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The 12 Best Liquid Lipsticks of 2021

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 4 months ago | Updated
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Working from home has meant natural no makeup days. However, now we’re slowly returning to offices and socialising more, it’s time to get our glam on. And we’re certainly excited to put our beauty skills to the test again.

With that in mind, it’s important to refresh you makeup kit with new, fun makeup goodies. One key product for any glam look is of course the classic liquid lipstick. The liquid formulas stay put longer 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 favorite shade in no time at all.

What is liquid lipstick?

They combine the liquid of your favorite gloss and the pigment of your favorite 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 color, 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 favorite 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 favorite 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 or a lip brush provided fill in your lips carefully with color.

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:

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick is a classic formula loved by beauty editors and influencers alike. We love this option as it provides a gorgeous matte finish with a high color payoff. Better yet, there’s over 30 mesmerizing shades, including beautiful berry, terrific teal and popping pink.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Requiem

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

$20.00 Go To Store

2. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color

Fenty Beauty is a must in any makeup bag. The liquid lip color comes in bold shades that work from both day to night. Whether you want a sexy red or seductive purple, there’s a color for every occasion. The formula is also budge-proof which means it looks amazing all day long.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Colour

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color

$22.50 Go To Store

3. Huda Beauty Liquid Matte

This liquid lippie from Huda 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 colors.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte - BOMBSHELL

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte

$20.00 Go To Store

4. NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

For a more affordable option, take a look at this purse-friendly cream liquid lipstick from NYX Professional Makeup. 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 color.

NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

$5.34 Go To Store

5. L.A. Girl Glitter Magic Lip Color

Discover the show-stopping shades from L.A. Girl. The lipstick has a bold pigment which stays put throughout the day with a sparkling, shimmering and metallic finish. Simply apply to exfoliated, clean lips for a long-lasting look.

L.A. Girl Glitter Magic Lip Color

L.A. Girl Glitter Magic Lip Color

$4.80 Go To Store

6. Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Lipstick

For a luxury option, we can’t recommend this Yves Saint Laurent matte liquid lipstick enough. It provides a beautiful high color payoff with a full coverage finish. From bright oranges to pretty pinks, there’s 18 sensational shades to choose from. Plus, it has a unique beveled wand for super easy application on-the-go.

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Lipstick

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Lipstick

$21.93 Go To Store

7. NARS Cosmetics Powermatte Pigment Lipstick

This award-winning lipstick is a firm favorite 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 colors.

NARS Cosmetics Powermatte Pigment Lipstick

NARS Cosmetics Powermatte Pigment Lipstick

$14.59 Go To Store

8. KVD Vegan Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Searching for a vegan-friendly liquid lipstick? Look no further than this impressive option from KVD Vegan Beauty. Not only does it provide an intense wash of color, but it’s also enriched with nourishing vitamin E and sunflower seed wax. This formula keeps your lips oh-so-kissable and prevents any drying or cracking come the midday makeup meltdown.

KVD Vegan Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

KVD Vegan Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

$21.00 Go To Store

9. Maybelline Superstay 24 Matte Ink Lipstick

Maybelline offer a super affordable liquid lipstick in a wide variety of colors. Pick up a few to update your makeup kit, whether you prefer unusual blue shades or classic pink hues there’s one for every occasion and every makeup style. Each pigment feels comfortable on the lips and looks great even after a long day in the park.

Maybelline Superstay 24 Matte Ink Lipstick

Maybelline Superstay 24 Matte Ink Lipstick

$6.09 Go To Store

10. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

If you are heading back into the office, why not try the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick from Stila? This luxury formula provides a semi-matte finish that feels hydrating on the lips, thanks to the blend of avocado oils and vitamin E. Plus, it comes in a range of wearable shades that look fab from desk to socially distanced dancefloor.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

$14.39 Go To Store

11. MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lip Color

MAC are a go-to brand for lip makeup with plenty of formulas, textures and finishes to choose from. However, we adore their Powder Kiss matte liquid lipstick as it provides a highly pigmented wash of color that still feels hydrating on the skin. For a chic, softer, daytime look, blur out the edges with your fingertips.

MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lip Colour

MAC Powder Kiss Liquid Lip Color

$22.99 Go To Store

12. Lime Crime Plushies Lipstick

Finally, add a fun, flirty color with the Lime Crime liquid lipstick in a range of shades, including cherry red, golden brown and peachy nude. You can easily build up the formula whether you prefer a sheer finish or a bolder look. Plus, it has a gorgeous, lip-smacking blackberry candy scent that makes us think of juicy lip balms.

Lime Crime Plushies Lipstick

Lime Crime Plushies Lipstick

$10.00 Go To Store

Want even more lippie inspo? Take a look at the best black lipsticks you can wear all year round.

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.

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