OK, let’s be honest: There’s nothing particularly new about the idea of a long-lasting, non-shiny lipstick finish — different versions of matte lipstick have been popular in the past, most recently in the '90s — but lately there has been a new crop of liquid-to-matte lipsticks that provide the dry look of a matte without the often-uncomfortable dry feel. From high-end department store brands to drugstore finds, we’ve rounded up the best liquid matte lipsticks that are taking matte to the max.
If you're looking for a truly full-coverage matte lippie, L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Matte Lip will get the job done — and then some. With just one swipe, the pigment will hug your lips and give you the exact matte lip result you're after.
One of the latest liquid-to-matte lipsticks on the scene is Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid, a new line that boasts 10 bold, drastically different shades ranging from a delicate nude and vibrant red to a rich plum. The lipstick gets major points for its intense pigment, but it’s the smooth application and creamy texture that make it a must-try for matte lipstick newbies.
NYX never fails when it comes to their lippies, and their take on liquid matte lipstick is no exception. With their Soft Matte Lip Cream, NYX delivers a lightweight lipstick that is velvety smooth and smells just as sweet as it looks. There’s also more than 30 shades to choose from, so whether you want to stick with traditional pinks or experiment with purple and blue shades, there’s sure to be a liquid matte lipstick for you in the collection.
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick comes in 40 shades (yes, you read that right) in two finishes — full-on matte and metallic matte. The coverage is flawless, and it wears like a dream. The hardest part is choosing which one to buy first.
We could go on and on about our love for the super versatile YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush, but since we’re talking lipstick, we’ll stay focused! Made with pomegranate extract and moisturizing action emollients, the product’s whipped texture makes it light, blendable and hydrating, providing the benefits of a chic matte lipstick without any of the drying effects. There are 12 shades to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with any of these signature colors since the mineral pigments provide a sheer tint that’s universally flattering on all skin tones.
Lancôme Matte Shaker is the perfect hybrid between a matte liquid lipstick, a lip stain and a lip gloss. It goes on matte and the pigment lasts, but it feels more like a stain on your lips — meaning it's much more comfortable than most liquid lippies.
Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro takes liquid matte lipstick in a chic direction, offering 20 classic shades like deep reds and bold pinks that are both vibrant and sophisticated. A lip stain that leaves lips feeling incredibly smooth, Lip Maestro gets extra points for being long-lasting and for its luxurious hydrating formula.