Our Editor Road-Tested 4 Long-Wear Red Lipsticks to See if They'll Stay Put on Christmas Day

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Nothing says Christmas quite like a punchy red lip.

It's chic and joyously festive, but not tacky, and can take your look from 'dealing with inappropriate relatives' to 'it's time to open presents!' in less than a minute.

The only problem is, red lipstick isn't all that... practical. It's got a real knack for migrating from your lips to your forehead and back down to your chin, doesn't it?

Some might even say daring to wear red lippie on Christmas Day, an occasion synonymous with eating, drinking and taking lots of photos, is downright reckless. I prefer to think of it bold.

That said, no matter how lovely the lipstick, no one wants to manage a high maintenance makeup look on Christmas Day.

So, I've spent the last four days road-testing four equally stunning long-wear red lipsticks, from a $21.95 bargain buy to an iconic luxe bullet worth more than the Uber to and from Christmas Day lunch.

But the one thing all of these red lipsticks have in common? They promise to last all day - let's find out if they're actually up to the task.

Note: I wore each of the following lippies over the top of M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Lip to ensure a level playing field. Let the games begin.

1. Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid LipstickMaybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

What: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick - A super intense, matte liquid lipstick that promises a flawless finish that'll stay put for up to 16 hours.

Best festive shades:

  • Pioneer (a true blue-based red).

  • Heroine (more of a neon orangey red).

Verdict: Does. Not. Budge. You might even still be wearing it come New Year's Eve.

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid LipstickMaybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

I'd hate to use the Lord's name in vain, but JESUS this red lipstick would make it through an apocalypse. The formula also smells like cake and is easy to apply using the pointed applicator, despite its runny consistency.

I wore a slick of the shade Pioneer to the beach - it made it through an unexpected dunking, two coffees and a drippy icy pole, no problem.

Is it the most comfortable matte lipstick I've ever worn? Nope. But will it look near-perfect after two servings of Christmas ham, half a pavlova and a round of karaoke no one asked for? Absolutely.

2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Lipstick.

Make Up For Ever Rouge ArtistMake Up For Ever Rouge Artist

What: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Lipstick - A high-impact satin matte lipstick that reckons it can deliver long-lasting intense colour payoff that's also comfy to wear.

Best festive shades:

  • 314 Glowing Ginger (a rusty brick orange with a hint of red).

  • 402 Untamed Fire (a bright, warm red with orange and pink undertones).

  • 410 True Crimson (your classic red).

Verdict: Looks good, feels great and can last through lunch, and boy does she know it.

Make Up For Ever Rouge ArtistMake Up For Ever Rouge Artist

If you're after the colour payoff and longevity of a matte lipstick, but can't bare the thought of a dry, chalky finish, satin matte formulas are your best mate.

This lippe has a silky, creamy texture that glides on beautifully, and although it never fully dries down like a traditional matte, it did a great job of staying (mostly) on my lips when eating a few chocolates (I'm wearing Glowing Ginger in the pics above).

You don't need to reapply if you don't want to because the colour fades fairly evenly throughout the day, leaving you with a very acceptable stain.

3. M.A.C COSMETICS Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour.

M.A.C COSMETICS Powder Kiss Liquid LipcolourM.A.C COSMETICS Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour

What: M.A.C COSMETICS Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour - A matte liquid lipstick with a comfortable, lightweight texture that doesn't feel like a matte lippie.

Best festive shades:

  • Devoted to Chilli (a spicy, burnt red).

  • M.A.C Smash (the epitome of a bold red lip).

Verdict: The long-wear lipstick for people who hate long-wear lipsticks.

M.A.C COSMETICS Powder Kiss Liquid LipcolourM.A.C COSMETICS Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour

I've written about my love for this lipstick before, but it really is the most wearable yet pigmented matte liquid lip colour I've tried. No crusty flaking, cracking or hectic lip liner look throughout the day. Just lips that feel like you're wearing a cloud.

Again, the powder yet mousse-like texture never fully dries down, so you can keep rubbing your lips together all day as if you were wearing a lip balm. I wore the M.A.C. Smash shade on a day running to different events and meetings, scoffing bits of food when I could.

It definitely could've benefited from a quick touch up, but it was still passable without it.

4. Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid Lipstick.

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid LipstickYves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid Lipstick

What: Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid Lipstick - A luxurious velvet-matte liquid lipstick with a comfortable, non-drying formula. It's a cult product for a reason!

Best festive shades:

  • 205 Rouge Clique (a strong, blue-based red).

  • 201 Rouge Tatouage (a slightly tropical orange-based red).

Verdict: A truly beautiful lipstick that you won't mind reapplying.

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid LipstickYves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid Lipstick

OK, so this lipstick didn't have the best stamina, but gosh it's lovely to use and wear. The frosted tube with the iconic gold YSL lettering practically screams luxury, and the silky liquid formula has the classic YSL fruity fragrance.

The doe-foot applicator makes it really easy to swipe the product on, but a brunch of halloumi and hash browns left the shade Rouge Tatouage looking pretty deflated. The upside? I was able to reapply it without a mirror, no problem.

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