All-day staying power, pigments that pack a punch and 100% transfer proof; there’s so much to love about a matte lipstick. They’re a staple of the makeup world and do so much more than recreate your favourite 90’s looks. As much as we love matte lipsticks, not all are created even, and the bad ones give them a really bad name.
Hydrating matte lipsticks are few and far between but with Summer around the corner and mask wearing a necessity, we can’t be dealing with any lip colours that don’t promise not to transfer, or dry out our lips.
We’re calling for that on-trend, smudge-proof and all-day wearing formula that’s super comfortable, actually feels hydrating and never skimps on colour payoff. And boy have we found a few we love. Check them out…
Call us biased but the Liquid Lip Colours from the Basics by B range are our most beloved. They were carefully formulated to give you lasting colour that’s highly pigmented while being super comfortable to wear. The matte shades never crack, won’t leave your lips feeling overly dry and give you full on colour all day long. They’re available in three shades; Paris; a vibrant red, Como; a universal nude and Biarritz; a summery light pink shade.
The GEN NUDE range from Bare Minerals features plant-based waxes bringing a new twist to classic matte liquid lipsticks. The formula feels soft and buttery while drying down matte to last through eating, drinking and dancing the night away without smudging or transferring. It also has a built-in primer that helps to prevent cracking and creasing. It’s available in 10 different shades ranging from true nudes to light oinks and deeper berry tones.
The new Powder Kiss lipsticks from M.A.C are unlike any lipstick you’ve tried. They have the same staying power as your favourite retro matte formulas yet feel weightless on your lips, almost like a highly pigmented tint. They’re hydrating, go on smooth and really are transfer proof so smudging won’t ever be a problem. Even better, there are 24 shades available including Summer brights, deeper tones and classic nudes.
While not technically a matte lipstick, the soft velvety finish of these lipsticks will give you the same on-trend look without the drying side effects of your average matte. They go on creamy to dry down to a stained look that won’t go flaky or smudge throughout the day. It’s a vegan formula available in 14 flattering shades olive oil, omega 9 and antioxidants for an extra dose of hydration and care.
Featured image: Basics By B Como Matte Liquid Lipstick