Matte liquid lipstick can be divisive. Sure, it looks great, lasts all day and offers serious pigmentation, but it's gained a bit of a bad rep over the years for leaving lips feeling dry and chapped. If you get the formula wrong, rather than showing off your pillowy pout, you'll be showing off every crack in sight. But thanks to new-gen formulas, the best matte liquid lipsticks won't leave your lips crying out for hydration. With the right prep (we're talking a good lip scrub and conditioning balm) and a nourishing formulation, there's no need for your lips to look like they've spent a week in the Sahara.
To help you choose which liquid lipstick is right for you, we've compiled a list of the best matte liquid lipsticks. Tried, tested and loved by Team Byrdie, you can be safe in the knowledge that you're officially buying the best.
Hailey Baldwin's said it's her favorite shade for autumn, and we have to agree. This muted plum nude is simply gorgeous.
For an ultra-modern blurred lip look (think Kaia Gerber at the Chanel S/S 19 runway show), this powdery matte liquid lipstick is the one.
We love Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, and its newer formulation of liquid lipsticks somehow packs even more pigment in. Show Girl is the darker, duskier version of Pillow Talk—aka a perfect nude for everyone.
This is the ultimate postbox red, as worn on numerous occasions by Kendall Jenner. It's got a slightly bluish undertone, meaning it also leaves your teeth looking bright and shiny white too.
With added botanical extracts plus vitamins A, C, and E, this liquid lipstick nourishes and softens the lips while you wear it. Raven is a super-pigmented, clean red shade that leaves your lips with a stain of color for hours after application.
There's a reason you can only buy three of these highly in-demand lipsticks at a time on Cult Beauty: They're so good. Our favorite one? The everyday pink shade, Gossip Girl.
Shake up Lancôme's water-in-oil liquid lipstick before sweeping the formula onto your lips using the unique sponge applicator. Once dried, the color isn't going anywhere.
If you like your lipstick to really stand out, you'll love this neon red. Lime Crime's Matte Velvetines have a slightly suede finish, which leaves your lips feeling soft instead of dry. Plus, they're 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
These creamy liquid lipsticks have a unique mousse-like texture that won't leave your lips feeling dry or tight. This bright terra-cotta nude looks great on warmer skin tones.
The precise, dome-shaped applicator tip means these liquid lipsticks can be applied without the need for a lip liner. True to Nars, they're available in tons of shades—from brights and berries to nudes. One of our favorites has to be the universally flattering Get Up Stand Up shade.
If you're a fan of Kylie Jenner's original Lip Kits, you'll like the shade Spice from Nip+Fab. Preparation is key to stop your lips from drying out with this one, but get the prep right and the color will last all day long.
We love how affordable these liquid lipsticks are—without scrimping on the color payoff or wearability. Exotic is a deep burgundy brown that looks great on all skin tones.
Stila's cult liquid lipsticks are enriched with avocado oil and vitamin E to help hydrate the lips while you wear it, leaving your lips looking smooth and never dry.
This range of bright lipsticks has an inky texture, leaving a long-lasting and comfortable stain on the lips. They're truly weightless, meaning you can't feel anything on your lips at all once you've applied it. A winner for anyone who doesn't like the feel of wearing lipstick.
The universally flattering Uncuffed shade is a rosy mauve nude that seriously looks good on everyone. The formula doesn't budge for a good 12 hours with zero touch-ups, meaning it'll last you ages too.