The Only 4 Moisturizing Lipsticks You Need for Soft, Smooth Lips

Lipstick is, in theory, the perfect beauty product: It can turn a tired face into a wide-awake one with bright, uplifting color; an outfit into a "look" as a statement accessory for the very lazy; or a less-than-polished person (me) into a real lady ready to face the day and/or the subway. What’s not to like? READ: Emmy-Winning Makeup Artist Reveals 5 Ways to Make Lipstick Last But as good as wearing lip color sounds on paper, reality calls, and it’s not always so easy to pull off. To be more specific, it’s not always comfortable. Whether it’s drying, tends to smear, or just makes you feel all-too-aware that there’s something on your lips, fussing with your lip color is not ideal. It doesn’t have to be that way. These four must-have lipsticks are the most comfortable in the game, so you won’t have to deal with any of the unpleasantries that sometimes come along with, well, wearing lipstick. (You know what I mean.)





    Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lipstick There is such a thing as lip color being too creamy — if the lipstick is too soft, a smearing situation is pretty much guaranteed. This one, however, strikes just the right balance between too soft and perfectly hydrating. The vibrant shades last all day without turning dry, and oils, peptides, and flower extracts keep lips looking smooth and plump. $22 at /


    Kosås Weightless Lip Color It's not an exaggeration to say that this formula is so light on lips, you might actually forget you're wearing anything at all. Concocted with the same hydrating ingredients you'd find in your favorite serum, like grapeseed oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter, it even makes dry lips look good. The not-quite-matte color lasts for hours and fades away into a pleasant stain, not a patchy disaster. $24 at /


    Maybelline LipStudio Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint A new offering that totally exceeds expectations, this tiny tube of pigment goes on super smooth — not sticky — and leaves lips with vivid low-shine color that that feels hydrating, and not like you're being zapped of moisture over the course of the day. Plus, because the shades are so pigmented, you only need a tiny amount for full coverage. $9.99 at /


    Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick This brand is known for combining high-impact color with dreamy moisturizing formulas, and this collection of bold shades does not disappoint. Hydrating nutrients, vitamins and omega oils come together to make a lipstick that proves extraordinary color and comfort are not mutually exclusive. $26 at /
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