I was PRESSEDT to get my hands on matte lip colors at the height of the trend, but guess who was NOT about to spend $20 per lip color to build her collection? *points to self* After perusing YouTube for some reviews, I heard about Milani Amore Matte liquid lip colors. Unfortunately, they were YouTube famous and sold out everywhere. Luckily, Milani makes a matte lipstick also. I tried one, fell in love with the formula, and I have been proudly puckering (and adding to my collection) ever since!
In the photo above, I am wearing Matte Iconic with a brown Rimmel Lip Pencil (both linked below).
When I wear a nude lip (and some reds), I line my lips with a brown lip pencil. I usually grab Coffee Bean by Rimmel, but you can experiment with various shades of brown and muted deep pinks to create different looks. Below is how I line my lips. Notice that on the corners I tend to shade in a bit more; this creates a more natural ombré gradiant once the lipstick is applied.
Below, I used Cafe Au Lait by Rimmel and it looks like I have an entirely new lip color, but nope; change ya pencil, change ya LIFE!
(Side note: Rimmel is very famous for “discontinuing” products but they’re actually just rebranded. Cafe Au Lait apparently is the same as Zanzero)
Below Left To Right:
Matte Innocence (with Rimmel Coffee Bean Lip Pencil)| Matte Naked (with Rimmel Coffee Bean Lip Pencil)| Matte Iconic (with Rimmel Coffee Bean Lip Pencil)| Matte Elegance | Matte Flirty | Matte Fearless
I love to create new looks with light layers. I’ve created my perfect red lip by layering Matte Iconic atop Matte Elegance.
I also have a more dimensional nude lip with I add Matte Innocence to the center of Matte Naked.
Please pardon my chin zit. My cycle just won’t let me be great.
I gravitate towards this lipstick because of the formula; it’s more of a semi-matte. It’s creamy upon first application and dries down to a soft velvet finish. My lips never feel powdery and the texture keeps the color bold, yet muted. If you prefer a true, dry, non-transferable lip product, try the version in the tube. The colors are very similar (if not identical).
I’ve linked all of the products within this article but you can also pick up these fantastic products at your local drugstores.
Which colors are your favorites? Share with me below!
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