A classic red lip will never go wrong. And while it makes an obvious choice for the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities, these lipsticks’ matte finishes offer a fresh (and not old-fashioned) appeal.
#1: Dior Rouge Dior lipstick in #999 Matte, $49
This is the matte version of the brand’s iconic 999 red lipstick, and is packed with lip care ingredients that add volume and boost hydration.
#2: Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam, $40
The rich garnet red lipstick has a long-wearing, ultra-pigmented formula, and comes with wild mango butter to moisturise your puckers.
#3: Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge lipstick in Hot Red, $35, Sephora
This reportedly promises 10-hour-long wear, and its micro-fine pigments help to boost its colour and radiance.
#4: Urban Decay Vice lipstick in #714 Mega Matte, $29
In a blazing red shade, this Vice lipstick comes in a creamy texture and a mix of jojoba, aloe vera and avocado oils to soften and hydrate your puckers.
#5: Lipstick Queen Lipstick Chess in Ruby Red Queen, price unavailable, Escentials
Part of the Australian beauty brand’s new Lipstick Chess range of hydrating matte shades, this is infused with natural oils, waxes and vitamin E to ensure it won’t dry out your lips when applied.
#6: M.A.C. lipstick in Ruby Woo, $33
One of the beauty brand’s bestselling colours, this will condition lips while imbuing them in a vivid swash of colour.
#7: Sephora Rouge Matte lipstick in #14 Wanted, $22
In a raspberry red hue, this keeps your lips looking velvety and plump thanks to moisturising ingredients like vitamin E oils and shea butter.
#8: Clinique Pop Matte Matte Lip Colour + Primer in #03 Ruby Pop, $35
This hybrid lipstick – it acts as a primer to seal in moisture and provide your puckers with a smooth finish – comes in a creamy, lightweight formula.
#9: Stila Stay All Day matte lipstick in Bisou, $35, Sephora
This turns the intense colour payoff from the brand’s popular Stay All Day liquid lipstick into a creamy, matte formula. It’s also enriched with argan oil and vitamin E to nourish lips.
#10: By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Stick in #17 My Red, $47, Escentials
This leaves a velvety matte sheen of cherry red on lips, and its press-and-click mechanism ensures the right amount of colour is dispensed every time it’s used.
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