The Best Matte Lipstick Formulas
Whether you’re looking for a full-coverage matte lipstick to wear with your favorite pair of black jeans or a soft, nude hue that’s perfect for a romantic date, there’s a formula out there for every type of lip. But with so many choices, how can you know which one is right for you? We asked a group of makeup artists to share their favorites and the secrets they use for getting the most out of matte lipstick.
The secret to wearing matte lipstick is in the prep—or, as the ladies at Stylecaster put it, “a silky, conditioned, flake-free canvas.” Since matte colors are ultra pigmented and low in moisture, they’ll show any dry patches or cracks on your lips if you don’t create a smooth, even base. So, be sure to exfoliate regularly and add a moisturizing lip scrub into your routine for the best results.
Another important factor is choosing a formula that feels comfortable throughout the day. That’s why so many of the matte lipsticks we love offer long-wearing, fade-proof, and transfer-resistant qualities. Plus, they’re lightweight and look and feel as natural as a fresh pout—even after hours of wear.
We also love matte lipsticks that are easy to touch-up without losing their color. Whether you’re heading to the office, an art opening, or a see-and-be-seen brunch, being able to quickly touch up your look is essential. That’s why we recommend choosing a formula with a built-in primer or gloss that lasts just as long as the lip color.
With a traditional bullet format and an array of shade offerings, this vegan formula from Patrick Ta comes in five different color families that provide either sheer or bold coverage. It features optical diffusers that blur out the appearance of fine lines for a smooth finish without feeling dry.
The most unique aspect of this matte lipstick is how it adjusts to your lips’ natural color. Unlike other matte lipsticks that might be one solid color, this formula is a mix of shimmer and mattifying powders that blend in with your natural lip color to create a subtle, satin finish.
We love that this formula stays creamy, never cakes, bleeds or feathers—even after hours of wear. Testers say it’s as comfortable as a tinted chapstick and never looks overly dry or flaky. It’s available in a wide range of colors that flatter all skin tones and has an SPF 30 sunscreen.
This long-wearing matte lipstick is available in more than 20 shades and features a weighted applicator that allows for precision application and a clean, seamless finish. It’s free of phthalates, parabens, and synthetic fragrances, and is vegan-friendly, too. It’s also formulated with antioxidants and shea butter to keep your lips healthy and hydrated all day or night.