Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Staying Power - Reviewing My Recent Long-Wearing Lipsticks

Even though I've always been more of a lip gloss kind of girl I'm addicted to buying lipsticks. I *want* to be a lipstick girl. You know what I'm talking about...that girl who looks perfectly DONE and polished and then you suddenly realize it's because she's defined her lips and chosen the prefect shade of lipstick. Sigh - I so wish.

I've also been on a quest lately to look more polished at work and having a great lip seems to be a major part of that for me. I want my make-up to look grown-up and professional. That calls for lipstick. Preferably the long-wearing kind so I'm not having to reapply every time I turn around.

But as any make-up maven knows, long-wearing lipsticks are totally hit and miss. They can last For-ev-er but then be so drying that the product gums up on your lips. Or the kind that really doesn't last past that first cup of coffee. It always seems like a give and take that always ends in not being satisfied with your lipstick choice.

Recently I've tested a few long-wearing lipsticks and thought I would share my thoughts and name my best of the bunch. Some of the products were already in my cosmetics bag and some I'd just bought.

Cover Girl Outlast All Day Lipcolor- This was my least favorite of the bunch. It has really good staying power, but does suffer from the gumming up problem after a few hours. It feels good going on, dries out like all long-wearing formulas, and then the clear overcoat goes on and your lips rejoice. For a little while. Then they are dry and gummy. And it is insanely drying. Like cracked my lips, couldn't get the color off and even after multiple applications of chap stick my lips still felt like I'd been in the desert without water for days.

Cover Girl Outlast Double Lipshine - This lipstick went on and dried pretty fast. When I added the clear gloss on top it really did offer some series shine and looked fabulous. And then instant gummy beads. This was my so-so choice of the 3 long-wearing lipsticks I tried so far this week. Within 10 minutes I noticed that tiny beads of color where being left on my coffee cup. My lipstick was balling up and coming off almost instantly. I did think that had stained my lips so it did give the illusion of still having lipstick on. Sort of.

Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick - My new favorite long-wearing lipstick! This was a new purchase and I hadn't seen or heard any real reviews on it so I went in totally blind. It went on creamy! Seriously. It's the only long-wearing lipstick I've ever tried that went on smooth. It also doesn't have a clear gloss so I was super worried about drying. My lips did feel slightly tight, but not really dry and almost just like wearing any other regular lipstick instead of a long-wearing one. It also didn't gum up or bead at all. So smooth, not drying and no beading...awesome! My only issue with it was that although it did stain the lips, it didn't totally last 14 hours. I'd say it lasted about 3-4 with full lipstick look and then you have to reapply or just be happy with a slight stained looked. I did love the color choices and that some shades were matte and others glossy and even frosted.

Have you tried the Maybelline 14HR Lipstick? What did you think? If not, what is your favorite long-wearing lipstick and why? Help me on my quest to becoming a lipstick girl!

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