From a Charlotte Tilbury classic to Fenty Beauty’s new formula, these are the best long-lasting lipsticks that won’t smudge when worn under face masks

Another year into the pandemic, face masks have become part of everyday life with many of us forgoing lipsticks and focusing on beautifying our eyes instead. Be it a high-performance mascara, eyeliner or luxury eyeshadow palette, there are plenty of ways to make your eyes pop for a statement-making look while wearing a mask.

But there’s something inherently magical and satisfying about swiping on a coat of lipstick to bring a touch of colour to the lips. It’s a joy-sparking make-up ritual that can give any woman an instant confidence boost and make them feel good even in the darkest days of the pandemic, even if no one can see it. 

With so many types of lipsticks available on the market, it can get pretty tricky to pick the right ones that fit well into today’s mask-wearing situation. That’s why we’ve done the legwork for you and compiled a list of the best long-lasting, smudge-proof lipsticks that will stay put under a face mask. 

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1. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick didn’t reach cult status for no reason. Packed with lipstick tree, orchid extract and 3D glowing pigments, this award-winning product boasts an incredibly comfortable, buttery smooth formula that will condition and hydrate the lips while providing a beautiful matte finish.  

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2. Dior Addict Tattoo Lip Tint

Featuring a classic, elegant design, the Rouge Dior lipstick collection isn’t just pretty to look at—its nourishing formula makes it worthy of a spot on your vanity, too. It is enriched with red peony extract and shea butter to deeply moisturise the lips, while covering your pout in rich pigments. It’s also ultra-lightweight and can stay firmly put for up to sixteen hours.

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3. Fenty Icon Refillable Lipstick

Like the rest of the products in Rihanna’s beauty line, this new lipstick was specially created to look good on everyone.  Boasting a lightweight, creamy formula, it richly coats the lips with long-wear shades that further settles into a semi-matte finish for an ultra-flattering result. The formula also features hyaluronic acid and vitamins to nourish your lips and make them appear fuller. Better yet, the lipstick is refillable to make your routine more eco-friendly.

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4. L'Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Liquid Lipstick

If you’re looking for a product that gives you bold colour with a gorgeous satin finish, give L’Oreal’s Signature Matte Liquid Lipstick a try. Offering a variety of eye-catching shades, this lightweight, non-drying lipstick has a unique oil-in-water formula that will deliver a comfortable matte veil without compromising on colour or longevity. 

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5. M.A.C. Powder Kiss Lipstick

Incredibly creamy and smooth, comfortable and ten hours of wear time—need we say more? M.A.C’s best-selling Powder Kiss Lipstick is the perfect option for those who want super long wear matte with tons of colours, which also promises high pigmentation and excellent good smudge resistance. Seriously, what’s not to love? 

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6. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme Lipstick

Chanel Beauty has a stellar reputation for offering top-notch make-up products and this classic lipstick is no exception. Encased in an elegant black tube, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme Lipstick has a full-coverage formula that coats the lips with radiant, lasting colour that can stay put for up to eight hours. It glides on easily and delivers rich pigment in just one swipe with a gorgeous matte second-skin finish. 

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7. Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick

Another product that deserves a spot on your vanity for its beautiful packaging and impressive long-lasting results. Offered in a spectrum of colours that suit every skin tone, Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick has a buildable formula that will offer you a perfect velvety matte finish with a rich colour payoff without drying out your lips. 

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8. YSL Beaute Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick

YSL Beauté’s Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick has garnered legions of followers in the beauty world since it hit the market a few years ago, and it’s not difficult to see why: not many lipsticks would feature a square angled tip that mimics the shape of a lip brush for slick, precise application. Designed to offer optimum comfort from day to night, the lipstick is long-lasting, perfectly matte and highly pigmented that won’t result in any flaky patches. 

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9. Tom Ford Beauty Lip Colour Satin Matte Lipstick

Packed with rare and premium nourishing ingredients such as soja seed extract, Brazillian murumuru butter and collagen, Tom Ford Beauty’s Lip Colour Satin Matte Lipstick will power and moisturise your pout with smooth, rich colour for a perfectly voluptuous look. The formula is long-lasting and smudge-proof as well, meaning you can wear it all day long comfortably. 

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10. Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick has long been a perennial favourite among make-up artists and beauty lovers—and for good reason—who doesn’t love its high pigmented shades and long-lasting velvety texture? Offering a beautiful matte finish that can last up to twelve hours, the lipstick is a perfect solution for anyone who doesn’t want to worry about touching up their makeup during the day. 

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This article was originally published on March 23, 2021 and was updated on February 14, 2022.


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