Monday, March 17th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How long should lipstick last? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerSomewhere between four and six hours, but I like when a lipstick wears around four to five hours but doesn’t look bad as it wears on, so you can get away with wearing it longer without a touch-up. It’s nice when a lipstick wears eight hours or longer, but I tend to really like the slip/creaminess of lipstick, so long-wear formulas are less up my alley.

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25 thoughts on “How long should lipstick last?

  1. I agree, I’d like it to last at least four hours. I mostly wear satin and matte formulas, so I usually get that and much longer as well!

  2. Honestly, I don’t really mind how long it lasts. I don’t mind reapplying. Well, I’d like AT LEAST an hour, maybe two hours. But I don’t need to to last so long on me. I like reapplying lipstick. :x It’s fun and therapeutic for me.
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    • Avatar of Ellie Ellie

      Oh I don’t like reapplying. I feel it never looks as good as when it’s freshly done. I always prefer to remove it completely, moisturize again and they apply it from scratch.

      • Avatar of Amy amy

        I agree; lipstick takes all of what, 10 seconds to reapply? I remove it when I eat/drink anyway, and I go to the bathroom whenever I’m away from home at least once, so removing it all, applying a moisturizer, and swiping on a bit of lipstick isn’t all that time consuming, nor is it a burden to do so… If I get an hour, I’m happy, LOL!

  3. One of my favorite lippies is Stila’s Stay All Day long-lasting cream liquid lipstick … honestly, a mouthful. But your mouth isn’t full of lipstick that slips, you see? I’m not found of the idea of ingesting my lipstick which happens with normally formulated lippies so having found this product has been an utter godsend.

    It can honestly last all day, given you don’t introduce it to a lot of moisture when eating or drinking (remedied by drinking from a straw or bottle). But for a tangible time interval, I like my lipsticks to last 6-8 hours — unless I really like the lipstick enough to do occasional touch-ups. Nothing quite like fresh lipstick if you ask me!

  4. Avatar of Clio Clio

    I don’t mind frequent touchups. I enjoy applying lipstick. I only ask that the lipstick “fade gracefully,” if you know what I mean, instead of reaching a point where if you don’t reapply RIGHT THIS SECOND, you look like a total doofus.

  5. I totally agree! The minimum is four hours for me and I prefer for it to wear well too. No ring of color or feathering or anything. Those formulas are to die for!
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  6. Avatar of Ellie Ellie

    I can’t do long lasting formulas, I talk a lot for work and I remove my lipstick when I eat. So, it usually doesn’t really last more than a couple of hours.

  7. CeeBee

    4 hours or so. It’s great if it lasts through a coffee or a cold drink but I usually blot my lipstick off deliberately before I eat so I expect to reapply after meals… if I can be bothered, that is! ;-)

  8. It really depends if it is staining or getting patchy. I prefer 4 hours of wear looking great. That way I can apply after lunch and be good until the end of the workday!
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  9. Avatar of Kat Kat

    Honestly, I prefer that it doesn’t last for hours and hours because it’s easier to remove and start fresh. Plus, I’m a lipstick addict and sometimes I like to switch it up in the middle of the day. My ideal is two to four hours.

  10. I have the option to touch up every hour to hour and a half, so it doesn’t really matter to me. I tend to rub and smack my lips together A LOT (nervous habit, I think) so my lipstick tends to fade faster than other peoples.
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    • Avatar of Faith Faith

      Yes, I’m totally the same! I’m always rubbing my lips together so I’m lucky if I get two hours from a lipstick.

  11. I wish my lipstick lasted 4-6 hours I am forever reapplying.

  12. It depends on how it fades. If the colors fades a bit but leaves a stain, I’m fine with a couple hours of wear. But if it just completely wears off, then it needs to do better.

  13. zainab

    Anything upwards of four hours is good by me. I’m more forgiving of lighter or more natural looking colours that look a bit less unintentionally patchy as they wear. I don’t mind if lipstick doesn’t make it through a meal, because after eating I want to wipe it off and completely reapply, or even change the colour I’m wearing. I don’t mind long wear formulas as long as they’re not sticky.

  14. helen

    I have to say that i have very good luck with lipsticks (like you have with nail polishes, Christine).
    Lipstick (especially Burberry Matt Velvets or Chanel ) can last most of an 8 hour day (with just a light lunch). My prep could be the reason of the longevity. I put a hint of foundation over my lips and then pat with a loose powder before applying the lipstick (one swipe, blot another swipe and blot). It may sound like too many steps but it keeps me from having to re-apply during the day.

  15. Avatar of Wwendy Wwendalynne

    All excellent points and I agree. I will sacrifice longevity for lipstick that wears down evenly over a long-lasting one that leaves me with the dreaded lipstick on the perimeter look, or even worse, one that balls up and leaves gunk on your lips…shudder. Satin and matte are my go-to’s.

  16. I like a lipstick that will last about 4 hours. Moisturizing enough that it doesn’t dry my lips out, but not so balmy that it slides off.

  17. I really love sheer glossy lipsticks, so I’mm happy if they clock in on me at around 3 hours. Obviously, I’d like them to last longer, but it’s not really reasonable to expect given my track record! For a more pigmented, satiny lipstick, I’d hope for 4-5, and I’m not really into mattes or liquid lipsticks to know how they perform on me!
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  18. Poo

    I am more into Matte formulas as creamy slips a lott like the Revlon Super lustrous Matte as they arent too dry and wears comfortably, also Revlon Just Bitten kissable lip stains gives an excellent wear time and their initial glossy finish is drool worthy! :)

  19. Nikki

    I prefer formulas that are creamy with a sheen, so without eating and drinking, I expect at least 4-6 hours of wear from my lipsticks.

  20. I think a lipstick should last a couple of hours, unless you eat something. And I would like it to wear evenly!

  21. I agree with you exactly, Christine!