RRED Editors Take the Lipstick Lunch Challenge

A bold lip color that won’t budge all day? Believe it. We tried a ton and found the formulas that stuck with us through burrito bowls, salads and even a smooch or two.
By Alyssa Hertzig ,

Peter Ardito

It Survived... ’Til Dawn

Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink in Believer ($9.50, at drugstores)

Photography by Peter Ardito

“Once this thick stuff is on, it’s on. I had pasta, a glass of wine, and I even brushed my teeth. I had to scrub it off... the next day!” —Elizabeth Zuhl, associate art director

It Survived... A Caffeine Habit

Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Fight Free Red-icals ($8, at drugstores)

Photography by Peter Ardito

“The color went on easily and stayed put for seven hours, during which I nursed a giant iced coffee.” —Tara Cox, managing editor

It Survived... A Day of Grazing

Laura Geller Fifty Kisses Lip Locking Liquid Color in Orchid Love ($21, ulta.com)

Photography by Peter Ardito

“I snack all day long and drink water and coffee. The super-lightweight color stayed after endless swigs from the Swell bottle, an apple, several kinds of jerky and a turkey sandwich. This stuff might actually turn me into a bold-lip girl!” —Lauren Iannotti, executive editor

It Survived... A Greasy Burrito Bowl 

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick in I Can’t Wait ($34, sephora.com)

Photography by Peter Ardito

“My lipsticks never last through lunch. But this cream stayed put for every bite of my burrito bowl.” —Samantha Ulban, associate photo editor

It Survived... A Marathon Day

bareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Fire ($19, bareminerals.com)

Photography by Peter Ardito

“The lipstick had a barely-there feel but still looked vibrant and creamy. It lasted through a long day with sushi, salad, coffee and more—with just a bit of fading in the evening.” —Marissa Wolkenberg, research chief

It Survived... Many Meetings

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Petal Potion ($10, ulta.com)

Photography by Peter Ardito

“The formula felt great; it went on smooth and wasn’t sticky. Not only did it outlast my lunch of a kale salad with oily dressing, but it got me through an entire workday.” —Jennifer Beck, executive lifestyle editor

It Survived... A Pool Party and a Kiss 

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Custom Reds Lip Color in Your Classic Red ($9, at drugstores)

Photography by Peter Ardito

“I loved this two-step system and especially liked that it had a clear second coat to add moisture and shine. I wore it to a pool party and the color emerged intact despite my munching on barbecue food, drinking champagne and even sharing a kiss with my husband.” —Betsey Barnum, production director

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