Comparison Review: Battle of the Long-Wear Lip Glosses!

Whereas 1-2 years ago, it was difficult to find truly long-lasting lip colors, many companies now offer products that stand up to eating, drinking, talking, and even kissing!

To help you navigate the long-wear lipcolor waters, I tested out 3 popular drugstore brand glosses: Maybelline’s SuperStay 24 Color in Blush On, Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor in Neverending Nude, and L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour in Hibiscus.

I wore each for 8 hours. Before applying, I exfoliated my lips. Then I went about my day as I normally would–eating and drinking.

Keep reading to find out which of the glosses wins out! And share what your favorite long-wearing lip gloss is in the comments below.

Packaging:

Maybelline: 9/10
Maybelline’s gloss comes in a double-ended tube with chapstick on one end and color on the other. The color comes with a doe-foot applicator.

Revlon: 9/10
Revlon’s gloss comes in a double-ended tube with a colored gloss on one end and a clear gloss on the other. The colored gloss comes with a doe-foot applicator while the clear gloss comes with a tiny, pointed brush applicator. The applicator for the clear gloss is so small that it takes multiple applications to get enough gloss on your lips.

L’Oreal: 9.5/10
L’Oreal’s gloss comes in a chic container where you push up the gloss and chapstick on either side of the packaging. The color comes with a doe-foot applicator. The body of the packaging doubles as a mirror. L’Oreal gets extra points for originality, multi-usability and compact-ness with this design.

All of these glosses are great for throwing in your purse for on-the-go.

Quality

Maybelline: 9/10
This gloss did a great job staying on all day. It withstood eating, drinking, and talking. I only had to re-apply the chapstick 2-3 times and that was mostly to give my lips moisture, not to keep the color on.

Revlon: 5/10
This gloss applied similar to the other two, but as the day wore on, it cracked and flaked. I tried to re-apply gloss to smooth out the flakes, but it didn’t help. The flaking looked so bad after a couple of hours that I tried to remove the color all together, but it wouldn’t come off even with scrubbing. It wasn’t until I got back home and could use an oil-based remover that I got it off. So, in terms of staying power, this gloss is great–it won’t budge. But the weird flaking it caused was frustrating and unattractive. The caking and flaking was so weird that I thought I must not have exfoliated my lips properly. So I tried again the next day, but the same thing happened (admittedly not as badly). The gloss also has an off-putting smell, but you can’t really smell it after it’s applied.

L’Oreal: 9/10
This gloss did a great job staying on all day, much like Maybelline’s gloss. It withstood eating, drinking, and talking. I only had to re-apply the chapstick 2-3 times and that was mostly to give my lips moisture, not to keep the color on. The color faded only very slightly on the innermost part of the lips (closest to the teeth).

Ease of Use

With all of these glosses, you first apply the color side and wait at least 1 full minute for it to dry. The gloss will feel tacky and drying at the same time. You’ll then apply the chapstick or clear gloss on top of the color.

Maybelline: 9/10
Applying is simple. The slanted doe-foot applicator lets you get precise application and the chapstick is easy to apply on top.

Revlon: 8.5/10
This applies the same as the other two, except that you have to go back and do multiple applications because the applicators for both the color and gloss are small.

L’Oreal: 9/10
Applying is simple. The slanted doe-foot applicator lets you get precise application and the chapstick is easy to apply on top.

Price

Maybelline: 9/10
You get 0.077 fl oz of color for about $8. Of the 3 glosses, you get the most for your money with Maybelline.

Revlon: 9/10
You get 0.07 fl oz of color for $8.

L’Oreal: 8.5/10
You get 0.077 fl oz of color for $10. This is the most expensive of the 3 glosses.

90/100

Maybelline

69/100

Revlon

89.5/100

L’Oreal

Winner!

Maybelline’s SuperStay 24 Color

Maybelline’s SuperStay 24 Color Packaging

Maybelline’s SuperStay 24 Color Packaging

Maybelline’s SuperStay 24 Color Applicator

Maybelline’s SuperStay 24 Color Applicator

Maybelline’s SuperStay 24 Color Just Applied

Maybelline’s SuperStay 24 Color After 8 Hours

Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor Packaging

Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor Packaging

Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor Applicator

Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor Applicator

Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor Just Applied

Revlon’s ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor After 8 Hours

L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Packaging

L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Packaging

L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Applicators

L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Just Applied

L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour After 8 Hours
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6 Responses to Comparison Review: Battle of the Long-Wear Lip Glosses!

  1. A Clueless Makeup Novice says:

    I haven’t worn makeup in several years- one big reason is that I seem to always pick the wrong shade of lipstick. “Blush On” is perfect! This was easy to apply and feels so light that I forget that I even have it on at all! Thank you for the review and pictures.

  2. Lisa B. says:

    I definitely agree with you on this; I’ve tried these as well and found Maybelline’s to be the best. I also thought the lip balm/topcoat was the best of the 3 as well.

  3. ValbonaPro says:

    Oh my goodness, what a huge difference reviews make on my decision. I LOVE your reviews because they are so clear to see and the colors seem so accurate!

    I was seriously pondering on trying the Revlon ones, but now I will give the others a try instead and see where it goes.

  4. sheilla says:

    What color is that for the Maybelline gloss?

  5. maša says:

    thanks for a review, they’re always helpful! :)

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