Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Matte Lipstick Formula that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

My top picks… Burberry’s Lip Velvets and Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colours (matte ones) seem to be most consistently good.

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

59 thoughts on “Hit List: Best Matte Lipstick Formula

  1. Avatar of Ivana Ivana

    I haven´t tried too many, but I really like MAC Matte formula. I especially love Russian Red´s formula since it´s matte but still creamy and not too drying

  2. I just started loving the matte finish on lips so my experience is limited, but I like Kat Von D’s Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick. I like them when they are SUPER matte, so I don’t think I’ll ever find a formula that’s very comfortable.
    Christine Recently Posted: Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick – Outlaw

  3. Lori

    Givenchy!!!!!!!

  4. Right now, either Melt lipsticks or the Lime Crime velvetines. I looooove them! Also, the Wet-n-wild megalast – they are so cheap and really good!

  5. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    I’m still waiting for for the powers that be at L’Oréal HQ to come to their senses and bring back the matte formula from the late-90s… Revlon did a really nice one as well, Velvet-something… Both formulas were well-pigmented, budget-friendly, and felt like “regular” lipstick when worn. I get why they were DC’d, as matte lips fell out of favor, but with so many other brands, particularly higher-end, putting them out, now would be a good time to bring them back!

  6. Anu

    Chanel rouge allure velvet

  7. For me, definitely the occ lip tars! They last forever, have great colors and look great on! Also, they make my “holy grail” red: NSFW.

    • Avatar of christine suedechik79

      Oh yes! The perfect red for me is Stalker. I line with a Loreal lipliner (one of the long lasting ones, just a red), set my lips with base and powder, and that stuff stays all day. OCC is the best if you really know how to work with it well. And their pencils…out of this world.

  8. Avatar of Aida Aida

    Burberry velvet lipsticks. They are amazing!

  9. My favorite is the NYX matte lipstick. Even though I love Ruby Woo by MAC, they are not as drying and they have crazy colors.

  10. chubichubi

    i love burberry lip velvet !!!!!!

  11. Avatar of Rachael Rachael

    Revlon did a really great line of matte lipsticks, but recently discontinued most of the shades (much to my chagrin).

  12. Hm, don’t think I have one. I’m not too crazy over matte formulas since my lips are very dry.
    Rikki Recently Posted: MAKEUP 101: Eyeshadow Palettes

  13. Ms

    Loreal le matte

  14. Chris

    Chanel Velvet
    NYX Matte
    Mac Mattene (LE)

  15. I like MAC’s matte lipsticks (not retro matte), and Nars velvet matte lip pencils.

  16. Avatar of strangelighting A Name

    Nars Dragon Girl Lip Pencil was pretty amazing, but I can’t speak for the formula as a whole.

  17. NYX matte lipsticks (not the matte lip creams, but the regular lipsticks) and NARS matte pencils!

  18. Avatar of Jane Jane

    Bite Beauty’s new matte creme lip crayon!

    • Avatar of LU LU

      Oh! Thanks for this, I will surely swatch them in store.

    • Avatar of Wwendy Wwendalynne

      I will second your vote. Tossed one of these in with my latest Sephora haul. I was super impressed since I hadn’t read a single review. Score!

  19. I haven’t actually tried many matte formulae, because my lips are so prone to drying out – I’m pleased about this post, though, so I can get lots of ideas in the comments! Thanks everyone ^_^
    Sylirael Recently Posted: Back to Basics III: A Classic Red Nail Polish for Every Rogue – Butter London Come to Bed Red

  20. MAC’s mattes (though hautecore is a little streaky), Melt cosmetics, and Limecrime velvetines. I’m glad Limecrime is adding a few darker colors to their velvetine line this month, I hope they add even more in the future.

    I’ve heard Kat von D’s everlasting love liquid lipsticks are awesome, but I’m allergic to her lip products :(

    • Avatar of christine suedechik79

      Melt is so matte for me (though I have about 8 of them, I couldn’t help it), they eat away and Im left with that line around the outside of my mouth so quickly. Even setting with base and powder, they are so dry that I find them hard to work with. How do you work with them?

  21. Lipstick Queen Sinner!

  22. MAC’s Ruby Woo! :)
    Lupe Recently Posted: January and February Haul

  23. Givenchy Le Rouge!

  24. Jojo

    Smashbox has really nice matte lipsticks

  25. Stila Liquid Lip Color (I know most people hate them, but I’ve always been a huge fan!), NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream and MAC’s Retro Mattes!

  26. OCC lip tars are my current favorite, MAC’s are good for the matte look not so much comfort

  27. Susan M

    Nyx matte lipstick!

  28. I really love MAC’s matte formula and the Wet ‘n Wild Megalast lipsticks.

  29. I really like MAC’s matte lipsticks
    fancie Recently Posted: Boscia Tsubaki Oil Overload

  30. Alice Ann

    I like Nars (semi) mattes, Funny Face is the best. Also like NYX matte lipstick, and Burberry Lip Velvet.

  31. Avatar of beka beka

    armani’s lip maestros are nice. i just bought 2 of bite’s matte lip crayons…i haven’t had time to play with them yet, but i think they are going to be nice!

  32. I think the only technically matte lipsticks I’ve tried and like are the Rimmel Kate Moss ones. They’re kind of creamy, opaque and have decent staying power. I also only find them slightly drying overtime, whereas the popular matte lipsticks from Mac and Nars really dry my lips out.

