The 6 Best Liquid Lipsticks That Won't Dry Out Your Lips

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There's basically an unspoken rule that says if you want to wear liquid lipstick, you've got to accept the fact that your lips will feel like dry, stiff, wrinkled raisins. But hey, at least they're matte raisins, right?

Welp, we say screw the rules, because there's absolutely no reason why you can't wear a liquid lipstick that actually feels soft and hydrating on your lips. Yes, they really do exist, and yes, we've highlighted the six best of them, ahead, so you can stop experimenting and start living your best lip life.

1. Buxom Wildly Whipped Liquid Lipstick

Best liquid lipsticks: Buxom Wildly Whipped Liquid Lipstick

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The airy formula feels almost like a super-thin layer of Cool Whip on your lips, which helps it stay shiny and moisturizing the entire time you're wearing it. The tradeoff is that you'll have to reapply it every few hours, but for plumped-looking lips, we're happy to oblige.

Buxom Wildly Whipped Liquid Lipstick, $21

BUY IT: sephora.com (opens in new tab).

2. Lancôme Matte Shaker High Pigment Lipstick

Best liquid lipsticks: Lancôme Matte Shaker High Pigment Lipstick

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Basically like a Baby Bottle Pop (opens in new tab) for your mouth, this shakeable bottle has a reservoir of smooth, surprisingly hydrating lipstick that seeps into the squishy sponge tip as you shake it.

Lancôme Matte Shaker High Pigment Lipstick, $22

BUY IT: sephora.com (opens in new tab)

3. Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint

Best liquid lipsticks: Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint

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The word paint might conjure images of bedroom walls, but this lipstick is anything but chalky or flat. It sticks to your lips like a paint—which is a good thing, when you want long-wear cover—but has enough silicone in the formula to stay soft and moveable.

Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint, $20

BUY IT: sephora.com (opens in new tab)

4. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color

Best liquid lipsticks: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color

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With 19 shades ranging from dusty rose to straight-up gray, the ultra-pigmented formula in each of these lipsticks stays dewy for a few minutes before drying down to semi-matte finish.

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color, $8

BUY IT: ulta.com (opens in new tab)

5. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Best liquid lipsticks: Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

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The squeeze tube has an angled, fuzzy applicator, making it easy to really swipe on an opaque layer of super-creamy and mega-shiny color.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick, $21

BUY IT: sephora.com (opens in new tab)

6. Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

Best liquid lipsticks: Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

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There's a reason why this hyper-pigmented lipstick is a cult-favorite: It stays put for hours (even through a day of snacking) and never sucks the moisture from your lips. Sure, it'll take a makeup wipe to get the last few remnants off at night, but is lasting too long really a problem?

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks, $24

BUY IT: sephora.com (opens in new tab)

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, obsessively writing about new makeup launches, the best hair products (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare formulas that really work for every skin type (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.