“Hello, my name is Gabi and I am matte-o-holik.” :D Every time matte finish makes a comeback, I get the urge to go out celebrating. Matte lipsticks/nail polishes/eyeshadows are my obsession, which gets bigger and bigger with each new reappearance of matte trend as products are getting better and better.
Remember those chalk like formulas from a decade or so? Even first matte liquid lipsticks were not that good with problematic application, not so good staying power, stickiness …
This time I had little bit of a shopping spree as for the first time I could shops different matte finishes, compare lower and pricier formulas + had a wide variety of nude&co colours to choose from. Are you ready for comparison of 16 liquid matte lipsticks? All presented with lip swatch, price (EUR for ml) and how they held on on my not so wide lips.
I should probably start with my classification of matte finish types:
- creme matte: transition from creme to velvet matte finish – usually there will be little bit shine present, not so good staying power and biggest transfer of them all
- velvet matte: no shine but not dry either, are usually more comfortably to wear than true matte finish
- matte matte: no shine, slightly dry look, no transfer
Brands are ranked from my favourite to the one I would never buy again. Pretty much all of them are easiest to remove with make up oil remover (I liked Balea’s the most while BioBaza dried out my lips).
PUPA Matt Lip Fluid – 012
There was fierce battle going on for the first place, so Pupa and Stila are kind of sharing it. :D Pupa I’m Mat Lip Fluid was love at first swatch. I gave it point more than Stila for one thing only – it fades beautifully … and is the only one I own that has that feature. They sacrificed few hours of staying power for it, but as it still lasts for quite a long time and I never, ever see that horrid forced lip liner line in the mirror, so I will call it a good compromise.
Transfer is minimal and finish kind of falls into velvet matte category. Kind of because part of it will depend on how much lipstick you apply, do you blot of not … Applicator applied creamy formula perfectly. I still feel lipstick for a short while after application, but later on I completely forget I have anything on the lips. It has gentle smell, but it dispersers really quickly.
Only downside is serious lack of shades. 012 is the most neutral one available in Slovenia and all the rest are in the bold/statement category. You can see all available in our county in this video – CLICK.
Price: 15 EUR for 4ml (3,75 EUR/ml). Available at: Beautique drogerije (Maxi), Müller Supernova Rudnik.
STILA Stay All Day Liquid lipstick – Patina
Stila’s applicator is more on the classical side, but as formula is even creamier than in Pupa’s lipstick, application itself was easy one. Patina shade is little bit tricky to describe. It looks lighter right after the application, but quickly darkens and turns into dirty rose colour in warmer light or gets purplish undertone if you find yourself in cooler light.
Patina has true matte finish, but you can still feel it on lips for quite some time after application. If I starved and drank carefully, this shade would last whole work day + accompany me into happy hours. :D It fades gradually but still from centre to the outline.
Price: 19 EUR for 3 ml (6,3/ml). Winner in the priciest category. :P
JORDANA Sweet Cream Matte – 09 Rose Macaron
Third place went to Jordana Sweet Cream Matte formula. Jordana shares many Stila’s characteristics – it’s slightly sticky right after application and later on turns completely matte. It is not as pleasant on lips as Stila and disappears quicker, but still in a nice and gradually way. Maybe even more important fact – you can reapply it without getting sticky or crumpling lips.
Rose Macaron shade is muted pink and less reddish than in the photo. Cute shade but Maestra’s Tiramisu is prettier.
Price: 6,5 EUR for 3g (2,2 EUR/gram) at MojaDrogerija.si.
BOURJOIS Rouge Edition Velvet – Nude-ist
Bourjois Velvet’s are my precious ones for quite some time now. They were probably one of the first liquid matte lipsticks I loved. They have great staying powers, fade nicely but are harder to apply. And lets not forget that famous plastics smell. :P I miss more nude-ish colours.
Price: 14 EUR for 6,7ml (2 EUR/ml).
KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Melancholia, Susperia
When not sure which Kat Von D liquid lipstick you want to buy, go for mini duo. :D Supposedly they are combined for doing ombre effect, but I found them to be too quick drying for that. I did play with them, but this is something better left to those of you with larger lips. I pretty much merged them on my thinnies. :P
This it true matte finish representative, that will laaaast on your lips. Scent is slightly to the plastic side, but not overpoweringly so and it does fade quickly.
Susperia is THE blue purplish tone that rarely ends up on my lips. If I layer it with Melancholia, then I can live with it, otherwise it is simply too cool toned for my taste. Surprisingly I loved light pink Melancholia.
Price: 17 EUR for 2 x 3 ml (2,8 EUR/ml).
GOLDEN ROSE Liquid Matte Lipstick – 03, 05
Applicator resembles Milani or Misslyn one. Is not super precise, but you can apply lipstick pretty neatly. With little bit of patience and precision that is. I bought 2 shades – 03 and 05, while no. 10 is high on my WL. Both shades are non-problematic, have good coverage and leave slightly tacky finish after application. Tackiness does go away, but after some time. Smell is gentle and slightly artificial vanilla like.
No. 05 was my chosen shade for whole day testing. It survived brunch (no greasy things), coffee and started to get in creases only after day was slowly turning to night. You can reapply, but it looks a lot nicer if you remove it and putting on the fresh coat.
