Kylie Jenner is releasing new colors in her break-the-Internet Lip Kits regularly now, which hopefully means no one is paying $10,000 on eBay for them anymore. But even the new shades seem to disappear at lightning speed, leaving our lips (and souls) feeling sadly bare. Rather than wallow in misery at your Lip Kit–less existence (#ugh), remember this: Contrary to popular belief among Gen Z, Jenner did not invent matte liquid lipsticks. And in fact, there are plenty of alternatives out there that will coat your lips in a mousse-like pigment and not require you to practice clicking obsessively and fight through the Internet throng to get your hands on. We’re sharing six of the newest ones we’ve tried, tested, and approved—all super matte, yet magically not drying. Now, that's worthy of a freakout.
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If you love bold, vibrant lipsticks, you'll love the shade range in Ciaté's Liquid Velvet collection. The creamy formula is easy to apply and leaves a pop of matte color behind that lasts through breakfast (and sometimes even lunch). Plus, the brand's proprietary PlushPigment blend keeps it from feeling like your lips are coated in Wite-Out—always a plus.
This innovative cream-to-powder formula feels weightless when you apply and is made with edible butters and premium pigments. The cream formula glides on, then dries to a powdery matte finish.
We've already written a love letter to this lip paint, but we'll list all the reasons we love it anyway: The mousse-like consistency feels feather-light when applying, the shade range offers something for everyone (from bare-nude to lilac), and the formula somehow makes our lips feel more moisturized when it dries. Magic, we tell you.
Stiles works with the likes of Gabrielle Union and Elizabeth Banks, and she knows what her A-list clients want: namely, a matte, bold lip color that doesn't budge or smudge. We tried on this high-pigment shade before a breakfast with Stiles herself, and found it to last through breakfast and lunch, only requiring a quick touch-up late afternoon. Snatch these up ASAP if you know what's good for you.
Jouer's playful new long-wear lipsticks are indeed long-wearing. They coat the lips in a thick layer of pigment, then don't move or feather away until you want them to. The formula goes on like a super-pigmented gloss, then dries to a satin-matte finish. It wasn't the most hydrating formula we tried but was definitely one of the longest-lasting.
You can't beat a drugstore gem, and Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lip Color might be your new favorite. One, because it smells delicious, and two, because it delivers a pop of color in just one swipe. It's not the most matte finish, but we found it to be less drying than most drugstore versions.
Buxom's new Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick ($21) is the lightest liquid lipstick we've ever tried, with a light-as-air texture. We loved seeing our lips reach Kylie status without the shrinking-raisin feeling, and Centerfold is the perfect tawny-nude. It wasn't the longest-lasting, and it feathered a bit after applying, but reapplying was so enjoyable we didn't even mind.
What's your favorite matte liquid lipstick? Tell us below!