The Matte-est of My Matte Lipsticks

Ae calls these bone dry lipsticks — my favorite lipstick formula (before I discovered Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colors).

If you’re a true matte lipstick lover, these are the lipstick lines to check out. They are formulated with the least amount of moisture possible to still create what is passable to the market as a functioning lipstick bullet. They have absolutely no shine, they tug the lip as you swipe them on, they’re opaque, and they last forever.

Bone Dry Lipsticks

In no particular order…

MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks

The first matte lipstick I tried (Ruby Woo) is from this line — and it was love at first swipe.  I didn’t like how blindingly bright Ruby Woo was on me, but I just love how non-wet it felt. I’m sure this started my love for matte lipsticks. Other Retro Mattes I used to own were Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up, and Fixed on Drama (I let them go because I try not keep more than one of the same color at a time).

Lipstick Swatch

MAC All Fired Up Swatch (below the Orange lip liner)

MAC Sin MAC Fixed on Drama Dupe Swatch

Currently, I only have MAC Sin, which is technically classified (by MAC) as just a regular Matte. But I strongly believe that it is NOT. It’s as dry as all of the lipsticks from the Retro Matte line.

Price: Php 1,000 at Rustans and SM Stores

Inglot Matte Lipsticks

Before, I thought MAC was my only option for super matte lipsticks (other then liquid matte lipsticks, which I don’t really enjoy wearing).

I felt bummed about that because MAC’s shade range was very limited (4 shades: no muted colors and no nudes, 6 if I count the 2 lipsticks in the Pro Matte Lipstick Line. This is just WTF.).

I’m happy that Inglot is finally in PH shores because ~ MORE COLOR OPTIONS!

All of Inglot’s matte lipsticks are bone dry (yes!) and they have at least 18 shades.

MUFE Mat 3, Inglot 411, Inglot 419, Inglot 412, Inglot 422, Melt Cosmetics - Shady Lady, MAC Sin

MUFE Mat 3, Inglot 411, Inglot 419, Inglot 412, Inglot 422, Melt Cosmetics – Shady Lady, MAC Sin

If you think no other lipstick can possibly go drier than MAC Retro Matte, you’re mistaken. Inglot’s mattes are a tiiiny bit drier. When I first swatched the lipsticks at the store, I didn’t like any of them because I thought they were sheer.  I didn’t realize that they’re sooo matte (and dry) that I had to put more pressure to get their true color payoff. I’m so happy I came back to re-swatch them.

I currently own 4 amazing colors. I’m still eyeing more, but the want is not strong enough to get feelings of urgency.

Price: Php 895 at Inglot Stores (Price went up by 100 in less than a year. Why Inglot?)

Make Up Forever (MUFE) Rouge Intense Matte Lipsticks

When Ae featured this, I knew I had to get at least one lipstick from the line. Of all bone dry lipsticks I’ve tried, MUFE is the most comfortable to wear and applies with relatively less tug. Also, aside from being more comfortable, the light shades look great on the lips. I repeat, the light shades look great on the lips. Yes, such lipstick exists and you can find them at Make Up Forever.

I’ve swatched a few but I limited myself to getting just one — Mat 3 (Matte Caramel), a nude-ish caramel brown on my medium greenish yellow skin tone. All other light-colored matte lipsticks make my lips look like they’re drier than they actually are — like my lips are about to crack. MUFE doesn’t. With this matte, my lips look like it got the Marilyn Monroe treatment minus the gloss. I feel like there are 10 layers of lipstick on my lips (in a very good way). This is perfect for doing the Kylie Jenner overdrawn lips technique.

And for all that it is, I award MUFE the title of having the best bone dry matte lipstick.

True Matte Lipstick Swatches

MUFE Mat 3, Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady, Inglot 412, Inglot 419, Inglot 422, Inglot 411

Warning: Before you go out and buy one of these MUFE MATs, note that “comfortable” for me might not really be actually comfortable for most people.  If your lips can tolerate matte lipsticks like mine do; and if you wear matte lipsticks everyday without lip balm underneath — then MUFE would be very comfortable for you, too.

Price: Php 1,450 at MUFE Stores; PhP 1,100 at


Melt Cosmetics

I’ve only tried one — Shady Lady. I do think it’s not posing as a matte lipstick but I’m not sure if I can say it’s a true matte. Melt Cosmetics describe their lipsticks as ultra matte. For Shady Lady, that’s not true. The latter has the feel and the tug of a true matte lipstick but it doesn’t have a flat matte finish. It makes the lips look 3D! It doesn’t have shimmer, it’s not two-toned, and it doesn’t really have that much of a sheen. But for some reason, it makes the lips look like it was subtly contoured and highlighted to have more volume. I don’t know if it’s the same for the other lipsticks in this line.

