The marketing tactics would have us believe that liquid lipsticks are the only way to achieve those long lasting, low maintenance results we want. Is that really the case? What about regular matte bullet lipsticks? In this series we're going to go through a few options that won't break the bank.
Jordana Matte Lipsticks
I saw these in #1 Beauty Supply in September last year and was very surprised at the price: $5. Low and behold a trip to iMart shortly thereafter revealed an even sweeter one: $4.25! For that kindda money I wasn't expecting much but I decided to give them a shot. As I mentioned in this post, I don't like their plastic-ish scent at all but the look and feel of the product was impressive.
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e.l.f Matte Lip Color
These are available in iMart stores for $11.95. I've also seen them in Get Set and Rachel's Health and Beauty. While I love the packaging concept - retractable lip crayon with a pointed tip - there seems to be some flaw in this design. Sometimes the entire product can fly straight out of the tube upon opening :( The same thing happened to Tati and she also wasn't a fan of the formula.
'Coral' + M.A.C Lip Liner 'Chestnut'
e.l.f Matte Lip Color: 'Coral' (left) and 'Tea Rose' (right)
Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes
Easily the most pigmented of the lot and the most 'costly'. These can be found in iMart, Collins, Be Cool and Paradise Beauty Supply for between $15.50 and $22 (only Paradise Beauty Supply has them for this price). YouTube beauty vloggers that I watch regularly love these; Tarababyz has even said they are comparable to the Tom Ford matte lipsticks! I fully intended to try another formula after these but 'Divine Wine' stained my lips so much in such a short time that I had to shut shop for the day.
Touch of Spice'
Look out for part two in this series.
Have you tried any of these formulas? Let me know in the comments.