Drugstore Matte Liquid Lipsticks Reviews

Y'all know I'm on a mission to get you to try lipstick this year, right? If you're still not into it, I thought I'd offer a way to dip your toe into lipstick, by trying a liquid version.

Liquid lipsticks have been reviewed here before (see here) but most of them were high-end. Today, after much testing, I've got affordable offerings that are advertised as "matte." Matte lips are such a huge trend, especially this winter. So let's see how well these tested:

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss

  • $9.99
  • 10 shades
  • Great colors, easy application, and it doesn't get that matte, making it very wearable
  • Didn't care for the chemical/rose scent but it faded
  • Really liked these
NYX Lip Lingerie
  • $7. I ordered these from NYXCosmetics.com, but they should be at ULTA soon.
  • 12 shades
  • Love the applicator and these dry FULLY matte.
  • Excellent formula and lasted quite a while
  • My fave of all I tested, and on par with high-end formulas
Revlon Ultra HD Matte LipColor
  • $8.99
  • 8 shades
  • Originally reviewed here, I thought these were creamy but not long-lasting. They never dried fully matte.
  • The cherry smell could deter some, but it doesn't bother me.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creams 
  • $8.99. CVS, Walgreens, but I've never seen them in stores, minus an empty display once. Try MilaniCosmetics.com. This is a pr sample. Thanks Erica for spotting them at Walmart!
  • 10 shades
  • These dry very matte and lasted the longest of all tested. They smell amazing (buttercream frosting to me) and are very pigmented.
  • These are so, so difficult to apply with the applicator. I always end up using a brush to apply or using my finger to turn them into lipstains.
  • Originally reviewed here.

Makeup Revolution 
  • $5, ULTA
  • 6 shades
  • This new-to-the-US brand is now being sold at ULTA.
  • Patchy color, product flakes off, didn't like the scent

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid
  • $7.99
  • 10 shades
  • Very creamy and the applicator makes applying easy. It never dried down to a matte or demi-matte.

From top: Loreal
Makeup Revolution
-Here we have swatches of the colors as first applied.
-In the middle we have one they have dried down--not sure why the Milani shade is showing up so dark! It isn't.
-And then I have the colors with one pass of a makeup wipe to recreate which were the longest-lasting. Milani and NYX didn't budge with L'Oreal in third.

Overall: While most of these didn't dry down to a full matte lip, these creamier versions will appeal more to the masses. They remind me a lot of NYX Lip Creams. I think if you are into trying something new, they're worth a purchase. Just keep the receipt for returns.

Edited to add: I also like the Jordana and Hard Candy versions. If you would like me to add pics and swatches, please let me know.

Would you try liquid lipsticks?

Extra Elle:
  • Over the weekend, I binge-watched Narcos and then ventured out the see the Oscar-nominated foreign film Mustang. Both were good. Did you know I met an Oscar winner once?


  1. I'm totally intrigued by NYX's name Lingerie, sounds perfect for lips in the winter. Bonus points for it lasting a while, always a gripe of mine with liquid glosses and lipsticks <3
    Green Fashionista

  2. That Maybelline one looks the most matte in the pictures. That NYX one is such a pretty color though! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. I want to try all the liquid lipsticks too. I have a list that's quite long! I'm waiting for Ulta to get the NYX colors. I like the Revlon ones, but the scent is very strong. The L'Oreal and Maybelline ones are up next!

  4. i love the milani color on you! super fun. love a good liquid lipstick i just never know what to pick. super helpful girl!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  5. I wish we have ULTA here. There's so many brands it carries that we don't get, like that Makeup Revolution....sigh....
    As usual, thanks for this review, Elle:)

  6. I really like Covergirl liquid lipsticks.


  7. I always love NYX products so I'm excited that's your favorite :)

  8. super pretty shades. Loved the revlon ultra HD shade :)


  9. I have always been terrified of lipstick since my junior prom when I looked like a clown. Now that I am getting older, I think I may need to remedy that!

  10. You can return makeup? Please tell me more :)

  11. So many good options! And Narcos! I've been wanting to watch that. Good? And who's this Oscar winner!?

  12. I love the color of the Milani, but am not into the difficult application. I'll have to check out the NYX creams.

  13. I still haven't tried any liquid lipsticks. I would probably go for some drugstore ones first before high end. That's good to know the Nyx ones are as good! I've been curious about those Maybelline ones. I've heard the scent of them bothers some people. Did you have any issues with it?

