matte lipstick


Finally, I own something by Fenty Beauty! Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle in Freckle Fiesta was my last purchase in 2017. I’ve been purchase-free since!

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Lipstick

I love Riri but I didn’t want to buy anything from Fenty Beauty just because Rih has her name on it. I waited for her to come out with a matte lipstick in a relatively wearable shade I like.

Left to Right: MAC Chili, Fenty Freckle Fiesta, Lipz Diva Villain


Freckle Fiesta is a medium terracotta-toned orange. The color is more vibrant than I thought it would be it’s nowhere near as bright as MAC Lady Danger. It’s still somewhat muted.

Fenty Beauty Freckle Fiesta


The lipstick is full-coverage, lightweight, and has a thin consistency. It’s not flat matte like matte liquid lipsticks or MAC Retro Matte. It has a little bit of a sheen that’s easy to blot off if you prefer a dry flat finish. It applies evenly and doesn’t tug. It doesn’t have a scent 🙌🏼 hallelujah!!!

MAC Chili, Fenty Freckle Fiesta, Lipz Diva Villain

The bullet is thin, similar to NARS Pure Matte. Think: the diameter of a cigarette. The tube only has 1.7 grams of product (Note: NARS pure matte has 2 grams, MAC’s standard bullets has 3 grams).

Fenty Beauty Freckle Fiesta Lip Swatch

The lipstick doesn’t fade evenly after a meal. You’d most likely get a lip ring, but because of how pigmented it is, you can just smoosh your lips together to get even coverage again albeit sheerer. Don’t expect liquid lipstick level of longevity. With creamy matte formulas, the latter is often sacrificed for comfort.

I’m not the best person to ask if a lipstick is drying. My lips seldom get dry.


The packaging is pretty and very photogenic, but it doesn’t have the heftiness of most lipsticks within its price range. The chrome coating is also thin and can get scratched off easily revealing the flesh-toned plastic base which can look cheap and tacky.

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle

This product is so worth it if you find a unique shade that you really like, you’re a big fan of Rihanna, and/or you want to support brands that advocate diversity. Otherwise, you’re not missing much. If you prefer products that offer value for money and are eyeing the dupable colors like MaDamn, Shawty, Spanked, or Griselda, there are a lot of cheaper alternatives with the same/ better quality and pigmentation.


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One of my recent most used lipsticks is Lipz Diva Silky Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lucky. I love the formula! It dries down matte and sets completely. This is one of the more comfortable and lightweight matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried (note, however, that I generally like matte liquid lipsticks). The consistency is thin and it moves with the lips once it dries, if that makes sense.


It doesn’t transfer on mugs / cups unless you’re drinking a fatty coffee or hot chocolate or anything topped with whipped cream. It remains presentable after non-greasy meal and it doesn’t get tacky when wet.


This shade needs 2 layers to achieve full opacity, but I usually wear only 1 layer. Leaving the middle part sheer-ish makes my lips look fuller.

Left - Lipz Diva Lucky | Right - MAC Flat Out Fabulous
Left – Lipz Diva Lucky | Right – MAC Flat Out Fabulous

I love that it smells and feels pepperminty.

A tube has 5ml of product but reasonable for Php 159. I bought mine from my HS classmate Mayen (IG: @wan_stopshop).

Left - Lipz Diva Lucky | Right - MAC Flat Out Fabulous
Left – Lipz Diva Lucky | Right – MAC Flat Out Fabulous

The shade seems like MAC Heroine and MAC Flat Out Fabulous combined. I would say it’s a practical buy to get in on 2018 color of the year–Ultra Violet–without having to spend so much.

I’ll give Marie Kondo a run for her money once my book comes out titled The Life-Changing Magic of Using The Candy Crush Technique in Letting Go of Lipsticks.

The Candy Crush Technique is when you group lipsticks by color and hope that they explode and choose JUST ONE lipstick from each group.

My red lipstick destashing project is on-going, and so far, I’ve found 2 pairs of lipsticks that have the same-ish color.

I am at a point where all my makeup sparks joy. But I am in the process of moving to a much smaller space, which means, I have to find a more restrictive destashing criterion. I’m considering the nitpicking method, where I would literally nitpick over negligible details to determine which stuff I’d let go of.

Here’s what I’m dealing with–four lipsticks of the same color (a muted neutral brown pink, or is it pink brown?).

L-R: Maybelline Touch of Spice, MAC Twig, Pink Sugar XOXO, and Inglot 410

Do they spark joy? Most definitely, YES. (I guess that’s why I have more than one of them.)

I went crazy trying to decide which one to keep and got annoyed with my seeming attachment to inanimate objects. I should’ve just place them all in a pouch bag and do the selection draw lots-style.

L-R: Inglot 410, Pink Sugar XOXO, MAC Twig, Maybelline Touch of Spice

Here are my thoughts on Twig’s color dupes.

Maybelline Creamy Matte Touch of Spice (PhP 299)

Touch of Spice is a hair darker and a tad more fig-toned compared to all the other 3 Twig-y lipsticks. On the lips, the difference is unnoticeable.

Maybelline Creamy Matte is a silicone-based matte lipstick formula. As opposed to wax-based lipsticks, silicone-based mattes have a flat matte finish but are relatively easy to apply. If one of the first 3 ingredients end with -one or -ane, the lipstick is most probably silicone-based.

I don’t find it drying, but then I have a high tolerance for ‘drying’ lipsticks. What I notice though is that, when layered, it feels like beef lard on the lips.

Pink Sugar Matte Lipstick in XOXO (PhP 399)

I bought this as one of my gifts to my mom for mothers’ day, but she prefers stronger lip colors so she gave it back to me knowing that I’d like it. (I swear to you, I didn’t buy this for me, haha!)

I was so excited to try it on only to find out that I have 3 other lipsticks like it. It looks more nude on the tube. It is actually a fourth of a shade lighter (don’t ask how I measured that!).

Anyway, the formula is wax-based and similar to, if not identical with MAC’s matte lipsticks. Think of XOXO as a matte version of MAC Twig.

L-R: Inglot 410, Pink Sugar XOXO, MAC Twig, Maybelline Touch of Spice


Inglot Lipstick in 410 (PhP 895)

If Pink Sugar XOXO is the matte version of MAC Twig, Inglot 410 is the retro matte counterpart, which happens to be my favorite MAC lipstick formula–bone-dry, tuggy, and devoid of ANY shine. If you need moisture on the lips, this is definitely NOT for you.

All of these lipsticks apply evenly and are opaque.

I ended up keeping Inglot 410 because of the formula. The drier the better!