Ever encountered a case of dehydrated lips? You step out of the restaurant after lunch to check on your makeup and you discover the horrible mess that is your lips. It's dry, it's flaky and the pigments might even be bleeding on the inner corners. That is why for the longest time, matte lipsticks and lip balms go hand in hand. But it doesn't always have to be the case as brands are now developing shades that not only stay put after a greasy lunch, but layers comfortably on your lips. So much so that you can now skip your lip balm and not worry about any flaking.
Conceived by Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Make-up, to deliver luminous colour in a semi-matte finish and 12-hour hydration, Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge wears like an ink but feels like a conditioning lip balm. Thanks to years of in-depth scientific studies, Dior researches managed to identify a unique polymer and combined it with plant oil for comfortable and hydrating wear that feels like you have nothing on. Just one swipe dresses your lips in vibrant pigments and keeps them soft and plump. Available in 17 shades, you can mix and match to your heart’s content and create your very own Ultra Rouge look effortlessly.
Just like its name suggests, this lipstick shatters the limit of what a matte lipstick can do. Ultra-micronised pigments ensure that full-intensity colour is evenly distributed on lips with each swipe, natural rice and magnesia powders give the finish a dramatic powdery matte finish while a unique complex of matcha, almond oil and vitamin E ensures that the formula goes on smoothly and cocoons lips with a conditioning veil so it remains soft and supple. A total of six shades are available, including beige, orange, red and burgundy.
If you’ve always loved the lightness of a fluid lip colour but prefer the application of a regular lipstick, look no further than the Givenchy Le Rouge Liquide. All you have to do is twist the bullet to dispense the cushion-y lip cream before applying directly onto lips with its angled sponge tip. In one gliding motion, it gives lips a blurring effect while saturating it with bold pigments for a soft matte finish.
Known for its lip-conditioning benefits, the L’Absolu Rouge range is fortified with Proxylane and hyaluronic acid spheres to plump and smooth dry lips so they stay soft and supple. Formulated to pushing the boundaries of comfort and a matte finish, you know you can expect a head-turning effect with the new L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte. Thanks to its Light Powder System, spherical mattifying powders and silky oil, the lipstick is goes on weightlessly, delivering a soft-focus effect that stays flawless all day long.
Featuring a sensorial formula that applies like a ultra-thin liquid and sets into a velvety matte finish, it’s all you need for an immaculate lip look. It is also enriched with precious oils and forms a nourishing layer over lips to seal in moisture for a smooth, non-drying effect. The result? A second-skin effect that is lightweight, velvety and vibrant for at least eight hours.
YSL Beauty’s latest lipstick innovation pays homage to the brand as it is as much glamorous as it is full of rock chic vibes. Inspired by the suppleness of leather, this lipstick coats the lips in full coverage pigments in an ultra-matte finish in just one stroke. Best part, the texture is super fine and adheres seamlessly to skin so it follows your every movement expression so you don’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all, let alone a lipstick as saturated as this. The square bullet also means you can achieve ultimate precision for the perfect, impeccable pout.
When it comes to liquid lipsticks, it’s always a challenge to find the right formula as those with a quick setting time can thicken and coagulate easily while those that remain ultra-fluid can take too long to set. And the latest liquid lip colour from Shu Uemura is designed to do both. Inspired by the high pigment concentration and matte finish of ink, the Matte Supreme delivers bold colours in a super thin and lightweight formula that sets quickly for a show-stopping finish. Thanks to its ergonomically shaped applicator, it deposits just the right amount of product on your lips for optimal coverage and drying time. The formula also contains Clearlast Polymer which prevents colour from feathering and fading for all-day drama. Available in a total of 15 shades, from the barest nude to the darkest black, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Since the success of the first Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored, a universally-flattering neutral red that promises saturated pigments and fail-proof wear, Fenty Beauty now adds four more shades to the range, each boasting an equally tongue-in-cheek name like Unveil (shown here), Unbutton, Uncuffed and Uninvited. Featuring the same formula, expect never ending compliments as you build your Stunna Lip Paint wardrobe.
Featuring a revolutionary balm-to-powder formula, it’s truly something you have to try to believe in. As you apply it onto your lips, the buttery formula melts into skin and glides on super smoothly, unlike conventional matte lipsticks that tug and pull at your lips. The result: velvety smooth lips that are saturated in vibrant colours while remaining supple and plump for hours on end.