topcoat, which I loved. And this stuff stuck around for hours. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves to wear lipstick but hates that it has to be reapplied constantly throughout the day."
Price: $16.50

Product name: Lorac Cream Lipstick
Claim: Because of its unique formula, this product is supposed to work overtime to retain moisture in your lips while providing a long-lasting hue.
Tester says: "I heard that Lorac offers a palette that complements every complexion, and I've gotta say, the one I tried looked pretty fabulous. Unlike other long-lasting lipsticks, this one didn't dry out my lips at all. I could never understand the point of all-day color if it calls attention to your shriveled and pruned pout, but with Lorac, that's not the case. This makeup went on smoothly and kept my lips soft for hours."
Price: $17.50

Product name: Stila Twinset Demi Crème + Shine
Claim: Stila promises a rich, luxurious lip color that lasts and lasts.
Tester says: "I've always wanted to have sleek, movie star lips '- and now I do. When I put on the bottom layer of this product, the demi crème, it was a lot like other long-lasting lipsticks. But when I applied the shine, it gave me a real gloss that many others don't have. My favorite part is that the twinset comes in one convenient package to both color and coat. With other two-steppers, I'm constantly digging through my purse to find one or the other. This is much easier."
Price: $20

Product name: Estée Lauder Pure Color Long-Lasting Lipstick
Claim: Estée Lauder touts this product as intense, high-shine color in a long-wearing formula that pampers and comforts.
Tester says: "I get on a train at 7:40am and don't arrive home until 7:40pm or later each evening. With my hectic work schedule, I seldom have time to check, let alone reapply, my makeup '- so this is the product for me. The consistency is smooth and creamy, I love the packaging and the color is perfect for my skin tone. I was pleasantly surprised when my husband noticed my new lip color at the end of the day and said I looked great."
Price: $22

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