“In the summertime, when the weather is fine, you can stretch right up and touch the sky…” The sunshine and warmer weather brings with it not only open toed sandals, light jackets and basket bags, but the need to turn those nude shades into something bolder and brighter. When your eyes are mostly covered by sassy sunglasses your lips become the focal point of your face, providing a real opportunity to inject some colour into your look with very little effort – especially with a couple of long-lasting liquid lipsticks. This Summer I’m a big fan of a pink, red, coral or berry toned lip in the summer months; you can afford to be understated (or even lazy) with the rest of your look when a pop of colour brings to life your complexion and makes you feel like sunshine bottled!
When you’re sipping on a cold glass of rose in a pub garden, or enjoying a long walk with a coffee in hand, the last thing you want to worry about though is your lipstick. For me long-lasting formulas are great for this time of year, as my lips aren’t too dry from the wind / central heating / sub zero UK temperatures, and provide a great way to ensure I’m looking and feeling great all day long. If you’re in the market for something new now the summer is out, here are seven of my current fave long-lasting liquid lipsticks I’d definitely recommend whether you’re a novice or expert…
Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipstick* (£16.00)
An absolute go-to for when I want a red to last all day, these super lightweight formula is incredibly pigmented and feels almost invisible on the lips (if applied correctly.) You can create a really beautifully precise finish that doesn’t budge or dry out lips, plus it fades subtly so you don’t look like you’re walking around with some dodgy 90’s lip liner! Available in fourteen different shades, this is relatively costly but totally worth it; it’s taken me from winter to summer with ease and is a risk free introduction to long-lasting liquid lipsticks.
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink* (£9.99)
One of the only lipsticks that actually causes other women to ask me what I’m wearing, this bold pink shade (Romantic 30 FYI!) really creates an impact. It took me a while to get used to this formula, as if you apply too much it can be super sticky and doesn’t dry down very well, but once I did it’s become a firm favourite for when I really want my lip colour to pack a punch. It doesn’t take a lot of product to create the powerful pigment, instead it’s best to remove the excess from the applicator and delicately layer up the colour – allowing for dry time inbetween. It stays in place throughout endless cans of Diet Coke and coconut lattes too, although I tend to remove it completely rather than attempting to re-apply over the top: for some reason it can cake and flake, and never really feels as fresh as when you apply from scratch.
Topshop Longwear Liquid Lipstick* (£12.00)
Another great liquid lipstick, I adore the bold pink shade and the matte effect it leaves on my pout. It’s not at all uncomfortable, dries really fast and doesn’t cake even when you re-apply over the top. I love it when you discover unexpected gems from unexpected brands, and this Topshop beauty is a real find for liquid lipstick and bold colour lovers alike.
Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon* (£9.99)
A great one if you’re not too sure about liquid lipsticks or the thought of dry lips fills you with fear, these Ink Crayons are blooming marvellous. A creamy formula is easy to apply, drying down within seconds to leave a matte finish without any kind of discomfort or tightness in the lips; I wore these in New York and they last pretty much all day without a problem, requiring only a touch up or two to ensure a uniform colour result. Without a doubt one of my fave finds of the last few months, amplified because the colour range includes everything you need to take you from one season to the next, or from day to night with ease. You may want them all, especially this red-orange shade (40 Laugh Louder.)
Topshop Ultra Matte Lip Crayon* (£10.00)
Another super comfortable, well pigmented and cream-to-matte formula that’s perfect for popping in your bag, this is like a giant lip liner so you can achieve a really precise outline. Many matte pencils or crayons can leave lips feeling a bit taught or dry throughout the day, but this is creamy enough to mean it’s a pleasure to wear and that re-applying is comfortable. A great alternative to traditional long-lasting liquid lipsticks.
Pop Permanent Pout* (£8.00)
You could be forgiven for anticipating a price point a good ten quid more than this, for this Pop Permanent Pout is both beautifully packaged and beautifully formulated. It applies very creamy, allowing you time to get the result you want, before drying down to leave a fab consistent pigment that’s comfortable to wear; you can easily layer up the pigment to get a uniform finish and strong colour too. Considering this brand is essentially Pixi’s little sister, you know you’re in good hands.
Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip* (£19.00)
Although this doesn’t fall under the category of traditional long-lasting liquid lip, this is a beautiful formula with a really comfortable finish that delivers a great pop of colour. The ombre packaging is stunning, but inside resides a really airy and lightweight mousse-like liquid that glides over lips to deposit a great colour without any heaviness. There’s a slight shine to the finish too, so if you’re more of a lipgloss or lip balm girl this one may be right up your street.
Swatched Products L-R: Topshop Longwear Liquid Lipstick, Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink, Pop Permanent Pout, Topshop Ultra Matte Lip Crayon, Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip, Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon, Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipstick