Out with the old, in with the new.
September is always a big month for beauty launches, and recently we’ve noticed a new kind of matte lipstick hitting the market.
Remember when liquid lipsticks were everywhere? While they were unmatched in staying power, they felt heavy and could appear ‘caked’ on the lips.
Finally, we’re seeing an evolution from that in the form of the classic bullet.
Taking the prolonged wear time and ‘dried down’ feel on this lips, these new products don’t come with any of the heaviness of a liquid lipstick – they actually feel feather-light and barely there.
Some are even completely transfer-proof, showing just how far the humble bullet has come.
These are the lipsticks we think you should have on your radar for a new kind of matte lip.
Where were these when we all wore masks, eh?
Nars Powermatte Lipstick
Case in point, the Powermatte range has – up until now – always been a liquid lipstick.
This new bullet version sets down on lips, offering bold colour in a thin veil.
There is some transfer, but this fades down nicely over several hours.
This new line of lippies hits stores on September 15. We’ve been testing them and rate the new formulation highly.
Dior Rouge Dior Forever
Being completely transfer-proof, this lipstick is impressive.
Let it set down and watch as you dab away at it with a tissue; nothing comes off.
You don’t even need to apply much to get full pigment.
Influencers are loving it too, with plenty showing the magic on TikTok.
Revlon Matte Lite Crayon
For a budget option, this Revlon crayon is your best bet.
It glides on but quickly ‘stiffens’ and sets down on lips, to the point where you can hardly feel you’re wearing any lipstick. It begins to mimic skin texture.
The formula also stays put, and when we tested it, it gave off no transfer on a tissue.
The only drawback was the lighter shades settled into lip lines slightly, exaggerating them a little.
But the mid-deeper shades? No problem. We’ll be picking up a few.
A transfer-proof gloss? Sign us up
As well as smarter lipstick formulations, we recently tested a lip gloss with similar results.
This dual ended gloss from NYX has a colour side and a clear side.
Let the colour dry down then layer over with the clear and you get high shine lips – without any of the colour transfer.
Sip from a cup and around the rim you’ll only see… clear gloss.
It makes wearing coloured gloss far less messy – and far longer lasting.
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