Battle of the ‘Long Lasting’ Lippies – Stay All Day vs. Infallible Le Rouge

This post has been a long time coming. Quite a few of you have been asking for additional posts and chasing me up, trust me I haven’t ignored you! I’ve been buying new lipsticks to try out, I’ve just been a bit lazy doing the posting bit! So I have a great backlog of 11 new lipsticks to talk about.

Enough of the excuses, let’s get into it!

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

It was a lunchtime make up shop with some colleagues that took us to Mecca Cosmetics. I glanced at their liquid lipstick and noticed their claim of long lasting lip colour with the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. The thing that caught my attention first was the range of colours they had. I was a big fan of the purple.


Infallible Le Rouge

L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge

Doing a shop at the supermarket, one of the tasks I hate the most, I came across another set of claims of lipsticks “that lasts all day long”. Well I couldn’t let that go untested could I? The Infallible Le Rouge comes in an interesting range of colours, although the supermarket only stocks a limited range of those colours. I popped one in the shopping basket and went to work testing it out.

So let’s get into the Amber test…

Me wearing Stila in the como


The Stila lipstick is priced at $40. It’s a bit cheaper than MAC

Me wearing the Le Rouge in the Persistent Plum

Lipcolour that I’ve reviewed previously, however is more expensive than other options like the Maybelline SuperStay.

The price of the Infallible Le Rouge lipstick was $24.99, although I note while checking this price, that it was on special in some places for $19.99.


The Stila colour is vibrant and the lipstick is very light

The Stila in the aria colour rubbing off onto my glass

going on with a wand applicator. It is not sticky at all, in fact it has a liquid texture and you will have to wait for it to dry for a few minutes before diving into meals and drinks. The feel is great, it doesn’t dry out my lips at all and sometimes I forget I have lipstick on at all.

The Le Rouge rubbing off on my cup

I was quite surprised at the vibrancy of the colour of the Le Rouge. It went on great, and was easy to apply. The lipstick felt great, although after about 30 – 60 minutes the lipstick feels like it’s drying our my lips a little bit but not majorly.

The Stila in aria colour after a full dinner

Lasting ability

I was very impressed with Stila’s lasting ability. Although I was a little worried when I would notice slight colour rubbing off on glasses. The colour was always flawless whenever I would check. The only minor issue is that sometimes after meals it can start to wear off from the inside part of the lip (as you can see in the right hand photo below with the Stila aria colour).

The Le Rouge lipstick after a full dinner.

Although the Le Rouge did wear off on cups and wore down after meals I was quite impressed that the majority of the lip colour still stayed. You’ll see in the photo that there was some wear but the majority of the lip colour stayed on.


I really do love the Stila range, just the feel and the look of it. Although it is a pricier option compared with the Le Rouge it is still cheaper than some other lip colours on the market. Yet I cannot argue with the fact that L’Oreal Le Rouge, for the price and being a lipstick, actually stayed on through a meal. I think these two are both great options for any type of budget.

Below are a few additional photos of the lipsticks/lipcolours to see what they both look like.

Hot tip!

A tissue after I used the blotting technique

A few of you have contacted me and mentioned that you don’t usually wear make up and you’re not very good at it. It’s ok, you’re not alone. Neither am I! But I might try to share a few tips I’ve picked up along the way.

My tip for this post is blotting, it’s how you remove the excess lipstick that might rub off on clothes, teeth or when you touch your lips.

To blot you will take a tissue, fold it in half and then put it horizontally inside your mouth. You’ll then put your lips together and the excess will come off on the tissue. Repeat a few times and it should remove all the excess. Especially in the corners of your mouth.

Pro tip is if you’re out of tissues or no where near a tissue, you can rip a page out of your notebook and blot on the paper. Makeup experts are probably shrieking in horror right about now but it totally worked.

If you find some lipsticks or lipcolours you love then tag me in so I can see them!

Happy Lippie everyone!


