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.
Blotted Lip in Candyfloss, $5, available at
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,
Pure Color Envy Sheer Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Above It, $32, available at
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.
The Only 1 Matte, $6.97, available at
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.
Velour Lovers Lip Colour, $28, available at
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 shade is
perfect red… and it won’t make your lips feel like hell.
Lip Cover in Hell Gate, $28, available at
A velvety-soft lipstick that barely feels like it's on your mouth? Count us in.
Moisture Matte Lipstick, $22, available at
affordable? This new collection features on-trend shades and a comfortable finish.
Katy Kat Matte Lipstick, $8.99, available at
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.
Lipstick in Fringe, $24, available at
Calling a lip formula creamy
matte seems contradictory. But these lipsticks magically stay on for hours (and don't migrate to your teeth or chin) and feel almost balmy.
Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color, $7.99, available at
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.
Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Evocative Petal, $22, available at
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.
Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, $24, available at
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.
Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu, $27, available at
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
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.
Automatique Lip Crayon in Alluring, $34, available at
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.
Rouge Dior Liquid, $35, available at
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.
Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Fascinante, $37, available at
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.
Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick, $5.99, available at
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).
Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Glam Life, $10, available at
This formula feels like a balm, but gives off smooth, pigmented color that never bleeds. And you snag it on sale for $10.
Matte Revolution Lipstick in Matte Bad Blood $10, available at
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.
Audacious Lipstick, $34, available at
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.
Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk, $34, available at
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
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.
Retro Matte Lip Color, $21, available at
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.
Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman, $26, available at
Finding a nude that
exactly matches your skin tone
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.
Boys & Girls in Katherine, $36, available at
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.
LIP Lingerie Liquid Lipstick, $5, available at
Now here's a product that lives up to its name. These Lip Clouds really
feel light-as-air... but don't be confused: They go on very bold.
Lip Cloud in Faded Clementine, $16, available at
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.
Generation G Matte Lipstick, $18, available at
Mother knows best, so it comes as no surprise that Pat McGrath's
very first matte lipstick
is one of the best formulas we've
tried. The long-wearing shades (which she used backstage at international fashion weeks for years without anyone knowing) dry beautifully, stay on forever, and have a precisely-pointed bullet that helps you line your lips without a hitch.
Pat McGrath Labs
Lust: MatteTrance Lipstick, $38, available at
We’d love the intense, long-wearing shades, weightless texture, and velvety finish of this smooth matte formula even if it
come attached to the Fenty name — but the fact that it does makes it all the better.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick, $18, available at
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