Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick has been raved about on every social media platform and beauty vlog since its release last year. Honestly, if you haven’t tried it already I’d be really surprised, but going by the number of women who ask me for lipstick recommendations who then say they hadn’t tried this product there’s still some of you out there who haven’t taken the leap. The new Un-Nudes range of shades has just launched here in the UK so I decided it was time to whip up a quick review for those of you who might be unconvinced this product is worth all the hype.
What everybody is saying: It’s the longest lasting liquid lipstick in the drugstore, and possibly on the market as a whole. They last all day without needing a touch up, even through eating, and you need a lip colour remover or an oil based makeup remover to get them off. Pigmentation is amazing, they’re comfortable and transfer-proof, and they’re budget-friendly. This is all 100% true and I’m in love with this product
What nobody seems to be saying: They’re not matte. Not truly. Swatched on skin, yes, if you let them dry down for 10-20 minutes they will eventually go entirely matte, but on lips they stay slightly tacky (while still being totally transfer-proof) with a slight satin finish. For a long while when I owned only the Pioneer shade I wondered if I just had a tube from a dodgy batch, or whether only Pioneer behaved that way due to it’s shade formula, but after testing the other colours iI’ve bought I can say it seems to be all shades. Considering the performance of this lipstick is unmatched by any other liquid lipstick out there, a slightly satin finish is worth it to me for the exceptional staying power, but if you want a complete matte finish this product won’t give it to you.
How to remove it: Maybelline have released their own Superstay Eraser lip colour remover, but many other brands already have such products. I already have e.l.f.’s lip colour remover and it works great with this lipstick, with a thin formula and a sweet taste. But you don’t actually need a special remover to get it to budge. Either use a makeup remover that has oil in the formula, use olive oil or coconut oil, or use whatever lip balm you have to hand. Apply the lip balm, smudge your lips together and let it sit for a few seconds, then wipe off with a tissue or cotton wool. You may have to apply 2-3 times to get it all off, though, as this method doesn’t cut through the formula as well as oil does.
A break-down of the shades
15 Lover: A soft pink with a mauve undertone, it’s a great daily lip colour for ladies who don’t like or can’t wear a bold lip for their day to day look. The pigmentation is consistent for a one swipe application and it
80 Ruler: New in the Un-nudes collection, this is a dark dusky rose pink with brown undertones. Strong pigmentation that applies in one swipe.
25 Heroine: A vivid coral orange, the pigmentation isn’t as strong as other shades so a single swipe leaves the application looking more pink toned and partly sheer, but a double swipe takes it to an opaque orange coral. Not for the faint of heart, and not to be confused by some online swatches as being an orange toned red on fair skin.
20 Pioneer: The perfect rich wine red, a flattering dark red for all skin tones. Strong pigmentation that applies in one swipe.
50 Voyager: On fair skin, a dark rusty raisin with brown tones. It definitely will not read as a dark red on fair skin tones, despite what the tube colour suggests, but may read more red on darker skin tones. Strong pigmentation that applies in one swipe.
For reference, I have fair skin with yellow undertones and dark red dyed hair, Fiery Red by Garnier Nuriesse Ultracolour.
Available shade range: Including the new Un-Nudes shade range, there’s 20 shades. The original 10 included several daily wear muted pinks, a bright pink, an orange, and the red tones. The Un-Nude range revolves around purple/grey tones and browns.
Where to buy: In the UK it’s available in-store for £9.99 anywhere that sells Maybelline products, and online from Superdrug (often included in ‘3 for 2’ or ‘buy 1 get 2nd half price’ offers,) Boots, ASOS and other beauty retailers. Globally, check with your local Maybelline stockist or domestic online stockists.
Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5. The only way this lipstick could be improved is if they tweaked the formula to a truly matte finish without losing any of the staying power or comfort.