September 9, 2016
Matte lipsticks are now a ubiquitous, chic lip formulation that’s more than just synonymous with Kylie Jenner. Unlike our usual lip glosses, cream lipsticks, and tinted lip balms, matte lipsticks are packed with high-intensity pigments that’ll stay put all day. However, most of the matte lipsticks in the market can often leave our lips feeling dry, settling into our lip lines as it starts getting flaky, marking the end of our love affair with matte lipsticks. But that shouldn’t put you off the hunt for matte lipsticks. Every so often, you’ll find a diamond in the rough – the glorious one that won’t wreak havoc on your lips. So, to help you avoid cracked, flaky lips, we’ve rounded up our favourite matte lipsticks that not only deliver some serious colour payoff, but feel comfortable on your lips too.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
This liquid lipstick may be new in the market, but it’s already risen in the ranks to being one of the best matte lipsticks out there. Its rich and creamy formula glides over the lips with ease, but it doesn’t dry quickly, so you can easily fix up any mistakes you’ve made around your lip lines. It may go on like a buttery gloss but it dries to a true matte finish. Vitamin E and sunflower seed oil are a couple of the natural comfort-enhancing ingredients that you’ll find in this formula.
$31 each, available at Sephora
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Lipstick application meets jumbo pencil crayon. Saturate your lips with a rich velvety matte finish that’s packed with pigments. Its formula is enriched with emollients that are combined with unique silicones to ensure longer-lasting, non-drying colour for hours on end, making them perfect for comfortable wear all day long. And although it may be a pain to sharpen these, we’re willing to put ourselves through the hassle – they make for perfect lipliner replacements, too.
$38 each, available at Sephora
Tarte Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint
Tarte’s Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint’s high-definition, saturated formula has a luxurious, velvety texture that’s designed to suit styles from the modern minimalist to the bold and dramatic. Its ergonomically slanted applicator wand makes it super easy to paint on this pigment – great for any self-proclaimed artist looking to create a lip masterpiece. While the formula feels moist and lightweight on the lips, its staying power isn’t the best, so be sure you carry your lip paint around with you.
$30 each, available at Sephora
Bourjois Rogue Edition Velvet Lipstick
The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick has a surprising texture that feels kinda like a lip lacquer as it goes on a little water at first. But don’t worry, its consistency soon transforms to a beautiful, velvety finish that lasts for hours. Unlike most matte lipsticks, this one layers beautifully – it never goes patchy and it doesn’t make our lips crack, making post-meal touch ups a breeze.
$25 each, available at Zalora
Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick
Urban Decay’s Matte Revolution Lipstick’s soft, creamy formula goes on like dream. It has the feel of a balm, but it gives off smooth, pigmented colour that’s easy to apply without having to worry about any colour-bleeding. Some matte lipsticks fade unevenly, leaving an unsightly ring around your mouth by the fourth hour, but this one fades in uniform and it even leaves a pretty stain behind. The huge plus? It doesn’t accentuate dry patches on your lips.
$33 each, available at Sephora