Think back to the first makeup product you ever tried on…it was probably lipstick. There’s just something about a colorful pout that brings on the confident, ladylike vibes—we still get that same feeling today when we swipe it on. Lately, we’ve been all about matte formulas for their velvety look and long-lasting color. Here, we’re dishing our top three picks.
EDITORS’ PICK: NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP MATTE LIPSTICK
Satin matte finish
Rich, smooth coverage
Made with candelilla wax and beeswax to hydrate
This lipstick is pure magic. Senior beauty editor Jenny says, “It goes on so smoothly and the coverage is incredibly rich. Though it says ‘matte’ on the label, it has more of a satin finish—not too shiny, not at all flat, just right. But what really won me over is how it didn’t dry out my lips throughout the day (candelilla wax and beeswax can be thanked for that). And the icing on the cake: It’s only six dollars.”
BEST VALUE: E.L.F. MATTE LIP COLOR
Glides on effortlessly and easily
Vitamins A, C and E moisturize
Pencil design makes it easy to line and fill in lips
This convenient lip pencil goes on semi-sheer, but builds up to a rich matte finish. Its pointed tip conveniently functions as both a liner and a lipstick, so you only have to bring one product for touch-ups. As for the formula? One word: Wow. It glides on effortlessly without pulling and stays on lips all day long. Go ahead and kiss dryness goodbye—it’s enriched with vitamins A, C and E to hydrate and soften lips on contact. Oh yeah, and it’s $3.
SPLURGE-WORTHY: CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE VELVET LUMINOUS MATTE LIP COLOUR
Weightless and non-drying
Intensely rich color with a soft, velvet matte finish
Long-lasting formula won’t transfer
Is there anything more luxurious than Chanel? Nope. And this lipstick is a small price to pay for a piece of designer merch. Not to mention, the color is extremely smooth and velvety (read: It won’t leave your lips dehydrated like a lot of matte formulas will) and it feels like nothing on your lips.