Ink-Like Matte Lipsticks

Matte lipsticks used to be heavy and gloopy.

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Matte lipsticks used to be heavy and gloopy. They faded splotchily and were difficult to touch up. The new ones are like ink. They glide on smoothly, pack in bold pigment, dry to a weightless layer, and fade to an even stain after meals. They don’t flake off, and reapply well. - LS 

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1 Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Colour, $36

The contoured applicator makes it easy to follow your lip shape. Two thin coats are all you need for an intense finish. Even better, the colour doesn’t budge once the lipstick sets.

2 Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnet, $57

One swipe, done. It’s budge-proof – even after eating and drinking – and doesn’t dry out the lips.

3 L’Oreal Rouge Signature Matte Lip Ink, $21.90

The watery formula dries to a pigmented, soft-matte finish that blurs fine lines on lips .

4 Shu Uemura Matte Supreme, $43

It is slightly more viscous than water, but is still light and comfortable. One layer offers good colour payoff. And when it does fade, it leaves a pretty, even stain behind.

5 By Terry Lip-expert Matte Liquid Lipstick, $54

The colour is so intense that one light swipe gives you bold pigment. It is comfortable to wear, and a pretty stain remains at the end of the day.