8 Matte Lipsticks Get The 8 Hour Test

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Vv Magazine’s Erinn Stewart set on a quest to find the best matte lipstick for the season. See how 8 matte lipsticks survived through breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Matte lipsticks are the way to go this season, but are they actually as “long-lasting” and do they really “stay all day” as they promise? We put 8 different brands to the test, from super cheap to super expensive, to see if they can last the entire day (and multiple coffees). The results? See for yourself!

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Love Liberty, $38, sold at www.charlottetilbury.com, Holt Renfrew, and Nordstrom.


8 hours with Charlotte Tilbury

9:30am: Easy to apply and went on in a thin, super pigmented layer.

1:30pm: After lunch (a wrap and a beet juice), the colour was still pretty strong (not sure if it was the lipstick or the juice).

5:30pm: The colour definitely faded but it left a lightly stained look, which I’m okay with!

Final verdict: If you’re a one-and-done kind of person, this is the lipstick for you. The colour faded throughout the day but it did so evenly, which didn’t make me rush to apply a second coat.


Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour Lipstick in Devotion, $9.96 at Walmart


8 hours with Revlon

9:30am: This lip colour felt really nice to apply, smelled amazing and dried almost instantly.

2:30pm: The colour lasted the better part of the morning but I had to reapply after lunch as it was more or less gone at this point.

5:30pm: The second application lasted the rest of the day. Score!

Final verdict: Other than the colour migrating off my lips throughout the day, this lipstick is a great low-maintenance option in a pretty pink shade.


Essence cosmetics matt matt matt lipstick, $4.49 at Shoppers Drug Mart


8 hours with Essence

9:30am: The lippy went on really well – just one swipe left me with a super bold, almost neon red colour.

12:45pm: Other than a bit of fading on the inner part of my lips (probably from all the coffee),  the colour was still quite vibrant.

5:30pm: I reapplied after lunch and this is how the colour looked 4 hours later. Amazing!

Final verdict: Red lipsticks are usually too high-maintenance for me but this one proved differently – it stayed in place and didn’t drastically fade. Out of all the lipsticks I tried, this one gave the most bang for the buck.


Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in 59 Rouge Audace, $43, Hudson’s Bay.


8 hours with Chanel

9:00am: Not only was the colour amazing, the formula was creamy and non-drying.

1:00pm: After a late breakfast and two cups of coffee, the colour was pretty faded, especially on the inside of my lips.

5:00pm: I reapplied after lunch (the colour was pretty much non-existent after devouring a wrap) but the second coat lasted the rest of the afternoon with minimal fading.

Final verdict: This lipstick faded more than I would’ve liked it to but the colour is awesome so it made up for it. I also love that it barely feels like you’re wearing lipstick, which is especially important for a constant lip-smudger like me.


GOSH Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick, $14, Shoppers Drug Mart


8 hours with GOSH

10:00am: The colour went on a little bit sheer (I had to layer on a few coats) but it felt really nice and creamy.

2:00pm: After a coffee, lunch and a green juice, I wasn’t left with much colour so I had to reapply.

6:00pm: The lipstick stayed on better in the afternoon (probably because I consumed a lot less liquid) but still faded over time.

Final verdict: I loved the colour and the soft, moisturizing formula, but it requires multiple coats to last you throughout the day.


Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out, $28, Sephora


9:00am: My lips dried almost immediately after applying and it felt as if I wasn’t wearing anything.

2:00pm: After 2 coffees and 1 tea, the colour was pretty faded in the middle but still strong on the outside. It also stayed put and didn’t smudge all over the place.

5:00pm: I decided not to reapply after lunch and the colour was still quite strong after a full day.

Final verdict: This lipstick stays true to it’s name and if you drink as much coffee as I do, one application in the morning will leave you with a trendy contoured lip by night.


NYX Full Throttle Lipstick in 06, $10 at NYX


8 hours with NYX

11:00am: A colour this bold takes time and a steady-hand to apply, but I managed to do it without looking like a clown (I think). It went on uneven in some areas so a couple of coats was necessary for this one.

3:00pm: Surprised at how long one coat of a colour this dark has lasted!

7:30pm: I reapplied once this afternoon and by night, the colour disappeared in the middle of my lips and started cracking. After 8 hours of wear, my lips felt pretty dry and I was glad to wipe it off.

Final verdict: I was impressed with how long this bold lippy lasted and I was glad I didn’t need to touch it up every half and hour. I would recommend this shade for a shorter wear, like a night out, as it requires constant mirror-checking to make sure it’s stayed put.

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh Beauty Matte Lipstick in Fuchsia, $10 at Shoppers Drug Mart


11:30am: With a name like “Fuchsia” I was expecting a bolder colour, but it took a few layers to achieve my desired shade. Once applied, it felt smooth and moisturizing.

2:30pm: The colour faded but it did so fairly evenly, making it still wearable.

7:30pm: I reapplied once after eating and was left with stained pink lips by the end of the day.

Final verdict: Moisturizing and comfortable to wear everyday but requires a couple of layers and reapplications for a solid colour.

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Do you have a go-to matte lipstick? What’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us @ViewtheVibe

Erinn Stewart

Erinn Stewart

Erinn is a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer in Toronto. When not hovered over her laptop trying to meet a deadline, you can find her binge watching the latest TV series, exploring the city via bike or catching up on sleep.
Erinn Stewart