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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Lipstick Review

POPSUGAR Australia has partnered with Maybelline to help you serve bold lip looks on every occasion.

Matte lipsticks are my ultimate makeup love. I know that glossy, shiny lips have experienced a huge resurgence over the last two years (thank you Rihanna, Euphoria and general '00s nostalgia), but, to me, nothing beats a bold, smouldering matte lip look.

While a bold matte lip might look fantastic, it doesn't always offer a lot of security when it comes to dinners, drinks (and, of course, kisses) with the threat of cracks and smudges always looming just a little.

Since lockdowns reduced my boyfriend's birthday plans to an order-in-and-Netflix situation, we finally had a weekend open up for a little do-over date night.

We've been together for almost three-and-a-half years, so I absolutely know there have been (multiple) instances in where he's witnessed smudged, cracked or total flop lippy looks — (trying to pull off black lipstick on our first ever Splendour In The Grass trip together was a complete fail).

I'm always on the hunt for drugstore lipsticks that offer full coverage and don't budge, so I thought it'd be the perfect time to try out Maybelline's SuperStay Matte Ink lipstick in the shade Amazonian — a luscious, brown hue.

I paired the lip with a simple bronze-gold eyeshadow, light-coverage powder foundation, peachy blush and lashings of highlighter.

Judging from the application, it seemed promising — the lipstick has a rich, creamy formula, and a surprisingly sweet scent. It did take a while to set, but I do find that fast-setting matte lips have a thinner consistency and end up cracking early into the night. I generally line my lips pre-matte lipstick, but I found this thick enough to provide enough coverage and depth without. It was all wins so far.

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