  14. I've been digging the Liquid lipsticks lately! In love with that Milani shade! Gorg!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  15. I really want to get my hands on a few of the NYX colors! I need to give the L'Oreal ones a try.
    xo, Lily

  16. Thank you so much for this, Elle! I will pick up NYX and Milani to try!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  17. Thanks! I need to pin this for the next time I am at Walgreens!

  18. I need to pick up the Nyx one! Thanks for the review of these Elle!

  19. I just bought a lip gloss the other day & thought of you :) Its like the first one I've bought in YEARSSSSS - I thought, I wonder if Elle would approve of this one :)

  20. Need to try the NYX Lip Lingeries- and such a fun name, haha.

    Le Stylo Rouge

  21. NYX can do no wrong in my book these days! I can't wait to try their matte lipsticks!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  22. I'm super tempted to try the Nyx one! My struggle is picking a color though! I feel like it's sooo hard to tell in the tube what it will really look like. Plus I have no idea what colors work best for me. I am so curious what Oscar winner you met!!!

  23. I am impressed with the long wear of the Milani! I think it's such a gorgeous deep color too!

  24. I love Milani,. but I think I need to go grab one of those NYX Lip Lingerie ones!!! Love that color you grabbed, what was it?

  25. You're so exhaustive on this, go you!!! I love the Milani color.

  26. Great review.
    I would definitely try liquid lipstick but I am always worried that it would be as sticky as lip gloss. I hate the stickiness. I have finally found a brand that offers variety of colors and it does not feel that anything in 3 foot radius gets stuck to you. So if anyone can improve on that I am game.

  27. The NYX color you tried on is absolutely gorgeous on you! That's great that it was also your favorite! My husband watched Narcos without me, but I'm going to have to make him watch it with me again. I've heard such amazing things about it!

  28. I'm starting to feel like i could be really into these! i want that NYX one!!

  29. Nyx always impresses me with their lip products at a very affordable price. I tend to stray away from matte but you reviewed some good products.

  30. It sounds like the NYX one would be fun to try. Also, I really need to browse an ULTRA store, I haven't done that yet and I feel I am missing out! I had no idea you could return makeup either!


  31. you met an oscar winner?! do tell! that nyx lip lingerie is absolutely gorgeous, love the colour and how matte it is. just in pictures, it's my favourite, so glad to hear it was your favourite too!

  32. Great review! Can't wait to try out the NYX, Maybelline and the Makeup Revolution liquid lipsticks. I have tried the others ones and like them. The Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes are my fav! I love liquid lipsticks! Those NYX ones look gorgeous!!

  33. Thanks for the overview of these! I really want to try the NYX Lip Lingerie.

  34. I saw the Revlon lipstick over the weekend but missed your original review somehow! I really want to try Milani... we do not have a CVS in my town! Ugh! I love Narcos! So good! You are so pretty, Elle!

  35. I usually wear regular lipsticks and haven't really tried any liquid lipsticks. Thanks for introducing all of these to us. That NYX Lip Lingerie looks and sounds fantastic!

  36. I really want to try a liquid lipstick and it sounds like the one by NYX is the one to buy!


  37. I bought 3 of the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss and LOVE them! Yeah, they aren't transfer-proof, but they feel so comfortable on the lips and stay really well.

    I can't wait till the NYX lingerie lipsticks are available online at Ulta -- I'm buying some for sure!

  38. Great post! I am interested in trying the new NYX one. I'll keep an eye out at Ulta. Thanks for the reviews!


  39. I really want to try the NYX! Love the shade and the name! I'm curious to find out who you met!

    Doused In Pink

  40. I have tried the L'Oréal in the past and really like it. Now I want to try the Maybelline one. Not all these brands are easy to find here. Plus,I can't believe how much cheaper they are in the US!

  41. After having read your last post on this, I'm so going to get something to see how it fares in this hot and humid weather. And if I remember to put it on!! Thanks for this!

  42. I really love the Milani color on you, but the NYX one has to be my favorite in giving that beautiful matte finish. Great review!

  43. Ooh I'm adding a couple of these to my to-buy list! The L'Oreal, the NYX, and the Maybelline all look like ones I want to try. Especially the L'Oreal since it doesn't dry as matte--I'm just not ready for a totally matte lip I don't think.

  44. Ooo... I like the NYX one and the lasting power is great... win win!


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