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If you don't love matte lipsticks, get ready to cross over because you've been missing out, friends. There could be many reasons you're not into mattes—the 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. 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, keep reading to learn about the best matte lipsticks you can buy now.
Best Overall: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
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 six-hour wear, indeed.
Best Budget: NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream
Prepare to be shocked at how good this 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.
Best Drugstore: Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
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 every mood and occasion.
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 Beauty Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in 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 Cream Lipstick
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 Coral: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
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 Pink: Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose
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. Dusty rose is a gorgeous blend of nude and pink.
Best Purple: L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Plum Bum
This line of mattes has the seal of approval of 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.
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.
Best for Dark Skin: Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
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 Natural Formula: Lawless Beauty 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 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.
Best Pencil: NARS Cosmetics Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
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.