Price: 1,250 at

Nichido Matte Lipsticks

With the exception of one frosty orange lipstick, all of Nichido’s matte lipsticks are true mattes. However, I only liked one shade — Temptation, a deep and not-so bright red. The quality is comparable to the higher end matte lipsticks I have. There are 8 shades in the line: 4 reds, 1 frosty orange, and 3 Nicki Minaj pale pinks. I’ll try to write a separate post on Temptation. I felt like I found a gem in the rubble when I swatched it.

Price: Php 180 at Watsons.

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That’s it! If you’re a matte lipstick lover, I’m sure you’ll love these. If you have Sahara desert lips, consider this post as a list of what-not-to-buy.

If you have other bone dry lipstick recommendations (of the traditional lipstick variety i.e., not liquid), please, please let me know.


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  1. Nyx Matte Lipsticks are pretty nice mattes. I have only tried one shade (Aria) and it’s bone dry after kind of letting it set for about 3-5 minutes. Lasted me the whole day too, and that’s with eating and drinking! 🙂


    • Nyx mattes are not of the bone dry variety but they are true mattes 😀 The shades I loved from that line are Siren and Whipped Caviar. I want to try more of the other colors (Sweet Pink and Tea Rose) but I’m more hoping that I’d keep myself from getting those.


  2. Why Inglot + P100 every year? 😦
    Out of stock pa din yung bet ko na color sa kanila then nag taas pa sila. I have 2 p lang from them pink and plum shade… planning to get a red and nude next time!


  3. The only matte lipsticks I currently own are the Etude House Lip Fit (the liquid ones you once recomended me :3 ) and so far I like them because they aren’t too drying.
    I’ve been craving the Charlote Tilbury matte lipsticks, mostly because although they are matte, they apparently aren’t that dry or uncomfortable on the lips.
    I also want more of the Nars Matte Velvet Lip Pencils, which I’ve tried ( I own one actually) and they are quite comfortable, not drying super easy to apply :3

    I usually don’t go for mattes because I hate the drying effect…:c


    • Thanks for your suggestions.

      I totally forgot about Etude House Lips Fit. I do love that.

      Ahhh yes, Charlotte Tilbury. I wish it’s available locally. I want to try the formula.


    • I like the NARS Pure Mattes, too. Those without shimmer 😛 Didn’t include them here because they’re not the mattest, haha. But they are true mattes. Love Mascate the most.


  4. Bone dry is such a funny way to describe lipstick xD I wish these would work better on me but my lips get flakey so quickly >.< Inglot 412 looks just like a color I’d wear so I’d give it a try. The matte-est I can go is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and the Stila Liquid Lipstick but you don’t like liquid lipsticks D:


    • I do like some of them… I think I like those that dries to a powdery/ siliconey feel. I can’t explain it well, but if you’ve tried Etude House Lips Fit, that’s how it feels.


  5. Haha, thank you for proclaiming the good news [of matte lipsticks]! I can’t believe I haven’t been inside any Inglot store! It just kind of fell off of my radar.. Anyway, now you got me intrigued with Bobbi Brown Creamy Mattes! If they are still on sale (as what your commenter said on your BBCM post) I think I’ll have to get one–I hope the new colors are in!


  6. I’ve been wanting to enter Inglot in Mega but I am still intimidated!!! haha. Must check their lipsticks soon. I love the look of 412. Thanks for this post, Rae!


    • Don’t be. Their SAs are nice and accomodating. I love that they seem to know when to leave you alone, and when you actually need them. They will just let you explore and swatch and just have fun.


  7. I’ve finally found another who shares my love for bone-dry lipsticks. I now know where to buy more of those lipsticks. 😀 have you tried the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils? Matte liquid lipsticks are also my favorite because they are just DRY. Lip pencils are also great! Very matte as well.


    • Totally forgot about those Velvet Matte pencils, maybe because they’re in crayon form. Haha. I do have one, Never Say Never 😀


  8. When I saw your post on Instagram I thought the purplish one is NARS Dominique, Inglot pala. I haven’t tried their matte lipsticks but I remember you mentioned earlier that they’re one of your best mattes so now after reading this post I kind of want to run to Glorietta 5 and get me some, lol.


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