How important is wear time in a lipstick for you?

I’m the kind of person who forgets they’re wearing makeup if I’m not testing it, so there’s a good chance that I’d forget to reapply even if it wore off. I don’t want something so long-wearing that it dries my lips out, so I’d say some longevity but I don’t need iron-like wear!

— Christine


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DVa Avatar

I love longevity.
I hate leaving a lip-print on a glass.
Saying that, there are very few long wear that wear evenly (do I have some embarrassing photos…) and don’t dry your lips.
The ones that are pretty good don’t seem to come in shades I love.
I’ve become used to hydrating balms and glosses in 2020/2021 while not travelling and working strictly out of home. Here lip-prints are only for me to see.
For the most part though I’m not wearing any lip products anyway–and comfort has become my existence.

Z Avatar

Same. I want something that sticks without drying my lips out and doesn’t evaporate with normal wear. However, I recognize that I wipe my lips off when I eat and drink lots of water throughout the day so my wear time will always be shorter than someone who pays more attention.

Mariella Avatar

It’s pretty important to me (pre-mask time, anyway) but not at the expense of comfort so I don’t want a dry, matte type lipstick or one of the long wear liquid ones that feel dreadful on my lips. The best formula for me (discontinued, OF COURSE) that combined long wear, a creamy look and comfort too was Clarins Rouge Prodige. What a shame that it was such a short-lived line.

Ana Maria Avatar

I don’t like to re-apply lipstick and I drink a lot of water during the day in small sips, so for me longevity is quite important. But beyond longevity itself, I like formulas that stain the lips and fade well; I hate when the lipstick rubs off in the middle, while it’s full on color around the exterior.
But I’m also not a fan of those liquid lipsticks that stay put no matter what. Luckily I found a long lasting matte but comfortable lipstick in the Matte MAC formula… although not all shades are a hit.

Mariele Avatar

Pretty important. I don’t mind leaving my “mark” on things, but I only wear Besame lipsticks now because they’re opaque and long lasting. I put them on at the beginning of the day and they’re still on when I remove my makeup at the end. But I also blot and reapply 3x, minimum, and then reapply after eating.
I just can’t stand something that feels too thin and slippery and transfers to my teeth. I need something with more substance!

Genevieve Avatar

Wear time in a lipstick is reasonably important to me – if the brand promises long wear time, it is usually a matte lipstick that is drying on my lips and I don’t want that.
At the same time, I don’t want to be reapplying my lipstick every 5 minutes either. I find the Lux Lipstick range by CP has a pretty good wear time without dehydrating my lips.

Jan Witsoe Avatar

Color first and then longevity/no transfer are all that count for me. I can care for/repair my lips with a night time or stay at home routine. There is no way to compensate for an unplanned naked lip moment.

Mary Avatar

I want it all Lol.. comfort ..gradual fading , non drying …I guess I’am more concerned with a flattering finish and a lot of the long wear formulas have a drying look and feel.
I really don’t like when it transfers everywhere though.

Jen Avatar

Not that important. I don’t want something that disappears immediately or conversely is so drying it makes my lips look shriveled. There’s a lot of wiggle room between those two ends so as long as I like the color and finish I’ll reapply as wanted, or maybe put something else on instead.

Cil Avatar

I usually reapply it so it is not important at all. As a teacher that has to speak for 2 to 3h without interruptions every day, a longwear lipstick is an unicorn.

For me, the way it fades is more important. I’ve had some cake in my mouth and it is not good to interrupt a class to clean the lipstick.

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