I Tried to Make My Lipstick Last All Day. Here’s What Happened

When purchasing a new lipstick, loving the shade is what’s usually most important to me. But, I often have a hard time finding a beautiful new hue that actually lasts the whole day without having to reapply several times. I normally don’t have a special routine I just apply my lipstick and go but this week I was on a mission to make my lipstick last at least one work day without any touch ups.

The beginning:

At 10AM I exfoliated my lips with e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator, something I’ve never done before. I’m glad I did, though, because it left my lips super soft and even. After wiping away the excess, I applied my EOS lip balm for hydration. Then I added my first round of lipstick.

I used a MAC satin lipstick; a creamy formula I love because matte doesn’t always feel as nice as it looks.

I then put a thin layer of toilet tissue to my lips and lightly tapped e.l.f.’s Translucent Mattifying powder onto the tissue. Another first time for me. This helped set my first coat of lipstick, before applying my final coat.

Now, the breakdown during the day:

10AM: My lips were not only bright but I noticed such a difference in my lips. They were super hydrated and noticeably smooth; results I’ve never seen before.


12PM: I ate lunch around noon. I’ll admit, I was a little cautious when eating because I didn’t want to mess up my lipstick for this story. I took this next photo at 1pm and my lips were still pretty pigmented even after eating. Around this time I’d usually be ready to reapply my lipstick but I refrained from doing so.


1-6PM: I ate a few snacks and I was less cautious while eating them. I also hadn’t looked in the mirror since lunch. By 6PM I was shocked to see that my lipstick was still intact. My lips were actually more pigmented than the picture actually shows.


I work from home and my grandmother happened to be there most of the day. She was a little concerned to see me wearing this bright lipstick at 10AM especially knowing that I would be sitting in front of the computer all day. Around 6PM, at the end of this experiment, she asked how many times I had to reapply the lipstick and was stunned when I told her “Not even once!”

My final thoughts: I believe taking the extra steps to exfoliate my lips and apply a translucent powder under my last coat of lipstick is definitely worth the extra few minutes in the morning to achieve long lasting wear. I don’t know about you, but I am usually not a fan of having to run to a mirror every few hours just to pound on more lipstick. Since I really like matte results minus the dehydrating side effects, I think incorporating the translucent powder helped me achieved a moist matte lip color.

What I used:

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator ($3, Target)

e.l.f. Translucent Matifying Powder ($3, Target)

EOS Lip Balm ($2.99, Target)

MAC Satin Lipstick in Rebel

-Jasmine Phillips