The best liquid lipsticks in town
Tried-and-true favourites of the ELLE Team
The drift to the liquid lipstick is irreversible — ask anyone who has swiped one across their lip and they’ll nod their heads in agreement. The powder matte finish and the long-lasting effect make these babies the superstar product of the moment. With almost every brand letting a liquid lippie range loose onto beauty counters, it might get hard to figure which one you should really invest in when it’s payday? We pitted cult classics like Kylie Jenner’s lip kit against their drugstore counterparts to test their precision in application, longevity and texture — here’s the breakdown.
9 LIQUID MATTE LIPSTICKS TO ADD TO YOUR KIT
Colorbar Deep Matte Lip Crème
Rich pigment that’s perfect for everyday wear.
The Texture Test: The weightless formula is super matte and moisturizing at the same time.
Applicator: Reliable enough to give an opaque finish with light hand application.
The Transferability: Lasts through your 9 to 5 job and leaves behind a tint for the rest of the day.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
A classic that’s true to its name.
The Texture Test: Comfortably matte, though you might spot some peeling in the long run.
Applicator: You might catch yourself going a little Suicide Squad with this one.
The Transferability: Will last you through a salad, with oil-free dressing of course!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick
Gives the illusion of fuller lips with just a single swipe.
The Texture Test: Strikes the perfect balance between being matte, non-drying and smooth.
Applicator: Makes it look like you had your lips done backstage.
The Transferability: Wear this one when you catch a 12-hour flight.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
Lock in moisture with creamy mattes that won’t dry your lips out.
The Texture Test: Feels like a lightweight layer of velvet has coated your lips with colour.
Applicator: Though it’s great for fuller lips, it can prove to be slightly messy for the thin-lipped lot.
The Transferability: Have this one handy it all times because it doesn’t last through meals, or even a hot cuppa.
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick
If you’re Instagram-savvy, you probably get the rage around these babies created by beauty blogger Huda Kattan.
The Texture Test: The super fluid formula is lightweight and quick drying, but can draw light to creases.
Applicator: We’d trade it in for a lip brush, especially with the lighter colours.
The Transferability: You’ll find stains on your first cup of coffee of the day.
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour
Bring the ‘60s to your lips with the deep berry hue in Oh Lady or go bare with So Me.
The Texture Test: Creaseless and super matte, this lipstick fools your lips into thinking all you have on is balm.
Applicator: The doe-foot applicator makes for the most precise application in a single swipe.
The Transferability: This one will last through a night of binge drinking, guaranteed.
Chambor Extreme Wear Transfer-Proof Liquid Lipstick
Add this to your kit for the festive season.
The Texture Test: The comfort matte finish won’t dry your lips like the Saharan desert.
Applicator: Smoothens out fine edges like no other. No lip liner needed.
The Transferability: The only way this one’s getting off is if you sink your teeth into a chilli oil-topped pizza.
The Balm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes
A liquid lipstick that tastes like vanilla and mint, need we say more? Rs 1,199
The Texture Test: The lightweight formula dries out perfectly matte, without emphasizing any flaws.
Applicator: The felt tip applicator is rigid and provides for machine-like control.
The Transferability: Leave this one in your beauty drawer as you take on the day. No budging here.
Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick
The product that pioneered the trend comes with candy-scented shades that flatter all skin tones.
The Texture Test: Exfoliate your lips before this powder matte finish, because you can’t iron these creases out.
Applicator: The bristled wand magically plumps your pout, minus a lip job.
The Transferability: Lasts a lot longer than it sells out, we guarantee!