We put 6 long-wear lippies to the ultimate test: kissing

Bring on the smooch fest! 

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick, $28
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick, $28
13 Apr 2018

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick, $28

What the brand says:
“Think mega rich colour in a weightless formula. The ultimate light-as-air texture glides on creamy and stays put—no bleeding or feathering after application—with a velvety, soft matte inspired by a rose petal finish.” 

We say: We have to say that this dinky, slim little bullet didn’t fill us with high hopes as it looked quite dry in the tube, but it glided on surprisingly smoothly with incredible opaqueness.  

After dinner (1 hour): So far, so good. Even after wolfing down a greasy steak, the lipstick remained evenly opaque without visible feathering or fading.

After a nail-bitingly scary horror film (2 hours): The combination of salty popcorn, nail-biting and covering of face with hands was no match for this power lippie. Not only did we survive the film (largely) intact, so did our fuchsia-pink lips. Score!

After a kiss: While it did leave tell-tale lip stains on the skin, there was still a pretty even (if faded) layer of colour on the lips.

Long-wear pass or fail? Pass!

 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme, $44
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme, $44
13 Apr 2018

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme, $44

What the brand says:
“A hydrating, eight-hour wear, liquid lipstick in a range of bold, full-coverage nudes.”

We say: This liquid lipstick feels different from others we’ve tried, simply because it’s creamier than most and dries down to a semi-matte finish that’s pretty much weightless. Plus, it has the loveliest nude palette ever.

After dinner (1 hour): Our lip colour (a very flattering deep blush nude called Truth or Bare) clung on with only the slightest bit of fading after an oily plate of carbonara.

After downing shots at the bar (Duration: 3 hours): We thought that our lips would be stripped bare of colour after downing 7 shots (and then a long glass of iced water), but when we looked into the mirror, our lips still looked beautifully painted on. We couldn’t say the same for the rest of our face though.

After a kiss: We don’t know if it’s because we picked a nude colour, but there was only an imperceptible trace of colour left on our puckers.

Long-wear pass or fail? We like the texture so much that we’re giving it a pass.

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint, $32
Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint, $32
13 Apr 2018

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint, $32

What the brand says:
“Create full coverage lip looks with this lightweight, liquid-to-matte lip paint. It dries down instantly with no transferring, and the Comfortflex formula means it moves with your lips without drying out, cracking or feathering.” 

We say: We love the super-bold, high-impact coverage, and that it dries super fast on the lips, just like its name promises. We picked Delish, a universally flattering nude-pink.

After brunch (1 hour): We didn’t eat anything too challenging, just an acai bowl and avocado toast, so we weren’t too surprised that the lip colour didn’t budge.

After sipping cocktails on the beach (Duration: 4 hours): Sweat combined with copious glasses of lychee martinis also didn’t move this lippie, although it did start to feel quite dry and cracked a little along the bottom lip, which wasn’t an attractive look on the beach.

After a kiss: Yup, the colour did cling on, but in uneven patches on the drier bits. We’d highly recommend a lip primer underneath this one.

Long-wear pass or fail? Fail on its own, but pass with the proper prep. 

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment, $40
Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment, $40
13 Apr 2018

Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment, $40

What the brand says:
“The Powermatte Lip Pigment is infused with liquefied pigments with infinite matte colour saturation for lasting, weightless wear.”  

We say: Our fave of the bunch! Not only does it go on ultra smoothly and with superb coverage, you’ll barely notice it on the lips. We picked the vampiest red – Light My Fire.

After dinner (1 hour): We were at a hawker centre pre-clubbing, and determined to put this lippie to the ultimate test, we opted for hokkien mee. Surprisingly, the red colour stayed on evenly with minimal fading, even with copious dabbing of tissue paper. 

After tearing up the dancefloor (Duration: 4 hours): A few hours of sweating it out on the dancefloor and a few glasses of Long Island Teas after  - and OK, a sneaky kiss too - and this winner didn’t need a single touchup to remain as vibrant as when it was first applied.

After a kiss: Our date was a little reluctant to go near such a red pout, but it surprisingly stayed on our lips and off his skin, which was nothing short of miraculous.
                                                            
Long-wear pass or fail? Mega pass!

INGA by 27A Lipstick, $29
INGA by 27A Lipstick, $29
13 Apr 2018

INGA by 27A Lipstick, $29

What the brand says:
“Due to the dilemma of finding quality products that are suitable for clients under warm and humid weather conditions, we decided to create our ideal lip product. INGA was conceptualised based on a scheme of elegance and sleekness. Expertly formulated and screened for the best results through cruelty-free tests, the brand is built on the foundations of quality ingredients, lasting coverage, and day-long comfort.”

We say: This lipstick range from local makeup label INGA by 27A looks quite similar to the Fenty one in its dinky size, but glides on evenly more smoothly, gives fabulous colour and with a barely-there feel.

After dinner (1 hour): A bowl of prawn mee soup caused a little bit of fading, but not noticeably so.

After a hike through Bukit Timah hill (and a kiss for the camera!) (Duration: 3 hours):
The riverlets of sweat and constant wiping with a damp cloth totally ruined the rest of our makeup, but our lips remained stubbornly fresh and beautifully pink, thanks to the very lovely Allyn shade. And when it eventually faded way past lunchtime, it did so evenly without a dry patch in sight. 

After a kiss: We like how this lippie faded to a sexy stain, although it did leave a slight outline on the lips which had to be rubbed off. 

Long-wear pass or fail? Pass

3INA The Longwear Lipstick, $16
3INA The Longwear Lipstick, $16
13 Apr 2018

3INA The Longwear Lipstick, $16

What the brand says:
“Designed for those who love the application of a lip gloss but want the colour payoff of a longwear lipstick. Once on the lips, the gloss becomes an opaque matte lipstick that won't budge.”  

We say: The unique gloss to matte formula means that it doesn’t have as high a coverage compared to others in the bunch, but it has a thinner consistency which might suit people who aren’t used to heavy lip makeup.

After dinner (1 hour): It faded to about half its intensity after a hot bowl of ramen. Oops.

After post-dinner drinks (1 hour): Post-dinner cocktails aren’t as taxing on lipstick, but more of this was left on the glass rims than the others we’ve tried, which called for a sneaky touchup in between drinks. 

After a kiss: Yeah, the ultimate test of a lippie. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite stand up to the rigour of the test, but it did fade quite evenly and didn’t leave embarrassing smudges on either of our faces that couldn’t be wiped off with a finger.

Long-wear pass or fail? This is a good choice if you prefer lighter textures, but be prepared to make touch-ups throughout the day. 

And the winner is…
And the winner is…
15 Apr 2018

And the winner is…

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment!!!

Not only does it last and last like an Energizer bunny, it also remains as comfortable and opaque as when it was first applied. Our top pick for date nights, hands-down.

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