They’re baaaaaack. No, I’m not talking about poltergeists, Carol Anne. I’m referring to a resurgence of matte makeup products. Shine and shimmer have dominated makeup for the last several years, but more and more matte lipsticks, eye shadows and blushes appear each day.
MAC heralded the trend with last fall’s Matte2 collection, but since then a number of lines have re-embraced the look.
If you don’t have much experience with matte eye shadows, the Stay Matte shades may be worth a try because the colors are less intense than those in the MAC Matte2 line. I think that makes them a little easier to use.
Stay Matte’s slightly translucent colors result in sheer, soft looks that are very forgiving — fantastic for makeup newbies still working on their brush and application skills — yet the shades themselves are easily buildable if you’re looking for more intense color. I have two of the darker shades, Chocolate Chip (cool brown) and Midnight (soft black), which I like to pair with something neutral for easy work looks. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
In addition to the Stay Matte eye shadows, the Clinique Modern Matte collection features a few other choice makeup pickings:
Many cream blushes don’t last very long on cheeks, but Clinique’s Blushwear Cream Stick ($18.50) in Very Blush stays put for hours. This limited edition cream-to-powder shade is super easy to use and produces lovely, natural cheeks, even when I’m in a rush. I just dot the stick directly onto the apples of my cheeks, blend and voila — a natural, plum-colored flush. Oh, yeah, and it’s oil-free, to boot. Loving this! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Clinique consistently does one thing really well when it comes to lip products: they make ’em moisturize like a mofo. Just like their Glosswear and Superbalm formulas, their new High Impact Lip Colour lipsticks ($14) will keep your lips feeling soft and supple, and each of the available shades contains SPF 15. The shade I have, Red-y to Wear, is a shiny, highly pigmented tomato red. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Defining Lip Liner ($14) delivers definition and color with Clinique’s trademark moisturization. It’s a creamy texture and glides without tugging. I like pairing Pomegranate (a dusty rose pink) with Clinique’s Bamboo Pink Glosswear. I also like Red-y or Not, which works perfectly with Red-y to Wear. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
Swatches from left to right: Red-y or Not, Pomegranate, Red-y to Wear, Very Blush, Midnight, Chocolate Chip
I was pleasantly surprised by this collection. Mattes are usually something either loved or hated, but I think Clinique did a good job with these. They’re user friendly and highly wearable — two things I really appreciate.
Want to play with Clinique’s mattes? Check ’em out at your nearby Clinique counter or online.
Heya! Happy Monday! I went with vampire lips today and Red-y to wear in homage to Breaking Dawn.
Don’t forget to submit your personal beauty horror story today in the book giveaway! I’ll be picking winners at random tonight.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,