Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink – A Mask-Proof Lipstick?

I have a theory that everyone’s either an eye or lip person when it comes to makeup. Even if you like to wear a full face every day, there’s always one feature you prefer to exaggerate. Yes, I’ve come across the occasional cheek person too but they’re quite rare. Eyebrow people shouldn’t exist – your brows should be the frame rather than the picture.

I’m definitely a lip girl and we’ve had a hard time of it in 2020 (yes I know there are far worse things in the world but this is a makeup blog after all.) The question of how to wear my signature red lip under a mask has plagued me (ahem) since I went back to work in September.

MAC’s Lady Danger has been my staple since 2012. It’s a great lipstick but definitely not smudge proof and wholly unsuited to being worn under a mask. Unwilling to part with it, I tried various ways of making it stay put. I blotted it, layered with loose powder and sprayed Urban Decay setting spray on it. The setting spray worked if I was popping into the shops but nothing prevented it coming off when I had to wear a mask all day long at work.

I had to admit defeat and find a replacement. Enter Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink. These liquid lipsticks do exactly what they say on the tin – they’re matte and they stay put. Once dry they not only stay on under a mask but, as I later found, they’re an absolute bugger to get off with anything other than an oil based product. If you don’t have a cleansing oil then baby oil or coconut oil would work.

I have to say, I don’t love the feel of these lipsticks as much as the MAC ones I’m used to. But that’s the pay off for having a product that doesn’t budge. They have great pigment, aren’t streaky and have the right amount of working time before they dry.

The shades I bought were Dancer – a vivid red and the closest shade to Lady Danger, and Loyalist – a pinky brown nude. Dancer is perfect for me but I wish I’d gone for a darker nude than Loyalist, which is a bit pale for my taste but I’ll still wear it on days I want a natural look.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve found a solution to your mask makeup problems!

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  1. Zoe

    Hiya, the shades I use are pioneer (a nice deep red with a touch of blue,so it’s brightening) and escapist (a reddish purple, dramatic and gorgeous)
    I’ve got very full lips and they suit me down to the ground! Been using them for a few years as a budge-proof date lippy,as food and kisses don’t move them 😁

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