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I don’t need it to be moisturizing. I always put lip balm on before lip color anyway. I just don’t want my lipstick/gloss to be drying.

Not unless the claims say it should be so, but even then, I mostly buy for color rather than its other properties. I can stand to reapply often if I love the color. So its moisturizing qualities/longevity etc. are mostly irrelevant.

As long as they’re not drying its fine by me, but I certainly appreciate extra moisture from them. Though I do find moisturizing lipsticks to not last as long

It doesn’t have to necessarily be moisturizing, but if it boasts long wear, then I’d prefer it to have something in the formula to make it bearable. Though, I will say for the higher-end brands, I outright expect some moisturizing quality, however mild. After all, I wouldn’t be dropping the money if I didn’t expect quality, eh?

(I admit this is a bit of an “issue” for me, since my skin, especially around my mouth, tends to dry out somewhat easily. I’m wearing lipstick to accentuate the beauty of my face, not highlight the signs of overstressed skin! 🙂

Yes, I think it should be moisturizing enough that it’s comfortable to wear on its own, without having to apply a balm either before or after applying the lipstick.

I share your opinion. I don’t expect them to moisturise, but I think it makes a lipstick that much more valuable if they do. For example, I love MAC’s Honeylove, but it’s a matte colour and I prefer to wear lipgloss over it to get rid of that dry feeling.

It’s nice if they are, but it’s not a deal breaker for me (especially on lipsticks) I do avoid especially drying formulas just because I do have dry/cracked lips a lot, but even more moisturizing ones don’t look great over that craziness. That’s my own problem to fix with some better TLC, not the lipstick’s fault!

My lips are dry so I prefer them to be. Otherwise I need to wear a lip gloss over the lipstick and sometimes that changes the finish of the lipstick.

I think it should be, at least on some level. I’m not expecting it to replace my lip balm, but when I hear that a lipstick isn’t moisturizing at all, I’m much less likely to check it out.

I often find gloss to be more moisturising than a lip balm – or maybe that’s wishful thinking. I definitely don’t expect lipstick to be more moisturising than balm though.

Agreed! And I’ve found that some lip balms I DO expect to be moisturizing are more drying than others. I have bad luck with balms with SPF in them and always need to use a lip balm without SPF to recover from the SPF.

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