Why We Love It: It feels and wears like a stain, but looks like a lipstick. The thin, easy-to-spread liquid formula is four times thinner than typical lipsticks, but packs the saturation and color intensity you’d expect from a traditional bullet.
How to wear it: Use the flat side of the applicator to spread the color on your lips. Then use the pointed end to line your lips, perfecting your shape.
Why we love it: It goes on incredibly creamy, but then settles into a matte finish that looks like velvet on lips—and the bold color lasts up to 8 hours.
How to wear it: For a less intense look, skip the brush applicator and press the liquid color into your lips using your fingertip.
Why we love it: This eight-shade collection has the comfy-cushy feel of a satin finish lipstick, but the finish is completely matte. We found it also lasts pretty darn long for a lipstick, leaving behind a nice stain as it wore off throughout the day.
How to wear it: Use it to create the on-trend matte ombre lip—darker on the outside of lips, lighter in the center. The simplest way to get the look: Apply a matte lip color all over your lips. Then use a matte lip pencil in a slightly darker hue to apply to the border of your lips. Now use a lip brush to soften the line.
Why we love it: The original Lancôme shaker gave us a sheer wash of glossy color. This new version has the same fun, cocktail-shaker-like technology: Mix it up to blend the oil and pigments. Then swipe the thin, liquid lipstick on your lips—only it dries down to an opaque pop of serious color that feels super-light on lips.
How to wear it: Mix and match the seven shades. Layer two together. Or, try a two-toned pout, wearing a slightly brighter hue in the same color family on your bottom lip. A perfect pairing: Energy Peach and Magic Orange.
Why we love it: The matte lip movement has mostly been about bright, intense shades, but sometimes we want to go a little more low-key. That’s where this collection comes in. The 10 shades are all warm nudes with golden undertones. That means they look pretty and wearable on all skin tones—not cool and corpse-like.
How to wear it: To really rock a nude lip, cover your pout with concealer to blank out your natural lip color before you apply your lipstick.
Why we love it: If it’s bright color you want, it’s bright color you’ll get with this 20-shade collection. The formula also lives up it’s name: These lipsticks feels buttery and creamy on lips—and stay that way for hours.
How to wear it: If you’re wearing one of the bold shades like All Fired Up, trace the outside of lips with concealer after applying for a super-precise, clean-edged look. Try it with the brush-on liquid Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer.
Why we love it: It’s a multitasking matte: a combo of a liner and lipstick in one easy-to-wield, twist-up stick. The crayon-like lip color, which comes in five saturated shades, makes for the most precise application—no lip brush needed.
How to wear it: Use the tip to line lips, then glide it on all over. To give your matte mouth more volume, dab highlighter on the center of your bottom lip. It creates the illusion of a plumper pout.
Why we love it: It’s a matte that feels comfortable even on the driest of lips, thanks to the addition of lip nourishing oils and butters. The nine-shade collection ranges from wearable nudes to super-dark, dramatic shades.
How to wear it: We found this formula to be pretty long lasting, but to get even more mileage out of your matte lip, try this pro trick: Place a piece of single-ply tissue over your lips and dust on layer of translucent powder on top. Now your color is set.
Why we love it: There are 22 liquid shades to pick from, all with Urban Decay’s “comfort matte” finish. What does that mean? Despite it being long-wearing and waterproof (seriously, it’s not going anywhere until you take it off with makeup remover), it feels good on your lips.
How to wear it: To refresh during the day without reapplying more. Use your fingertip to dab a clear balm over your color. Then blot with a tissue. Your lipstick will look fresh, but not shiny.
Which matte lipstick will you try? Tell us in the comments below!