These Matte Lip Paints from L’Oreal have been around for a few months now but were limited to just six shades.
They’ve recently launched some new ‘Nudist’ Matte Lip Paints in the UK so I decided to pick up one colour from each collection.
The shade range is nothing unusual, apart from the two on trend purples (107 Dark river and 207 Wuthering Purple). The rest are the usual pinks, reds and neutrals. Nothing wrong with this though. They are pretty colours that everyone can pull off.
The shades I have are 201 Hollywood Beige (first collection) and 212 Nude-ist (Nudist collection).
Hollywood Beige looks more like a nudy-brown in day light but under florescent lighting, it shows up rather pink. The same happens when I photograph it.
Nudist is a deep plum shade with brown tones. I am surprised that it actually suits me and it’s a lot more wearable than I thought it would be.
Freshly applied VS one hour later
They claim to be “ultra-saturated pigments that last up to eight hours in a velvety, matte finish”.
I’d compare the formula to that of melted lipstick. It’s quite oily / balmy. I would suggest squishing the tube with your fingers a bit or trying to mix the product with the applicator because both the colours that I bought had separated. When I swatched it the first time, it was like applying a tinted lip oil – so just keep that in mind.
Since it’s so oily, the first application is a bit patchy for my liking, and it does not layer well unless you dab off the excess with a tissue. Trying to apply a second layer without first dabbing, makes it even more patchy.
I would have liked if it was a “ one swipe and go” kind of lippie but it does need a little bit of work to make it look “proper”. That being said, applying lipstick, dabbing it off and then reapplying is kind of the norm anyway so I don’t actually have a leg to stand on here.
The glossiness soon turns into velvet and it is truly stunning. The finish looks very sophisticated and more expensive than a £8 product.
After about an hour / hour and a half, the velvet finish dries even further and starts becoming matte but it doesn’t look chalky. It’s at this point that you realise the comfortable, balmy feeling is starting to go away and it’s time to reapply.
On my lips, I’ve never had it last longer than three hours. There was a bit of a stain that remained after the two-hour mark but by the third hour it was all gone. I don’t mind a three-hour wear time though. I eat and drink aalll day long so I’m always touching up my lips anyway. It does transfer quite a bit too, but this is also something I don’t mind because it doesn’t run or bleed. I can live with a lipstick mark on my cup but not with lipstick that’s migrating around, making me look like a clown / someone who’s been snogging during lunch.
It wears off really, really well – even the darker shade. There was no tell-tale “lipstick line”. It all just blended and faded together with the colour of my lips and it looked very natural the whole time.
Throughout wear time, the product never settled into the lines on my lips either. This is a big plus in my book.
Over all, I am in love with these Matte Lip Paints. They are so, so, sooooo comfortable to wear!
If you are looking for a true matte finish, that will stay put all day, then this is not the one for you.
If you like creamy velvets that feel like lip balm but wear off quite quick (although, very evenly) then give these a try.