Make a statement with our pick of the best matte lipsticks to hit the beauty counters this year
Matte lipsticks have come a long way since they were first introduced over a century ago. No longer drying and in need of constant touch ups, modern mattes like Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick are soft, hydrating and last for hours.
With denser pigments than satin textures, matte lipstick can be a bold style statement. Ultra glamorous reds are perfect for evenings out, or nude and pink versions can be great for work or off-duty days. There are even matte lipsticks that go on as a gloss for easy application but dry beautiful matte underneath!
If you are unsure whether a matte lipstick is for you, just visit our expert site Powder: They’ll talk you through the shades, brands and features you need to know about for the current season, helping to find the perfect matte lipstick, just for you…
The most important thing to remember with matte lipsticks is that you should first prepare your lips before applying. Make lips smooth and soft by gently exfoliating before application. Don’t worry, there’s no need to buy expensive exfoliation products if you don’t want to – you can create your own with just a little bit of sugar, olive oil and honey. Massage your chosen exfoliator onto your lips for a few minutes and then rinse. Now you’re ready to apply your chosen lipstick.
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This just-launched lipstick from YSL is so much more than just pretty packaging (although it's exceptional prettiness is definitely part of the appeal)
formula feels creamy and moisturising on application, but with a couple
of coats and blots in between, you'll actually get great, matte colour
payoff too. Go for brights like Red Clash to show it off to full effect.
Who knew it was possible to create so many iconic shades of red? From Lady Danger to Russian Red, MAC lipsticks really give that clean, pure 'pop' of colour that we all want from a matte shade.
Such is their staying power that Dita Von Teese, who is rarely without her signature scarlet lip, counts Ruby Woo as her classic, go-to hue. In a recent interview, she described it as her "perfect blue-red matte lip color that stays on all day" - a statement that the Woman & Home beauty team can attest to.
One of our favourite matte lipsticks - especially for those who the thought of wearing a matte lipstick rather than a cream version makes you a little nervous - is the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour, £20. It's still got that tiny, imperceptible hint of sheen that'll make you feel reassured (not to mention hydrated) but looks strong enough to be mistaken for a matte. As with everything Bobbi does, there's an embarrassment of riches shade-wise, but we love this rich, deep Red Carpet best of all.
Rich berry hues shouldn't be reserved for winter. Vamp up an all-white outfit with Topshop Beauty Matte Lip Bullet in Get Me Bodied.
Thanks to it's long lasting, dense pigments, Topshop Beauty has been a runaway success. The angled tip and velvety texture, glide on for precison application. And, at £8 a pop you can afford to experiment without colours beyond your comfort zone.
A cute, cheap-as-chips pencil from Maybelline that packs a real punch pigment-wise and would make a handy option for your handbag or an evening out. This fiery scarlet shade only takes one coat to look totally saturated, but might need a few re-applications as the hours go by. In terms of looking after your lips this is head and shoulders above other matte products at this price.
Perfect if your skin is a little dry or your lips need extra help with definition, Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick won't move or 'feather' outside your lip line, leaving you with beautiful colour for hours. Matte Suede is a lovely, suits-all nude shade that will work perfectly for daytime or laid-back late-summer evenings.
If you want to make in impact with a bold, matte shade, then look no Further than NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga - a long-lasting vampy, plummy hue that will show you're in the know about Autumn's berry lip trend before it even begins.
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This came as a bit of a surprise to us - Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek Stain looks like a scarily bright fuchsia gloss in the tube, then goes on like an inky stain, but dries to an almost sweetly feminine, subtle matte finish. You'll get the staying power of a stain but the look of a lipstick all in one, you can use it on your lips and your cheeks, although it's probably best not to match both.
You can count on Shu Uemura to add some innovation into a classic product, and it's the ceramide-infused formula that makes this range so soft and comfortable to wear. Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick is definitely a modern take on creamy, classic lip looks, why not try layering different colours to make your own unique shade?
This came as a bit of a surprise to us - Kiss & Blush Lip & Cheek Stain looks
like a scarily bright fuchsia gloss in the tube, then goes on like an
inky stain, but dries to an almost sweetly feminine, subtle matte
finish. You'll get the staying power of a stain but the look of a
lipstick all in one, you can use it on your lips and your cheeks,
although it's probably best not to match both.