It’s been over five years since liquid lipsticks completely took over the beauty scene, and there’s no sign of them slowing down. Usually long lasting and ultra pigmented, they’re perfect for busy days and low maintenance makeup looks. We’ve seen a ton pop in and out of the spotlight, and I’ve tried more than I can count during my time as a beauty blogger.
Believe it or not, it’s been literally half a decade since I rounded up what I consider the best drugstore liquid lipsticks! With so many of my old picks falling off the map, I figured it was time to share my updated favorite budget-friendly favorites.
The iconic and most popular drugstore liquid lipstick didn’t even exist last time I wrote this blog post— mind blown! The Super Stay Matte Inks are arguably the most long lasting at the drugstore, and even won my Drugstore Liquid Lipstick Showdown on YouTube. This liquid lipstick coats the lips in intense color in one swipe that will last all day, even through eating and drinking. While it’s one of the most iconic at the drugstore currently, it might be uncomfortable as it’s a slightly heavy formula and does feel dry throughout the day.
I love this formula since it’s on the thinner side, and the two-step application process locks in color while also adding moisture and shine. This is the lipstick I typically bring with me on vacation because of how well it wears throughout the day and feels very lightweight. Step one adds vibrant color, step two adds the topcoat to extend wear time and comfort.
This is the perfect choice when you want statement colors with a barely-there feel. I’ve got an in-depth review and a ton of swatches in this post, but in case you’re unfamiliar, the Signature Rouge Liquid Lipsticks are a stain-like product with buildable pigmentation for custom color payoff. There’s no transfer or smudging, and even though they wear off slightly throughout the day, they stay looking very even. When I wear these, I completely forget I have lipstick on at all, and despite the matte finish it stays comfortable and flexible without cracking.
If you’re looking for something bold, then this line is for you. Yes, you can find your typical everyday shades but also dabble in electric purples, grungy greys, and brilliant blues! The creamy formula is long wearing and infused with avocado oil and Vitamin E so it never feels drying while delivering you a matte finish. They also look smooth on the lips as the formula fills in lines instead of accentuating them.
Pixi Beauty often gets overlooked when it comes to makeup, but the Mattelast Liquid Lipsticks are some of my favorite! Infused with roseship oil, they both look and feel smooth on the lips. They’re lightweight but pack a punch in the color department. I absolutely love the pointed applicator that lets you get really precise with the color, no need for lining. Check out swatches of a few shades in my post here.
If you like more of a glossy look, but still want long lasting color, the Revlon Ultra HD Lip Polishes will be your jam. See my in-depth review and swatches here. Infused with Vitamin E, these are a hybrid between a gloss and lipstick. You get full coverage color payoff in one swipe, with a cushy feel and shiny finish. Despite their glossiness, they don’t feather. Throughout the day, they’ll dry down slightly and leave a slight lip stain behind as they fade.
What are your picks for the best drugstore liquid lipsticks?