Lip Color that Outlasts Your Spring Fling

Lindsay Leff loves lip gloss, but she can't stand its lack of staying-power. These five alternatives promise to last.

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I confessed my love for lip gloss in an earlier post, but I failed to mention my primary problem with the sticky stuff: its lack of staying-power. After just an hour or two, the once super-lustrous and punchy color fades drastically, leaving me with a slight stain of barely-there pigment.

While I will never give up my gloss obsession entirely, I decided I was sick and tired of having to babysit my lips. Checking my application in mirrors constantly, reapplying often after leaving traces of color on every surface my lips touched, and going through tube after tube like it was going out of style — I'd had enough. I vowed to find a product that didn't require constant touch-ups and lasted longer than my morning iced coffee.

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My search revealed tons of options that promise to stay put, but these five won out. Swipe on any one and never worry about faded, dull-looking lips again!

1. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain, $32 2. Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, $19 3. Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pens, $20 4. Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint, $24 5. CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor, $10

Lindsay Leff is a beauty industry veteran who created Kiss and Wear to showcase her favorite products, dissect celebrity beauty looks, and teach others how to live with style.

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