Matte is the new black. Swapping out your gloss for a matte pout can go a long way – it’s trendy and will work with every skin tone. I know that it can be difficult to incorporate a new beauty trend into your look but a matte lip is surprisingly versatile, a bit edgy and perfect for day or night.
Elizabeth Arden recently expanded their Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick range by adding 8 brand new matte shades to the collection. I was very excited when a parcel from Elizabeth Arden arrived on my doorstep and I must admit, these are my very first Elizabeth Arden lippies – what a treat!
The new matte lipsticks are intensely pigmented, silky smooth on the lips and definitely fade-resistant. I’ve tested every single one of the 8 shades and I can confirm they last for at least 10 hours before starting to fade. Creamy mattes that add a pop of colour & texture to the lips, with added hydration benefits? Sign me up! These matte lipsticks apply like an absolute dream and feel super light on the lips. Basically the most comfortable matte lipstick you will ever wear.
The formula of the Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick range is top notch – silky, lightweight, creamy, smooth, non-drying and long-lasting. Mango-, shea- and murumuru butters are natural emollients that help to protect, condition and soothe. Argan oil & Vitamin E help to improve moisture retention while providing antioxidant protection against visible signs of aging. Although I’m usually not the biggest fan of fragranced lip products, I actually really like the scent of these lipsticks – they smell like a vanilla cream dessert. Delicious!
When I first started testing out these matte lipsticks, I was astonished! After 10 hours my lipstick still looked as fresh as though I had just applied it. The lipsticks do not budge, they lasted through coffee breaks, multiple sips of water (from a bottle because I’m a rebel), lunch, dinner and a meet-up with a friend (lots of chatting). After about 11 hours, the colour starts to fade, but evenly (not blotchy or feathered at all).
These Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipsticks have been dubbed as my new favourite lippies of all time – a bold statement, I know. These are PERFECT for wearing to an event, as you won’t have to worry about the colour fading during the course of the day or night.
Let’s take a moment to admire the stunning packaging – each lippie is embossed with their signature Red Door logo and is housed in a sleek gold tube. Each lipstick feels heavy & sturdy, the Rolls Royce of all lipstick products – definitely the most beautiful lipsticks in my makeup collection.
The shade selection offers everything from bold playful colours, to delicate everyday shades, to classic berry hues. You are guaranteed to find your perfect signature shade. Let’s take a look at the Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipsticks swatched on my lips (for the descriptions, I work from top left, to top right, to bottom left, to bottom right):
Coral Crush – A very flattering vibrant apricot shade, not too bright & not too boring. Just perfect.
Nude – Most nudes look either too yellow (concealer lips) or too taupe (zombie girl) on me, but this one is the perfect mix of neutral & peach. I love it. It is a bit lighter than ‘Barely There’ below.
Barely There – Such a great everyday shade, nothing too dramatic. It leans more towards being a warm neutral shade, with a subtle terracotta undertone.
Rose Petal – If you’re afraid of committing to a full-on bright matte shade, then this mauve hue is a great stepping stone.
Pink Pucker – Allow the focus to be on your smoky eye by choosing a nude pink. This shade is a mid-tone neutral with a hint of rose.
Raspberry – This shade won my heart! Bold, bright and the perfect berry shade for Autumn & Winter coming up (I can already feel a nip in the air here in Gauteng).
Bold Red – A warm-toned red that is guaranteed to turn a few heads. It’s a keeper.
Chocolate – Dark & vampy, rich chocolate brown shade – very unique.
Pigmentation, longevity and comfort is what I look for in a lip product and these new matte lipsticks from Elizabeth Arden tick all the boxes for me! No bleeding / feathering, no settling into fine lip lines and no fading within a couple of hours of application. If my lips had a Facebook relationship status, I would change it from “It’s Complicated” to “Long-term Relationship” in a flash! It’s love – unabashed, all-consuming love.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick retails for R 220,00 each and is available at Edgars, Foschini, Truworths, Woolworths and selected prestige pharmacies nationwide.
Creamy, dreamy matte lips are THE big makeup trend for this season. The Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipsticks feature a moisturising formula that adds dimension and pigmentation to your pout without making the lips look dry or flaky. And another bonus? Heavily lacquered lips attract every strand of hair, you can prevent a sticky situation by using a matte lippie instead.