Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in 45 Escapist | Review and Swatches

The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink line is a game-changer. They are the most long-lasting, relatively comfortable matte liquid lipsticks I have tried.

A friend sent me two shades as a gift. One of them is Escapist (45), a blackened bluish red. I love the color against my light-medium olive skin with strong yellow undertones. Note: All of the photos shown below were taken at the end of a workday when I had a meal, 2 coffee drinks, and several trips to the water station.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink 45 Escapist

The lipstick feels very tacky upon initial application. It is opaque and there’s no need to apply more than a layer. I scrape off as much as I can from the applicator before I put on the lipstick to make sure it dries down. The tackiness lessens and I don’t notice it throughout the day. That said, I don’t have the habit of smacking my lips.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink 45 Escapist Lips

There’s a learning curve to applying this lipstick but it didn’t take a while before I got the hang of it. The consistency is similar to viscous caramel syrup.

My only gripe is the finish. I don’t know about the other shades, but the two I got (Escapist and Voyager) have considerable shine typical of satin lipsticks. If you’re expecting a flat matte finish, you would be disappointed.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink 45 Escapist Lips

Putting anything under or over the lipstick significantly affects longevity. I used it as base of a standard wax-based bullet lipstick and it ended up flaking in an unflattering way. I don’t experience the latter when I use the lipstick on its own.

The lipstick is hard to remove without a bi-phase makeup remover or an emulsifying cleansing balm.

The lipstick doesn’t look great layered over once it cracks (this is true at least with the shades I own). It needs to be removed fully before you can touch up.

All shades released in the Philippines are cooler-toned. I’d be in a lot of trouble once the warm shades come out. I already have my eye on Fighter and Amazonian.



  1. It’s funny how some of the shades perform or act differently compared to others! Have you tried blotting your lips with a tissue to get rid of any excess product and make the colour more of a true matte? I found that helped with the shades that I own (especially colour #20 Pioneer – the red). Though technically it should be matte upon application or once dry and set :/


    1. That’s true! Now when I look for reviews, I check the ones for the same shade I’m eyeing.

      Voyager has a lot less shine compared to Escapist.


      1. Yes! Exactly 🙂

        I love how you rock dark lipstick shades btw – especially purples! 😀


  2. Victoria

    HOOOOOW. I couldn’t handle the tackiness of this. It’s just too much, I feel like I put glue on my lips 😦


    1. Haha, what shade did you get?


      1. Victoria

        Yung Love shade ata yun? Or Lover? Can’t remember. Pero I just borrowed it from a friend and buti nalang I didn’t buy one for myself kasi grabeeee ang sticky 😦


        1. Nagddrydown sya pero matagaaal. Tapos kelangan manipis lang talaga, otherwise hindi magsset. Most of the time binablot ko with fingers.


        2. Victoria

          I tried applying it different ways kaso grabe ang sticky talaga niya kahit anong gawin ko 😦 Have you tried the ColourPop Lippie Stix Matte X??? Super gandaaaa, as in.


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