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.
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.