The Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink line is a game-changer. They are the most long-lasting AND comfortable matte liquid lipsticks I’ve 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 comprising of one 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 finish, you might be disappointed.
Putting anything under or over the lipstick significantly affects longevity. I used it as base for 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 if you don’t have a bi-phase makeup remover. You have to bring the latter if you need to reapply. With the shades I own, the lipstick doesn’t look great layered over once it cracks. It needs to be fully removed before you can touch up.
All shades released in the Philippines are cooler-toned. My no-buy is in a lot of danger once the warmer shades are launched. Already I have my eye on Fighter and Amazonian.