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Top 10 Best Matte Lipsticks in the UK 2021

Matte lipsticks create a gorgeous, shine-free effect which adds colour without stickiness or excess gloss. And applied right, they really don't dry out the lips! There are all kinds of wonderful matte lipsticks to choose between, from designer beauty brands such as Charlotte Tillbury, Estée Lauder and Bobbi Brown, to more affordable options including drugstore favourites Rimmel and Maybelline. 


To help you select the perfect lipstick, we've rounded up the Top 10 available from Amazon, eBay, John Lewis and Boots, ranking them according to quality, colour range, lasting time and overall value. We've even compiled a buying guide so you can work out what it is you need from a lipstick and purchase the most suitable option for you, based on your preferences and budget. Lip-smacking content ahead!

  • Last updated: 12-01-2021
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How to Choose a Matte Lipstick in the UK - Buying Guide

In order to pick yourself the best matte lipstick, it's a good idea to work out which qualities you look for in a lipstick in general and what you value in terms of texture, lasting time and colour range. Read on for our simple choosing tips. 

Choose the Shape of the Lipstick 'Bullet' Based On Your Preferred Application Style

Depending on how you prefer to apply lipstick, you may favour a differently-shaped 'bullet' (that is, the cylindrical body of pigment that lives inside the case). Take a look at the different types we've discovered to see which suits you best. 

Slanted Lipsticks Allow Precision and Comfort; Great for Beginners

Slanted Lipsticks Allow Precision and Comfort; Great for Beginners

Many lipsticks are shaped with a flat slice taken out of one side so you can easily place the bullet against your lips, dragging the colour across them neatly and quickly. 


The benefits of this familiarly shaped lipstick are that it's comfortable and easy to apply, and therefore perfect for those new to matte lipsticks or without much makeup experience.  

Pointed Lipsticks Let You Add Colour to Both Lips In One Go

Pointed Lipsticks Let You Add Colour to Both Lips In One Go

The best thing about a lipstick which tapers to a fine point is that you can simply place it between the lips and run it back and forth to apply the colour to top and bottom in one fail-safe motion


This is great for anyone with fuller lips that require less careful definition, especially as matte lipsticks can be prone to spreading. They're also a solid choice for lipstick lovers who are always in a rush!

Square Lipsticks Work Best With Brushes and Have Sharp Corners For Easy Shaping

Square Lipsticks Work Best With Brushes and Have Sharp Corners For Easy Shaping

Pick a square-shaped lipstick if you enjoy using a lip brush to build up colour layer by layer for a striking look – one of the things matte lipstick really excels at!


The sharp angles of a square lipstick bullet are also a pertinent choice if you want to create a dramatic cupid's bow, which perfectly suits the boldness achievable by a red matte lipstick. 

Look Out for Cruelty-Free and Paraben-Free Lipsticks

Look Out for Cruelty-Free and Paraben-Free Lipsticks

Many modern cosmetics brands now provide high quality products where no animals are harmed in the development and testing, so keep an eye out for cruelty-free matte lipsticks with the leaping bunny sign if animal welfare is important to you.


It may also be worth looking for products free from parabens, as some people believe overuse of products containing these preservatives can be harmful, and that parabens can be linked to cancer. There is in fact no notable body of evidence to prove this, but if you prefer to be on the safe side, or have easily irritated skin, a paraben-free product could be a wise option.

Consider the Colours of Lipsticks Available and Which Shades Will Suit Your Skin Tone

Consider the Colours of Lipsticks Available and Which Shades Will Suit Your Skin Tone

When buying a lipstick, choosing one with just a couple of shades will be sufficient if you know what suits you. A lipstick with between 5 and 10 options is a good shout if you are confident with colour and like to experiment. Products with 10 shades and upwards (even as many as 32!) are brilliant if you're a real make-up expert and like to own the whole range of your favourite lippy. 


It's also good to consider your skin tone when picking lipstick shades. Deep reds and pinks suit black and olive skin, whereas orange-toned reds look great on peach, golden and pink skin tones. Blues and purples are still a pretty considerable trend, but don't work for everybody, so experiment a little at your local make-up counter. 

Top 10 Best Matte Lipsticks in the UK

Now's the time to get serious and show you our picks for the best matte lipsticks we could find across eCommerce sites. We're sure there'll be one or two options on the list that will help you put your best pout forward for the festive season and into the New Year and beyond. 

