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New City Color Be Matte Lipsticks Shades & Packaging Review

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October 4, 2016

It seems to me that as City Color Cosmetics grows as a brand, they’re going back into the vault of their cult faves and making their popular products even better with newer versions. Last month, they re-released their Contour Effects palettes, and now they’re back at it again with their new Be Matte Lipsticks, which will launch October 5th, 2016!

With all new packaging and shades, the City Color Cosmetics Be Matte Lipsticks are back looking better than ever. I’m loving the sleek black packaging with the brand’s heart emblem in metallic pink. These tubes feel so much more secure than the previous square-shaped Be Matte packaging in the clear tops, and look altogether more chic.

There are five new fall-ready shades in the re-release:


Chloe is a very light nude beige that has pink undertones, making it more wearable.


Ariana is a light, dusty pink that works as a great neutral pop of color that can be a nice finishing touch for all sorts of looks.


Cammi is a beautiful violet that has red undertones so as it fades, it leans more magenta.


Jenny is a hot rose red that screams “Snow White” lips to me— beautiful for daytime or a night out.


Lana is a deeper ruby red with blue undertones, making it work for many skin tones and your teeth will look sparkling white!

ALSO READ: New City Color Cosmetics Contour Effects Palette Packaging

The formula of these lipsticks are quite interesting— they go on completely opaque, but they don’t glide onto the lips very easily. You do need a bit of pressure to sweep the color across, but once applied, they feel creamy and moisturizing while maintaining a demi-matte appearance. Out of these five shades, Chloe is the most matte with hardly any sheen coming through, followed by Ariana. As for the others, don’t expect a flat matte finish. There is a teensy bit of shine, though I suppose it’s not a bad trade-off for the comfort of wear.

After a couple hours of wear and eating a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, I found Cammi to hold up really well when testing, though it lost the matte finish after my meal. The color was still holding on though, without any patchiness at all! Besides eating, these will hang in there with minimal fading throughout the day.

For only $7.99, these lipsticks are definitely worth picking up if you see a shade you love. They’ll be available on the City Color website on Wednesday, October 5th, and you can get 10% off your online order with the code SlashedBeauty.

Which is your favorite shade, and what do you think of the finish?

2 Responses

  1. Rachel Runyan
    | Reply

    I like the new packaging! Very pretty lipstick shades, as well.

  2. Ember BudgetSplurgeBeauty
    | Reply

    I love all these colors, and the new packaging is so cute!

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