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1.A matte Maybelline SuperStay liquid lipstick you can hypothetically fall asleep whilst wearing — and it will still look great when you wake up in the AM. This magic stuff has a staying power of up to 16 hours, which means it must be the byproduct of some sort of sorcery. I know.
2.A cruelty-free Milani lipstick infused with vitamins A and C to ensure that your pout doesn't feel drier than sandpaper whenever you wear it. Dare I say your lips will actually feel...nourished?!
3.A L'Oréal two-step lipstick that guarantees no fading, no bleeding, no transfer, no need to reapply. How? One end contains color while the other contains a conditioning balm, designed to lock in color and prevent it from budging 👏 all 👏 day 👏 long 👏.
4.A Nars lipstick available in both matte and semi-matte finishes, both designed with a super creamy formula. If you love the feeling of gliding on your favorite cherry lip balm, then this is the lipstick for you. The application feels pretty much the same.
5.A Lipstick Queen lipstick packaged in deceivingly green form, but surprise! It has nothing in common with Kermit. This moisturizing formula will reveal a perfectly pink hue within seconds, one that's totally unique to *your* pH balance.
6.A lightweight TheBalm matte lip color that is a) long-wearing, b) non-drying, and c) infused with a subtle vanilla mint flavor. And while I'm not saying that this tube of makeup is edible (...it's not), I can assure you that lip biters around the world are currently jumping for joy.
7.A Pat McGrath MatteTrance lipstick so lightweight that it'll feel like you're wearing nothing, as if your lips are just naturally a bright fuchsia! And while that is all fine and dandy and grand, let me present you with the pièce de résistance of this product: the packaging.
8.A Charlotte Tilbury matte lipstick designed with 3D glow pigments that catch the light to reveal fuller, wider lips. Another fun fact: The "Pillowtalk" shade is often lauded as the perfect everyday nude pink.
9.A buildable, cruelty-free NYX lip cream that, although it *is* super pigmented, is also light enough that it won't have stained the delicate skin around your mouth. Have an unsteady hand? This will become your saving grace. Consider any outside-of-the-line mistakes as good as swiped away.
10.An Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipstick with a favorite nine-letter word: HYDRATION. This creamy, medium-to-full coverage formula will keep your pout moisturized for up to six hours. Most of my lip balms can't even do that.
11.A ColourPop matte lipstick sent from heaven to be delivered into the paws of makeup newbies. On top of being super affordable, this pencil-like tube design allows for precise (and easy) application: use the pointed edge as a liner, use the rounded side to fill everything in.
12.A YSL liquid matte lip stain with an ultra-matte, high-pigment formula so lightweight, you'll feel as if you're wearing another layer of skin. It kind of feels like skinny dipping, except you're still wearing clothes and the only thing that feels naked is your mouth.
13.A L'Oréal satin lipstick about to become your holy grail of drugstore makeup. Ingredients like omega 3, vitamin E, and argan oil keep everything moisturized, all while while managing to deliver a TON of pigmentation.
14.A BECCA silky-satin lipstick infused with hyaluronic acid (...and no parabens!) to deliver a swipe of subtle shine, gorgeous pigmentation, eight hours of wear, and intense moisture.
15.A Sephora Collection matte lipstick that may appear ultra matte, BUT! It won't dry out/clump/wrinkle on your lips after .5 seconds of wear. This lipstick uses rose hip oil and vitamin B to prevent your lips from shriveling up, which is exactly what many matte formulas tend to do.
16.A Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick that basically costs less than a large iced coffee and wow, I'm just now realizing how much I actually spend on iced coffee. Less than $5? For a quality lipstick? *proceeds to purchase every available color*
17.A highly-pigmented LORAC cream lipstick with a clever container — excess product is stored at the bottom of the tube, meaning you're getting a *ton* of product for the amount of money spent.
18.A Lime Crime matte velvetine lipstick designed to stay put from that first sip of morning coffee all the way to your sangria-fueled girl's night out. The staying power of this formula is truly something to marvel at, making it perfect for those who hate running to the bathroom to reapply.
19.An ultra-creamy Tom Ford lipstick available in 37 colors ranging from red-orange to neutral, peach-pinks that have "your lips but better" written all over them. Good luck on your journey of selecting just one.