[Pictured: NARS PowerMatte Lip Pigment]
In the past year I’ve moved from the look of an ultra creamy lipstick to one much more mattified, and I’ve got to admit… I’m loving it! There’s something about this change in lipstick texture that resonates with many people these days; perhaps it’s simply a fresh, modern take on lip color, or perhaps it could have something to do with the ’90s aesthetic back and in full effect, but either way, I’m digging it. It’s not terribly different than its predecessor, a lip stain, however, these recent formulations have figured out how to create a dried-down look without actually parching your lips. Most formulations feel creamier on than they look, and of course adding a base of a dab of lip balm helps to add an extra layer of protection between the lips and the product. Two of my absolute favorites (and newest options to hit the market) include the long-wear, liquid-to-matte 20-shade NARS PowerMatte Lip Pigment ($26) and the whimsical and edgy Revlon Ultra HD Matte Metallic Lipcolor ($9.99). The SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Matte Lipstick ($12.50) includes Shea butter for great hydration and peach extract for a sweet fragrance, while those who are devoted to liquid lipstick will love the texture and price of ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Liquid Lipstick ($6).
[Pictured: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Metallic Lipcolor]
An easy, old school way to create lasting matte color is simply by using a lip crayon not just as a liner but to fill in the lips all over; I love the new Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil ($18), as there are dozens of shades to choose from, or convert your favorite lip color to matte by first applying the Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon ($24) all over, then layer your lipstick over top.