Matte lipstick has never been an easy choice for me. The chalky textures and the quick drying, pasty formulas have me reaching for a cleansing wipe quicker than you can say, “pass the lip balm.” There’s always that fear that a lack of sheen will highlight every fault and unsightly line around the mouth. But I love bold, high-impact lip colours and to be honest these just pack more of a punch in matte formulas.
Fortunately, there’s a new player on the lipstick scene bridging the gap between flat, lifeless mattes and lustrous rich creams- velvet matte. This advanced formulation coats lips in dramatic, rich pigments with a soft shine-free retro finish without the dehydration and cracking of its predecessors.
I’ve found that for great results, lip preparation is key before application. Exfoliate lips using a soft, wet toothbrush or a lip scrub then apply a touch of lip balm to avoid flakes and ensure a smooth canvas for your colour.
Apply your lipstick using a lip brush, as a more precise application will make for a more impressive, crisp finish.
These fab five options are some of my favourites and you’ll definitely want to add them to your collection.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
This gorgeous liquid colour goes on super smoothly and sets to a soft matte finish. It’s relatively long lasting and surprisingly moisturising.
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick
You can forget retouching with this lipstick. You can easily get five to six hours of flawless wear without having to reapply. If you’re looking for an in-your-face, firecracker-red, try Dangerous.
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick
For a lip colour with such a lightweight texture, this liquid lipstick gives excellent colour payoff. Nude-ist is one of the prettiest natural shades I’ve tried, while Ole Flamingo is a stunning bright purple-pink.
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil
This jumbo size crayon instantly coats lips in flawless colour. It’s long lasting yet has a comfortable, creamy feel on the lips.
Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush
I love multi-tasking products and this soft matte colour not only looks beautiful on lips, it also doubles up as a cream blush. On lips, you can either go for a subtle touch of colour or build it up for a more striking pop.
How do you feel about matte lipsticks? Did any of your favourites make the cut?