In gearing up to write this post, I realised I should count all the lipsticks currently in my stash but the thought of that is somehow mildly stressful. So I opted to go with the easier task of ranking my 5 most matte red lipsticks and here are the contenders although the real results are down below:
- Sunnies Face Fluffmatte in the shade Major.
- Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in So Marilyn.
- Lisa Eldridge lipstick in Velvet Jazz.
- Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson.
- Mac Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo.
I deliberately left out any lipsticks from Chanel as those deserve a separate post.
Sunnies Face Fluffmatte was a ‘new to me in 2019’ find. The cool factor surrounding this Filipino brand is tremendous, it’s an Instagram darling and more and more people are becoming hip to it.
The Sunnies Face is an extremely matte lipstick that manages to retain a hydrated feel on the lips. Since first writing about it [here], it’s since gone to the back of my collection. Based on what I’ve seen on Instagram and online in general, a lot of people are falling for this brand in general but personally, I don’t quite enjoy how the lipstick wears over the course of the day, on my lips. But on the flip side, if you’re going out for the evening and you want a red lipstick with outstanding staying power, then that’s where this shines and another plus is that it’s inexpensive.
Charlotte Tilbury’s red lipstick in So Marilyn is far more comfortable and has a more even wear down. Smooth and easy to glide on, this is a beautiful, blue-based lipstick for day or night time and suits so many complexions. While this lipstick isn’t categorized as matte, I feel that as it dries down it ‘locks into place’ but still retains luminosity. So it makes the matte list because it behaves somewhat similarly to a matte lipstick although technically, it isn’t.
Lisa Eldridge Lipstick in Velvet Jazz is truly a new-generation matte and likely one of the most innovative lipstick formulas I’ve ever used. With an easy to apply formula that goes on smoothly and exceptional wear time, this is what a proper lipstick should feel like. Unlike this last Lisa Eldridge lipstick launch for Holiday 2019 where I totally missed out on the goodies, Velvet Jazz was easier to get my hands on and I am so happy I did. It’s one of the best lipsticks in my entire collection and my original review [is here].
Velvet Jazz doesn’t settle into the lines on my lips of which there are a few, it goes on opaque in one swipe, so two swipes are plenty. Housed in a beautiful case, it is stunning no matter the time of day it’s worn not to mention the overall look of sophistication it gives even on a bare or mostly bare face.
Pat McGrath Matte Trance Lipstick in Elson is also high on the impressive list with its long-wearing matte formula. This is another blue-based beauty that I love, love, love and have gotten a lot of wear from. The application is flawless, smooth, even and it’s another well-formulated lipstick that can satisfy so many complexions. Expect a very respectable wear time, no feathering or bleeding plus it’s in one of the most [unique looking] tubes around.
But, and I regret there’s a but, I have to take some shine away from this lipstick’s twist-up mechanism. Maybe it’s my fault but I’m no longer able to twist the bullet up without removing the outer casing and having to use the inner casing to twist the lipstick up. It leaves me with messy fingers so now I have to use a brush to apply which is not the biggest deal but I certainly expected more from lipstick in this price range.
If it isn’t already in a museum somewhere, Mac’s Ruby Woo deserves to be in one. I recently had fun writing about Ruby Woo [here] especially since I was able to delve a bit into how Ruby Woo has shaped the red lipstick landscape. If a lipstick can wield true ‘power’, Ruby Woo would definitely hold the sceptre.
I have to sigh though as I type this because Ruby Woo means so, so much to so many people because of how it makes them feel, because they know it won’t wear away and leave bare lips in its wake and because it’s still very affordable.
I like how Ruby Woo looks on me when it’s first applied in addition to how vibrant the shade is. But the downside for me is that I feel it begins to take on a slightly orange tinge, not to mention the dryness. I can never categorise this as a comfortable lipstick except maybe with gloss or balm on top.
Like the Sunnies Face Fluffmatte, I’d relegate Ruby Woo to nighttime wear if you need something longwearing. While It can indeed be worn in the daytime, I think it requires more work than I’d like.
Thus, here are the results:
No. 5- Mac Ruby Woo
No. 4-Sunnies Face Fluffmatte in Major
No.3-Charlotte Tilbury in So Marilyn
No. 2- Pat McGrath Matte Trance in Elson
No. 1- Lisa Eldridge in Velvet Jazz
So that’s me ranking my five most matte red lipsticks. I’ll attempt a Chanel version in the future which should be…interesting…
Last thing, if you’re curious about the priming moisturizer wave that’s currently happening, check out my review of Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer [right here] and I hope this helps.