Liquid Lipstick vs Lipstick: Which one is right for you?

Liquid lipstick vs Lipstick: Which one is right for you?

Liquid Lipstick vs Lipstic



Liquid lipstick vs lipstick

What is lipstick? Lipstick has been around for hundreds, even thousands of years in different forms. Around the beginning of the 20th Century, lipstick as we know it today rose in popularity and the iconic “tube” shape was borne. This classic shape is still what we expect to see today when we are buying and using lipstick.

Lipstick has developed to be available in almost endless colors. You can also choose different textures such as sheer or matte. You can have glitter or a nude, a balm or a stain. Essentially, you want it, you can have it. Its been developed down to a tee.

Liquid Lipstick.

liquid lipstick

What is liquid lipstick? It really does what it says on the tin. Instead of coming in a tube shape and being a “solid” state like a classic lipstick, it instead generally comes in a plastic bottle with an applicator in a style more like a lip-gloss. In fact, it’s probably fair to say its kind of a lip-gloss/lipstick hybrid that has risen in popularity over the last couple of decades. It goes on wet like a lip-gloss but then dries into a (usually matte) lip stain.

How long does each lipstick last?

clock on pink and blue background for how long lipstick lasts

This is one of those questions with that really annoying answer: it depends. The reason why I say this is because there are a number of factors that contribute to this:

  • Quality of the product
  • The consistency of the product
  • Application
  • The dryness of your lips
  • What you are eating and drinking
  • Lip preparation

As you can see from the list above, there is not a simple answer to the question.

So which one lasts longer? The fact that liquid lipstick is generally more drying and has a stain-like texture, it lasts longer than a lipstick that is more sheer.

The problem with a liquid lipstick is that, because it is dry, it can almost peel off and break away leaving you with a much less than desirable look! This can be especially true for some cheaper liquid lipsticks.

So how long does liquid lipstick last? Both can last a considerable number of hours, depending on a number of factors. Some recommendations I have for long-lasting products are:

The best liquid lipstick brands:

The best lipstick brands: 


Is there a price difference between the two?

price of makeup

Not really. You can pay as much or as little for either as you can afford and/or want to.

There are brands that provide both products in varying prices. I do tend to find, however that the cheaper brands of liquid lipstick I have tried have not lasted very long and have tended to “flake” off. I have also tried cheaper lipsticks that have been great while some have really not packed the punch that I hoped they would. It’s one of those trial and error type things!

If you are trying in a shop, I would try putting a bit on your hand and see how it dries. You can then try rubbing it and see how easily it comes off. This will give you an idea as to its staying power. If you can go to a beauty counter, you could also ask for them to put some on for you and “live with it” for a while to see how it feels and how it lasts.

If you are buying online, have a look at the reviews and see what other people are saying about that brand. If there are pictures; great! Don’t get spending your hard-earned money without checking it out first

Should you use a lip-liner?

This is really personal choice.

The point of a lip-liner is to stop your lipstick from running or bleeding while also helping to define the shape of your lips. I don’t think its really a necessity but if you are going to invest, I would get yourself one in a color of lipstick you wear the most. That way you’ll get the most use out of it.

How to wear liquid lipstick without drying out your lips

Why does liquid lipstick dry out your lips? Generally, you’re going to get a matte liquid lipstick.

As a result, it can feel really drying on your lips and is a texture you’re probably not use to if you haven’t tried it before. It is difficult to avoid it drying out your lips for this reason. Before applying it you can apply a little bit of lip balm or Vaseline to add moisture to your lips.

If you have dry lips naturally and would like some ideas on long-lasting lipsticks, have a look at our recommendations in this post here.

Should you exfoliate your lips before applying a lipstick?

lip exfoliate

E.l.f. cosmetics have a coconut lip exfoliator which you use before applying lipstick which is so nice and tastes really good! It works the same way exfoliation would on your skin. It takes off the dead skin and leaves your lips feeling really soft before you apply lipstick. It gives you a really nice, smooth base before applying your lipstick.

As lipstick can be drying, exfoliating is a really nice treat for your lips too. It doesn’t take any time at all and I would definitely recommend this. I think it makes a big difference to how long your lipstick stays in place and how nicely it applies.

How should you take liquid lipstick off?

removal pads for makeup

I would incorporate this into your makeup removal procedure. Both types of lipstick should come off with micellar water and a cotton pad or a face makeup remover. I would make sure you take your lipstick off before you go to bed! If you sleep in it, it will dry your lips out even more, never mind the fact that you might get it on your bed clothes which might stain and you don’t want that!

What are some of the other options?


lip balm

Are you not sure if either are right for you? Here are a list of other options you should think about trying:

  • A lip balm. It will give you a little bit of color while moisturizing your lips at the same time. It often doesn’t last and will need frequent reapplication but gives a pretty, natural look
  • A lip gloss. Perfect if you are looking for a really shiny look that is available in numerous colors and looks, including nudes and glitters. These again need to be reapplied quite often to keep the look and can become a bit “clumpy” if you apply too much. A tip is… apply lip gloss on top of liquid lipstick to give it a completely different look!
  • A Lip Oil. This is another thing that is really good to put on before your lipstick as it is really nourishing for your lips.
  • A Lip Primer. Provides a moisturizing base for your lipstick and you can get ones that contains a “plumping” agent to make your lips feel fuller at the same time.

Wrapping up: Liquid lipstick vs lipstick – which one should you buy?

shopping bag

Whether you choose a liquid lipstick or a lipstick is going to be your personal choice. If you are looking for a lipstick that is moisturizing, flexible and can take you easily from a day-to-night look I would recommend a lipstick. There are so many choices that there is bound to be one for you. They are easily to top-up when needed and you have the option to make your look as natural or glam as you like.

A liquid lipstick on the other hand is going to take a bit more maintenance. If you are looking for a matte look that has good “stickability” this is probably the right lipstick for you. You might need to try out a couple before you find one that is right for you and if you have not tried one before, it might take a little bit of getting used to.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, and are a bit better equipped to make your decision on liquid lipstick vs lipstick. If you have any suggestions or comments, please let me know in the comment box below!


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