Here’s Why We’ve Been Loving Powder-Finish Lipsticks

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If you love your matte lippies and adore your creamy ones, you’re going to seriously crush on powder mattes! In the universe of textures, these lie somewhere between creams and mattes and tend to be lightweight, offering a powdery matte finish without the drying feel of traditional mattes. Powder-finish lipsticks come in bullets, liquids, slim sticks, pots and even loose powder formulas. They usually contain micro powder pigments that go on effortlessly when they come in contact with your lips and deliver a beautiful punch of colour, with a soft, smooth, velvety finish.

A huge trend in the K-beauty world and across the globe too now, these powder lipsticks allow you to create that blurry, diffused effect that is oh-so-romantic! These also let you build colour and intensity by adding layers, without giving the lips a cakey, dry feel. Oh, and if you love creating that gradient lip look, powder mattes are the ones to go for.

Take a look at some of our picks when it comes to this unique formula…

Mac Powder Kiss Velvet Blur Slim Stick

This newly launched slim stick comes with decadent levels of pigment and is an addition to MAC’s Powder Kiss range that includes the Powder Kiss Lipstick in bullet form and Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolor. This new formulation is a weightless one that delivers plush pigment in a single velvet-soft swipe. It features a trio of moisture-encapsulated powders, a smoothing elastomer gel that provides glide, all-day comfort, and ultra-refined pigments selected for the superior lip adhesion required for a fade-proof payoff.

Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder

A luxurious creamy yet powder-like texture, this is available in vibrant shades and offers a soft, matte effect. The integrated foam applicator leaves a thin film on lips for a light to intense blurred makeup result, depending on what you’re going for. Its rich packaging feels as velvety as the product itself.

Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick


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This is a weightless, full-coverage, matte lipstick that lends lips powder-soft, long-lasting colour with an airbrushed finish that stays put for eight hours. A unique blend of waxes and oils melts and transforms into a thin, featherweight powder, while spherical pigments glide across lips to blur imperfections. What’s great is its angular bullet that can be swept across lips for extreme precision minus a lip liner. It is available in 24 gorgeous shades that are inspired by Tokyo’s vibrant nightlife!

Colorbar Power Kiss Matte Transferproof Lip Colour

Another lightweight formula, this is a blend of micro powders that makes this lip colour flexible and non-flaky.  A vegan transfer-proof lip colour, it delivers an intense matte finish in just a single stroke. These are available in 18 flattering shades that deliver rich colour with full opaque coverage.

NYX Professional Makeup Powder Puff Lippie Lip Cream

While this is not a new lippie, it’s definitely still a handbag fave for many. It comes with a soft powder puff applicator for smooth and easy coverage, and delivers matte, pigmented colour. All you have to do is squeeze some matte cream lipstick through the powder puff applicator and blend it onto your lips, letting it set to a blurry, powdery matte finish.

Makeup Revolution Powder Matte Lipstick

This range has eight shades from natural nudes to poppy bright reds, fab fuchsias and more. It has a comfortable powdery matte formula that is non-drying and long-lasting. The bullet has a chic rose gold exterior and a ring that showcases the colour within.

SUGAR Air Kiss Powder Lipstick


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An innovative formula that is powder in the tube but goes on creamy smooth when applied, this is a weightless, richly-pigmented, transfer-proof lipstick that dries off within seconds. The lipstick is water-resistant and is also enriched with glycerin and silica to keep your lips supple and hydrated. It comes in five pretty shades which can be used as a cheek tints and eyeshadows as well!

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