7 Amazing Matte Drugstore Lipsticks That Won't Dry Out Your Lips
Another day, another beauty trend. With time, the hype of new launches, popular beauty looks, and fun trends usually fade. That's one of the exciting aspects of beauty—there's always something new, and you're never stuck on something for too long. Trends are short-lived; once one has run its course, you're on to the next. This fact rings true with the exception of a handful of trends that are here to stay, like matte lipstick. And we're so here for it.
We're fans of a good matte lip for a multitude of reasons: It's highly pigmented, non-drying, and has seriously amazing staying power. Honesty moment—I'm beauty-obsessed and simultaneously lazy, so matte lipstick has been my favourite thing since the day I discovered I could apply it once and not touch my lips for hours after.
What's even better is drugstore brands are stepping it up and formulating matte lipsticks that are just as good (or even better) than high-end options on the market for half the price. Whether you're in a hurry and need a long-lasting lipstick ASAP or you just don't feel like spending your whole paycheck on matte lipsticks, your local drugstore has hidden gems you need.
We wanted to prove just how good these inexpensive matte lipsticks are, so we tapped celebrity makeup artists to find out which drugstore mattes are always in their kits for their star-studded clients. Click through for the best drugstore matte lipsticks, all under $7, waiting for you at the drugstore.
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm ($13)
Celebrity makeup artist and Smith and Cult beauty ambassador Elena Miglino loves scoring good drugstore lipsticks—she credits a good find an accomplishment. "I started wearing this lip years ago," she says. "I fell in love with the creamy texture of this product." This sandy beige shade is one of her favourites.
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo
Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard
Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard ($17)
Honey Artists makeup artist Suzy Gerstein is into this Burt's Bees Lip Crayon. "It's super pigmented without feeling drying on the lips, self-sharpening, and 100% natural," she explains. "I love to apply and blot it for a romantic stain, or layer it up when I want to create a real statement lip. Try the Napa Vineyard shade for an ultra-flattering red that works on every skin tone. I've used it for everything from the Met Gala to PTA meetings."
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in All Fired Up
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in Craving Coral ($18)
"Maybelline's creamy mattes are without a doubt my favourite matte lipsticks," says Honey Artists makeup artist Marie-Josée Leduc. The texture feels creamy and smooth, and the colors are so on point. My fave is Craving Coral when I'm looking for a more sophisticated, French look—just add to this an eyeliner, and voilà!
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in Clay Crush
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in Daringly Nude ($18)
Leduc also loves Maybelline's shade in Daringly Nude for a fresh and natural look. "A trick is to remove the lipsticks from their containers and transfer them into a palette case," Leduc shares. "All you have to do is to open the case and choose the right colour because time is of the essence on photo shoots and red carpet events. I have over 75 lipsticks in my makeup kit, and I mix expensive brands with Maybelline's creamy mattes. No one can ever tell the difference."
Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Milan
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Milan ($13)
Another favourite of Red's is Nyx's Soft Matte Lip Cream (so popular!): "The formula is just perfect," says Red. "And they come in a wide range of shades, from nude to deep blue." This soft, rosy hue is a Byrdie favorite.
Makeup artist Gozlan is on the same accord. "These Nyx Lip Creams have a newer formula and consistency—they're pigmented, hydrating, and moisturising," explains Gozlan.
While we're talking mattes, read on for more non-drying matte lipsticks Byrdie editors love.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.