Matte lips are a huge beauty trend right now, but they can feel dry and uncomfortable — even flaking off or getting chunky as the day goes on. Not cute. However, there is a whole world of matte liquid lipsticks that offer pigment-rich color, from formulas for gloss fans to the full-on matte experience. Check out our picks for the best matte look that fits your style and taste.
$9.99 at Walgreens
This is the perfect starter liquid lipstick. The whipped formula is super light and feels heavenly on the lips. It isn’t completely matte, either; rather, it dries down to a creamy finish that has just a hint of sheen. The sophisticated shade selection is perfect for those who are looking for classic colors, and the triangular applicator conforms to the curves of your lips for a perfect pout every time. One caveat: you will have to reapply throughout the day, since this formula isn’t as long-wearing as other liquid lipsticks, but it feels so good on your lips you won’t mind.
Your summer shade: Bare Attraction, the quintessential nude lippie
$6.25-$6.94 at Walmart
A bright, bold lip is a must-have for your beauty routine this summer, and this richly pigmented liquid lipstick makes getting the look easy. Just swipe on for full-on color saturation and go! This is another great choice for those who are getting out of their gloss comfort zones to go matte. It also has impressive staying power, particularly for such a light formula.
Your summer shades: the fun bubblegum Pink Charge and the neon Orange Shot
$24 at Sephora
It’s a pretty bold claim to name your product “Stay All Day,” but with this long-lasting marvel, Stila makes good on its promise and throws in avocado and vitamin E oils for extra moisture. No dryness or stickiness here! The color is true from the first swipe and does exactly what the name suggests.
Your summer shades: Carina, a bright coral and Como, a vivid violet
$6.99 each at Ulta
It’s hard to choose between these two gorgeous matte liquid lipsticks from NYX, so let your mood be your guide. When a sexy, sophisticated nude lip is in order, go for Lip Lingerie, a collection of naughty-and-nice neutral hues. Fun-loving folks who aren’t afraid to experiment with unconventional colors have met their soulmate with the waterproof Liquid Suede. Both of these formulas are creamy with a matte finish, but while Lip Lingerie showers you with every neutral imaginable, Liquid Suede takes its cue from a box of crayons, giving you colors from sky blue to jet black. (And yes, if you prefer Liquid Suede, there are some classic nude shades in the mix.)
Your summer shades: Lip Lingerie: Embellishment, a soft gray-toned purple; Liquid Suede: Little Denim Dress, a bright blue and Cherry Skies, a vampy dark red
$9.00 at CVS
If you want to experience a true matte liquid lipstick for better or worse, this brand, available stateside exclusively at CVS, is a solid affordable option. Do not even think about wearing this without prepping your lips beforehand, as every wrinkle, line and spot of dryness will be revealed. Hydrated, smooth lips are a must, as is creating a base on your mouth with lip pencil or primer to avoid flaking, but you’ll be rewarded for your time with amazing color that stays true for hours on end. Pro-tip: For thorough removal, try a lip-specific remover such as the NYX Cosmetics Be Gone! Lip Color Remover.
Your summer shade: Rose, a dusky pink that is both bold and sophisticated
$24 at Sephora
This technically isn't a lipstick, but this magical gel will change your beauty game. It can be a real pain to find a color you love in a new texture, but with this brilliant product, the search is over. Apply the gel on top of cream lipstick and be amazed by how the cream suddenly dries down to a longer-wearing matte finish before your very eyes without changing the color itself. The price is totally justifiable when you think of how much money you’re saving by actually using what you have at home instead of loading up on new products. It’s budget-friendly makeup magic!
Your summer shade: whatever you wish!