The lower half of your face is likely to be covered by a mask throughout the majority of your time spent outside. But we’re here to confirm that good matte and hydrating lipsticks are still a classic necessity to have in your beauty arsenal.
Of course, there’s the argument that if you’re going to wear lipstick, it’s more important than ever to find one that stays in and doesn’t transfer onto your mask — or come off easily after dining al fresco. A nice matte and hydrating lipsticks are also a great way to create your work-from-home look and bring some normalcy again into what has been, to put it simply, a strange year. Plus? Lipstick is simply enjoyable to wear, even if you’re simply swiping it on to improve your confidence (or your IG stories).
In an oversaturated market, it can be difficult to know which matte and hydrating lipsticks are best for you. And which products actually live up to their wear-all-day claims, much alone finding shades you like. Note that some brands change their formulas regularly. So what was previously a poor choice might have vastly improved since you last tried it.
We created a list of the top ten matte and hydrating lipsticks on the market to find the finest.:
10 Best Matte and Hydrating Lipsticks
1. Luxe Matte Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics’ extra-rich full-coverage lip color was awarded “gold” in the Beauty Lab’s long-wear lipstick test for accurate color that stayed put. In the Lab’s test of color transfer to cups after a hot drink, it received top grades for not smearing or fading, in addition to excellent customer satisfaction ratings. One tester stated, “I forgot I had this one.” Users loved it so much that three weeks later, they were still reaching for it.
- It does not smudge or fade
- Full coverage
2. Age Perfect Luminous Hydrating Lipstick
This moisturizing treatment serum-infused next-generation lip color from L’Oréal Paris is a GH Beauty Award winner and GH Seal, holder. According to GH Beauty Lab data analysis, its formula with moisturizing ingredients, including jojoba oil and vitamin E, kept lips hydrated for nine hours in clinical testing. And 81 % reported that it didn’t feather.
- Contains moisturizing ingredients
- Maintains the moisture of the lips
- Resists feathering
3. Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick
Mary Kay’s velvet matte product, which is highly pigmented yet non-drying, is a GH Seal winner and Beauty Lab’s all-time favorite. And it has everything you could desire in lipstick. It gives full coverage, goes on easily, adheres to lips without feathering. And it includes jojoba butter to condition. And over 90% of testers said the color in the tube looked exactly as it did on their lips.
- Smooth, full-coverage finish
- No feathering
- Shades are true to color
- Soft on lips
4. Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
This lipstick from Fenty Beauty won the GH Beauty Lab’s long-wear lipstick test. Lab tests showed that the colors remained vibrant after five hours. “”Long-lasting color that stays on my lips even after eating!” said one tester.
- Color lasts for more than five hours on the lips
- Vibrant color
5. Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Matte Lipstick
Kiss up to one of YSL Beauty’s 17 jojobas oil-infused shades, a winner of the GH Beauty Lab’s long-wear lipstick test, for a shine-free finish that won’t dry lips. The lipstick received the highest rating for not drying out the lips and providing even vibrant color, especially in the Beauty Lab’s hot-drink transfer test. The beautiful and flawless color received many compliments from testers.
- Vibrant color
- Resists transferring
- Nondrying on lips
6. MoistureSmooth Color Stick
Neutrogena’s tinted lip balm in stick shape, a GH Seal winner, easily gives lips a natural, plush appearance at drugstore prices. The plant butter crayon’s warm, moisturizing texture and slight shine help reduce lip wrinkles’ appearance.
- Reasonably priced
- Silky, softening formula
- Light but noticeable color
- Simple twist-up stick
7. Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick
This slim Laura Mercier matte-finish crayon, available in 24 shades, topped the competition in the GH Beauty Lab’s long-wear lipstick test. In the Lab’s test of color transfer on cups after drinking a hot beverage, the lip color performed best. And it did not smear or transfer throughout the day, according to testers. Many testers praised the twist-up pen for making precise lipstick application so easy. The “smooth” formula also offered an amazing color payoff.
- Does not smear or transfer during the day
- Simple to use, precise applicator
- Rich color
8. Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick
This GH Beauty Award-winning Marc Jacobs product is the first of its kind and solves every lip gloss problem. It works like a lip balm and feels hydrating without leaving a gloppy mess or a sticky feel. A tester raved about the twist-up stick.
- Glides on and softens like lip balm thanks to its solid twist-up stick formula
9. Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick
NYX’s liquid lipstick, a winner of the GH Beauty Lab’s liquid lipstick test, provides almost flawless application and minimal color transfer at a reasonable price. It lasted well in the Lab’s hot-drink test and scored highest for applying accurately and evenly without feathering. According to one tester, the sponge-tipped wand provided complete coverage in one pass.
- Applies easily
- Resists feathering
- Stays in place
- Great value
10. Color Sensational Lipstick
Maybelline New York’s creamy lipstick, a winner of the GH Beauty Award and a GH Seal star, offers long-lasting color and smooth wear at a low price. It is available in 70 vibrant shades, ranging from nudes to pinks, berries, reds, and more. According to GH Beauty Lab data analysis, in a study of over 100 women. 86 percent said the lipstick’s color looked fresh, 80 percent said it looked rich. And 89 percent said their lips looked smooth while wearing it.
- Reasonably priced
- Great color selection
- Vibrant, rich color
- Smooth texture
- What is the best way to select great matte and hydrating lipsticks?
According to Sewell, the top options have a few features. Look for a flexible and forgiving formula because nothing is worse than your lipstick breaking and cracking during the day or when you smile. When You drink something, you want a lipstick that doesn’t make your lips sticky. Because we frequently blot on just a little liquid lipstick, it’s also crucial to have a super-blendable consistency.
- Is it possible to keep your lips looking healthy even when using matte lipstick?
Instead of focusing just on lip hydration while applying color, Sewell suggests incorporating lip care into your regular skincare routine. Most individuals don’t think about their lips until it’s time to put lipstick on. And it’s a disappointment to find your lips are dry and cracked just after applying it.