Battle of the ‘Long Lasting’ Lippies – SuperStay vs. Retro Matte

I grew up for most of my late teenage and early twenties hating makeup. Whenever I would put it on, it took me about 10 minutes before I’d rub it all off. I am also a fan of brightly coloured makeup. I remember having an amazing purple lipstick when I was about 13 and putting it on my eyelids to give me vibrant eye shadow colours. Let’s not even start with the fact that it was probably very bad for my eyelid skin.

In the past few years I’ve found some amazing waterproof products that seem to pass the Amber test. What is that you ask? The makeup has to survive me, for a day. Survive me eating, rubbing my face and having multiple coffees. If it can survive me for a day then I would be happy to purchase it and keep it in my stash.

Maybelline SuperStay 14hr – Burst of Coral colour (455)

A few years ago I was doing a supermarket shop and stumbled upon Maybelline SuperStay 14hr lipstick. I thought I’d give it a try and picked out the brightest red lipstick I could find. I was amazed it stayed on for long periods of time and maintained the vibrancy of the colour. For the past year or so I’ve been buying a different colour shade every month during our supermarket shopping to build up my collection.

M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – Personal Statement

While walking through Wellington Airport on the way to a flight I saw a new M.A.C makeup store. I went and asked the team if they had any ‘long lasting’ products and they mentioned that in the past few months they’ve brought out a long lasting lipcolour. I thought I’d try it and compare it against the Maybelline SuperStay 14hr Lipsticks I’ve grown fond of.


The Maybelline 14hr SuperStay is a great value at $26.49 per lipstick (at Farmers). The

Maybelline SuperStay 14hr Lipsticks at Farmers

convenience of this lipstick is that they’re available in New World supermarket. My present to myself monthly is to pop a new colour into the shopping basket. 

The M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is a bit more expensive at $50.00 and is available at M.A.C stores as well as selected sellers like Farmers.

Me wearing the SuperStay 14hr Burst of Coral

The Maybelline 14 hr SuperStay has a nice, smooth and creamy look. Maybelline describes this brand as ‘weightless’ and ‘high voltage color’.

The M.A.C Retro Matte is definitely a matte look to it. It is not shiny and has a dry look to it (without being dry).


The Maybelline SuperStay 14hr  has not dried out my lips in any time I’ve used it. Once cleaned off with makeup remover it hasn’t left my lips dry. A few select colours have tended to at the end of a full day wear, to turn into dried clumps across the lips.

Me wearing the Retro Matte in Personal Statement

The M.A.C. Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour goes on very thinly. I think the key is to put it on sparingly, unlike what I did which was put heaps on during a flight. Although it did dry, it did take more than a few minutes to dry. The lipcolour felt a little dry during the day but nothing major, not enough for me to reach for a lip balm. Once cleaned off with makeup remover it didn’t leave my lips dry either. The applicator tends to put a huge amount of lipcolour on to start with, so it’s important to wipe off the excess.


SuperStay 14hr Lipstick on Coffee cup

Lasting ability

For the Maybelline 14hr SuperStay it is important to put it on, let it air for a few minutes then dab the lipstick, let it dry again for a few minutes and it should last most of the day. There was some very minor marking on coffee cups. There was minor staining on food I ate during the day.

The M.A.C Retro Matte required you to let the liquid lipcolour air dry for about 5 minutes. Once air dried I dabbed it with tissues to check there was no excess that hadn’t dried. It is also recommended to add a few coats, although for this test I only added one. I have found with the darker colours it’s essential to put at least two coats on. There was some marking on coffee cups but nothing major. There was very minor staining on food that I ate as well.

Retro Matte Lipcolour on Coffee cup


My general thoughts are that the SuperStay 14hr is a great buy and the lasting ability for the price difference is pretty amazing. However, if you are a major fan of the matte look then the lasting effect with the M.A.C Retro Matte is just as good even if it is double the price. For me the colour differences are where I’m pretty interested in overlapping my collection. The M.A.C Retro Matte has some amazing dark red colours, while the Maybelline has great pinks and fuchsia colours.

If you’re on a budget, want a smooth creamy finish or great mix of pinks and fuchsia’s colours then the Maybelline Superstay 14hr is for you.

If you don’t have a budget, want a matte finish and need the dark red/purple colouring than M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is for you. Try it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts.