With the ’90s making a comeback in fashion trends (hello, awkward years!), there has been a resurgence of the classic matte lipstick.
If you’re looking to forgo the sticky lip gloss trend and wade into the waters of matte lipsticks, this article is for you! Here are our top 17 best matte lipsticks; your new lipstick refresher awaits you in the picks below.
Best Matte Lipsticks at Low Prices
For the not-so-ready-to-make-an-investment lip lover, we have compiled a list of the best and the boldest matte lipsticks for the most affordable prices!
#1 Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor
Shine is the name of the game for this one. Looks like a gloss, acts like a lipstick. A super-budget-friendly option that is also tried and true, we recommend checking this one out.
#2 NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Metallic Lip Cream
Another ‘looks like a gloss but is actually a lipstick’, this style is known for its enriched pigment, extensive variety of colors, and budget-conscious price.
#3 Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s May…well, you get the idea. The widest color variety on our list is this pick, offered in shades “Birthday Babe” (a deep lavender) and “Explorer” (navy), to your more traditional colors like “Dreamer” (mauve) and “Inspirer” (pink). Check out Maybelline’s website to do a virtual try-on!
#4 BLK/OPL Liquid Matte Lipstick
The price is right to check out a new brand and color. Vibrancy is key for this lip color, coupled with long-lasting wear that gives us a huge range from ‘going to a rock indie concert’ to ‘brunch outside with grandma’.
#5 Fluide Liquid Lipstick
This style wins our award for most diverse set of color options, with several true metallic choices. Yes, metallic! Vegan and cruelty-free, Fluide is perfect for a night in the city or a birthday dinner celebration. It promises to stay even and comfortable on the lips all night long, even after the candles are blown out. This unique style delivers new sheens that you won’t find on the girl-next-door.
#6 Milani Color Statement Lipstick
The color selection for this style is spot-on, offering an array of sweet berry colors across the spectrum. This is a grab-and-go lipstick. It’s ready for whatever event you have on the agenda (or even simply feeling put together at home).
Best Matte Lipsticks at Medium Prices
For the “I’m serious about finding a go-to lip color/let’s find a middle-of-the-road” lip lover, check out these mid-priced products sure to fulfill your matte lip dreams.
#7 Glossier Generation G
Presented in a minimalistic, to-the-point tube, this choice gives us 6 different options of colors. Need something less flamboyant and more subtle for a first date? Here’s your winner.
#8 MAC Matte Lipstick
A classic style from a classic brand, this lipstick is true to its ‘matte’ title, constructed with a promise of no shine. Take a risk with a choice from the ‘Dare To Wear’ collection for an autumn, moody look, or fall back to your favorite everyday lip color by staying true to you with a choice from the ‘Berry’ collection.
#9 Mented Cosmetics Semi-Matte Lipstick
This choice comes in a modern-looking tube while leaving some ambiguity as to what it actually is. This is your choice for your nude and brown colors (meaning they go great with these picks for best nude lip liners). Mented included both Vitamin E and Castor Seed Oil in its ingredients. Bonus points to the lipstick that also nourishes your lips!
#10 IT Cosmetics Pillow Lip Lipstick
Another pillow reference for this luscious lipstick that takes your health seriously by including collagen in each tube. This pick is specifically designed to be malleable to your lip shape while also minimizing lip wrinkles. 14 shades of diverse colors are offered.
Best Matte Lipsticks at a High Price
For the relaxed budget lip lover, consider these highly rated luxury lipsticks. Great for any look or style!
#11 Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection: Pillow Talk Original
There is a reason the social media influencing world talked about this lip color non-stop circa the past few years. Pillow Talk Original is your polished, girl next door, unassuming look that gives just enough pizazz to feel dolled up without making much of an effort. This reputable lipstick brags “pout perfection” and is more subtle than what you might imagine.
#12 Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection: Pillow Talk Medium
This lipstick is Pillow Talk Original’s Sister: the more extroverted, lover-of-attention sister that makes just a bit more of a statement, contrasting deeply with lighter skin. A richer color (think fall/winter) than its sister, this one is a staple you’ll be glad you kept around in the case of a rainy day. What’s even better? The Pillow Talk Sisters come in travel size (in case you’re like me and want to try out the least costly option before buying a full-sized tube).
#13 Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color
This lipstick looks like it belongs in a nail salon, but it is, in fact, a lipstick. Created by Pop Singer Rihanna, these lipsticks are meant to turn heads and brag about their weightless feel and ultra-long-lasting wear. The design certainly grabbed our attention, and it will probably make you take a second look, too.
We have a whole list of long-lasting lipsticks if wearability is your main priority!
#14 Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Longwear Lipstick
Too Faced boasts colors from the spectrums of nude, brown, pink, and red. Something special about this pick? An added ingredient offers a plumping effect without the sting. They also promise a full 8 hours of wear!
#15 Patrick Ta Matte Suede Lipstick
The suede name caught our eyes, but what really reels us in is the cruelty-free aspect of this lipstick. Checking all the boxes of long-lasting color packed to the brim with pigment, this is a top choice for an investment lipstick. Big event coming up? This style offers big red styles that wow (think Taylor Swift’s signature color), as well as more understated romantic tones.
#16 Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Satin Lipstick
The runner-up to the most expensive style on our list is none other than YSL. With a tube that’s rhinestone-esque and true Hollywood glam, you won’t be disappointed by this buy. YSL highlights this style’s breathable nature, offering up to 6 hours of long-lasting, full-bodied wear. The kicker with this one is that it looks good and feels better.
#17 Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Voile Lipstick
Our most pricey pick is this stunning Gucci style complete with a floral fragrance inspired by vintage makeup. This classy collection has a whole story behind its inception. Another interesting tidbit? The lipstick is made so you can use it both as a cheek stain (because who buys blush anymore?) and its advertised purpose as lipstick. Unlike some of our other top choices, this style encourages users to layer different colors to create their own customized, unique palette. Dolce!
Which Matte Lipstick is Right for Me?
Lip products are the perfect way to round out any makeup look! Shades range anywhere from the simplest of nudes to the boldest of berries, so there is something for everyone. Based on your personal spending preferences, you can use this list to narrow down which matte lipsticks is for you.
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To take this trend even further, you can pair your favorite matte lipstick with one of these super creative graphic eyeliner look. Talk about bold!
Give these picks a try, we promise you’ll love them. Kisses!