10
Volume3.5g
Bullet ShapeSlanted
Cruelty / Paraben-FreeNeither
Number of Shades5 (Reds, purples & pinks)
9
Volume4.5g
Bullet ShapeSlanted
Cruelty / Paraben-FreeParaben-free
Number of Shades18 (Reds, purples & pinks)
8
Volume3.9g
Bullet ShapeSlanted
Cruelty / Paraben-FreeNeither
Number of Shades14 (Purples, pinks & 1 red)
7
Volume3.4g
Bullet ShapeSlanted
Cruelty / Paraben-FreeParaben-free
Number of Shades15 (Reds, purples & pinks)
6
Volume3.4g
Bullet ShapeSlanted
Cruelty / Paraben-FreeNeither
Number of Shades9 (Purples & pinks)
5

Yves Saint LaurentRouge Pur Couture The Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick

£30.00

Volume3.8ml
Bullet ShapeSquare
Cruelty / Paraben-FreeNeither
Number of Shades19 (Reds, purples & pinks)
4

NYX Professional MakeupSuede Matte Lipsticks

£6.39

Volume21g
Bullet ShapeSlanted
Cruelty / Paraben-FreeCruelty-free
Number of Shades24
3
Volume3g
Bullet ShapePointed
Cruelty / Paraben-Free-
Number of Shades32
2
Volume3.5g
Bullet ShapeSlanted
Cruelty / Paraben-FreeBoth
Number of Shades6 (Reds & pinks)
1
Volume24.1g
Bullet ShapeSlanted
Cruelty / Paraben-FreeBoth
Number of Shades23 (Purples. pinks & blues)

Compare the Best Matte Lipsticks

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1
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, Comfort Matte 1

Urban Decay

2
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick 1

Charlotte Tilbury

3
Mac Matte Lipstick 1

Mac

4
NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lipsticks 1

NYX Professional Makeup

5
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick 1

Yves Saint Laurent

6
Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick 1

Rimmel

7
Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Drama Matte Lipstick 1

Lancôme

8
Clinique  Pop Lip, Matte 1

Clinique

9
Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour 1

Bobbi Brown

10
Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Matte Lipstick 1

Estée Lauder

Name

Vice Lipstick, Comfort Matte

Matte Revolution Lipstick

Matte Lipstick

Suede Matte Lipsticks

Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick

The Only 1 Matte Lipstick

L'Absolu Rouge Drama Matte Lipstick

Pop Lip, Matte

Luxe Lip Colour

Pure Colour Envy Matte Lipstick

Features

Insane Colour That Lasts All Day

Deeply Moisturising For Younger-Looking Lips

The Original Full-Proof Matte Lippie

Powdery Matte Colour for a Velvety Soft Finish

Luxurious Day-Long Colour and Comfort

Stunning Lips at a Bargain Price

High Pigment, High Drama

Hug Lips With Subtle Colour

Plumping Pigment for a Perfect Pout

Classic 'Pout-Provoking' Colour

Price£13.99£25.00£17.50£6.39£30.00£2.94£27.00£17.00£14.95£15.99
Volume24.1g 3.5g3g21g 3.8ml3.4g 3.4g 3.9g4.5g3.5g
Bullet ShapeSlantedSlantedPointedSlantedSquareSlantedSlantedSlantedSlantedSlanted
Cruelty / Paraben-FreeBothBoth-Cruelty-freeNeither Neither Paraben-freeNeither Paraben-freeNeither
Number of Shades23 (Purples. pinks & blues)6 (Reds & pinks)322419 (Reds, purples & pinks)9 (Purples & pinks)15 (Reds, purples & pinks)14 (Purples, pinks & 1 red)18 (Reds, purples & pinks)5 (Reds, purples & pinks)
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Tips for Preventing Dryness When Using a Matte Lipstick

Tips for Preventing Dryness When Using a Matte Lipstick

Worried about a matte lipstick drying out your lips? It can be an issue for some wearers, especially if the British weather is doing its worst and you're already suffering from dryness and chapping. But with the right products and application, you can rock the matte look without compromising on nourished lips


As well as looking for matte lipsticks with added moisturisers (like plenty of the options on our list!), beauty experts suggest applying a lip balm or moisturiser before you apply your lippy in the morning or evening, and again before you go to bed. 


Using a lip scrub a few times a week will also help to keep flaking at bay, and ensure lips are smooth, hydrated, and prepped for pigment. 

Looking For More Pout-Perfecting Products?

Looking For More Pout-Perfecting Products?

We love a good beauty buy here at mybest, and if you're here we're guessing you do too! Check out our other pout-perfecting articles for helpful tips and the best products you can get your hands (or lips) on. 

Summary

Well, there you go guys! A carefully curated countdown of the best matte lipsticks in the UK. Whether you favour glamorous luxury brands like YSL and Charlotte Tilbury or want something more affordable from Rimmel or NYX, we're sure something in our list has caught your eye. Mwah!

Author: Annie Hopkins

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