Drug Store Matte Lipstick: Stay on Trend with these Dupes
Our expert makeup reviewer, Nitya Reddy, is BACK, and responding to YOUR Review Requests. This time, it’s all about the Matte Lip Trend.
A dentist by day, and product junkie by night, Nitya has reviewed both winners and losers for Brandefy. This time, she’s diving into a whole new trend.
Trending: Matte Liquid Lip
While a brown lip and lip liner were all the rage in the 90s and a glossy finish was trending in the early 2000s, today it’s all about a nude, matte finish. Our expectations of a matte lip product include:
Not sticky/ comfortable to wear
Long lasting (12hrs of wear without having to reapply)
Rich pigmentation with just one swipe
Precise application wand
So, it’s no wonder that companies have struggled with coming up with the perfect formulation. Nearly every makeup brand out there boasts a long lasting liquid lip so I put some drug store favorites to the test to see if they could hold up to my personal prestige brand favorites, NARS Powermatte Liquid Lip ($26)and Tarte's Tartiest Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint ($20).
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6.49) / NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick ($6.99) / NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick ($6.99) - NYX offers a variety of different matte lip products. Of the 3 I tested out, I was disappointed with the formulation. They were either not long lasting, sticky or not true matte finishes and did not hold up to the prestige brands.
Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink ($9.49) had great pigmentation and was pleasantly surprised at how long it lasted (12+hrs)! It was a true matte and easy to apply. The only downside was that I found it to be a little sticky but overall a really great drugstore find! Buy Our Pick
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip ($7.99) was more of a gloss than a true matte because it had a slight sheen that never fully dried down. Stick with the other Maybelline if you want a true matte.
Loreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($9.99) had good pigmentation and true matte but you do have to wait 10 mins for it to completely dry. I found the formula to be a little drying on my lips and the application tip to be flimsy. I would say this is above average for drugstore matte lip but not as good as the Maybelline Superstay or the Sephora Liquid Lipstick.
Ulta Beauty Lip Cream Matte ($9) was not a true matte and never fully dried down. It also had poor pigmentation and took multiple swipes to apply.
Sephora's Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($14) most closely resembled the prestige brands. I found it to be the most comfortable to wear with the best pigmentation and very long lasting. I have already swapped Nars for this one! Buy Our Pick
What drugstore matte lips have you found and liked? Leave in the comments below!