10 Drugstore Matte Lipsticks That We’re Loving

Anya Mer

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Most matte lipsticks can be tricky to work with. They tend to be drying and rough, leaving you with flakey, patchy lips. So not cute. But — while glossy lips are great and everything — there’s just something about a bold, matte lip that makes such a statement.  But is it really worth all that dryness and peeling — and the price? The short answer is yes. We’ve handpicked our favorite hydrating (and totally affordable!) best drugstore matte lipsticks so you can rock that matte look sans flake. Revlon (2)

We love rocking flirty, full lashes with a bright lip for a simple, eye-catching look. It’s easy, quick and totally chic when paired with the right lip color. This bright matte pink shade is ultra pigmented and looks stunning on any skin tone (score!). Just don’t forget to prep your lips with lip balm before applying to avoid any unnecessary dryness. (Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick in “Stormy Pink,” Amazon)

Wet n Wild

If you’re anything like us and feel like you need a million different shades of lipstick, these Wet n Wild lipsticks are totally up your alley. Retailing for under $3, these super pigmented, matte lipsticks are a steal! We love this flattering nude paired with a sultry smokey eye for a night out. (Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in “Bare It All,” Amazon )


Though not technically a “lipstick,”  NXY’s Matte Lip Creams are the newest generation of lip products. Combining the pigment of a lipstick and the hydration of a gloss, these moisturizing lip creams are available in 22 (yep, 22!) different shades. The doe foot applicator makes applying this gorgeous fuchsia color easy for bold, full lips. (NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Addis Ababa,” Amazon )

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What’s worse than not getting your morning cup of coffee? Drinking that cup of coffee realizing your lipstick is smeared everywhere. Luckily with Milani’s Moisture Matte Lipsticks, you don’t have to worry about that. This budge-proof formula is available in eight stunning shades (we’re obsessed with this orange-y red!) and is infused with grapeseed extract for a moisturizing matte lipstick that’ll last all day. (Milani  Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in “Passion,” $5.99, milanicosmetics.com)

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These e.l.f Matte Lip Colors are perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. Packaged as super convenient twist-up pencils, these opaque lip colors can be used as both liners and lipsticks. Rock this edgy burgundy red shade with a brown shimmery eye and smoked-out liner for the ultimate summer to fall look. (e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color in “Wine,” Amazon )

Sonia Kashuk

Though less pigmented than the latter, these Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayons are intensely conditioning and ensure glide-on perfection with every use. The tip is slightly thicker, making it tricky to use as a liner but perfect for filling in lips or even layering over another lip color for added sheen. This coral shade screams summer and would look stunning against sun-kissed skin! (Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in “Coraly Nude,” Amazon )


An extension of their wildly popular Color Sensation line, Maybelline’s Creamy Matte Lip Colors have both intense color payoff and unbeatable hydration. Formulated with Beeswax and Sesame Seed Oil, these moisturizing lipsticks will keep your pout kissable throughout the dry summer months! Pair this soft pink shade with shimmery champagne eye makeup for a girly, romantic look. (Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color in “Lust for Blush,” Amazon )

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A new addition to L’Oreal’s Colour Riche collection, Le Matte Lipcolour Sticks come in a sleek pen-like package for on-the-go applications. Infused with Rosa Canina Flower Extract and Safflower Seed Oil, these lip colors offer both superior hydration and pigment. Throw this baby pink shade into your purse ASAP for the perfect, wearable daytime pink. (L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Matte Lipcolour Stick in “Game Set Matte,” $5.99, ulta.com)

LA Girl

The ultimate “my-lips-but-better” shade, L.A. Girl’s Luxury Lip Cream in Forbidden Love can be paired with just about any look. Infused with shea butter, aloe and vitamin E, this matte lip color will leave your lips hydrated and soft while giving you awesome pigment payoff. And don’t worry if natural hues aren’t your thing – this lip color is available in another 23 shades from barely-there nudes to bold wine reds (and even a black for the daring among us)! (L.A. Girl Luxury Creme Lip Color in “Forbidden Love,” Amazon)


A hybrid between a lipstick and a matte gloss, these long-wearing lip lacquers are quickly becoming a staple in our makeup bags! Try pairing this wearable plumy-pink shade with some voluminous mascara (or some wispy falsies) and some tinted moisturizer for a simple summer look. (Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in “Meteoric Matte,” Amazon )