The 30 Best Matte Lipsticks Money Can Buy

Updated 11/16/18

If you don't love matte lipsticks, get ready to cross over because you've been missing out, my friend. There could be many reasons you're not into mattes—a main one being that unfortunately many lazy formulas have a tendency to be drying. No one wants to sit around with their lips feeling chapped and cracked because their lipstick has sucked the life out of them. However, not all matte lipsticks are created equal, and there is indeed a way to make matte formulas feel comfortable, weightless, and long-lasting.

 

Moisturizing mattes usually contain common ingredients you should look for like vitamin E, shea butter, avocado oil, and more. Matte lipsticks are pretty much all I wear because I'm admittedly lazy, and I despise reapplying my lipstick. I also enjoy copious amounts of coffee and snacks, so I rely on non-budge formulas that stick by me for hours. Thankfully, the below matte lipsticks prove this is not too much to ask for. Keep scrolling for the best matte lipsticks on the market along with our favorite shades in each line.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk $32
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You're looking at a crowd favorite at Byrdie HQ. Leave it to Ms. Tilbury to create a dream matte formula that not only feels hydrating but also magically makes your lips look fuller. Inside of these rose-gold tubes are 3D glow pigments that plump of the look of your lips and saturate them with gorgeous colors.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Walk of Shame $34
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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Glastonberry $32
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Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil

Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Dragon Girl $27
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A lipstick crayon makes "basic" feel (and look) so good. Loved by celebrity makeup artists everywhere, this velvet texture goes on creamy with a demi-matte finish. The intense color payoff makes it hard to believe it was done with just a pencil. 

Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Sex Machine $27
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Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick

Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bawse $24
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Meet my favorite matte of all time: the one and only Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick. I've never loved a red more. This fiery hue is truly flattering on every single skin tone. Besides that, the pointy applicator allows for a seamless application (sans lip liner). Plus, it feels so lightweight and stable on your lips that you'll forget it's there. 

Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick in Baja Bound $24
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Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick in Psychic Medium $24
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose $20
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When thinking of ways to describe this line of liquid matte lipsticks, "one-glide wonder" came to mind. It's a quickie but goody that'll deliver a burst of intense pigment in a single swatch. It doesn't feather or fade throughout the day, either. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sarafine $20
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Kathryn $20
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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Voyager

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Voyager $7
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Ask a celebrity makeup artist their favorite drugstore matte lipstick, and there's a high chance they'll say this. For $7, you can give your lips a stunning veil of inky color that looks insanely amazing in photos. Plus, it's teeny-tiny tip makes outlining your lips a breeze.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Pioneer $7
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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Believer $7
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MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Carnivorous $21
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Ever heard of a suede finish? Imagine a classic matte with the most potent dose of color—that's suede. These bold hues settle onto your lips in seconds yet maintain a weightless feel.

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in To Matte With Love $21
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MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Quite The Standout $21
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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiore $22
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When it comes to matte and moisture, it's hard to get it right. This A1 combo of vitamin E and avocado creates the perfect balance of a non-drying yet non-budging texture. The shade options are impressive in this line, and trust that it "stays" true to its name—up to a six-hour wear, indeed. 

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Chianti $22
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Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso $22
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Pérsona Season One Matte Liquid Lipstick

Pérsona Season One Matte Liquid Lipstick in Holy Grail $16
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A new favorite of Editorial Director Faith Xue, these vibrant shades melt right onto your lips and don't move. What makes this matte formula so exceptionally comfortable is the shea butter and avocado oil floating around to keep it far from the dry side of things.  

Pérsona Season One Matte Liquid Lipstick in Flamingo $16
Pérsona Season One Matte Liquid Lipstick in OG $16

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania $4
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Prepare to be shocked at how good this $4 steal is once you see it in action. Upon application, it feels velvety and smooth because of its soft, creamy consistency, but it dries into a non-transferrable matte that will essentially make you want to buy this in bulk. 

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Dubai $4
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Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Budapest $4
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L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lip

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lip in Nudist $8
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I was introduced to this line of mattes by Beyoncé's makeup artist, Sir John. If it's backed by him, do you need any more convincing? In case you do, this liquid lipstick locks onto your lips for up to 16 hours. Its high-impact pigment will survive through the important things in life like coffee and bottomless brunch. 

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lip in Angora $8
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L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-matte Liquid Lip $8
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