Matte lips are becoming a huge trend at the moment. As I'm incredibly pale, I find a bright shade tends to suit me better. Right now, red lips are my thing. I've managed to find some good lipstick formulas too, which means worrying about dry lips is a thing of the past.
The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms are a soft and smooth matte formula with high pigmentation. The shade striking (far left) is a bright red/coral. In comparison to the other two lip products here, the shade is darker and the formula is waxier. Lip crayons are easy to apply, though perhaps a slightly overdone trend now?However, the revlon versions are affordable and ideal if you're on a budget.
The new Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipsticks have an amazing formula. You may have noticed that I've mentioned these a lot over the past few days and theres a good reason why. The texture is soft, creamy, highly pigmented and feels comfortable to wear. I have the shade mandarin (centre) which is an orange toned red. I love this shade as its just perfect for summer and its an easy shade to wear. I'm not 100% sure I can pull off an orange shade of lipstick, so an orange/red is the far better option. Clinique is a more expensive option than Revlon but I feel the texture is worth paying more for - it feels more hydrating and just all round nicer to wear on the lips.
The Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 110 has been one of my all time favourite lipsticks for a while. The formula isn't as matte as the other two lippies here which makes it easier to wear if you're new to the whole matte lip trend. Its highly pigmented, creamy and so comfortable to wear. 110 (far right) is also a coral red but with a pink undertone - its lighter and brighter than Revlon Striking and more red/pink toned than Clinique Mandarin. For the price, you cant go wrong with Rimmel 110 - it does have a slight synthetic scent but it wears off and you cant taste it during wear.
All three of these have good formulas and wear well - I generally find matte textures wear longer on the lips than glossy finishes. Rimmel 110 is the ultimate budget buy in my eyes but for a splurge, the Clinique soft matte lipsticks are 100% worth buying!