Maybelline Velvet Matte MAT12: Almost My Favorite Nude Lipstick

Day 10: My Favorite Nude Lipstick
#20-Day Lipstick Challenge

Right now, I don’t have a nude lipstick that I consider a favorite. It used to be NARS Audacious Barbara, but NARS Audacious and I had a falling out. I should probably make a separate post on that.

Maybelline Velvet Matte MAT 12 Lip Swatch
Lip Swatch – Maybelline Velvet Matte MAT12

In terms of color, my most liked nude right now is Maybelline Velvet Matte Lipstick in Mat 12. I think it’s almost the same color as Inglot 428, but MAT 12 looks lighter because it’s semi-sheer and my lips are pale. MAT 12 is a sliiightly coral peach nude.

Maybelline Velvet Matte MAT 12 Lip Swatch
Lip Swatch – Maybelline Velvet Matte MAT12
Inglot 428 lip swatch
Lip Swatch – Inglot 428

I found the Maybelline Velvet Matte line slightly disappointing because I prefer my liquid lipsticks to set to a matte flat finish.

Applied straight from the applicator, MAT 12 gives a satin, almost glossy finish. I remedy that by either patting or running my little finger along my lips to take out most of the shine. I can live with that because I’m a little bit more tolerant of non-matte-ness with lighter shades such as this. As long as it doesn’t feel wet, it’s good enough.

What I can’t live with — which is also the reason why this didn’t become a favorite — is that this makes my lips feel slightly numb and tingly. I’m not sure if it’s an allergic reaction. It feels to me like how I imagine plumping lip glosses feel. I love it but I can’t wear it for several consecutive days because it dries my lips out.

Maybelline Velvet Matte - MAT12 on medium yellow-olive skin tone.
Maybelline Velvet Matte – MAT12 on medium yellow-olive skin tone.

Also, the product doesn’t cling to the lips, so the longevity is not as good as typical matte liquid lipsticks.

It’s regrettable. I really wanted this product to work, because I love the color. The closest color I can find is NARS Audacious Brigitte or Juliette, but as I said, I’m not ‘all over’ the Audacious lipsticks anymore.

Swatches Fierce Beauty MAT 12 428
Comparison Swatches from L-R:   Estee Lauder Lip Potion – Fierce Beauty, Maybelline Velvet Matte – MAT12, Inglot Matte Lipstick – #428

Currently, I’m not looking to replace this, but if you can recommend a lipstick similar to MAT 12, please let me know.

I bought Maybelline Velvet Matte MAT12 at Watsons for Php 299, if I remember right.



  1. I think you just convinced me to buy a new lippie! Haha! This color is gorgeous!


  2. Color looks good on you, Rae! I haven’t tried a matte lipstick yet. Mahilig kasi ako sa shiny kaya madalas lip gloss ang type ko gamitin. 🙂


  3. This looks stunning Rae, nearly nude but better – it really brightens up your face.
    I am so curious about this falling out with NARS Audacious! Do tell


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