Matte lipsticks that won’t flake

March 15, 2020

Here are 6 matte lip rouges that’ll look amazing and will not dry out your lips.

There’s something magical about bold matte lip colours. However, finding that perfect lipstick is no easy feat. While there are a myriad of options available, many matte lipsticks look amazing on application but soon dry into a flaking, crumbling mess that feels as unpleasant as it looks. Though many of us have ditched our matte lippies for glossier, more balm-like formulas, the fact is that nothing beats the bold matte lip colour. Thanks to new formulations, there are multiple options to choose from.

To get the perfect result, experts suggest exfoliating the lips first, then putting on a deep moisturising lip balm and allowing it time (5 to 10 minutes) to sink in. The next step is to press down on the lips with a sheet of dry tissue to absorb any excess moisture – this will prevent the texture of your lipstick changing.

We’ve rounded up some of the best matte lipsticks that will not dry out your lips.

Pat McGrath’s MatteTrance lipstick

The most influential make-up artist in the world, PatMcgrath introduced her MatteTrance lipsticks almost three years ago. The range of matte lip colours is the most smooth, opaque and powdery formula that money can buy. This matte lipstick goes on ultra-smooth and creamy and the incredible levels of pigment mean you only need a light layer for a striking colour payoff.

NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils

This lush, highly-pigmented chubby crayon goes on super smooth. Its pointed tip makes it easy to stencil and color in between the lines. Besides the smooth application and great pigment, the lip pencils have enough moisture to make them comfortable for daylong wear. The perfect lip liner replacement, NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils look amazing when applied directly from the bullet or blended out with fingers as a stain.

Huda Beauty’s Power Bullet matte lipstick

Huda Kattan’s take on the traditional bullet lipstick delivers unparalleled colour payoff and comfort. The sharply angled tip results in precise application – no liner or brush required. The way the shades are categorised by undertones makes it easier to find the nude hue that complements your complexion best - something that’s often overlooked. Every Power Bullet has a unique custom formula that was handcrafted to maximize the colour level for all day, full-coverage wear.

Powder Kiss lipstick by MAC

Delivering a romantic blur of soft-focus colour, this moisture-matte lipstick was developed to replicate a backstage technique: blending out edges of matte lipstick for a hazy effect. MAC’s Powder Kiss lip rouge offers a lightweight formula that features moisture-coated powder particles to counteract any drying effects. The result is the zero-shine look of a matte lipstick with the cushiony, lightweight feel of a balm.

Always On Cream to Matte lipstick by Smashbox

This rich, long-wearing lipstick glides on like a cream and sets to a velvety matte texture without drying out your lips. The 12-hour Always On Cream to Matte lipstick is transfer-resistant, waterproof and won’t flake, bleed or smudge. The best part is that it feels so light, you’ll forget you’re wearing it at all. They’re infused with oil to ensure your lips don’t dry out, and deliver a hazy veil of matte colour.

Too Faced Melted Matte

Too Faced’s liquid matte lipsticks manage to make lips look fuller and plumper without a hint of gloss. With the staying power of an intense stain and the vivid, vibrant colour of a liquid lipstick, Melted Matte is both lightweight and long-wearing. Infused with ‘Volulip’ for a no-sting plumping effect and antioxidant-rich avocado oil and vitamin E, the innovative formula glides onto lips like a gloss but dries to an ultra-matte, opaque finish. The doe-foot applicator comfortably coats lips with a wash of intense, high-impact, super-saturated color that lasts for hours.

Matte lipsticks that won’t flake: Pat McGrath’s MatteTrance lipstick, NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils, Huda Beauty’s Power Bullet matte lipstick, MAC's Powder Kiss lipstick, Too Faced Melted Matte