The last thing we want on our lips — especially as we can't seem to shake the cold weather — is a drying
lipstick. In years past, we may have skipped our matte lippies in favor of their glossier, more balm-like cousins, but thanks to new formulations, comfortable mattes exist and they are here to stay.
That being said, we still run the risk of nabbing a subpar, moisture-sucking formula (they can't all be perfect, right?). So in an effort to help you avoid flaky, cracked lips, we rounded up our favorite matte lipsticks that not only feel comfortable, but seriously deliver in the pigment and texture departments. Ahead, check out our favorite lines and our choice colors from each.
This balm's creamy formula deposits just the right amount of matte, sheer color — and never accentuates dry patches on our lips.
ColourPop Blotted Lip in Candyfloss, $5, available at ColourPop.
This new formula combines comfort with innovation, not to mention vivid, seriously saturated pigments laced with hydrating vitamin E.
Lancôme Matte Shaker High Pigment Liquid Lipstick, $22, available at Sephora.
Sheer coverage, a matte finish, and a comfortable, lightweight texture seems like a lot to ask from a lipstick — but this unique formula makes the cut. It imparts a veil of diffused color that’s not shiny nor heavy, for a subtle, easy,
natural effect. Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sheer Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Above It, $32, available at Nordstrom.
First things first: This lipstick smells like candy, but in the best way. Even better, it goes on like a cream finish product, but quickly dries to a not-dry matte.
Rimmel London The Only 1 Matte, $6.97, available at Walmart.
Semi-matte, satin finish lipsticks are the way to go if you're prone to a parched pout. Laura Mercier's lip color sets to a velvet finish that looks — and feels — soft to the touch.
Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour, $28, available at Sephora.
New for spring 2018 (and,
sadly, limited edition), this formula is unlike any other matte lip color we’ve tried — or any lip color at all, for that matter. It’s impossibly lightweight, and has a unique, almost airy texture that glides on easily and leaves a smooth, velvety finish behind. This pigmented, black cherry hue is the perfect red… and it won’t make your lips feel like hell. NARS Lip Cover in Hell Gate, $28, available at NARS Cosmetics.
A velvety-soft lipstick that barely feels like it's on your mouth? Count us in.
Butter London Moisture Matte Lipstick, $22, available at Butter London.
and affordable? This new collection features on-trend shades and a comfortable finish. CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
We’re lipstick hoarders, so trust us when we say that each shade in this chic, minimalist indie line is unlike anything else you’ve ever tried. The formula is packed with shea butter, sweet orange oil, and antioxidants like green tea and rosehip, so you get all the nourishment your lips need — plus a boost of luxurious, beautifully pigmented semi-matte color. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Kosas Lipstick in Fringe, $24, available at Kosas.
Calling a lip formula creamy
and matte seems contradictory. But these lipsticks magically stay on for hours (and don't migrate to your teeth or chin) and feel almost balmy. Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
This is a redder step up from your favorite your-lips-but-better shade. The smooth formula feels almost weightless, and the color is so forgiving that you can slick it on in a hurry without a mirror.
Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Evocative Petal, $22, available at Sephora.
Not the traditional lipstick type? Go for this liquid version. The doe-foot applicator makes sweeping on color easy. Speaking of color, the brand carries a whopping 21 — from blush nude to vivid lilac — and none of them flake, fade, or feather.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, $24, available at Sephora.
Formula-wise, NARS' Velvet Matte Lip Pencils have a lot going for them: smooth application, great pigment, and enough moisture to make them comfortable for daylong wear. Train Bleu is our go-to vampy hue for fall and winter because of how amazing it looks applied directly from the bullet or blended out with fingers as a stain. Although it's a pain to sharpen these, it also makes them the perfect lipliner replacements.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu, $27, available at NARS.
