Will Lipcote Really Make My Lipstick Last Longer?

I do rigorous, scientific tests on three lipsticks to see whether or not Lipcote lives up to its lipstick sealing claims.
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I do rigorous, scientific tests on three lipsticks to see whether or not Lipcote lives up to its lipstick sealing claims.

Thanks to Rachel, we all know that Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge is the clear winner for lip product longevity--but how do we give our other lipsticks a fighting chance at long wear?

The answer is Lipcote. The original lipstick sealer, Lipcote claims to “perfect and protect every shade of lip color for a smudge-, feather-, and fade-proof lipstick.”

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You’re meant to apply your lipstick, blot, apply again, and then brush Lipcote on top, slightly beyond the lip line. Hold your mouth slightly open and wait for the sealer to dry.

All good, but does it work? I put three lipsticks to the test (minus make-out sessions--due to distance, not lack of scientific integrity).

Test Number 1

Lunch and Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach

korean food dumplings

Kimchi dumplings and pickled veg. Not pictured: seaweed, avocado and rice. What can I say? I love lunch.

Usually, I also would have eaten all the lipstick off my mouth along with my dumplings, but plenty of it remained. Most of the fading happens around the center of the mouth, but this doesn't really surprise me.

revlon smoked peach

Revlon Matte Lipstick In Smoked Peach, Before

peach lipstick


Test Number 2

Gym, popsicle, and Rimmel Apocalips in Apocalyptic


Perfect place for a full face.

Yes, I was that girl on the treadmill with the hot pink lips. Post “work-out’ (jogging half-heartedly while watching 30 minutes of The Godfather), I treated myself to a popsicle.

fruitare blueberry popsicle
eating popsicle

Capturing the process.

This is what happened:

rimmel apolcalips apocalyptic


hot pink lips


Pretty good, right? Again, there is slight fading around the center of the mouth. This lipstick normally smudges out of control on me if I'm not careful, so props to you Lipcote.

Test Number 3

Sleep and MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in New Temptation

harry potter bedsheets

Yes, I still have my old Harry Potter bedsheets.

This one didn’t really stand a chance. Most of the lipstick ended up on my pillow.

mac new temptation

Proof that this is actually before bed: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.

faded lipstick dry

The morning after, sorry for the grossness.

In conclusion, for under $7, you can’t really go that wrong. It’s not foolproof, but Lipcote does increase the wear of your lipstick significantly. For special events where you don't want to bother with touch-ups, Lipcote could be a great option. However, if you plan to sleep in it, then you’re probably better off with one of these.

  • Have you tried Lipcote?
  • What are your favorite long-lasting lip products?