Colour fades form inside out. Is more in the velvet matte category with slight transfer.
Price: 5,9 EUR for 5,5ml (1 EUR/ml).
MILANI Amore Matte Lip Creme – 11 Precious
Milani Amore matte liquid lipstick was THE most recommended one to me. OK price, available and with many shades to chose from. I get this slight tacky layer after application, which turns into true matte finish after a while. I feel it sitting on my lips as it has slightly drying feel to it. That is the only reason it it not ranked higher than it might be considering other criteria.
It fades nicely, transfer is almost non-existent, lives through the meal … Applicator precision corresponds with how much time I have for application – I like it if I have time and not so much if I am in a hurry. :P
Price: 10 EUR for 6g (1,6 EUR/gram).
MAKE UP FACTORY Mat Lip Fluid – 19 Velvet Rosewood
I read quite a few not so positive reviews about MUF Lip Fluids when the first launched. As I love the brand I decided to try one after a while. The only shade that appealed to me was Velvet Rosewood. This shade is constantly sold out in my Müller stores, but I finally got it … after few months of actively hunting it down. :P
I do agree with first reviews that this if pretty dry lipstick, but I personally do not see it as drying one. It is one of those liquid lipsticks that is neither comfortable or uncomfortable. Kat von D is dryer for example.
Make Up Factory Velvet Rosewood is pretty darker muted nude rose shade, but nothing overly special or unique.
Appropriate question would be: “Would I buy it again?” Yes. I love the fact that it doesn’t crease, is hard to remove = great staying power.
Price: 14,50 EUR for 6,5ml (2,2 EUR/ml).
MISSLYN Velvet Matte Cream – 136 Bohemian
Misslyn Velvet Matte Lip Cream takes its time to become velvet matte finish, but it gets there. :P I had some transfer, but the feel is nicer too. Slightly sticky feel lasts for quite some time. I would not buy this formula in darker shades as it tends to cling to dryer parts. Lighter pink and nudes shades look good though and I would repurchase. Can be reapplied and is not so difficult to apply.
Price: 9 EUR for 4ml (2,25 EUR/ml).
SLEEK Matte Me – 433 Rioja Red
Sleek Matte Me review is about my specific shade and formula. I think they changed it since I bought my liquid lipstick in Rioja Red. As I already reviewed this lipstick, I’ll focus on difference between 2 year old matte liquid lipsticks and newer ones. It took me quite some time and a lot of testing to realise that majority of my issues with older liquid lipsticks had roots in their inappropriate application.
Second major improvement happened in fading. Sleek was one of the better formulas 2+ years ago in that regard, but newer formulas are almost all a lot better. Today crumbly formulas are rare, while they used to be found in all almost of matte liquid formulas.
If I ever come across new formula (and founds allow for it) I’ll add review in this post.
Price: 10 EUR for 6ml (1,7 EUR/ml).
ORIFLAME The One Matte Mousse – Satin Rose
Oriflame decided on very creamy texture when making The One Matte Mousse lipsticks. Finish itself is very pretty – velvet matte with not so heavy transfer. But I simply can not get this lipstick to sit nicely on my lips. I saw how lovely this looks on my younger fellow bloggers, so it could be that my old and creased lips are the problem? :P
Price: 14 EUR/5ml at Oriflame Slovenija (2,8 EUR/ml).
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Istanbul
Nice application, velvet matte finish, but also quite a lot of transfer and faster disappearance act. Something for those of you who hate dry feeling from classical matte finish and are willing to sacrifice staying power for comfort.
Price: 10 EUR for 8ml (1,25 EUR/ml).
MAYBELLINE Vivid Matte Liquid – 05 Nude Flush
Cream mat if I stretch it. Suitable for same kind of users as the above lipstick. As it is not even velvet matte finish, you do not get great staying power but feeling on the lips is better.
Price: 8 EUR for 7ml.
CATRICE Velvet Matt Lip Cream – Plumming Bird
“Poor darling. Who told you you were matte finish?” Even though new Catrice Velvet Matt lip cream has nice finish and feels lovely on the lips, it doesn’t have even M from matte. This is classical cream liquid lipstick or pigmented cream gloss if you wish.
Price: 3,5 EUR for 3,4 ml (1 EUR/ml).
L.A. GIRL Matte flat finish pigment gloss – Bazaar
Medal for the quirkiest formula goes to L.A.Girl brand. They managed to produce sticky, moisturising lipstick with no transfer and with actual velvet matte finish. I can see why it has fan base, but I can not stand heavy sticky formula on my lips. And smell is not really pleasant either – plastic anyone?
Price: 7,6 EUR for 5g at Moja Drogerija (1,5 EUR/gram).
H&M Velvet Lip Cream – Screen Siren
Only liquid lipstick I would not repurchase. Patchy application, crumbly formula … I regret not buying H&M stain Maestra loves instead..
Price: 8 EUR for 2ml (4 EUR/ml).
You meet 16 brand I tried out. Which liquid matte lipstick is your favourite?
*I got for review purposes: Jordana, Pupa, L.A. Girl, Oriflame.
This post is also available in SLO.