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Matte Lipsticks - $20 and Under

Continuing from Wednesday's post...

Absolute New York Matte Stick

I first spotted these in Paradise Beauty Supply for $8. Later iMart started carrying them, albeit for a bit more; and now I've even seen some local Instagram retailers with them. 'Blue Purple' has a smooth formula but it takes a few passes to build it up to the colour you see in the tube. Still, an ok product for the price and the packaging is nice.

'Blue Purple'

City Color Be Matte 

Another 'beauty supply store' - as the North Americans would say - brand that is showing up more in Barbados. I've seen these in Exotica Makeup and Extensions, Attitude Boutique, Moda Per Sempre and we even carried them for a while. The usual price is $15. I was impressed with the opacity of 'Mauve'.

'Mauve'

Jordana Modern Matte

Jordana revamped their matte lipsticks and I am especially pleased to tell you that they have a much better scent! I saw these in Dee Hood for $10. They're also available at Wigs Plus and JTs Beauty Supply. Many thanks to Shakila who let us know when she saw them. From the arm swatches below you can see that the nude shades are sheer at one pass but the colour can be built up. They also improved the packaging.

'Matte Whisper'
'Matte Gorgeous'

NYX Matte

These were probably on the market longer than any of the others mentioned and as such can be found at a variety of places. Even retailers on Swan Street have them. The two I purchased from Paradise Beauty Supply were $12 each. I finally got the infamous 'Alabama'; all I can say is: I get it. This formula is the most opaque of those mentioned in this post.


'Tea Rose'
'Alabama'

Have you tried any of these formulas? What other inexpensive matte lipsticks have you tried.

And yes, there's a part three coming up.

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