Gloss is great and all, but have you tried matte lipstick? This trend has made a major comeback in recent years, and looks striking and sophisticated in all settings. Seriously, from the models on the runway to the pink matte lip you wore on your Zoom call this morning, matte is where it’s at.
The only catch? You need to wear matte properly in order to look and feel your best. That means exfoliating your lips prior to application so they don’t dry out, and choosing the right beauty products and formulas to ensure that your lips get all the love. And since Mira knows that more money doesn’t equal better results, we’re here to tell you all about the best drugstore matte lipsticks to achieve your most perfect pout.
Yeah sure, you’ve probably heard the words “staying power” about a million times when it comes to lipstick (or any other beauty product)... but Maybelline isn’t kidding when they say this drugstore matte lipstick is long lasting. You’ll be covered for up to 16 hours of wear, even through mimosas at brunch, a date night kiss, or major sweating at the gym. In fact, you may even have a hard time getting it off at the end of the night… which is both a blessing and a curse. When it comes to color, you’ll have a selection of 16 red, pink, and nude hues for an intense burst of color that will never fade.
Beautiful colors, sweet scents, and a matte finish that leaves lips looking lush and feeling moisturized… the Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor by Revlon has everything you didn’t even know you needed in a drugstore matte lipstick. Each shade is scented with whipped vanilla and creamy mango, and glides onto your lips with ease for a lightweight, creamy feel that leaves your pout feeling soft and stunning. Basically, you’ll always be looking and feeling Ultra HD with one of the best drugstore matte lipsticks by Revlon.
We don’t know who needs to hear this, but a matte finish does not lead to dry lips. In fact, some of the best drugstore matte lipsticks are also the most hydrating, and will moisturize your lips all day while drenching them in creamy color. We’re looking at you, Color Riche. With top Mira ratings for being hydrating, long lasting, and smooth, this formula feels great on your pout and is the perfect beauty product for those who are looking to start experimenting with matte, without spending too much. Indulge in sweet neutrals, bold hues, and everything in between as Color Riche lives up to its name.
The only thing better than liquid lipstick? A drugstore matte lipstick that lasts for hours and gives your lips a burst of pretty, pigmented color in one swipe. But it’s more than just pretty. In fact, Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color is a bit edgier than most drugstore matte lipsticks, as it features colors such as Pitch Black, Blue Iris, and rich purple like Midnight to blur the lines between edge and elegance. Collect the classics like pink and red along with deeper hues to wear this pigmented, long-lasting lipstick with confidence, no matter your mood.
“This is the ONLY drugstore matte liquid lipstick I will ever buy,” one Mira user writes of the Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick by Wet N Wild. “I have almost all of the shades, and have even bought it for friends for birthdays. it’s my favorite lipstick ever!” If the fact that it’s birthday present-approved didn’t convince you that this is one of the best drugstore matte lipsticks ever, then all you need to do is read the Mira reviews. This $5 matte lipstick has a range of beautiful hues ranging from classic nudes and pinks to green and purple, and leaves a rich matte finish that stays on all day without feeling too heavy on your lips.
Liquid lipstick is great and all, but there’s just something about a classic bullet lipstick that makes you feel super sophisticated. And the Matte Lipstick by NYX has 40+ shades that you can collect (at just $6 each!) to get your most lovely lips for every occasion. Zen Orchid is a pretty purple hue that works well on bold makeup days, while Audrey is a classic pink that gives you iconic lips like Ms. Hepburn herself. The vibrant spectrum of color and staying power will certainly make this one of your new favorite drugstore matte lipsticks.
High pigment, high quality, high level of matte perfection… low cost. L’Oreal has been serving beauty on a budget for over a hundred years, so it’s no surprise that the Infallible Pro Matte is a must-have when it comes to drugstore matte lipsticks. Add dimension and drama to your pout with a rich red like Matador, or keep it simple with the aptly named Nudist. No matter which of the 10 hues you choose, the color will feel lightweight and long-lasting on your lips.
“So creamy and smooth, and just glides onto your lips, yet the finish is matte.” The Mira reviews are in, and Color Sensational is everything you would want in a drugstore matte lipstick. It may only be $6, but it has all the pigmentation and hydration benefits of a much more pricey beauty product. In fact, it’s a great dupe for the $19 Matte Lipstick by MAC! Try the shade Craving Coral as a substitute for the beloved Lady Danger.
Can we just talk about e.l.f and their incredible lipsticks for a second? Or maybe more than that? The drugstore brand is known for making the best affordable beauty products around, and the Liquid Matte Lipstick is seriously the best. A few Mira community guests write that the drugstore matte liquid is so lightweight that they can barely even feel it on their lips, while others talk about how it stays on all day while keeping lips moisturized. Choose from 11 creamy colors that put the “L” in e.l.f.
The go-to for anybody who loves nude hues. This lush matte formula feels plush and pretty on your lips, delivering high pigmentation and a beautiful matte finish, while the 30+ colors named after different cities of the world are guaranteed to take your lips on a hydration vacation. Spend the day in Madrid with a cranberry red shade that’s all about adventure, before taking it down a bit with the medium nude Rome for a romantic night out.