The Best Liquid Lipstick: From High-End To Drugstore

Best Cruelty-Free Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid lipsticks are one of my favorite things ever at the moment, so I thought I might ramble a bit about the ones I’ve tried, loved, and hated. There’s also quite a few cruelty-free options available at the moment!

Let’s start with a disappointment — and let me preface this by saying that this first brand I’ll be talking about is no longer cruelty-free in my book. A year or so ago, I purchased Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lolita ($20). I liked this lipstick alright. I expected it to a bit drying and not as long-lasting as the name implies, and I accepted those flaws — until I tried Too Faced’s Melted Lipstick ($21). I’m not going to claim that these aren’t at all drying either, but they last much longer and don’t feel quite as bad on the lips in my experience. Application is smooth, pigmentation is amazing. They’re my fave so far.

On the higher-end sprectum, Hourglass makes a liquid lipstick (Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick, $28) I’ve purchased in the shade Rose. These are definitely higher-priced, but that shade was too gorgeous to pass! I love the packaging and the formula is long-lasting, but my only gripe is the amount of product you get for the price. This is what I’d consider a splurge, and it’s only worth it if you really, really want this product. Basically, it didn’t perform any better than the Melted lipsticks I’ve tried.

The Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks have just been released recently, but unfortulately they only seem to be available from Anastasia’s site at the moment. I haven’t yet been able to try them, but I’ll keep you posted once I do! If someone tried them, let us know in the comments what you thought!

As for inexpensive or drugstore liquid lipstick, the best ones I’ve tried are from NYX. The Soft Matte Lip Creams ($6) are pretty amazing for the price, although their lasting power doesn’t quite compare to the mid-range or high-end brands. I have to reapply after about two hours, which I don’t mind except for the fact that the lipstick tends to get a little bit gross and dry if you don’t reapply it quickly enough. Keep in mind I’ve only tried the browny and pinky shades and not the deep or red ones, which might not be as forgiving or easy to work with.


  • elizabeth

    the ABH liquid lipsticks are acailable via macy’s website (have been since the release date in january) and will be in macy’s stores this month!

  • elizabeth

    oh! and i’ve tried them and they aren’t my favorite actually. the consistency is thick and sticky (especially pure hollywood) and not long lasting and wears away messily and gunky :/ i was a bit let down

  • Lidi

    I’m so curious to try the Anastasia Liquid Lipstick, they are apparently also available at limited Macy’s but not any close to me. It’s so hard to buy lip colors online so hopefully they’ll be more accessible soon.

  • Sal

    I’m dying to try the too faced melted lippy. I must pick one up!

  • Veronica

    I just love how updated everything is keep up the good work

    • Suzi

      Thanks so much, Veronica! :)

  • Suzi

    Yes, NYX itself remained cruelty-free after the acquisition.

    • tuuba krky

      Thanks :)

  • Abi

    About 2 months ago I saw a video from Kat Von D and she said her products are not animal tested. What do you think?

  • Sara

    why doesn’t anyone mention Stila :) ?
    I have Stila Patina and it’s amazing. I’m just wondering if Kat VonD would be any better. Any clues?

    • Diane

      Stila unfortunately isn’t cruelty free but Kat Von D is and some of her products are also vegan.