Not too long ago, we had sworn our loyalty to Team Sheen, convinced that shine-free lip products were not for us. We always felt that mattes were unforgiving, but we may have found the product to make us reconsider our alliance.

All the matte lip products we’ve tried have either been too dehydrating or too chalky, but Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid* is just right!

Matte lips just make sense. Only second to their cousins the lip stain, flat pigments are long-wearing, which means you can go from the desk to the dance floor without re-applying.VIVID MATTE003

Unlike our beloved lip glosses, the Vivid Mattes do not share the same shimmery bells or lustrous whistles; the colours speak for themselves. Despite the name, these creamy gems glide on and dry for a vibrant, semi (not true) matte finish, which we don’t mind.


Unlike the mattes that have previously bitten the dust, these lipsticks are also light and comfortable on the lips.The blunt-flatdoe-foot wand also makes applying the product to the contours of your lips a breeze.

Definitely not for the faint-hearted, the Vivid Mattes are available in 10 shades, including statement pigments like Rebel Red a classic ruby, and an almost fluorescent Ecstasy Fuchsia. As much as we love a bold lip from time, a soft, more subtle pout is what we reach for on the daily.  Nude Thrill and Nude Flush would be our pick of the bunch, and would be the shades we would recommend for matte lip virgins and addicts alike.

vivid matt cllageL to R: 1st row; Nude Thrill, Nude Flush / 2nd row; Electric Pink, Pink Charge, Fuchsia Ecstasy / 3rd row; Orange Shot, Rebel Red, Berry Boost

Hint: Notoriously dehydrating, matte lip products do need some preparation. You want to make sure you exfoliate your lips well prior to prevent flaking and slather on some lip balm to keep your newly soft lips hydrated the night before wearing matte lips. Immediately before applying a matte lippie, blot away any moisture and avoid wearing lip balms underneath as it will make the lipstick slip off.


What are your matte lip hacks and tips?

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 ♥  M + K


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