A long-lasting, smudge-proof, non-drying colour is the holy grail of makeup for lovers of matte lipstick . But does this lip colour unicorn really exist?

In a word, yes! The newest crop of liquid lacquers are not only lightweight but also have the rich colour and opacity of a classic liquid lipstick or a traditional bullet. Lip inks stain the lips with a punch of pigment that lasts for hours without peeling, flaking or uncomfortable dryness. If the mere mention of a matte formula has you reaching for your lip balm, these four inks are a must try.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink

A great budget option with an intense concentration of colour. The formula isn’t quite as silky as other more premium options, but it lasts for hours; plus the precision doe-foot wand makes for easy application.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip Colour Ink

In true Guerlain style, the French brand offers an über chic take on the liquid lipstick with this unique ink. It’s smooth, comfortable to wear and doesn’t leave any kind of texture on the surface of the lips.

NARS Get It On Powermatte Lip Pigment

Super pigmented and ultra- lightweight, this ink packs a punch in all shades, whilst the fine applicator allows for a precision application, even on thinner lips.

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain

This was hailed the best liquid lipstick of 2018 by beauty lovers around the world- and rightly so! From the lux frosted, glass and gold tube to the angled, doe-foot wand, it’s the ultimate lip accessory. The formula is thin and buildable and the flexible applicator is super easy to manoeuvre. Not to mention, it comes in 29 luminous shades.

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