A matte lipstick definitely has its benefits — intense colour payoff, the doe foot applicator allows precise application (for that perfect cupid’s bow) and the lipstick is pretty much budge- and smudge-proof. Gone are the days when you would have to touch up your lipstick after every meal or drink. Once you’ve applied that matte lipstick on, it’s on for a good few hours or until you remove it with a makeup remover.

All of the above are great but it comes with a price. Most matte lipsticks, especially liquid ones, are drying on the lips. It dries to a matte finish, which would cause slight discomfort to the lips. And as the day goes by, the colour may be still on but cracks may appear and it’s not exactly a pretty sight. Those who have naturally dry lips may need to apply lip balm first before going on with the matte lipstick. If you’re still not a fan or is over that matte-phase, time to bring back moisturising lipsticks to your life.

These lipsticks contain moisturising and conditioning ingredients such as shea butter and fatty acids that really ensure that your lips are smooth and free of cracks no matter how many times you apply. Did you think these would be your regular lipsticks or the ones you’d find on your mother’s dressing table a long time ago? Not a chance. You’ll get the both of both worlds — ultimate moisturising benefits and intense colour payoff.

Jolin Lee
Senior Writer
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.