My makeup routine lately has been pretty simple and straightforward. Base, brows, lashes, lips and I’m out the door. I’ll do a bit more bronzing, concealing, or contouring here and there, but overall it’s a streamlined process. Since I’m using fewer products however, I am a bit more focused on getting the most out of them. When it comes to lip color, I like to put it on in the morning and forget about it until maybe after lunch, so a long-wearing lip is a must and these three formulas have been my go-to. They’re all kiss proof, highly pigmented, and quick and easy to apply.
- NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Slow Ride — The formula here is super thin, so it’s easy to apply a thin layer and it feels like you aren’t wearing anything. It doesn’t dry out lips and the applicator is perfect for a precise lip line. The shade is a terracotta brownish pink, which is very on trend at the moment and perfect for Fall/Winter. It’s warm toned and bold but still neutral.
- YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in 8 – Black Red Code — This is a more dramatic color and formula. It’s matte but it almost dries metallic. I find this one the most drying on my lips, but it’s still comfortable to wear all day. The shade is a deep red and I wore it to a seafood dinner and it didn’t budge ONE BIT. It also has an angled applicator which makes it easy to both line and fill in the lips.
- NUDESTIX Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Blossom — This one is a bit heavier and stickier and it feels the most like you have a lip product on, but it’s 100% transfer proof. Seriously, kiss away without any worries. I don’t usually opt for lighter pinks or nudes since they tend to wash me out, but this shade is perfect for a dramatically pale nude lip. It’s like a Kim K nude on my skin tone and looks great with a heavier eye and contour. This is the easiest to apply since it’s a pencil and I’m pretty obsessed.
Swatches, left to right: NARS Powermatte in Slow Ride, YSL Tatouage in 8, NUDESTIX Magnetic Matte in Blossom: