You probably know this already, but we’re just going to put it out there: we are obsessed with lipstick. Cult brand coming out with a crazy new collection? Covered it. Celebs rocking a can’t-live-without color? Pushing it. So for this week’s edition of Splurge vs. Save, we thought we’d spotlight the innovative lip paint that’s been on the beautirati’s lips: matte liquid lipstick.
From the über upscale to the virtually obscure, every brand has its own version of these lipstick-gloss hybrids. They’re everything you could want in one luscious tube: intense pigment, fuss-free application, shine-free finish, maybe a little secret moisture, to boot. See our picks below!

SPLURGE: Lancôme L’Absolu Velours, P1,495 L’Absolu Velours is one of Lancôme’s best-selling and most-raved-about lip products. It boasts eight hours of wear, six times more pigment than the traditional “gloss,” and a hydrating soft matte finish. Each classic hue is housed in a tube so lovely, even your choosy mother will want in on the action. With an overall rating of 4.6 and a 100% vote of repurchase on MakeupAlley.com, we’d say this luxurious French lippie is one for the books. Good investment: FOUND.

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SAVE: Sleek Makeup Matte Me, P475 If you’re not quite willing to loosen up those purse strings, Sleek Makeup’s Matte Me is the perfect middle-ground option. This lip cream delivers the same vivid color and soft matte finish for only a third of the price. Its lightweight texture feels like a dream on your lips (the kind of dream you wish would never end). Plus, the no-budge formula keeps your statement pout poppin’ even after eating and drinking. No second coat needed!

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SUPER SAVE: Wet n’ Wild Mega Last Liquid Lip Color, P299 Always leave it to Wet n’ Wild to serve up an amazing steal. We’ve been pretty open in the past about our love for their Mega Last Lip Color, and we certainly feel the same about its liquid sister. The Mega Last Liquid Lip Color gives you opaque pigment in an instant. It’s conditioning (with a primer underneath) and pretty much featherlight. The ElastiSilk formula ensures the color stays transfer-proof. And for only P299? You might as well just stock up.

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Which tantalizing tube are you trying next: Lancôme’s luxurious lacquer, Sleek’s power pigment, or Wet n’ Wild’s weightless wonder cream? Pray, do tell.

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