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There’s a lot to love about matte lipstick—it stays in place, leaves behind rich pigment, and gives you that extra boost of confidence when you need it most. And while there are tons of great things about matte lipstick, some formulas on the market are less-than-impressive, leaving the lips with an uncomfortable, tight feeling that leaves your pout dry as ever. To help you weed out the moisture-sucking formulas, we compiled a list of the best matte bullets, liquids, and stains on the market that provide a bold, velvety finish without making your lips feel as dry as the Sahara Desert.
From drugstore gems to splurge-worthy finds to the best for deeper complexions, keep reading to learn about the best matte lipsticks you can buy now.
Best Drugstore: Maybelline Makeup SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color
This budget-friendly liquid lipstick blows higher-priced versions out of the water with its long-lasting wear and incredible shade range. The non-drying matte lip color features a unique arrow applicator for precise application, making it easy to create crisp lines around your lips. With a true liquid-to-matte formula, it stays put for up to 16-hours—yes, it will last from the time you put it on in the morning to when you’re ready to scrub it off at night. Plus, with over 20 shades like creamy nude, regal violet, and even mink gray, you’re bound to find a shade that suits your mood or the occasion. Tip: since it really is long-wearing, we suggest using an oil-based cleanser or makeup remover to clean it off at the end of the day.
Best Nude: YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in 7 Nu Interdit
While we love a good velvety nude that costs us less than our morning latte, this luxe matte lip stain is totally worth the price tag. This flattering mid-tone beige shade from the luxury brand flatters a wide variety of skin tones and stays looking fresh for up to eight hours. Featuring a unique tattoo-like effect the liquid formula never settles into your lip lines or feathers outside of them. It also boasts an exclusive liner-like applicator that hugs the lips upon application creating an effortlessly defined pout. The best part? The shiny gold cap and frosted glass packaging are literal eye candy.
Best Red: MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
Vivid color, long-lasting wear, and the nostalgic vanilla scent are just some of the reasons why four of these award-winning lipsticks are sold every minute. The universally-flattering blue-based red glides over the lips with ease and doesn’t fade, crease, or crack throughout the day. With just one swipe you get full-on saturated color that creates a powerful pucker. You can apply it straight from the tube or use a lip brush to trace the outside of your lips and fill them for ultimate control and precision.
Best Black: NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Lipstick in Alien
If you’re going to rock an onyx hue on your pout, you want the payoff to be next level. This pitch-black drugstore liquid lipstick delivers the drama with its suede-like texture and waterproof, fade-resistant formula. It also applies evenly thanks to the wand’s flat doe-foot applicator which allows for precision when outlining the outside of your lips and filling them in. Because this liquid lip contains avocado oil and vitamin E, you don’t have to worry about it flaking or cracking on your lips. This is without a doubt a winner in our books.
Best for Dark Skin: Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
Those with beautiful deep skin complexions can have a difficult time finding flattering lip colors. Beauty queen Rihanna launched her namesake line’s matte lipstick with 14 high-pigment, shine-free hues that flatter a wide variety of deeper skin tones with red, neutral, and golden undertones. With a sleek design and rounded bullet, the cruelty-free demi-matte formula comes in an extremely unique and versatile shade range featuring all colors of the rainbow from warm terracotta to regal red plus more daring shades like wild lilac, cornflower blue, and even deep hunter green. The ultra-slim packaging also fits perfectly in your clutch, makeup bag, or pocket for easy on-the-go touch-ups.
Best Coral: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna
That sweet cross of color between red and orange with a touch of pink makes us wish we were lounging by the pool, regardless of the season. Inspired by actress Sienna Miller and the warm summer sun, this golden mid-tone coral livens-up all complexions. Enriched with orchid extracts, a blend of special waxes, and light-diffusing pigments, its soft-matte formula coats the lips giving a cashmere finish and pillowy effect. The square-like bullet mimics the shape of a lip brush so you get a foolproof application every time you swipe it.
Best Vampy: Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick in Wicked
For those times when you want a deep, dark lip matte color that’s not black (but almost) this is the lipstick to reach for. This liquid-to-matte formula is inspired by the soft, powdery texture of red rose petals and delivers the same effect on your lips. The universal Bordeaux hue flatters a wide variety of skin tones from fair to deep.
What's more, the doe-foot applicator evenly distributes the thin liquid without any skipping or dragging. After application let it set for 10 to 20 seconds and you’re set. Note: To ensure the product doesn’t feather outside the lines of your lips, apply lip liner in a matching shade first, then use the lipstick’s applicator to fill them in.
Best Natural Formula: LAWLESS Soft Matte Liquid Lipstick
Natural makeup can get a bad rap with its lack of pigment, chunky textures, and off-putting scents, but this one from new all-natural brand LAWLESS is a total game changer. Formulated without a long list of additives including parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, the whipped mousse-like texture provides a comfortable matte finish on the lips. Thanks to hydrating fruit and flower extracts, the liquid-to-matte formula doesn’t cake, settle into lines, or fade in patches as you wear it throughout the day. To apply, swipe the plush doe-foot tip across your lips, then let it set for a minute or so to dry. You can reapply throughout the day as needed.