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9 Matte Lipsticks That Look Bold and Feel Comfortable on the Lips

These pink, red and purple hues offer instant wow factor.
June 16, 2023

While you may have hated matte lipstick’s dry, flaky finish during the 2015 liquid lipstick and choker era, it’s not built like it was back then. After a few seasons of gloss maintaining the top spot in beauty trends and taking attention away from all things matte, matte lip formulas underwent a serious makeover, leading to an influx of new options with comfortable finishes and hydrating ingredients to properly avoid the crackly lipstick feeling. 

Today, matte lipstick is much more enticing (thanks to new formulas) and you can’t deny its long-lasting abilities compared to anything with a glossy or satin finish. Ahead, find the best shades of matte lipsticks to add to cart.

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Shades of Pink Matte Lipstick

Pink lipstick is a gorgeous choice for daytime, and since it comes in so many shades like baby pink to fuschia pink to nude pink, it can suit all skin tones. 

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Resistance Liquid Lipstick in Breakfast in Bed

When we talk about matte lipsticks not being made like the ones in 2015 any longer, we’re talking about this liquid lipstick formula right here. This one has a powdery matte finish that comfortably sits on the lips for transfer- smudge-resistant wear. Breakfast in Bed is a pinky nude shade that’s a perfect everyday choice for those with light to medium skin.

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick in Le Rose Activist 

With hyaluronic acid added to the formula, this velvety matte lipstick glides across the lips and wears comfortably without feeling dry or flaky. Le Rose Activist is a vibrant, deep pink shade that stuns on all skin tones, especially those with a dark complexion. 

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Sterpiece

Matte lipstick lovers will love this classic bullet lipstick with a hydrating, creamy matte finish. Matte-Sterpiece is a darling baby pink-meets-nude shade that looks especially pretty on pale skin. 

Shades of Red Matte Lipstick

Wearing red lipstick with a plush, matte finish is a power move. Here are our favorite red shades that everyone needs in their lipstick collection.

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L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick in Le Rouge Avant-Garde

We love this Intense Volume formula, especially the slim bullet applicator that allows you to line and fill your lips with a single product, no lip liner necessary. Le Rouge Avant-Garde is no doubt bold, but a blue-based red will be flattering on almost everyone, and even better, the blue tones can make your teeth look whiter

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Resistance Liquid Lipstick in Lazy Sunday

If you’re not one to reapply your lipstick throughout the day, this hyaluronic acid-infused liquid-to-matte lipstick includes a transfer and smudge-resistant formula. Lazy Sunday is a subdued shade of red with a rusty hue that resembles a red brick wall. For those that like to keep their makeup neutral, this is a great way to give red a shot without having to don an old school fire truck shade. 

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Ly in Love

For those with medium skin that prefer a red orange lippie, Matte-Ly in Love is just the one for you. The creamy matte formula gives your pout a pop of color in a vibrant warm-toned red shade that is sure to bring compliments.

Shades of Purple Matte Lipstick 

Purple lipstick is a rich, bold hue that makes for a great choice when you want to step out of your comfort zone. Here are our favorite purple and plum shades to shop.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte Resistance Liquid Lipstick in Pay Day

This raisin wine color looks rich and vampy on the lips. Thanks to the pointed doe foot applicator, you can achieve pristine application and lining, no lip liner necessary. 

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick in Le Rosewood Ambition

This cool-toned plum shade is a stunning yet subdued way to wear purple lips. The formula includes a powdery matte finish that doesn’t bleed or feather so you can count on a stunning lip look all day long. 

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Jestic

This plummy-purple matte lipstick is sure to make an eye-catching statement and we love it for those with deep skin. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in Curiosity Killed the Matte for long-wearing color without feathering.

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Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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