Matte colours are all the rage. From cars and shoes to nails and now lips, what was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s is back. Only this time, you’ll find all kinds of modern, cutting-edge shades. Whether you like to pucker up with punchy pinks and reds, stay neutral, or go a bit moodier with darker browns, here are six matte lipsticks that are anything but dull. —Jennifer Cox
We love the Suede Matte Lipstick from NYX Cosmetics ($13). It has an all-new formula in an adorable heart-adorned case, and it coats your lips evenly in velvety-plush matte color. It offers hours of smooth matte coverage that never feels dry. Pair it with their matte lipliners for a fuller look.
The limited edition LIPSTICK / @TIWASAVAGE available at MAC Cosmetics ($29) is a fiery red that stands out even more thanks to its matte finish. It was created by the fan-favourite queen of afrobeat, who curated a limited-edition matte bright red shade all on her own. We also love the packaging: a gradient sunset with a sketched silhouette accent, designed and signed by the M·A·C Maker herself.
This shade, called Violet Fury, is available exclusively through Fenty Beauty. This Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick ($10) offers all-day colour intensity and a weightless matte finish. There are seven unique hues to choose from, all of which will complement any skin tone.
Feeling a tad jealous? You’ll be the envy of all your friends with Morphe’s Matte Liquid Lipstick ($18) in playful shades like Jealously. This long-wearing lipstick has super saturated colour and goes on liquid-smooth, drying to a beautifully velvety, matte finish.
Only the sweetest things will escape your lips when you’re wearing Kind Words Matte Lipstick from Rare Beauty ($29). It’s a buttery, pigment-rich, soft matte lipstick that hugs lips in pure comfort all day. It comes in 10 made-to-match shades and can be paired with the Kind Words Matte Lip Liners.
Sephora Collection’s Astrology Lip Stories Lipstick in Matte Red Orange ($9) gives your lips a dash of bright full coverage colour. They have hues to match any astrological sign, and all the shades come in cream or metallic finishes, too.