There’s nothing pulls together a look like matte lipsticks can. Hear us out. A clear lip gloss is great, sure, but when if you want a pop of colour that won’t smudge or budge throughout the day, the best matte lipstick formulas shine. After all, they’re formulated to provide a dose of colour and comfort without melting off halfway through your workday or event.
At the same time, matte lipsticks are still quite versatile, despite all sharing a matte finish across the board (duh). The right lipstick can tie your entire look together, whether you’re going for a bolder makeup look that will turn heads or something a bit subtle and suitable for everyday wear. Plus, you’ll find that many long-wearing lipsticks also contain skincare-like ingredients such as hyaluronic acid that help keep your lips hydrated and nourished.
Best matte lipsticks at a glance – our top picks
- Best matte lipstick overall: Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick, WAS £23 NOW £18.30, Sephora
- Best matte lipstick for a natural look: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick Pillow Talk, £26, Sephora
- Best affordable matte lipstick: L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Intense Volume Matte, £9.99, Boots
- Best matte lipstick with a creamy formula: MAC Matte Lipstick, WAS £17.50 NOW £15.75, LookFantastic
With Black Friday and Christmas deals fast-approaching, you can grab a couple of your favourite matte lipsticks and make a custom gift set for your loved ones – after all, it’s bound to win you more brownie points than a gift card ever will. But of course, it’s not the easiest of choices considering how many lipstick shades there are to choose from, from nudes and browns and taupes to reds and pinks and mauves. And although the lipsticks below are all matte, they offer completely different textures, including creamy or liquid lipsticks.
To help guide your decision, we’ve put together a full edit of all the very best matte lipsticks out there, with options available for every budget, preference and skin tone. Below, you’ll find a bit of everything, including our personal favourites, as well as newer, trending lipsticks and timeless classics. We’ve also made sure to include a variety of formulas in terms of coverage and pigmentation, meaning there’s definitely something on this list for everyone.
Not in the mood for matte? Why not try a nourishing lip balm with a hint of tint, or a dewy clear lip gloss? And if you’re looking to restock on all your favourite makeup and skincare products ahead of Black Friday, check out our guides for the best liquid eyeliners, best primers, best hyaluronic acid serums, best highlighters and the best perfumes.