8 Vegan Stay-Proof Lipsticks You Should Have
If you’re going to commit to a lipstick in a bold color, you want a cruelty-free formula that will last all day—one that doesn’t smudge onto your favorite coffee mug or all over your partner’s face.
Plus, in the days of mask-wearing, stay-proof lipstick—whether it has a matte finish or a shiny one—has become even more of a necessity. That’s why we’ve scoured the list of Kinder Beauty A-listers to find the best vegan and cruelty-free products that offer formulas with ingredients that stick in just the right pigment. Equally important, though, is a well-prepped lip and a fabulous lip color. Before swiping on one of these bad boys, be sure to apply a moisturizer so you have a smooth canvas for the long-wear color. Using a gentle lip exfoliating scrub regularly helps, too. Here are some beauty brands we love.
1. INIKA Organic Lipstick Crayon
Available in six pinky hues such as Rose Nude, Deep Plum, and Chili Red, this lip crayon provides a nourishing, creamy finish and lasting color (perfect for all skin tones), thanks to ingredients like coconut oil, carnauba wax, and Vitamin E.
The best way to apply this crayon is to start by outlining your lips as you would with a lip liner pencil, and then fill in the lips by applying a small amount on the center of your lips and blending out with your finger. This is a vegan lipstick for the ages.
2. Folly Fire Creamy Matte Lipstick
This buildable matte lipstick allows you to apply additional thin layers for more coverage, and the long-lasting nature of matte lipstick creates a drying effect for more staying power.
All fans of Folly Fire agree that this is the creamiest matte lipstick they have ever used, making this one of our favorite beauty products. The bold, confidence-inducing full-coverage color options include the deep-red Full House, fearless purple Kimo-No!, and vibrant blue The Supreme.
3. Josephine Cosmetics Lip/Power Liquid Lipstick
This velvety matte liquid lipstick is enriched with show-stopping pigments in colors such as deep fruscia Margaux, mocha Georgette, and blush pink Cloè.
The enriching formula blends olive, coconut, and argan oils with Vitamin E to create a moisturizing texture that sits between a matte and glossy finish while providing the longest wear without the drying effect of other matte lipsticks. This is pure hydration for your lips.
4. Charlotte Cook Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick
A glossy and luxe long-wearing liquid lipstick protects your skin much like a lip balm, but it looks like a lipstick without the heavy feel of traditional liquid gloss.
The hydrating formula includes cocoa butter to deeply hydrate the lips while providing antioxidants that help fight off free radicals. Its ultra-pigmented formulas come in 14 shades of deep reds and neutral pinks. Get that perfect pout ready!
5. Eco Lips Brazilian Vegan Lip Tint
These lip tints have a smooth, lightweight creamy formula that delivers the perfect pop of matte lip coverage without traditional animal-derived ingredients such as carmine, lanolin, or beeswax.
Made with ethically-sourced Brazilian butters and oils to provide a creamy satin matte coverage while protecting your lips, Eco Lips are available in five tints with courageous names such as Brave, Brazen, Bold, Blessed, and Blissful.
6. Kesha Rose Lipstick & Gloss Duo
Singer/songwriter Kesha collaborated with HipDot Cosmetics for a lipstick and gloss set that features a fire-engine red lipstick with a satin finish—called Raising Hell, named after one of Kesha’s songs—enhanced with nourishing rosehip oil that makes it smell like roses, and a color-changing lip gloss that shades your lips to a rosy hue based on your pH levels (how cool!).
Better still, the gloss can be used on top of the lipstick or worn on its own.
7. Lime Crime Plushies Soft Liquid Lipstick
Lime Crime claims that its Plushies liquid lipstick enhances your natural lip color while making your lips look as plush as a teddy bear.
But our favorite part of this product is that when you glide it onto your lips, the formula dries completely for a smudge-proof finish, ensuring a no-hassle, all-day wear. Plushies are available in 14 different shades, from nudes and neutrals to deep browns and reds.
8. Axiology Lipstick
The soft, creamy finishes of Axiology lipsticks are what got them on this list—not to mention the long-lasting coverage they provide.
This lipstick features super moisturizing and nourishing plant-based ingredients such as kokum butter, avocado, and coconut oil. Swipe once for a light application, or swipe twice for a bolder shade.
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Nicole Axworthy is a Toronto-based writer and author of the vegan cookbook DIY Vegan.
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