Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick by theBalm

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The new Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipsticks by theBalm ($17 each)

“Ladies and lipstick-loving gentlemen, allow me to introduce my friend here. He’s from theBalm, he costs $17, and his name is Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick. Go on, Matt(e)! Say hi to everyone.”


“Oops, I’m sorry. You’ll have to excuse Matt(e). He’s not much of a talker on account of him being a liquid lipstick with a matte finish.”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Devoted

“Matt(e) and I have been ‘friends’ for a few weeks now 🙂 — yes, ever since he showed up in theBalm’s permanent collection — and, well, I thought you might like to meet him because we’re getting pretty serious…”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Sentimental

“Yup, he’s everything my lips have ever wanted — Adoring (a merlot), Loyal (a deep red), Devoted (a bright red), Sentimental (a warm magenta), Charming (a rich mauve), Honest (a warm coral), Committed (a pinkish nude) and Chivalrous (a warm magenta).”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Charming

“We’re so compatible too! I mean, when he touches me with his doe-foot and — ohmigoodness! — softly caresses my lips, he leaves behind full-coverage opaque color and a lightweight, non-sticky formula that tastes and smells like minty vanilla.”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Honest

“I heard a rumor that he’s afraid of commitment, but I don’t know about that… Whenever we hang out, he doesn’t stray for at least four or five hours, and he’s not one of those flaky matte liquid lipsticks that breaks up on your lips in that time, either. He doesn’t even mind when my lips are dry. He’s always down to make out.”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Committed

“I’d be totally OK if you wanted to give him a kiss.”


“I’m serious! Just to test him out. 🙂 I want him back though.”

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Chivalrous

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Loyal

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Adoring

Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick by theBalm

  • They’re new to theBalm’s permanent line and available now in eight $17 shades.
  • Full-coverage matte liquid lipsticks with a moderately moisturizing formula, and compared to most matte liquid lipsticks, they feel fantastic.
  • As they fade (and also after meals), they leave behind a pretty matte stain.
  • The minty vanilla flavor and scent are kind of strong…like peppermint candy. I like it, but I’m just saying.
  • They’re very easy to apply with the doe-foot applicator, and you can even skip using a lip liner if you want.
  • The shades I’ve been wearing the most are coral Honest and pinkish nude Committed, both of which I think are excellent everyday colors.

PRICE: $17 each
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, and available now online and at theBalm counters in eight shades

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Beti says:

    I love the look of Devoted and Honest, I think they’re very pretty summery shades. I’m digging the liquid lipstick matte trend so these are going on my list to try 🙂
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  2. Kwmechelle says:

    The reds! The reds! They’re so pretty. Sounds like the formula is “dry lip friendly.” Which are the only lippies my pucker will date =)

    • Karen says:

      Yes they are! Usually liquid lipsticks suck all the moisture outta my lips but these don’t do that.

      How was housesitting? Did you end up trying the Minions eye look?

  3. Indya says:

    I need more liquid lipstick like I need a hole in the head! Curious about that Chivalrous pink though!
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  4. Lulle says:

    Wow, the deeper shades look fantastic! I also love Charming, it’s really beautiful. I might grab it for fall!
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  5. Kelly B. says:

    Le sigh, these are simply gorgeous and I want to buy them all! I have a feeling these are going to get me when I start buying matte lippies for fall 😀
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  6. Anna says:

    Some of these look slightly metallic – is it the pictures or are these not entirely matte? I’d totally love a metallic matte.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anna,

      Committed and Charming have a tiny bit of sheen in pics, but I think that’s because of the flash. In regular day light they’re matte.

  7. MonicaP says:

    BeaUtiful .. and I’m not quite the matte lip fan, but I think I’m in love with “Charming” .. and the reds are probably the best I’ve seen as well.

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  8. Rachel R. says:

    Charming and all the reds are beautiful. The lighter shades aren’t grabbing me as much; they look a little less opaque.

  9. Maggie says:

    Are these comparable to the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks? I know the application is a bit different (since those are a squeeze tube and these have a doe foot applicator) but they’re supposedly both liquid lipsticks.

  10. India says:

    Hehe I always giggle at The Balm’s names!
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  11. Vijaya says:

    Looooove that these aren’t drying. That’s the downfall of mattes in general for me, so I’ll be checking these out!
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  12. Loyal and Adoring call out to me. Now what does that say about my taste in men?
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  13. I’m getting sentimental.

    No, seriously, I’m literally getting Sentimental! 🙂
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  14. Amanda says:

    The marketing behind this is really disappointing to me. It’s too bad, because it seems like a nice formula and offering of colors.

  15. Kalli says:

    I think these are liquid matte lips I can get behind! They look so pretty and not like you’ve spread dried paint on your lips, haha.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Kalli,

      I’m very picky about liquid lipsticks and this is one of the few I can wear. I hope you give them a try!

      Have a happy Tuesday. 🙂

  16. Adoring looks HOT!
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  17. Pavithra says:

    I’ve been waiting for your review on these! I had my eyes on Charming and it doesn’t disappoint – looks fantastic on you! I loved the little instagram videos that TheBalm put out for these. Such a fun brand!
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  18. Erin says:

    I like that they don’t look chalky but the newer UD mattes might be more my speed!
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  19. Sandy P says:

    Karen, I have used Stainaic by The Balm …I think that was the name and liked it. But it didn’t stay as long as I had hoped. Love using a matte stain though. Hope this will last longer. How long did it stay for you and which is your favorite color?

  20. Tatiana says:

    Devoted, Charming and Loyal caught my eye! Until I got to the part about them being minty, vanilla scented. Yuk! I like my lippies unscented. I can barely tolerate MAC and lately I’ve been tossing the Chanels because of the scent.

  21. Fancie says:

    Ahh, more liquid lipsticks! There seems to be no escaping them lately lol. These look pretty nice though. The reds look mighty sexy and Charming looks really pretty too
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  22. Char says:

    OMG I love them!! I would love to see if they sit well on my lips, lipsticks of any variety seem to alwayssss make my lips look so flaky even though they’re not when I’ve got no lip product on.

  23. Zahra says:

    I absolutely love matte lipsticks, particularly MAC’s All Fired Up and Flat Out Fabulous but I hear the ABH liquid Lipsticks were really drying on the lips. After hearing these are even a little moisturising, I’m thinking they are deffo worth a try. I just hope they can be bought in Scotland.
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  24. Celeste says:

    How would you compare these liquid lipsticks to other liquid lipstick brands?

  25. Kristina Deokie says:


    All the Matte lipsticks I have tried dry so fast. I cannot stand it.
    Would do you recommend ?

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