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.
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.
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.
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.