8 Brown Matte Lipsticks Because '90s Grunge Is Back

Best lipsticks: Woman with brown lipstick

It’s hardly a secret that ’90s beauty is here to stay. From the runways to the real world, we’re continuing to see inspiring iterations of beauty looks from one of our favorite eras. While full brows and big hair may be easy elements to get behind, brown matte lipstick can be a trickier ’90s trend to work—but we urge you to give it a go.

For one, brown lipstick instantly amplifies your makeup look while acting as a fresh alternative to bold reds or bright pinks. It’s a more statement-making take on popular nudes and neutrals and, of course, serves up a welcome dose of ’90s nostalgia. Furthermore, though the shade can be daunting, brown matte lipstick is ultra flattering on a range of skin tones. Whether you prefer to work cool cocoa colors or warm cinnamon hues, there are so many beautiful shades of brown lipstick on the market. Keep scrolling to see some of our favorites.

Lip Color Matte Fetishest 0.1 oz/ 2.96 mL
Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in In Deep $55

Leave it to Tom Ford to conjure up an alluring lipstick formula that imparts a velvet matte finish in a shade of brown that exudes ’90s glamour.

Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick Wicked 0.4 oz/ 11.83 mL
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Naughty by Nature $21

For a long-wearing look that stays put, this liquid formula from Too Faced’s Melted Matte collection serves up the perfect shade of deep chocolate. Lips look super smooth beneath the matte finish, moisturized with antioxidant-rich avocado oil and vitamin E.

Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick True Grit 0.13 oz/ 3.84 mL
Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in True Grit $24

This liquid lipstick is specifically formulated with a primer oil complex as to not dry out lips. Without flaking or feathering, it delivers a deep, warm brown hue that lasts for eight hours.

Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick Extreme 0.035 oz/ 1.4 g
Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Rock $28

Dark chocolate lovers get a dose of deliciously high-pigmented color with this lipstick crayon that allows for detailed precision.

Matte Lipstick Griffin .12 oz/ 3.5 g
Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Rust $18

For a brown lipstick that reads a tinge redder, this formulation from Anastasia Beverly Hills serves up a lovely shade of rich raisin brown.

GEN NUDE™ Matte Liquid Lipcolor Slay 0.13 oz/ 4 mL
BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in XYZ $19

Lips will look hydrated and smooth as can be with this moisturizing cream-to-matte finish in a warm, flattering hue of cinnamon beige.

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Unspoken 0.086 oz/ 2.4 g
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Lonely Heart $27

For a statement punch of color in a velvety matte finish, try this precise pencil lipstick in a dramatic chocolate brown.

Liquid Matte Lipstick Wifey 0.17 oz/ 5 mL
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Vixen $20

Described as “a poisonous deep brown,” this dark shade is aptly named Vixen and sets in a transfer-free finish that’s perfectly matte and boasts long-wear staying power.

Next up, here’s how to find the perfect shade of lipstick for your skin tone.

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