Tested on animals:No
Matte lipstick's come a long way since the days of drying formulas that cracked and flaked, and Kevyn Aucoin's The Matte Lip Color is a great example of what modern matte lipsticks get right! This has a laundry list of positive qualities, and were it not for a couple of minor missteps (we'll get to those in a sec), this would have walked off with our highest rating!
Like all of Kevyn Aucoin's products, this features glamourous packaging; in this case it's a sleek, slim black tube with gold accents. The lipstick itself is very creamy, especially for a matte formula, and applies easily without tugging. The brand describes The Matte Lip Color as being rich in pigment and that's certainly true, as a single swipe of this lipstick imparts bold color. The initial finish is more of a creamy matte than a true matte, but as it wears it sets to a more classic matte finish that lasts and lasts—we wore this more than 8 hours and the color was still bold with only slight fading (and we'd eaten a couple of times, too!).
More to love, The Matte Lip Color doesn't bleed or settle into lip lines during its impressive wear time, and doesn't feel drying. We should point out that just because the color lasts, that doesn't mean this is transfer-resistant—if you drink a cup of coffee, you'll definitely leave a lipstick stain. However, Kevyn Aucoin doesn't claim it to be transfer-proof, just long-lasting, which it certainly is. A good range of color options is available, with shades that can suite a variety of skin tones.
The reason this lipstick didn't earn our top rating is that it does have an initially-strong artificial fruit fragrance that lingers for about a half-hour after you apply it. It contains the fragrance ingredient eugenol, which poses a risk of irritation (though since it is near the end of the ingredient list, that risk is slight).
What about claims on the brand's site that this formula "guarantees to minimize wrinkles over time?" Though this does contain some emollients and a small amount of vitamins E and C, it's not an anti-aging product in the slightest, and is not likely to have any meaningful impact on lip lines. You're better off using an antioxidant-rich lip balm underneath to get those benefits!
These caveats aside, Kevyn Aucoin's The Matte Lip Color is a luxurious lip product that lives up to most of its claims and performs beautifully. If you're interested in this makeup artist brand, it's definitely one of the standout products to try!
- Creamy lipstick applies easily without tugging.
- Sets to a classic matte finish.
- Wears 8 hours with only slight fading.
- Doesn't bleed or settle into lip lines, and doesn't feel drying.
- Comes in a good range of colors
- Has a strong initial fragrance.
- Fragrance ingredient eugenol poses a risk of irritation.
- Claims that this can reduce lip wrinkles are iffy.