    I honestly don’t really like matte lipsticks that much. They aren’t comfortable on me. I am drawn to the creamier, long lasting lipsticks that are on the market, which aren’t technically matte. I like the Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour, Milani Color Statement, and Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks. I do, however, need to try the Bite Beauty mattes. I’ve heard good things.

  33. Avatar of Samantha Samantha

    MAC retro matte lipsticks are my favorites. They are not overly drying and have a long wear time.

  34. Avatar of Xero Xero

    I only really buy drugstore so these aren’t the best out there–but of the ones I’ve tried I actually really like the Wet n Wild Megalast lipsticks and the Rimmel Kate lipsticks. I know the Kate lipsticks didn’t get a very good review on here because of the texture, but I actually don’t mind it at all, and really appreciate their longevity and the way they wear down evenly.

    I also have a matte lipstick from Jordana, in Natural, which I really like but since it’s only one shade I can’t speak for the formula of the entire line. Revlon’s matte Superlustrous lipsticks are really good too (save for some shades) but I’m upset at them being discontinued. The new “matte balms” aren’t nearly as good.

  35. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    I’ll be interested to see some of these suggestions, since matte is my favorite finish in lipstick. Personally, I’ve had good luck with Revlon’s matte formula – Really Red is one of my favorite matte reds. Surprisingly, Wet ‘n’ Wild’s matte shades are pretty comfortable, as well. On the higher end, I’m quite fond of Lipstick Queen – I especially want to try the new luxury line!

  36. I now it’s more a lipstai, but when I want to got matte I love OCC lip tars.
    Judith Recently Posted: Essence long lasting lipstick in wear berries, blush my lips and natural beauty

  37. Burberry Lip Velvet, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, Givenchy Le Rouge, and Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait. :)

  38. Avatar of christine suedechik79

    Its all about how you set it. If you set your lips with a colored eye base (I am currently using Senna’s eye primer, which has the color of a concealer, and a GREAT line of makeup – yay for hyaluronic acid in its concealers!) and powder, line and then apply more powder THEN apply the lipstick, you can turn it in a matte that is almost bulletproof.

    Mac’s matte formula is still great, retromattes need less setting for me and are trickier to work with, LimeCrimes controversial Lip Velvetines are just amazing and I get compliments or gasps every time I wear them (though the new pink is too warm for my taste and bare lips should be used only, no setting), Ben Nye’s lipsticks can be set as stated above and act as mattes, and I am LOVING the new Tarte Lipsurgence Matte stick formula. Its almost as good as a lipstick and liner in one, and its totally matte, works almost perfectly without setting with powder and blotting. I really do want every shade. Its just an amazing product.

  39. Kath

    I love the Revlon Matte Balms. To me they feel much nicer than the MAC mattes, which I also like. NYX matte lipsticks are also good, they’re one of the less drying formulas I’ve tried.

  40. I must have really oily lips, but I am all about MAC matte lipsticks! All I have to do is put a non-shiny lip balm on first; I’m loving Eos Strawberry Sorbet at the moment. But, yea, back to lipstick! My favorite MAC lippies are mostly matte formulas because they last me much longer than regular formulas do. I guess it makes sense that I have good luck with matte lipsticks because the rest of my face is also naturally more oily than most.

  41. I do genuinely love MAC’s matte lipstick formula, – they’re not just my favourite matte formula, they’re probably my favourite lipstick formula in general. My latest love is Lady Danger. I don’t find them drying, though they don’t impart any moisture, and I find patting a beesting of MAC Lip Conditioner over the top a few hours into wear keeps my lips happy.

  42. I´m obsessed with matte lipsticks.
    First of all, I can give a Oscar to MAC Retro Matte. Feels a bit dry on lips, but the finish is GORGEOUS, it seems that your lips are covered in velvet.
    Then, Kat Von D. Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick! They´re confortable to me and so long lasting! A better name for it, would be LIPS TATTOO, matches more with the product and the brand.

    Honorable mention for NYX Matte Lip Creams formula. Cheap and awesome! Beautiful colors!

  43. Avatar of Laura Laura

    I really love NYX’s Matte Lip Creams.

  44. Dolon

    Love the Sephora cream lip stains and the NARS Velvet Matte pencils. Dragon Girl and Cruella are my favs!

  45. I like Revlon’s matte lipsticks. I don’t know if they are my absolute favorites, but their matte line is pretty underrated.

  46. Tuna Lala

    I haven’t tried many but don’t have to. Gave Burberry Lip Velvets a shot and it’s so worth it! I have 3 already so far but my favorite is Pink Azalea.

  47. i dont’ often comment this was a must comment post
    nyx matte lipsticks!
    seriously!!! so goooddd!!

  48. As much as I love the matte look, I rarely feel like taking the time to make it work. Dry, flaky lips are not your friend when you wear matte lipstick!

    Definitely my favorite though is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. Not all of the shades are matte, and this is the only one I’ve tried, but I love it. The staying power is unreal – if I stay away from oily foods, it’ll last until I remove it (which has been 12-14+ hours). And my lips don’t want to kill me for days afterward!

  49. I absolutely love Burberry Lip Velvet! One of the best I’ve tried so far :D

  50. Avatar of Tina FoxyTina

    Milani Color Statement Lipstick in the Cream formula! Long wearing, creamy and not too dry. Feels comfortable. Can’t beat the price: Under $6. I also like Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick.