After years of using and being frustrated with a couple of the early two-step lipcolors--after trying and hating all the others I tried--I didn't hold out much hope for this. What a surprise! It goes on nicely, color stays just about forever--usually through meals, and, when it does wear off, it does so smoothly. It's not nearly as drying as others I've tried, either. One trick that makes a world of difference is to use a very thin coat.