A more recent trend in the lip industry has been a crisp matte look. With so many options to choose from, we’ve developed a list of our favourites.
1. Kylie Jenner’s Liquid Matte Lipstick
They don’t call them “Kylie Jenner Lips” for nothing! Since the unveiling of her lip
kits (about €26 per kit), Kylie has launched an entire makeup line, but her lip kits have still remained the most popular. The reason? They stay on… for like, a really long time (be sure to wash it off at night or you’ll wake up with some bold lips). These formulas do tend to try out your lips, however, so make sure to exfoliate the day before use and don’t hesitate to apply a layer of lip balm if ~ultra matte~ isn’t your thing.
Our Favourite Shade: Candy K. Warm pinky nude perfect for everyday wear or a night out.
2. Mac Matte Lipstick
A cult favorite, the Mac Matte Lipstick for €20 comes in 56 shades and is the perfect alternative to those who don’t like liquid mattes. The lipstick goes on smooth and has been tested to make sure it stays on your lips and off the rim of your cup. This product has been a best seller for years, so it’s about time you got around to trying it.
Our Favourite Shade: Ruby Woo. The most vibrant cool toned red with blue undertones that is worn by celebrities on the red carpet.
3. Colourpop Ultra Matte
Colourpop Ultra Matte is an affordable liquid lipstick that has been used as a dupe to many high-end brands. With 33 shades to choose from, the formula is truly “ultra matte” as it goes on liquid and dries completely within seconds of application, so be sure to act fast. It can be drying, however, so consider applying some gloss or lip balm on top if it isn’t comfortable. These are super longwearing, so we’d say it’s worth it to try for the price of around €6.
Our Favourite Shade: Trap. A dusty greyed out beige that fits right on trend.
4. Urban Decay Cosmetics Vice Lipstick in Comfort Matte
For those who don’t enjoy the somewhat dry feeling a matte can give but still love the look, try out the Urban Decay Cosmetics Vice Lipstick in Comfort Matte (a new version of the Matte Revolution). This creamy formula won’t leave your lips dry, tight, or flaky, but still give the full-pigmented look of a matte. Seriously, your lips will look and feel amazing due to the nourishing ingredients such as avocado, aloe vera, and Vitamin C and Vitamin E. If you absolutely love Urban Decay products, check out the first standalone Irish boutique that just opened on Dublin’s Grafton Street.
Our Favourite Shade: Menace. Medium Fuchsia pink that gives an intense pop of color, perfect for when you want a bold look.
5. Buxom Big and Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick Matte
What’s gel-based? Gel-based lipsticks are typically lightweight and give very true color clarity. Less is truly more with these formulas! That’s why we love the Buxom Big and Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick Matte for just €18. It goes on so smoothly, gives incredible color with one swipe, and leaves lips looking…well, big and sexy. This is a lipstick that can be worn running errands or for nights out. Who doesn’t love versatility?
Our Favourite Shade: Racy Reveal. Warm medium toned peachy pink that’s great for all skin tones.