The last time I made one of these posts I was just starting blogging and I was still deep in the late 00’s corpsy nude trend, though even then I had some nice pink favourites and a red. I’ve since jumped more on the modern 90’s revival, I rarely wear anything very nude because with my colouring I feel I need something to define the lips, so it makes me look more alive as well as pulled together. I’ve attempted to do this post several times, versions of pictures have been taken four times in the last two years, but every time I had other things to review, so my choices became outdated because I’m constantly finding new favourites. Last year especially I found so many great new shades, so I narrowed it down to 10 and swatched everything again since I have a proper camera now. Just about every shade here is matte because that’s my favourite finish – shine and especially metallics are not my thing at all. This is also my 1000. post on the blog, so enjoy.
I’ll do it in a sort of an order from lightest to darkest because I like being organised, but if you’re wondering what order of my favourites would be, it would start with Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nude-ist, theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Committed, Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes and Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in Pioneer.
JORDANA Matte Lipstick
As I said in the intro nudes are no longer my thing, but this one is so pretty and wearable, so it’s one of my rare exceptions. It’s similar to both Mac’s Patisserie and Peach Blossom except that it has a satin matte finish that never looks dry. It’s a is a beautiful neutral nude with an equal amount of pink and peachy tones, it’s just the best of all worlds and a nude that doesn’t wash me out. As cheap and useless as the packaging of Jordana’s lipsticks looks, these are seriously so good, pigmented, non-drying and all wear nicely – for a few euros you really get a great lipstick.
THEBALM Meet Matt(e) Hughes
Those who read my posts regularly might already know that Meet Matt(e)s are my favourite liquid lipsticks and Committed is my favourite shade. It’s the one I wear most often along with Nude-ist, Cannes and Cami, so it’s a part of my “just grab it and don’t think about it selection of shades”. Committed is a difficult colour to describe, theBalm says it’s a pinky nude, but it’s so much more than that on me, as it definitely has a bit of peachiness to it, so it’s a bit like throwing pink and peach plus a bit of mauve in a blender, but keeping the shades very muted. The formula is very pigmented, dries in a few minutes to a perfect matte finish, but it’s not uncomfortable, it’s long-lasting, doesn’t transfer or smudge and fades nicely.
BOURJOIS Rouge Edition Velvet
I’ve called this my favourite shade ever for the past two years and though Committed is a tough contender, I still think I like this one more. It’s obvious from my bottle it gets a lot of wear as it’s the only one you can see how empty it’s getting. It looks quite different on me than on most, I’ve seen it look very bright on some, but on me it’s a muted warm rosy shade that has enough pinky tones to lift the complexion, but still looks natural enough on the lips. The formula is a mousse that isn’t as pigmented as theBalm’s, but this is still the best of Velvets and it takes some time for it to set to a matte finish.
NYX Matte Lip Cream
This became my most worn shade in the last few month, but before, I admit, I neglected it because it’s not the best liquid matte lipstick formula when it comes to staying power. But this is my perfect my-lips-but-better shade and great for every day wear. My tube is now over a year old and as these age, the thinner the formula gets, so now with one coat I get something that’s more similar to a stain, but because it’s a lip cream, it’s more even than those actual stain products which tend to stick to the central dry parts of the lips and look terrible. This one has this semi-translucent texture that looks like you natural lips are tinted with this shade. My natural lips are quite pale, so this just gives them some life. It’s a comfortable formula to me, I never noticed any dryness, it takes longer than at others for it to set to a matte finish and the staying power isn’t the best, but since it’s such a natural colour, it’s not that obvious, the central part has wiped off.
COLOURPOP Lippie Stix
I knew the moment I tried this one that it’s my new all-time favourite classic lipstick formula. It’s so light on the lips, but intensely pigmented and the finish is just out of this world gorgeous for a lipstick and closest to a liquid lipstick I found, apart from the newest Bourjois lipstick Rouge Velvet. The colour became an instant favourite of mine as well. It’s similar to theBalm’s Charming, but lighter because it doesn’t oxidise on the lips and it’s less warm, so more neutral rosy.
COLOURPOP Ultra Matte Lip
Sollow became an unexpected favourite of mine. I ordered so many Colourpop shades and I risked it with this one because I thought it might look orange on me, but this one truly stands out because it’s the peachy pink that’s almost impossible to find for pale skin tones. It looks completely different in the tube, it even applies peachy, but in minutes it starts to oxidise to a light muted peachy pink shade. Formula definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea because it’s very matte and can be very drying, but it lasts great on the lips.
REVLON Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour
This is a complete underdog – in my sea of matte lip colours finally something shiny. Well, sort of. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s not really matte, actually not even kind of matte at application, instead it behaves more like a lacquer. It’s so comfortable and it smells amazing, but you also get fantastic pigmentation and staying power is surprisingly good for something with a creamy-glossy finish. Devotion is a medium warm muted pink, but it’s still too pink that’d call it a natural shade for me, but when I’m at home, I always just reach for it because I love applying it. I wish they had something like Nude-ist or Committed in their range
MAYBELLINE Super Stay Matte Ink
My latest favourite and this post contained my previous favourite red in all version I made, which was L’Oreal Blake
that got discontinued, so I embarked on a mission to find either a dupe or something similar/even prettier because what’s the point of showing something that you can’t get anymore. Well Pioneer is an even more beautiful red. I have a neutral undertone so I can pull of both warm and cool reds, but the latter are at least in my eyes more sophisticated and I’ve always liked them more. Pioneer is a stunning cool toned red with a cherry base that looks so so elegant and sophisticated – it’s just perfect in my eyes. The formula, however, is not my favourite despite the outstanding staying power. Truly these will last you through anything and you’ll be scrapping them off at the end of the day with a waterproof remover. But these are thick and sticky, so they don’t feel as comfortable as other lipsticks, at least for the first hour.
THEBALM Meet Matt(e) Hughes
I have a considerable collection of deep burgundy shades and this one is my favourite (Laetitia is a bit lighter, more berry and my first love, but it’s not sold anymore). Adoring is a rich burgundy shade that leans more to cool tones, but it’s more neutral. Finding a liquid lipstick formula of a vampy shade is a challenge since most leave sheer patches, but this one is perfect – opaque in one coat and it applies evenly. It takes longer for it to turn matte than the other two shades I own, but otherwise the formula is the same and it smells like After Eight which is always a plus.
COLOURPOP Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
This is a shade that just makes me gasp at the sight of its beauty. It’s my perfect deep shade, a rich deep berry shade, an excellent mix of burgundy with purple. Mac’s D for Danger which is also one of my favourites is more red compared to this. The formula is like at Sollow Ultra Matte, but I feel it’s less drying, still if you have dry lips, you won’t like it, but for me the colour makes it all worth it.