Jessica Torres

I tried the drugstore version of Kat Von D’s matte lipsticks

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The biggest downfall of being a makeup lover is how expensive it can be. Most items in my makeup bag do come from a drugstore but there are certain things I don’t mind splurging for, and one of those things for me is – matte lipstick.

Ever since I discovered matte lipsticks I have never gone back to any other formula. Many of them can be drying and feel like the moisture from your lips is being drained. The first matte liquid lipstick I ever tried, and the one that got me hooked on matte lipsticks, was Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($15.) As I experimented with more I found Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid lipsticks, and even though they go for $20, I have been hooked ever since.

I recently came upon Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipstick and decided to give them a try. Little did I know I would find a less expensive alternative for a liquid lipstick I was faithfully bound to.

Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipstick comes in 20 different shades and retail for $7 a piece.

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I had a hard time selecting the colors but I ended up buying Fighter, Pioneer, Driver, and Huntress.

The first color I decided to give a try was Fighter.


Once I opened the lipstick the first thing I noticed was the sweet vanilla smell. I tried it on and it wore similar to Kat Von D’s formula. I had it on for a full working day and even after lunch it didn’t budge, I was physically SHOOK. I was officially excited to try the other colors.

Red lipstick is a staple in my makeup bag so I had to try their only true red option, Pioneer.Facetune_01-02-2018-16-40-44

I really wasn’t a fan of this tone of red. I prefer my reds to be would be brighter and with a little less dark undertone in it.

There is no better way to test lipstick than by making out or eating.


Since ya girl is single AF we had to test it with some lunch. The red lipstick slightly faded in the inner part of the mouth and most importantly it didn’t stain my chin.

The second to last lipstick I tried I was Driver their palest ‘nude.’


I usually would never wear nudes this pale but I was happy I tried it. This shade dried much faster than the other colors I tried without drying my lips.

I gave this lipstick the lunch test as well.


The fade of the lipstick was much more noticeable than the other lipsticks but it was nothing I couldn’t fix with a quick retouch. I can’t forget to mention that it would be great to have more nude options for WOC that are much darker than I am.

The last and final color kept it real with me.


I tried Huntress on the last day and I was so surprised at how pretty and unique the color was.

I gave this color the lunch test as well and clearly, it failed.


My lipstick didn’t stand a chance.  Under my lips and my chin also suffered the consequences. The truth is the lipstick held up better than I thought. It goes for $7 and held up just as well if not better than Kat Von D’s matte lip stains.

Final review:


The color options were beautiful and the quality of the $7 formula held up like a $20 lipstick did. Even though the color Huntress faded much more dramatically than the others it was just like I was wearing Kat Von D’s dark matte lipsticks.

This is definitely a collection worth trying.