We Tested the Best of the Best Matte Lipsticks — Here Are Our Top 10 Fave Finds

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Gloss is so last season. (Just kidding, we love gloss, too!) There is room in your makeup kit for both, so if matte is your preference, listen up. We've tested the best of the best and discovered the traditional bullet lipsticks, liquid formulas, and handy crayons you need in your life. Get ready to kiss, eat, and mouth off without sacrificing your lip color!

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MAC Matte Lipstick

Best Overall

MAC lipsticks have long ruled the world of matte formulas. Maybe you've heard of a little color called Ruby Woo? These shades have been best-sellers for years, and they remain timeless as makeup trends come and go. It doesn't get any better than this classic.

More: Lipsticks and Glosses in Every Color

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Maybelline New York Color Sensational Matte Lipstick

Best Budget Buy

Maybelline makes the best drugstore matte lipstick. We live for every shade of the Color Sensational Matte Lipstick because of its luxurious creamy texture and perfectly matte finish. It wears for hours on end and doesn't budge one bit!

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Tom Ford Matte Lip Color

Best Splurge

Pick a color, any color — you can't go wrong with a lipstick by Tom Ford. It's a little pricey, but this matte formula gives you a luxurious pout. The coverage is rich and creamy, and it goes on with a velvet finish.

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lip Color

Stila Stay All Day liquid lipsticks go on creamy with a lip gloss applicator, but they dry with a matte finish that doesn't move. The vitamin E-enriched formula is highly pigmented, but it feels weightless on the lips. It's hard to pick from the 14 available options, but our faves are Patina and Beso.

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NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil

If you've never tried a NARS lip pencil, you're seriously missing out. They're a cult favorite for a reason! Not only is this chubby pencil matte and moisturizing, but it stays put for hours. You'll only find yourself re-applying once or twice a day — we consider that a feat!

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Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick

You wouldn't think applying a gel lippie would result in an opaque finish, but the beauty market is a mysterious place where anything can happen. Buxom's lightweight lipstick packs a ton of pigmentation. Described as "vividly graphic," choose from 15 nude to bold hues for a modern bombshell style.

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Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte Lipstick

This liquified matte lipstick will give your staple gloss a run for its money. This innovative formula applies like a gloss, but dries as an opaque matte lipstick — and better still, it actually plumps and fills lips. If you can't get your hands on Kylie's sought-out kits, this is an awesome dupe.

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Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick

We love Smashbox for its paraben-free formula and cruelty-free mission. Their lipsticks are super hydrating, which is surprising for a matte! Swipe on their iconic True Red Matte shade and consider yourself ready for the big screen.

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Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon

The lip crayons from Bite Beauty are beloved for their rich colors and precision pencil design. Never sharpen again with the twist-up top! Even better, the matte formula is made from food-grade ingredients and resveratrol (as in, red wine and anti-aging), but leaves out harmful chemicals like parabens and sulfates. They're available in 12 shades to choose from, or buy them all. We won't judge.

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Il Makiage Infinity Matte Lip Cream

Il Makiage, a hot new brand for "maximalists," boasts some seriously impressive products in their debut lineup. We love the Infinity Matte Lip Cream because it offers a cushiony formula with a matte finish that doesn’t smudge, fade, or crack.

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