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Matte Lipsticks - $20 and Under

We've all seen how matte liquid lipsticks have literally taken over the market. Everyone and their grandmur is coming/has come out with one; even Revlon - who first brought theirs to market 15 years ago - has jumped in and released new shades. But as you can see from my comparison posts, they're not for everyone. What's worse, you can spend a pretty penny before you really find the formula you like the most.

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 

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.


'Terra Cotta' 
currently available in The Marketplace
'Taupe'


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'
'Tea Rose'

 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'
'Divine Wine'

Check out part two in this series here.

Have you tried any of these formulas? Let me know in the comments.

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