Matte, Not Flat

October 29th, 2014

October 29th, 2014

Changing up the texture of a lip colour can bring something totally different to a make-up design.  Matte textures add an extra level of impact and interest to bold colours, and can make a more nude shade more interesting.  Here at Warpaint we’ve put the gloss away and are reaching for our favourite matte textures.

First up, it would be rude not to mention the new matte textures which have been rocking everyone’s world since they were released last month.  Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipsticks (£23) have done just that, created a mini revolution in what to expect from a matte lipstick.  Luminous, yet not shiny in any way, these squared-off bullets are things of beauty. ‘Sexy Sienna’ is getting a lot of love from us, a nude-peach shade which somehow manages to be both unassuming yet interesting.


From the subtle to the striking, we’re also loving the bold pink of Delilah’s Colour Intense Cream Lipstick in ‘Stiletto’ (£24).  The range launched this summer fairly quietly, but the quality of the products and the gorgeous packaging speaks volumes for the experience the three co-founders have in the industry.  Creamy and soft, the colour veers towards satin than full matte, so it’s a great option for older women or those a bit hesitant to jump straight to a full matte texture.


If you like your intense colours, you can’t go wrong with YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats (£25).  Jojoba oil keeps the texture smooth and supple, while intense colour pigments combine with a silicone gel formula which seems to glow from within, without ever being glossy.  We’re liking this retro mauve-tinged pink shade of ‘207 – Rose Perfecto’.


What would a matte lipstick round-up be without at least one shade of MAC?  Rather than plumping for the perennial favourite of ‘Ruby Woo’, our pick would be bold ‘Russian Red’ (£15.50), whose slightly darker finish and blue undertones create the most gorgeous contrast against the white of teeth.  If you’re not a fan of the oft-drying Retro Matte texture of ‘Ruby Woo’, the regular Matte texture of ‘Russian Red’ will be a big relief, whilst still delivering head-turning, pin-up worthy colour.


If you want something a bit different to a traditional lipstick but which still has a great matte texture, you might like the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks (£23).  This spicy ‘Muse’ shade is a great take on a coral.  These take a bit of getting used to – one light layer swiped, not patted, onto lips – but when you’ve got it mastered, these pocket rockets will be your best friends.  Other great liquid matte options include the Sephora Cream Lip Stains ($13, if you’re happy to ship them over from the States, it’s worth it!) or Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet (£8.99, an excellent budget option with fantastic pigmentation).


If you like the precision of a pencil, Maybelline’s new releases – the Maybelline Colour Drama Velvet Lip Pencils (£4.99) – are going to make you very happy.  Although they look like they would be horribly drying, given the visible wood of the pencil shape, the formula is surprisingly workable.  An inexpensive alternative to the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (£18, which we still love, very much), these pencil options give you the quick precision of a pencil and the colour of a lipstick.  NARS’s offering has more shades and a longer-lasting, slightly more matte formula, yet both are excellent options to create a speedy new look.  The only downside is that they both require sharpening, and in doing so you unfortunately lose some product.


For a soft-focus matte effect, the Becca Ultimate Matte Lip Colours (£19, although currently on sale for £9.50 at Space NK – run, don’t walk!) give a gorgeous twist to a traditional matte lip.  Chic, slim-line packaging, an easily manoeuvrable bullet and a beautiful selection of shades; they’re pretty perfect in our opinion.


If you’re looking to stock up your kit with a safe bet which won’t blow the bank, you can’t go wrong with an oldie but a goodie:  Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick (£7.49).  Comfortable to wear, a decent wear time and readily available – we’ll have one in every colour!




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