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Max Factor Velvet Matte Lipsticks

Meet your next lipstick. Oh yes, I’m that confident you’re going to like these. I’m all for pricey lipsticks in their weighted, shiny packaging that feel like silky magic on the lips and warrant their own little bag with a bow on top but good god, give me something budget friendly, with cheap and slightly uninspired packaging with a magical little product inside and I’m twice as excited. Maybe thrice.

Max Factor are great and one of those slightly underrated brands jostling for attention in Boots. At this stage, you probably know their blushes are deadly (both powder and cream), their mascaras are some of my favourites and they also seem to be one of the few brands that offer decently pale options in their bases. Anyway, point is they know their way around a great product, just they can get a little lost standing next to the sexier makeup stands. But behold the sexiness lads. Hidden within these relatively plain tubes are lipsticks that are gorgeous and begging to be worn. Don’t be turned off by the fact these are billed at matte, you’re going to love them.
I’m not great with mattes but I do dig a velvety variety. These are infused with butters and oils (like all the great food stuffs) so I figured we’d get on like a house on fire and I was right. Each shade is consistently great, super soft and pigmented and glides across the lips, giving serious colour. They feel lightweight on and manage to avoid most of that uncomfortable ‘I’ve been out on the bender of all benders and need 2 litres of water and a breakfast roll in the next 5 minutes or I’ll pass out’ lip look that drives me bananas with the worst mattes. The soft, satin finish means these are about as flattering as you can hope for a matte to be and the shade selection is spot on, with a nice mix of pretty lighter hues and sex bomb shades.
As these are of the super soft satin end of things, it means the longevity isn’t going to rival the most tried and true mattes, but I forgive them that fault in a heartbeat because everything else about them is great. For under a tenner each, I think they’re a fabulous little buy and you’d be mad to not at least swatch the arm off yourself and at least see the shades and finish up close.

If you feel the urge to splurge, these are available on Max Factor stands for €10.99 or Feel Unique have them for €9.59 each here

*Samples featured but no b******t

So girls are any of these shades tickling your fancy or do you hate matte lippies?


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  • Ah love your lipstick posts, because you swatch and show photos of them on the lips xx siobhan

  • thesundaygirluk

    Now these are right up my street – I’ll need to buy a few x

  • Dena-Jayne McGuinness

    These shades are beautiful, very spring like! I love 05 and 20!

    Dena | Dena Jayne | Bloglovin xo

  • They’re all gorgeous on you, particularly 25 and 30! I don’t think I’ve ever tried a Max Factor lipstick, but I love how more affordable brands are doing matte and liquid lipsticks.

    Emma x

  • These are all lovely, I especially like the more coral shades xxx

  • These sound dreamy, Yav! Shame that we don’t have Max Factor here but I’ll see if there will be anything similar for CoverGirl which is the sister brand of Max Factor.

  • They sound fab! All the shades are super nice too x

  • fashion for lunch

    Ohh I love the look of number 35!!!!!!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Ooh now they all look really good, im not sure I could choose between them, I love Matte10 x

  • Makeup Musings

    These look so good!

  • I have never seen these before, love the nude shade x

  • These do look fab! Very classic lipsticky x

  • I have nude and I love it xx

  • Rose & Nude look like shades I would! So pretty.

  • I don’t mind matte lipsticks, especially if they’re more like velvets then flat mattes but I just really, really wish that Max Factor would up their packaging game. It always looks and feels so cheap I really think it’s their biggest downfall because they have some really nice products xx


  • Yiotou_La

    These shades are gorgeous!!!! I am so tempted to try these, they are so beautiful and perfect for this season! xx


  • I much prefer satin over matte and I like Max Factor blushes, so I will pay more attention to their lipstick selection next time I am at my local DM.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking