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Matte lipsticks are a staple in any makeup routine, but they’re a little tough to get right. Whether you’ve experienced your fair share of dry lips post-application, or struggle to find the perfect intersection between pigmentation and formula, you’re sure to have come across a few duds.
Well, we’re not giving up this gorgeous lip trend any time soon — instead, we set out to discover the best matte lipsticks you can grab for under $30. Yep, we’re talking smooth, creamy and easy to wear, with a punch of pigment that’ll last all day long.
Sounds like a dream? Trust us, these are entirely real. Keep on reading to discover the best matte lipsticks under $30 as voted by our RY beauty editors.
From quirky-cool brand theBalm comes their Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks, available in 12 versatile shades. This liquid formula is enriched with vanilla and mint, which create a cooling and non-drying feel that’s incredibly comfortable on the lips.
Our favourite shade: Sincere. This gorgeous nude has pink undertones that work perfectly on every skin tone. Pop it on your lips to make a subtle statement at work or on a night out.
L’Oreal know what’s up when it comes to makeup, and are absolute pros at ensuring their cosmetics are effective yet affordable. The Infallible Matte Max Lipstick is no exception — it’s wearable, never sticky or drying, and comes equipped with a pro cushion applicator so the formula glides right onto the lips.
Our favourite shade: I Gotta Feeling. Although quite out there, this grape purple hue elevates any makeup look from basic to bold and eye-catching! Unlike a lot of lipsticks, the purple stays vibrant all day and doesn’t give teeth a yellowing effect.
Another liquid formula, this baby from coveted yet cheap brand Maybelline gives new meaning to the phrase ‘stays all day’. With a wear time of up to 16 hours (!!) and a stunningly pigmented formula that’s luxuriously creamy, you’ll love applying these matte lipsticks.
Our favourite shade: Romantic. This hot pop of pink will liven up any look, and is never patchy or uneven as it wears. Although it’s not for the faint of heart, we love dabbling in bright shades every now and then!
Intensely pigmented and opaque on the lips, the Forever Mattes Longwear Lipsticks from ModelRock are a beauty bag essential. They truly do last for ages, even through eating, drinking and talking all day (and into the night). They apply super smoothly and have minimal transfer, even hours after you’ve applied. Oh, and did we mention they’re cruelty-free and vegan?
Our favourite shade: Vibes. This deep yet muted red with purple undertones is perfect for accentuating your lips, and would be an ideal handbag shade on a night out.
If you love a good matte but struggle with that unwanted flat look, the PIXI Mattelustre Lipstick may just be your new BFF. Although it is truly matte, there’s a slight lustrous edge (hence the name) that relieves that dull look and gives your lips just a touch of dimension. Plus, the formula is deliciously creamy, and the shade range is great for anyone who loves their nudes.
Our favourite shade: Peach Blossom. It’s the perfect, wearable coral-peach hue that instantly warms up your makeup look of choice. A stunning summer shade yet equally as suitable any time of the year, this shade is ultra-flattering unlike many lighter tones.
Finally, we couldn’t discuss the best matte lipsticks without touching on this insanely affordable essential — the e.l.f. Cosmetics Matte Lip Colour. Known for perfectly bridging the gap between high quality makeup and reasonable prices, e.l.f. products are beloved by celebs and professionals. This matte lip crayon lasts beautifully all day, and feels nourishing on the lips.
Our favourite shade: Tea Rose. A soft, pale pink, you might worry that this shade won’t work for your skin type, but it’s actually extremely flattering on a variety of tones. It’s great for when you don’t want to think about coordinating your lippie with the rest of your makeup, because it goes with everything!
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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