2 // NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
3 // Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm
4 // Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick (see swatches here)
5 // City Color Be Matte Lipstick
It’s no secret that matte lips are taking Spring by storm this year. I’ve always favored a matte finish on the lips, but it can be a struggle to find one that meets all the requirements for a damn good lipstick. What requirements, you may ask? Mattes have a dry finish, so finding one that doesn’t suck all the moisture from your lips is a must. Of course, you’ll want your lipstick to have full-coverage color that will stay in place, too. And finally, we want it all on a budget, am I right?
I’ve tried many drugstore matte lipsticks, but these five come out on top as the ones that I genuinely enjoy wearing. Each of them apply smoothly, while delivering a matte finish that’s comfortable instead of drying. I’m a stickler for pigmentation, so you best believe these picks deliver strong, opaque color payoff that lasts.
A helpful tip for wearing matte lipsticks– whether drugstore or high-end– exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Even the most moisturizing matte lipstick will slightly emphasize dry patches and chapped lips. Use a lip scrub and prime the lips with a balm prior to application for the smoothest results.
One upside to the dry finish of matte lipsticks is that they tend to last longer with less chance of smearing. However, lip liner can help them apply easier and stay put within the lines. I prefer using clear lip liner since it will match every shade, like the e.l.f Lip Lock Pencil.