Clarins' new matte lipsticks have the best skincare ingredients in them
The first rule for getting plush, velvety lips? You have to take care of them. Matte and velvet textures are pretty unforgiving so you don't want your lips to be dry, lined or cracked. But most matte liquid lipsticks dry from a liquid to a matte texture and in the process leave even the most hydrated lips looking a little worse for wear. If you want the shine-free finish without sacrificing the quality of your kissers, then you may have to seek out brands that focus on lip-loving formulas. Clarins has recently come back into the makeup game in a big way — they stopped selling their base and colour products several years back — and the newest addition to their lip line-up is a must-have for those who want a luxurious, matte lipstick.
Joli Rouge Velvet uses a velvet booster complex for that glowing matte finish, as well as organic marsh sampfire extract, to offer six hours of hydrating power and apricot oil for suppler lips. Speaking of oils if your lips are super dry, you may want to invest in the brand's Gentle Refiner — an exfoliating scrub — as well as a few tubes of the Comfort Lip Oil to nurse them back to optimum plumpness and smoothness. Nonetheless, even without major prep, this super smooth lippie goes on creamy and lightweight, but still gives the intense colour and matte finish that it promises. Currently, the brand offers this finish in five colours — it may be a curated selection, but you're bound to be able to find your go-to staple among these lipsticks. There's a classic red, a nude-brown as well as three rose-toned pinks that will be classic everyday shades.
$40. Available at Clarins counters and stores