Matte lipsticks look so damn good, but they don’t always feel that way. I’ve definitely dealt with the feathering, the flaking, and the dry crustiness (hate that word, too, but it’s true) all in the pursuit of bold, matte lips.
But hi, hello—I’m here to let you know that you no longer have to deal with these sh*t formulas of the past. Today’s matte lipsticks glide on like a lip gloss, hydrate like a balm, and don’t settle into your lip lines. With so many options available, you can only shop the best of the best and still have choices. Below, a roundup of the 15 top-rated matte lipsticks, so you don’t have to waste your time sorting through any of the bad ones.
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Best Metallic Matte Lipstick
Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Cream
Matte lipsticks get a bad rap, but this moisturizing, metallic one will silence any and all critics. The reflective finish and won’t settle into your lips lines and doesn’t feel dry either.
Best Lightweight Matte Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour
Fact: No one wants to feel like they’re wearing lipstick (especially a drying matte one). Also fact: This weightless velvety matte liquid lipstick dries down to a matte finish that light hydrates your lips, so it barely feels like you’re wearing anything at all.
Best Splurge Matte Lipstick
Cle de Peau Lipstick in Cashmere
Yes this matte lipstick is pricey…but I promise it’s worth it. Just one swipe and you’ll be left with a pretty, caramel color that legit won’t move for hours. And because argan oil is infused into the formula, you don’t have to worry about it sucking the life (err, moisture) out of your lips either.
Best Neutral Matte Lipstick
BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor
I get the struggles of trying to find the perfect nude lipstick for your skin tone, so I’m extra thankful for this collection of 13 super-flattering neutral matte lipsticks from BareMinerals. The creamy matte color glides right on and the plant-based waxes in the formula keep chapped lips a thing of the past.
Best Moisturizing Matte Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick
Looking for a matte lipstick that’ll give you a long-lasting bold color, but won’t leave your lips feeling like the G’damn Sahara? Too Faced has gotchu. The avocado oil and vitamin E in this formula keep your lips from looking dry AF. And I promise, the color won’t fade outside of your lip lines, no matter how many glasses of wine you have.
Best Matte Lip Stain
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Lip Stain
So this technically isn’t a matte lipstick, it’s a matte lip stain stain—something I personally think everyone needs in their makeup bag. Why? This matte stain will leave your lips feeling soft and plush and with a touch of color that’s not too intense.
Best Natural Matte Lipstick
Lawless Soft Matte Liquid Lipstick
This cruelty-free matte lipstick doesn’t have silicones or parabens, but it does have moisturizing shea butter that your lips will love. The formula feels so soft and lightweight, you’ll honestly forget you even have it on. And don’t stress if the color starts to fade a little bit. The soft, diffused look is cute (never patchy).
Best Creamy Matte Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
I’ll never understand how a formula that applies like a cream and feels like butter on your lips can still have such a true matte finish. I wore this matte lipstick (in the super-popular shade Pillow Talk) on a dinner with my friends last week, and can attest that it lasts through lots of eating and drinking.
Best Long Lasting Matte Lipstick
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
This liquid lippy had a cult following long before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed it (she wears the shade Beso, if you’re wondering). Not only does it have an impressive shade range—a whopping 39 colors—but it also does as the name says: It literally stays put all day long.
Best Crayon Matte Lipstick
Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil
A cross between a pencil and matte lipstick, this soft crayon gives you the best of both worlds. The pointed tip allows for precise application (unlike a traditional bullet lipstick), and the creamy formula glides easily without skipping or tugging like you’d see with matte crayons. Though it has a soft, velvety finish, it packs the same amount of pigment that super-matte lipsticks are known and loved for.
Best Drugstore Matte Lipstick
This Paint-Like Matte
Dare I say the quality of this lipstick is even better than the price? And at $6.50 a tube, that’s saying a lot. Though it can have a slight drying or tightening effect, it’s nothing proper prep with a lip scrub and a balm can’t fix. A little goes a long way, and since just one coat will last you (almost) all day, this stuff will probably expire before you can even finish it.
Best Pigmented Matte Lipstick
MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick
The classic of all classics, MAC’s Retro Matte was there for you from the very beginning of your matte lipstick life. No matter what new lines and products have popped up over the years, this one remains at the top of so many lists for its crazy-good color payoff and long-lasting finish.
Best Non-Fading Matte Lipstick
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color
With a name like Lip Paint, you’d think this would eventually dry down, but actually, it’s anything but drying. Think of this one as more of a wet paint with a perpetually tacky feel. Though it does transfer a bit throughout the day, this matte lipstick somehow never fades and always looks freshly applied. Rihanna is a magician, okay?
Best Waterproof Matte Lipstick
Beauty Bakerie Matte Lip Whip
Take my word for it: This waterproof lipstick will only budge if you eat the oiliest salad of your life. The pointed doe-foot applicator allows for a super-precise application, which is key, since the formula doesn’t budge once you swipe it on. So if you’re someone who loves to snack or you’re always down for a midday coffee run, pick up this long-wear lipstick fast.
Best Smudge-Proof Matte Lipstick
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick
Ah, yes, the product that started it all—and by “all,” I mean Kylie Jenner’s billion dollar empire and society’s newfound love of matte liquid lipsticks. As a coworker of mine once said, this lipstick smells like the mean girl in junior high, but once you get past its birthday-cake scent (and possible flashbacks), you’ll love how lightweight and seriously budge-proof it is.
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