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Searching For Matte Perfection But Not A Nude



You may have noticed that I have not taken to the Matte Nude Lip trend. Don't get me wrong, I've considered it but I remember stealing my mums nude lipsticks in the 90s and beyond a long and continued obsession with gold lipstick I've never felt the need to revisit the travesty of that decades fashions. This may change! It will probably be around the same time that Kylie Jenner receives a personality. You never know! In the mean time my nude lips will stay moist and creamy.

That doesn't mean that I don't still love a good matte lip. In fact I absolutely love matte makeup. It just has to be bright and colourful. It started with my purchase of the original Velveteen by Lime Crime (Back in the days before we discovered their dodgy ethics). My Velveteen has long since been lost (RIP) but the love is still there. I have tried most of the high street knock offs and none of them compare although some come close! 

Left to right: Sleek Pout Paint | Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer | MUA Luxe Velvet Lacquer | Collection Matt Lip Butter | Collection Matt Lip Butter | Topshop Lip Crayon | OCC Lip Tar | OCC Lip Tar | NARS Lip Pencil 

As you can see above from the swatches the most "matte" of my matte lip products are the Collection Matte Lip Butter's and the Top Shop Lip Crayon. They swatch beautifully but if you have even a flake of dry skin then be prepared for everyone to know about it. These are not forgiving products. 

The closest I have to the 90s matte lip look is my Lip Liner from NARS. Now the matching lip stick is most definitely not matte however the pencil can be blended out into a full lip on its own. And you can always use a bit of setting powder to really matte down the lip stick. This can be done with pretty much any lipstick if you have the patience to do it every time you apply! 



I'm still searching for the perfect matte. I haven't found my holy grail "I must have one in every colour" product yet (alas Velveteen was perfect but those damn ethics just get in the way of everything don't they?!) 


So here is where it feels like the planets align. As I was writing this and lamenting the loss of my Velveteen and cursing the failure of high street brands I received an email from the lovely folks at Inglot Ireland telling me about their new HD Lip Tint Matte range which has just come available on pre-sale at Inglot.ie

Just look at that red! It could be the perfect replacement. Now I just have to save my pennies because there's at least three colours I desperately need here and at €22 each I'd say It's a good thing I'm on an extremely restricted diet these days. No more food for Bex!


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  1. Glad to know I'm not the only on the hunt for the holy grail matter lipstick. Thanks! X

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