The Best Matte Lipsticks to Wear Every Day

Long-lasting, transfer-free options you'll live in.

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I've worn lipstick every day since I turned 15-years-old—that's not an exaggeration. So it's safe to say that I'm well-acquainted with all the best lipsticks. I have tried the gamut—red lipsticks, peach lipsticks, the best lipsticks for medium skin tones—but the best matte lipsticks will always be my favorites.

"Matte lipsticks really became popular when Kylie Jenner came out with her lip kits, and we all had a million of those different colors," says professional makeup artist Allison Kaye. But their long wear and high pigment have stood the test of time, making them a staple in every makeup artist's kit.

Below, I've rounded up the best matte lipsticks, each of which has been rigorously tested by Kaye or a Marie Claire editor.

Best Matte Lipsticks

Gabrielle Ulubay wearing

Once I tried this luxurious, sweet-smelling lipstick from YSL, I became a lifelong fan.

(Image credit: Gabrielle Ulubay wearing red matte lipstick)

Gabrielle Ulubay wearing mauve matte lipstick

I wore this to New York Fashion Week, courtesy of professional makeup artist Amrita Mehta, who used Maybelline on my lips.

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Gabrielle Ulubay wearing pink matte lipstick

Too Faced's PSL-themed matte lipstick is an ode to fall, but I love wearing it all year round.

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Gabrielle Ulubay wearing pink matte lipstick

I found this budget lipstick on a whim, and it quickly became one of my makeup bag staples.

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Also Recommended

Gabrielle Ulubay wearing deep red matte lipstick

This ultra-matte option from Anastasia Beverly Hills never fails to create a sultry look.

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Gabrielle Ulubay wearing bright red matte lipstick

NARS' Powermatte Lip Pigment always delivers a burst of highly pigmented color.

(Image credit: Gabrielle Ulubay)

Gabrielle Ulubay wearing purple matte lipstick

Milani's matte lipsticks have held a special place in my heart since college, and with good reason: They stay on for hours without budging.

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Gabrielle Ulubay wearing pink matte lipstick

I never give into hype without trying something first, and Kylie's matte lip kits, in my opinion, deserve the praise.

(Image credit: Gabrielle Ulubay)

What to Look for

  • Staying Power

Most people opt for matte lipsticks because they believe they have better staying power than their glossy and satin counterparts. "The staying power, in my opinion, is the most important part of it," Kaye shares. She suggests swatching your matte lipstick options on the inside of your wrist. Rub at the swatch with your finger after the formula dries to see if it budges, feathers, or comes off easily.

  • Hydration

Matte lipsticks often feel more drying than satin, cream, and glossy formulas. However, some matte lipstick formulas are more drying than others. If you already struggle with chapped lips and want to play it a little safer when it comes to your lipstick, look for a product infused with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

Meet the Expert

Allison Kaye
Allison Kaye

Allison Kaye is a professional makeup artist specializing in celebrity and influencer services, best known for styling NFL and MLB players' wives and girlfriends. She also offers classes on makeup application. She is currently based in Florida.

Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, politics, culture, and fashion at Marie Claire and at publications including The New York Times, HuffPost Personal, Bustle, Alma, Muskrat Magazine, O'Bheal, and elsewhere. Her personal essay in The New York Times' Modern Love column kickstarted her professional writing career in 2018, and that piece has since been printed in the 2019 revised edition of the Modern Love book. Having studied history, international relations, and film, she has made films on politics and gender equity in addition to writing about cinema for Film Ireland, University College Cork, and on her personal blog, Before working with Marie Claire, Gabrielle worked in local government, higher education, and sales, and has resided in four countries and counting. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, and spent two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy.

Deeply political, she believes that skincare, haircare, and sexual wellness are central tenets to one's overall health and fights for them to be taken seriously, especially for people of color. She also loves studying makeup as a means of artistic expression, drawing on her experience as an artist in her analysis of beauty trends. She's based in New York City, where she can be found watching movies or running her art business when she isn't writing. Find her on Twitter at @GabrielleUlubay or on Instagram at @gabrielle.ulubay, or follow her art at