Another day, another beauty trend. With time, the hype of new launches, popular beauty looks, and fun trends usually fade. That's one of the exciting aspects of beauty—there's always something new, and you're never stuck on something for too long. Trends are short-lived; once one has run its course, you're on to the next. This fact rings true with the exception of a handful of trends that are here to stay, like matte lipstick. And we're so here for it.
We're fans of a good matte lip for a multitude of reasons: It's highly pigmented, non-drying, and has seriously amazing staying power. Honesty moment—I'm beauty-obsessed and simultaneously lazy, so matte lipstick has been my favorite thing since the day I discovered I could apply it once and not touch my lips for hours after.
What's even better is drugstore brands are stepping it up and formulating matte lipsticks that are just as good (or even better) than high-end options on the market for half the price. Whether you're in a hurry and need a long-lasting lipstick ASAP or you just don't feel like spending your whole paycheck on matte lipsticks, your local drugstore has hidden gems you need.
We wanted to prove just how good these inexpensive matte lipsticks are, so we tapped celebrity makeup artists to find out which drugstore mattes are always in their kits for their star-studded clients. Click through for the best drugstore matte lipsticks, all under $7, waiting for you at the drugstore.
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm
Celebrity makeup artist and Smith and Cult beauty ambassador Elena Miglino loves scoring good drugstore lipsticks—she credits a good find an accomplishment. "I started wearing this lip years ago," she says. "I fell in love with the creamy texture of this product." This sandy beige shade is one of her favorites.
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo
"I love how opaque the color deposit is," Miglino comments on her other favorite blush-pink hue from this collection.
Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Spiked With Rum
"What I love about this lipstick is how long-lasting it is. It's easy to apply and will stay on all day," Miglino ensures.
Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Mocha-licious
This deep greige shade is another one of Miglino's all-time favorites. Get this in time for fall.
Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard
Honey Artists makeup artist Suzy Gerstein is into this Burt's Bees Lip Crayon. "It's super pigmented without feeling drying on the lips, self-sharpening, and 100% natural," she explains. "I love to apply and blot it for a romantic stain, or layer it up when I want to create a real statement lip. Try the Napa Vineyard shade for an ultra-flattering red that works on every skin tone. I've used it for everything from the Met Gala to PTA meetings."
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in All Fired Up
"Maybelline's creamy mattes are without a doubt my favorite matte lipsticks," says Honey Artists makeup artist Marie-Josée Leduc. The texture feels creamy and smooth, and the colors are so on point. My fave is All Fired Up when I'm looking for a more sophisticated, French look—just add to this an eyeliner, and voilà!
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in Clay Crush
Leduc also loves Maybelline's shade in Clay Crush for a fresh and natural look. "A trick is to remove the lipsticks from their containers and transfer them into a palette case," Leduc shares. "All you have to do is to open the case and choose the right color because time is of the essence on photo shoots and red carpet events. I have over 75 lipsticks in my makeup kit, and I mix expensive brands with Maybelline's creamy mattes. No one can ever tell the difference."
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in Siren in Scarlet
Leduc continues: "Its creamy texture rivals that of its high-end counterparts, and the pigmentation is just right. I have yet to find a matte red lipstick that is more flattering than Siren in Scarlet. I keep several handy whenever my lips need a pick-me-up."
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in Siren in Nude Nuance
"For an everyday, I throw on Nude Nuance." It's that perfect "your lips but better," Leduc says.
Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes in Beige Babe
"I love this formula because it feels like a waxy chapstick instead of a lipstick," explains Miglino. "It actually feels very soft on the lips, but the texture still gives that matte look."
Rimmel Stay Matte Lip Liquid in Blush
Honey Artists makeup artist Azra Red loves Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip collection. "They have a lightweight texture with a velvety matte finish," explains Red."You don't have to apply a bunch of layers—one layer is just fine, and the best thing is they don't dry or flake throughout the day." This blush pink shade is one of her faves from the line.
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Milan
Another favorite of Red's is Nyx's Soft Matte Lip Cream (so popular!): "The formula is just perfect," says Red. "And they come in a wide range of shades, from nude to deep blue." This soft, rosy hue is a Byrdie favorite.
Makeup artist Gozlan is on the same accord. "These Nyx Lip Creams have a newer formula and consistency—they're pigmented, hydrating, and moisturizing," explains Gozlan.
While we're talking mattes, read on for more non-drying matte lipsticks Byrdie editors love.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.