- The 12 Best Liquid Lipsticks
The 12 Best Liquid Lipsticks of 2022
One key product for any glam look is of course the classic liquid lipstick. The liquid formulas stay put longer than lip gloss or cream lipsticks and can give your look a little extra oomph, whether you prefer a satin, matte or metallic finish.
With so many to choose from, it can be tricky separating the wheat from the chaff. But that’s where the beauty buffs at Cosmetify come in. We’ve collated the 12 best liquid lipsticks so you can easily find your new favourite shade in no time at all.
What is liquid lipstick?
They combine the liquid of your favourite gloss and the pigment of your favourite lipstick. A long-lasting option for bold lip looks, liquid lipsticks don't smudge or budge throughout the day – even in the heat.
Using a burst of intense colour, liquid lipsticks also provide a high coverage and can come in many different finishes, including matte, satin and metallic. They also come in a range of shades from red liquid lipsticks to nude, natural hues. To find your favourite formulas and new exciting brands, use our handy drop-down search filters.
How do you apply liquid lipstick?
It's crucial to prep your lips before applying a long-wearing liquid lipstick – especially if it's a matte formula. Prep your lips by exfoliating with a lip scrub and then follow with your favourite lip balm. Allow the lip balm to fully sink in before applying the liquid lipstick. For a sharper look, outline your lips with a lip liner first. Then using the applicator provided or a lip brush fill in your lips carefully with colour.
Unlike other lipsticks, it's recommended to not rub your lips together as this can smudge the formula while it's drying. And, because liquid lipsticks are usually highly pigmented, you only need one coat to achieve a bold look. To fix any mistakes simply dip a cotton bud in makeup remover and wipe the mishap away.
The best liquid lipsticks:
We couldn’t mention liquid lipsticks without namedropping the nation’s favourite high-street matte formula. The Maybelline Superstay 24 Matte Ink Lipstick has been a go-to for women everywhere due to its serious staying power and luxe range of shades. Lasting up to 12 hours, this non-drying formula keeps your pout looking and feeling its best for envy-inducing results.
Stila is a must in any makeup bag. The liquid lip colour comes in bold shades that work from both day to night. Whether you want a sexy red or seductive purple, there’s a colour for every occasion. The formula is also budge-proof which means it looks amazing all day long.
This liquid lippie from Sigma Beauty feels comfortable on the pout, thanks to the super hydrating formula enriched with antioxidants. It also has a lightweight texture which dries down matte and comes in a range of stylish colours.
For a more affordable option, take a look at this purse-friendly cream liquid lipstick from Pixi. The doe-foot wand ensures you can effortlessly swipe across your pout for an even application. And the weightless texture dries matte to give you the perfect pop of colour.
Discover the stunning matte shades from bareMinerals. The lipstick has a bold pigment which is transfer resistance so stays put throughout the day. Simply apply to exfoliated, clean lips for a long-lasting look.
For a luxury option, we can’t recommend this Scott Barnes matte liquid lipstick enough. Once you apply this bad boy, there’s no going back – you’re set for the whole day. While it does require a precise application and a steady hand, this saturated liquid lipstick is your fast-track pass to a lip colour that stays all day with zero smudging.
This award-winning lipstick is a firm favourite here at Cosmetify. It has a quick-drying formula, which is smudge-proof and feels lightweight on the pout throughout the day. NARS have a range of gorgeous shades to pick from, including versatile neutrals and statement bold colours.
Searching for a vegan-friendly liquid lipstick? Look no further than this impressive option from Illamasqua. Not only does it provide an intense wash of colour, but it’s also enriched with nourishing vitamin E and sweet almond oil. This formula keeps your lips oh-so-kissable and prevents any drying or cracking come the midday makeup meltdown.
Another entry from makeup heroes, Maybelline. Pick up the SuperStay Vinyl Ink Liquid Lipstick to update your makeup kit, whether you prefer a deep berry or classic pink hue, there’s one for every occasion and every makeup style. Each pigment feels comfortable on the lips and leaves a high-shine, vinyl-like finish.
If you are heading back into the office, why not try the Liquid Lipstick Meet Matte Hughes from theBalm. This luxury formula provides a matte finish that feels hydrating on the lips. Plus, it comes in a range of wearable shades that look fab from desk to dancefloor.
Elizabeth Arden serves up a different formula, texture and finish. We adore their Beautiful Colour Liquid Lip Gloss Finish liquid lipstick as it provides a highly pigmented wash of colour that still feels hydrating on the skin. Pucker up!
Finally, add a fun, flirty colour with the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint. Arriving in a range of shades, including cherry red, golden brown and peachy nude, you can easily build up the formula to a sheer finish or a bolder look.
Want even more lippie inspo? Take a look at The Best Black Lipsticks You Can Wear All Year Round or The Best Nude Lipsticks.
Written by Rebecca Jenkinson
Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.