To The Mattes-Matte Lipsticks


Who doesn’t love a good matte lip?! Matte lips are popping up everywhere and a slew of products have been pushed to the market promising sexy lips, lasting color and most importantly, the mattest of the mattes. Here’s my review on 4 different liquid matte lip colors, as well as a list of tips for liquid matte lipsticks.

Matte Lips

Lime Crime Velvetines: $20.00/tube, 7 shades, available on their website.

Formula/Application: Just like the name indicates, this is very velvety and creamy. It’s a dream to apply. The applicator doesn’t have a lot of give which makes it great for strong lines, meaning you don’t need a liner.

Matte-ness: Very matte-absolutely no shine, and not drying on the lips.

Pigmentation: Super amazing. The color pops with or without a primer and there is no opacity to this. You don’t have to worry about building color to get the saturation you want.

Staying Power: This stuff lasts allllllll day. I literally put it on at 8 am and it’s on until I go to bed. It doesn’t feather at all and doesn’t transfer.

I’m just going to say it-this is my Holy Grail of matte lips. I keep trying others, but I always come back to Lime Crime.

Kat Von D Everlasting Love: $19.00/tube, 12 shades, available at Sephora.

Formula/Application: The formula is much like Lime Crime’s (creamy) but the wand is much longer which makes it slightly harder to apply.

Matte-ness: Beautifully matte as well. Slightly more drying than Lime Crime, but not so much that it’s a deal breaker.

Pigmentation: Very rich-again no opacity.

Staying Power: It doesn’t seem to last as long as Lime Crime, but it sticks pretty well! It comes off easier with eating than Lime Crime, but again-not so much that it’s a deal breaker.

I love Vampira and A-G0-G0. These are definitely great matte lip colors and are more accessible since you can find them at Sephora.

Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipsticks: $18.00/tube, 5 shades, available on their website and Ricky’s NYC, but they both are currently sold out.

Formula/Application: The formula is much thinner. The applicator is also softer which made it harder to get a precise line.

Matte-ness: Very matte-almost more so than Lime Crime or Kat Von D’s. It feels very dry when you first apply it, but eases up as you move your lips.

Pigmentation: This is definitely more translucent than the others. I found I had to build the lipstick to get the color I wanted. Even then, it still felt a tiny bit translucent.

Staying Power: It stains the hell out of your lips, but it does feather and fade on the edges so make sure to use a liner. Almost no transfer throughout the day.

Kiss of Fire and Merlot are very similar, by the way. I ordered both and regret it. Kiss of Fire is maybe one shade lighter.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tar:Matte $18.00/tube, 43 available colors, available on their website or Sephora.

Formula/Application: The formula is very thin. I had to shake the tube up otherwise it looked like it separated. Comes with a lip brush to apply, which I don’t prefer. I have enough things in my purse to keep track of.

Matte-ness: Not matte at all. It’s more of a satin finish.

Pigmentation: The pigmentation look great when you first apply it, very rich and bright.

Staying Power: This is where I got super frustrated with this product. It didn’t last more than a few hours and came off on everything.

In the end, I love my Lime Crime. I wish they had more shades, but the shades they do have are plenty for most of your make-up needs. If you haven’t ventured into the matte liquid lipstick world, here are a few tips:

  • EXFOLIATE! Exfoliate your lips with a toothbrush or sugar the night before.
  • Moisturize. I usually apply MAC’s Prep & Prime Lip beforehand.
  • Line your lips with a clear liner. I LOVE Sephora’s Universal Liner.
  • Let the color dry completely before eating, drinking or making out.
  • Try to avoid greasy food. Oil will break down the lipsticks.
  • To remove, usually a bit of jojoba, coconut or sweet almond oil is enough. You can also add some raw sugar to really scrub it off and soften your lips.



  1. have you ever tried LA Splash lip couture? great reviews! been using nyx matte soft lip cream. will try lime crime when i get the chance

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