Hey everyone! Before I left for my pretty extended vacation, I thought I’d whip up a post showing you my favorite matte lipstick formulas. I’m pretty picky with lip products, though my stash may not seem like it. I figured out, for example, that I’m not really into very glossy lips or frost finishes. I’m pretty okay with satin or creams, but my (second) favorite kind of lip is a matte one. I think it’s because I have pretty full lips anyway—shininess just exaggerates my pout and not in a way that I appreciate.
I know mattes have a reputation for being fussy, so here are my favorite formulas to help you maybe find yours. Now, there are a lot of “matte” lip products that only masquerade as such. These picks on my personal list are pretty much shine-free. I’ll list them from great to best. Ahem.
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks
These are my first introduction to matte lipsticks. They are creamy, but not shiny, and they pack a lot of pigment. My first shade in the range, La Distinguée, is a sort of peachy neutral that is great for daily wear. Though they are not drying, I do find that you have to prep your lips before wearing these because the shade wears off horribly if you’ve got chapped lips—very evident when I wear a bright coral called La Favorite.
MAC Matte Lipsticks
I only have one matte lipstick by MAC and it’s one of my favorite lipsticks of all time. Mehr is a blue-toned dirty pink that’s easy to wear. I find this to be fairly low-maintenance, though I suspect that the shade is also one that fades away evenly. I have tried some other matte lipsticks by MAC like Russian Red, and I have to say that the quality is great across the board.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
These are ultra-smooth and creamy. I have three shades in the range—Bahama, Dolce Vita, and Damned—and I just want to get some more. I’ve got my eye on Bolero, but Shari has said that it wasn’t as great as the others in the range. I’ve read a lot of reviews on these lipsticks saying that they are drying, but that hasn’t been the case for me, personally. These are also really easy to apply. The downside is that they are pencils that need sharpening and that means product wastage.
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick
The NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks are, by far, my favorite mattes in the world. I have three shades as well—Montego Bay, Tonkin, and Mascate— and it took me a really long time before settling on the last two after I had such a great experience with my first one, Montego Bay. I have my eye on a few more… Thank God their range of shades is pretty small!
BONUS: A bonus one is one of my favorite red lipsticks to date, the Le Métier de Beauté Hydra-Crème Lipstick in Signature. Not all of the shades in the line are matte, though I found a few limited edition shades on Net-a-Porter that I may have to get (ahem, Amore, ahem). I do have a couple of nude mattes on hand right now, so perhaps some other time. This is a great formula, though, if you’re looking for a great nude.
And that’s it! I hope this helps you out. I know it’s not really an extensive selection, but these are the ones that I’ve tried that I’ve truly loved so far.
What are your favorite mattes?