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The Best Matte Makeup Products

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Nov 2, 2020
The Best Matte Makeup Products

Switch out the shimmer and become a matte masterpiece

Matte is where it's at. Characterized by zero shimmer and mega pigment, this type of finish is sophisticated, sleek, and ever-so-chic - and even the most vocal of shimmer enthusiasts can appreciate a neutral matte eyeshadow for fall makeup, or an ashy gray and black smokey eye that’s perfect for New Year’s Eve. And don’t even get us started on matte foundation, a beauty savior for even the most oily-skinned, and matte lipstick that gives your lips a major boost. The versatility of matte makeup is ideal for day-to-night looks, and the sense of effortless glamour that a warm brown, matte eyeshadow can create is simply unrivaled. Or the matte foundation that finally eliminates the shiny T-Zone you’ve been dealing with for years. Whether you’re a matte makeup lover for life, or a shimmer aficionado who’s looking to expand their makeup style…these are the best matte makeup products you need in your life.


Luxury Palette - The Sophisticate by Charlotte Tilbury, $53

Luxury Palette - The Sophisticate by Charlotte Tilbury
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Matte makeup at its finest. Modern elegance and ultimate sophistication come to life with this travel-sized Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette. And while it may have only four shades, they pack a lot of power and pigment. Chocolate, taupe, tan, and cream - an opulent makeup dream - are highly-pigmented hues that blend out with ease for both low-key and luxurious eye effects. Just throw it in your bag for a simple wash of taupe to wake up and refresh your eyes, or use every hue to create timeless matte eyeshadow looks for every occasion. Did you know that matte eyeshadow is ideal for mature skin, as it packs the lids with color without drawing attention to fine lines or creases around the eyes? The Sophisticate is the ideal holiday gift for beauty gurus of all ages and skin types, and you might just bond with your mom while you’re both using this eyeshadow palette for magical, matte makeup effects.

Natural Matte Neutral Eye Shadow Palette by Too Faced, $39

Natural Matte Neutral Eye Shadow Palette by Too Faced
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“This color scheme is very simple. With a simple but stunning eye, mascara, and a pastel pink lipstick it will look great!” Very true MIRA BEAUTY review! In true Too Faced style, the shades in this matte eyeshadow palette are simple, sexy, and a little sweet. You don’t need shimmers to be girly and glamorous - what Too Faced is all about - as these cream, pink, plum and taupe shades produce a matte, monochromatic eye that looks beautiful on all skin tones and types. Are you more of a blending expert? Natural Matte also comes with several shades of brown to use as transition shades, or apply in the outer corners for intensity and dimension. V-shape, anyone? This beloved makeup brand is known for their adorable packaging, and even more beautiful makeup that comes inside… and you definitely won’t be disappointed with this matte eyeshadow palette.

Nude Matte Eyeshadow by NYX Professional Makeup, $5

Nude Matte Eyeshadow by NYX Professional Makeup
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Looking to dip your toes, or should we say blending brush, into matte makeup… without spending too much or feeling like you’re cheating on your beloved shimmer? Grab a few of these $5 favorites from NYX to store at the bottom of your eyeshadow drawer for special occasions, and watch as your love for matte makeup grows with each look. Any beauty lover knows that matte is often misunderstood. Some may be under the false impression that this type of finish is chalky or patchy on the eyes, and Nude Matte Eyeshadow proves them all wrong. 99% of MIRA guests say that these eyeshadow singles are very blendable, 88% love the creaminess, and 98% agree that they’re oh, so pigmented. And again, they’re $5. With a variety of neutral shades (and a few bold ones!) right at your fingertips, you’ll be tempted to create all the earthy, exquisite matte eyeshadow looks.

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay, $25

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil by Urban Decay
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This eyeliner blurs the lines (literally) between matte and shimmer, gel and pencil, edgy and elegant… everything. The true Urban Decay way. With a unique gel pencil formula and more than 30 shades in matte and shimmer finishes, it’s easy to find a Glide-On pencil that fits your style. Our suggestions? Smoke, a deep gray matte that’s ideal for Halloween makeup or an extra cut crease… or Empire, a rich purple matte that’s very Urban Decay. From traditional black to all the colors of the rainbow, you can easily find a pencil to match your mood. And it’s not just the spectrum of shades that will make you a believer in matte makeup. This waterproof pencil has a dreamy formula, gliding onto the lid with ease and drying to a long-lasting, matte finish. Although the eyelids are one of the most oily parts of your face, this finish will leave you looking gorg… and not at all greasy. As a bonus? 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is infused with Vitamin E plus Jojoba and Cottonseed oils to hydrate and smooth your skin, allowing for more even application of liner and basically zero risk of irritation.


Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup by Clinique, $31

Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup by Clinique
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“Love it and it is literally THE BEST for coverage and not making my skin oily. Applying takes half the time, and half the product it took to do full coverage and cover blemishes!” MIRA guest Cassidy can’t get enough of this Clinique favorite for her oily skin, and you’ll soon understand why it’s one of the best matte foundations, ever. This type of makeup will absorb shine, reduce excess oil, and stay flawless throughout the day - as anybody with oily skin understands the struggle of wanting their makeup to look gorgeous, not greasy, by 5PM. Matte is the answer, and this buildable, lightweight, and long lasting foundation by Clinique leaves you with a natural, poreless matte finish. The kind that won’t streak or fade even in the most humid weather, or even a warm and cozy fall night by the fireplace. Stay Matte isn’t just a foundation, it’s a lifestyle… and you’ll always be covered with this cult favorite by Clinique.

PRO Matte Foundation by LA Girl, $9

PRO Matte Foundation by LA Girl
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Goodbye pores, hello perfect skin. *Hair flip emoji.* The PRO Matte Foundation is LA in the best way, giving you that youthful, pixel-perfect complexion without the filters. The suede-like finish feels lightweight on your skin and won’t make your face too shiny, even when you’re hanging out in the warm LA-esque weather. In fact, it’s one of the best drugstore matte foundations to take with you when you’re finally able to go on your next vacation, as the buildable coverage lets you create a more subtle look for daytime or an airbrushed effect to go with your evening glam makeup. Book your plane ticket after you buy this top drugstore foundation, you deserve it.

Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation by Fenty Beauty, $35

Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation by Fenty Beauty
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Sure, you may have trust issues after trying countless foundations that don’t work for your oily or combination skin. We get it. But if there’s anybody you can trust for your most flawless and non-shiny complexion, it’s Rihanna. Pro Filt’r is the matte foundation that broke barriers and helped pave the way for inclusivity in beauty, launching in 2017 with a whopping 40 shades, and it’s been a cult favorite ever since. This medium-to-full coverage formula blends out beautifully on your skin to create a poreless, smooth, shine-free finish for a variety of matte makeup looks - with top MIRA ratings for being mattifying, color correcting, buildable and lightweight. Pro Filt’r looks stunning with the Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in jet black Uninvited for your Wednesday Addams Halloween costume, or with the Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter for a little sparkle - if you’re still undecided about whether you’re truly a matte or shimmer type of girl. Get that filter-like finish IRL with this Rihanna-approved matte foundation!


Matte Lipstick by MAC, $19

Matte Lipstick by MAC
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Many people associate shimmer with more dramatic makeup looks. Why? The glitter goddesses on RuPaul’s Drag Race probably helped with that assumption. However, you can still look sultry, elegant, and dramatic with a matte lipstick, like this one by MAC! The lack of shine leaves you with a smooth, long-lasting finish that’s all kinds of chic. We know what you’re thinking. “Wait, my favorite beauty influencer said that matte lipsticks can be drying, is that true?” The answer is yes and no… but mostly no. As long as you properly exfoliate your lips (more on that here) and choose a quality formula, your pout will always be protected. And since MAC is one of the most trusted, celebrity and makeup artist approved brands in the world, this Matte Lipstick will always provide a creamy, rich formula with high color payoff that lasts all day. Seriously, ultra-pigmented and intense color is one of the best perks of using matte lipstick and makeup!

MatteTrance Lipstick by Pat McGrath Labs, $38

MatteTrance Lipstick by Pat McGrath Labs
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Only the best from the Mother of the makeup world. Pat McGrath Labs has legions of famous supporters, from NikkiTutorials to Violet Chachki, who are simply obsessed with the MatteTrance Lipstick. And you will be too, because it’s seriously gorgeous. Pat McGrath is known for her runway-ready products that incorporate elements of the fashion world, and this matte lipstick is a runway favorite. One swipe embellishes your pout in creamy, ultra-pigmented  color that feels light-as-air on your lips, yet leaves a modern matte finish that will have all eyes on you. If the variety of shades, smooth and hydrating formula, and black-lacquered couture case didn’t convince you to buy his cult product, just know that French girls love their matte lipsticks, as they deliver the effortless glamour that Parisians are known for. In fact, Lily Collins even wore multiple shades of MatteTrance when she stole our hearts in Emily in Paris. We’d double tap a Paris window selfie with these shades, any day.

Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick by Maybelline, $6

Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick by Maybelline
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“So creamy and smooth, and just glides onto your lips, yet the finish is matte.” Drugstore price, high-end feeling… exactly what you’d expect from Maybelline. Color Sensational is a great makeup dupe for the MAC Matte Lipstick we told you about earlier, and provides a creamy texture and bold boost of color that makes you feel like a matte masterpiece. You won’t have to worry about dry lips, as 90% of MIRA guests say that Color Sensational is hydrating, and 100% agree that it’s creamy and lightweight. Available in a range of red, pink, and nude shades… you should definitely stock up on these $6 favorites as we head into the holidays. Not only do they make the best affordable gifts for friends and colleagues, you’ll also get a pigmented burst of red or pink to complete your Christmas party looks - with ultimate staying power to prevent smudging or fading as you sip eggnog and snack on holiday treats!

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