I'm Going Through a Matte Lip Color Phase, and These Are My 8 Favorites

At least one thing on your face should get to be matte in this heat.
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August 17, 2015
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mac, nyx, kat von d, Stila, sephora, sonia kashuk, lipstick, Revlon, matte lips

I have a serious addiction to lip products. I mean, it’s not something that would land me on a TLC show explaining to the world that I’m not crazy for being in a loving relationship with a good thirty some odd lippies, but you know what I mean.

At the beginning of every season, I start scoping out the drugstore and Sephora, and a theme starts to appear. Sometimes it’s a color (I can’t get enough raspberry lipsticks at the moment), sometimes it’s a finish.

Say hello to the bold, matte lipsticks that I’ve been wearing this summer, because, let’s face it, at least something on your face should get to be matte in the heat.


This is the least in your face color of the group. The Soft Matte Lip Cream formula isn’t something that I would think I’d like; if I’m going matte, I don’t want it soft, I want it stuck onto my lips and needing a jack hammer to get off at the end of the day.

The dry down time on this is waaaheyhey longer than the rest but the staying power is surprisingly good, not all day mind you, but you’ll get through lunch before you need a touch up.

Revlon Matte Balm in Audacious

This is what I would like to call a “beginner's orange.” It is definitely orange, but there is just enough red in it to be comfortable to more rouge-inclined folk.

This formula is very creamy but matte, which I’m still wrapping my mind around. It applies a little tingly from the minty flavor, which I don’t love (I like my lip products candy-scented for my inner child) and it is a tad streaky, but nothing a little lip-rubbing can’t fix. Because it is so creamy, it does wear off after a few hours so bring this with you.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kissed

This pink is so dark, it’s just barely not red. You will need to work fast with this lightning quick-dry formula or you can end up with jagged edges to your lips. Going back in with a lip brush to touch up the edges isn’t a bad idea if you need a little more play time.

This is the longest-wearing of the bunch, mostly because it doubles as a stain, so your lips keep packin’ color even when the product has faded away.

MAC Lipstick in Relentlessly Red

You may remember this gorgeous color being my favorite on National Lipstick Day—don’t tell the others I picked a favorite. It is in the Retro Matte formula, so it's matte-er than matte. It does tug a bit during application because it isn’t creamy, but the staying power is great; like, I powered through eating sloppy barbeque in the rain and the only thing looking good at the end of the day was this lipstick.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Carina

I’m seriously in love with this neon orange color; it definitely has a hint of red like the Revlon lipstick, but is much bolder.

The dry-down time on this liquid lipstick is pretty quick, but not nearly as fast as the Sephora Cream Lip Stain, so you are good to go in one try. And don’t be tempted to be stingy with application—it's easier to lay it on thick. It dries down to almost a powdery finish but it isn’t going anywhere.

In case you were wondering, yes, it is kiss-proof, and yes, it is greasy-takeout-proof.

NYX Matte Lipstick in Street Cred

NYX clearly rocks it with the matte lip colors. This is a beautiful true pink and an absolute dream to apply. It’s just creamy enough to be comfortable on the lips and make application much easier than some of the drier matte lipstick formulas.

It is so pigmented that it lightly stains your lips after it wears down ,but you’ll still want to pack it with you if you’re spending a whole day out on the town.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bauhau5

This purple liquid lipstick leans surprisingly pink on me, and it's similar to the Stila Stay All Day in that you get a little more play time with this before it sets down to a super-matte finish.

This is one of the most comfortable-super matte lipsticks in my arsenal and although I wouldn’t call it everlasting (I wouldn’t say that for gobstoppers either) it does take the day like a champ. Some light touching-up may be needed after eating.

Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Coraly Nude

This Sonia Kashuk take on the famous NARS lip pencils is a real winner. The color is one of my favorites to wear to work, and the formula is great—almost like a lip liner.

The best part of using a pencil lipstick is you get all the control you could possibly want. There is no dry time, so you are set to go once you’ve colored inside the lines. Just be wary of oily foods (or macking on anyone) because it will fly right off your lips.

  • What is your favorite matte lipstick formula?
  • Do you go through themes with your makeup during the year?
  • Is it starting to cool down where you live? Because I’m pretty sure its 90% humidity inside my apartment.