This liquid lipstick goes on a little watery at first, but don't worry, it dries to a beautiful, velvety finish that lasts for hours. This vibrant pink hue has purple undertones that make the color pop even more. Plus, unlike most liquid lipsticks, this one layers beautifully (read: doesn't go patchy or make our lips crack), which makes post-dinner touch-ups super-easy.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong, $16.12, available at ASOS.
waxed poetic about celeb makeup artist Troy Surratt's lip pencils before — and for good reason. The automatic bullet goes on with the precision of liner, and feels like a comfortable matte lipstick. The texture allows it to go on smoothly, but trust us when we say that it does not move. The best part? The color range has been expanded to include even more brights, darks, and nudes, so you're sure to find a hue you love. Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon in Alluring, $34, available at Sephora.
Dry lips are an inevitable byproduct of many matte liquid lipstick formulas on the market, but not this one — it goes on creamy and stays feeling soft and comfortable throughout the day, without smudging, bleeding, or even transferring to the lid of your coffee cup.
Dior Rouge Dior Liquid, $35, available at Sephora.
lipstick ticks all the boxes when it comes to hydrating mattes, but it goes one step farther because of how it wears. After a few hours, this formula fades but leaves a very even, pigmented stain. Sometimes, we're so lazy that we just apply this lipstick straight from the bullet in the morning and skip reapplication in favor of rocking tinted lips for the rest of the day. Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Fascinante, $37, available at Nordstrom.
If you ask us, everyone needs a tangerine shade in their arsenal. This one from Nyx is a classic, and beloved by just about every blogger in existence for good reason: It feels luxurious and goes on opaque in a single swipe.
Nyx Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick, $5.99, available at Ulta.
lengthy love letter to this line of lip crayons already exists in the Refinery29 beautysphere, but in short, they're highly pigmented, moisturizing-matte marvels that will last through just about anything (including cocktails and fries — we tested). LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Glam Life, $10, available at Birchbox.
This formula feels like a balm, but gives off smooth, pigmented color that never bleeds. And you snag it on sale for $10.
Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Matte Bad Blood $10, available at Urban Decay.
You can't go wrong with this top-of-the-line, semi-matte formula from Nars. It stays creamy and lasts forever — even after hours of wear.
NARS Audacious Lipstick, $34, available at Sephora.
This matte lipstick won't fade in patches and still looks sexy and supple hours after application, so yes, there's definitely a reason it's called Pillow Talk.
Pro tip: Dab the lipstick on; don't glide it over your lips. That way you can pat the pigment in instead of adding too much, which could suck your lips dry. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk, $34, available at Charlotte Tilbury.
Some liquid lipstick can leave your lips flaky after just a few hours, but this velvet finish isn't just pretty on, it's soft to the touch!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick, $20, available at Sephora.
Primer helps this formula stay on from your morning coffee to your mid-afternoon salad — but even without, the color payoff is ridiculously bold...even in its darker hues.
MAC Retro Matte Lip Color, $21, available at MAC.
R29 staffers have worn NARS' first-ever liquid lipstick through beach play, ice cream, and sweaty summer nights — and the color stays put through it all.
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman, $26, available at Sephora.
Finding a nude that
is rare, so when you do, you'll probably never want to take off. Thankfully, this formula won't leave your pout parched, so you can rock it from dinner at 6 p.m. to the bar at 1 a.m. exactly matches your skin tone Tom Ford Boys & Girls in Katherine, $36, available at Tom Ford.
With 12 shades of nudes ranging from deep dark brown to pale beige, and all with a hydrating mousse texture, these $5 lipsticks live up to their fancy name.
NYX LIP Lingerie Liquid Lipstick, $5, available at Walmart.
Now here's a product that lives up to its name. These Lip Clouds really
do feel light-as-air... but don't be confused: They go on very bold. Em Cosmetics Lip Cloud in Faded Clementine, $16, available at Em Cosmetics.
For those more partial to a lighter, sheerer finish, any shade of the
Glossier Gen G lipstick is a solid pick. With soft pigment payoff, a matte finish, and the feel of a balm, it's like your lips but better. Glossier Generation G Matte Lipstick, $18, available at Glossier.
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