Gone are the days of shiny, sparkly, and gloopy lip looks. Today, it’s all about matte lipsticks. Not only do they photograph beautifully (trust us, your Instagram will thank you), they also provide full coverage and can work wonders to hydrate your lips thanks to moisturizing formulas. To help you narrow down this booming market, we’ve compiled the most gorgeous and highly-rated matte lipsticks every woman should consider adding to her collection. After all, what’s better than wearing bold colors that will simultaneously nourish your lips? For makeup lovers, nothing.
1. Wander Beauty Dual Lipstick
Wander Beauty has created some of the most gorgeous, intensely pigmented Dual Lipsticks on the market. Not only do they look incredible, but they’re also just as great for your skin. Wander Beauty’s matte lipsticks are formulated with internationally sourced, hydrating ingredients like jojoba oil, sunflower oil, and cocoa seed butter, amongst a number of vitamins to keep your lips nourished. To make matters even better, these dual-ended lipsticks are built with two gorgeous shades instead of one, so you’ll get twice the bang for your buck.
2. Nars Pure Matte Lipstick
Nars’ Pure Matte Lipstick is a perfect option for anyone looking for dramatic color. The brand’s matte lipsticks have become staple products for beauty gurus, so you’ll find them in makeup tutorials all over YouTube. One of the main appeals of this popular matte lipstick is you can dab it on with your fingers for a stained look, or apply it directly for heavy, fully-pigmented coverage
3. Bodyography Lipstick
Bodyography is the go-to makeup line for professional makeup artists, so their matte lipsticks are ideal for anyone wanting to look like they’ve been professionally glammed. The Bodyography lipsticks come in a range of colors, many of which are named after characters from your favorite classic novels (think Jane from Jane Eyre, Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice, and Anna from Anna Karenina). What’s more, Bodyography lipsticks are aloe vera-based, meaning your lips will be hydrated, nourished, and protected from signs of aging while you wear them.
4. ColourPop Ultra Matte Lipstick
If you want your lipstick to reach the highest matte level, you’re best off opting for a matte liquid, which goes on like a gloss but quickly dries like paint. Although many liquid lipsticks are drying and can feel like cement, these Ultra Matte Lipsticks from ColourPop are lightweight enough to be totally comfortable — so much so that you’ll probably forget you’re even wearing lipstick.
5. Hard Candy Velvet Mousse Matte Lip
Liquid lipsticks have a tendency to dry, crack, and flake throughout the day, but not Hard Candy’s Velvet Mousse Matte Lipsticks. These feel as soft as satin once dry, so you’re free to laugh, smile, kiss, and eat without strain. Hard Candy’s lipsticks promise full coverage for hours, but the best part is the vanilla scent, which is so delicious you’ll want to wear it all the time.
6. Milani Moisture Matte Lipstick
If you want your matte lipstick to dry with a suede texture, you’re best off moving away from liquid lipsticks and instead reaching for Milani’s Colour Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick. This non-drying lipstick comes in a range of very bold, bright colors.
7. e.l.f. Matte Lip Color
Don’t be fooled by e.l.f.’s shockingly low prices — this beauty brand consistently delivers high-quality products. E.l.f.’s Matte Lip Color is the most affordable matte lipstick option you’ll find, but its quality rivals those costing four times as much. We love that this lipstick provides lasting matte coverage as well as hydrating ingredients like vitamins A, C, and E.
8. Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick
If you’ve always wanted to try the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits but haven’t been lucky enough (they sell out pretty quickly, and cost a pretty penny), Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick from Smashbox is an equally great backup option. These lipsticks are extremely comfortable, light, and stay put for eight hours. They have an array of gorgeous colors, many of which are even richer than those in Jenner’s famous collection.
9. NYX Matte Lipstick
If you’re concerned that matte lipsticks fall on the pricey side, fear not — NYX’s Matte Lipsticks are an extremely affordable option for those on a budget. These matte lipsticks are great at gliding on smoothly and never flaking throughout the day. They’re also ideal for anyone who likes experimenting with color. In addition to classic reds and pinks, NYX has created a number of edgy colors like Ultra Dare (a blue-gray), Zen Orchid (bright lavender), and Aria (deep purple).
10. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor
Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor provides a lightweight, full-coverage lip stain. It’s perfect for anyone who prefers matte liquid lipsticks, as this one comes with a plush wand that allows for precise application. This lipstick also smells absolutely heavenly with a creamy mango and vanilla fragrance. Though the colors last all day, we suggest wearing this with a matching lip liner to prevent bleeding.