Mad about matte or stand by a satin finish? These babies will give you a powerful pout.
Anyone else obsessed with lipsticks and have too many to count? We’re guilty as charged. As far as extensive makeup routines go, even beginners will know that adding a stunning lip colour makes all the difference. We’ve gathered the absolute best lipsticks with matte and satin finishes, smudge-proof pieces that don’t bleed, high colour payoff that’s noticeable from miles away and moisturising formulas that do not get in every crack of your lips. Say hello to kissable smackers.
Solos Cosmetics Lipmattic Liquid Lipstick
Kudos to this homebred beauty brand for hitting the jackpot with its highly-pigmented liquid lipsticks. Though it’s not the most smudge-proof product on the list, the vegan and non-drying matte formula, competitive price point and range of red, coral and plum colours (we can’t resist ‘Electromagnetic’ and ‘Illusionistic’) win us over.
Solos Cosmetics, $12, available online
Mac Cosmetics Matte Lipstick
They say that classics can never go wrong and this baby certainly lives up to it. The rich and creamy texture moisturises the lips as well as offers a high colour payoff. All 29 shades of lipstick have something to give, whether it’s for day-to-day wear or kicking it up a notch for ladies’ night. We’re absolutely swooning over them all.
Mac Cosmetics, $33, available online and at Mac Cosmetics counters islandwide
KVD Vegan Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Another staple in our lipstick stash, KVD Vegan Beauty’s liquid lipstick truly has an everlasting formula. And yes, that includes staying on after a messy burger eating sesh. No smudging here. And don’t get us started on the extensive range. Our brown skin writer found the perfect nude in this range – yup, it’s the fan-favourite ‘Lolita’. Plus, vitamin E and sunflower seed wax in the formula will leave your lips feeling moisturised.
KVD Vegan Beauty, $29, available at Sephora and online
Pat Mcgrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick
If you finally get over the devilishly alluring colours – they appeal to all skin tones – you’ll be glad to know that a high colour payoff (one swipe is enough to coat your lips) and a long-lasting velvety finish comes along with it. Our only gripe is that our fave colours are always selling out quickly.
Pat Mcgrath Labs, $59, available online
NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream
Another OG on the list, these lip creams have seen the early days of beauty experimentation for junkies and novices alike. The mousse-like formula glides on smoothly, giving a pop of heavy-pigmented colour to the lips. Trivia: The colours are inspired by cities around the world.
NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream, from $10.50, available online via Lazada, Shopee and LookFantastic
Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick
This matte lipstick may glide on like a gloss but give it a few minutes and you’ve got a sexy matte finish. You can count on the colour to stay on all day; however, it also dries the lip, depending on your skin type. Tip: Pat on some lip balm during your skincare routine and remove before application for a quick lip treatment.
Too Faced, $34, available online
Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick
Sick of matte colours? Add this gel lipstick to your collection. Balancing triple gel technology and a vibrant colour payoff, you get a sleek satin finish with this handy lipstick. You may have to go over the lips more than once to get a pigmented colour and during a midday touch-up, but the saturated colour stays.
Shiseido, $36, available online
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Up next for contender of high-staying power is Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. The paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free formula is known to fight throughout the day without bleeding or transferring outside the lip line. It’s also complemented with lip-plumping vitamin E and avocado oil.
Stila, $34, available online
Dior Rouge Dior Ultra Care Flower Oil Liquid Lipstick
Ah, if it isn’t Dior’s first liquid lipstick infused with flower oil. Maybe it’s the combination of camelina and sweet almond oils with shea butter but this ultra-smooth texture does wonders to dry lips. Luminous or natural colours in matte or satin finishes – it doesn’t matter what you choose as the long-lasting colour will stay on up to 12 hours. Also, the leaf-shaped applicator is great for lining the lips and then filling it up in just one swipe.
Dior, $52, available online and various Dior counters islandwide
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick
Mmm, talk about a creamy AF formula. Pucker up to this lipstick that exudes elegance with its sleek shiny black packaging. Available in 23 stunning colours – all formulated with triple-milled colour-boosting pigments – this wonder lipstick will last you through the craziest of parties or hottest of days. Hell, it stays on so well, we’ve actually had trouble removing the product.
Marc Jacobs Beauty, $46, available online