Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks are, hands down, my favourite lipstick. They are as close to infallible as I’ve ever found a lip colour to be, able to survive even eating a burger with only minimal wear-off on the inner lip, and their slightly tacky but transfer-proof feel keeps them comfortable all day.
Their original launch included 10 colours, followed by their Un-nude collection which included 10 more in, as the name suggests, both expected and unexpected neutral tones. Their latest expansion, the City Edition, adds 10 more shades to the range, but I struggled to find any swatches of the shades online when the colours launched. Impatient as I am, I did as much sleuthing as I could online before winging it with an order for the shades I thought most likely to suit me from Superdrug.com, where they were included in their famous 3 for 2 offer.
I’ve got 6 of the 10 new shades swatched and detailed for you below; Composer, Founder, Ground-Breaker, Dancer, Artist and Inspirer. Let’s go!
A soft medium pink, a perfect neutral shade for daily wear.
A rich dark pink with slightly plummy undertones, great for ladies prefer rich pinks over bright pinks.
A bright true red, filling the gap between the red shades Pioneer (rich, deep brick red) and Heroine (very bright orange red, almost coral) released in the Matte Ink original launch. A that will work red for most skin tones.
An orange-toned rich terracotta, the Weasleys in lipstick form. I found this shade very hard to accurately photograph, but it’s a gorgeous autumnal rust that I was surprised to find I truly love.
A dark but muted raspberry shade, great for ladies who love the idea of berry lips but worry about shades that pull too purple or apply darker than they look in the tube.
A dark burgundy with brown undertones, almost exactly matches my hair colour.
This is the only shade that I found didn’t apply smoothly and with solid pigmentation. It was a little streaky when I applied, but gets progressively darker with each layer applied while attempting to even it out. I think applying with a lipbrush rather than the doe foot applicator might make it easier to get an even, non-streaky finish that doesn’t darken the colour dramatically beyond the 1.5-2 layers I applied in the pictures above.
The only shade I was a bit disappointed with was Composer, not purely because of the slightly patchy application but also because it turned out to be much darker than I would typically wear, which is my fault for not heeding the warning of the very dark packaging. The rest, though, are lovely, and once I can find a local store with testers available I’ll be interested to see if Globetrotter or Self-starter might work for me too.