How To Choose The Best Lipstick Formula For You?

Types of Lipstick Finishes and Lipstick Formulas - Maybelline India

Lipsticks can be a “go-to” makeup product when you want to refresh quickly for any event without much effort. But the struggle hits when you roam the lipstick aisle aimlessly and return after a failed attempt to pick the shade or texture that matches you. We don’t blame you! When there are hundreds of different lipsticks out there in varying textures and finishes, finding the one that you like the best can be overwhelming.  


Soft and subtle or dramatic and bold are fine, but apart from the shade you also need to know the types of lipstick finishes and choose the right lipstick formula to look and feel the best version of yourself. But here’s the thing; it doesn’t need to be daunting. From intensely creamy lipstick finish to long-lasting satin lipstick, we’re here to help you choose the ideal lipstick formula based on your mood and occassion and stun any scene with ease.  

Types of Lipstick Finishes

1. Creamy Matte Lipstick

The creamy matte lipstick formula lies somewhere between satin and matte lipstick, giving you the best of both worlds. This lipstick finish is suitable for daily use and delivers a vibrant and crisp colour while keeping your lips feeling smooth and supple. If you love the look of matte lipstick but don’t want to compromise on the soft and creamy sensation, this is the best pick for you. Heading out for dinner and needing a long-lasting satin lipstick that keeps your lips looking velvety, luxe, and fuzzy? You can go for the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte range which is available in a wide variety of hydrating lip colours. It’s time to play up your pout with one of the best velvet lipsticks that contain ultra-flattering shades such as nude, pink, red, plum, and more, in a creamy lipstick formula.  

2. Bullet Lipstick

Are you on the hunt for an ultra-matte lipstick finish that doesn’t make your lips feel uncomfortable? Try the Maybelline Color Sensational Ultimattes that deliver more matte, more colour intensity, and have a lightweight feel. This lipstick comes in a luxe bullet form with beautiful shades that flatter a wide variety of skin tones. The ultra-matte lipstick formula is enriched with jojoba oil and packed with high-impact pigments that have a lightweight blurring formula. 

3. Liquid Matte Lipstick

Liquid matte lipsticks aren’t shiny. These lipstick formulas are smooth and offer a long-lasting, smudge-proof, and waterproof colour that is often not possible with creamy lipsticks as they might wear off from eating, drinking and general activities. We recommend you choose this lipstick finish if you want to keep your pout coloured and comfortable all day. But it is very important to prep your lips before applying matte lipstick. Use the Maybelline Baby Lips Lipcare balm to heal, soothe and prevent your lips from over-drying and chapping.  


• Off to work? Go for the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick which is waterproof and lasts up to 16 hours. Maybelline’s Matte Ink lipstick formula is made of an intensely pigmented formula that does not dry out your lips and ensures a precise application every time.  


• Going for a date? Eat, drink, kiss, repeat and enjoy the feeling of a liquid matte lipstick without any stickiness with the super affordable Maybelline Sensational Liquid Matte Lipstick. This is one of the best types of lipstick finishes as it is surprisingly weightless and delivers intense colour in a single swipe. 

4. Crayon Lipstick

A lip crayon is usually a lipstick that comes in a super adorable and convenient crayon form. This lipstick finish is perfect for the ones who are on the go and have an active and bustling lifestyle. The crayon lipstick formula keeps you going through the day without fading or smudging. Moreover, these types of lipstick finishes are also super easy to use and glide across your lips with ease. If you are on the go and want to amp up your lip game effortlessly, go for the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon Lipstick. Maybelline’s crayon lipstick formula lasts up to eight hours and is available in a variety of shades for you to choose from.  

5. Vinyl Lipstick

If you’re the one who loves a shiny colour that stays for long hours, the vinyl liquid lipstick is the perfect pick for you. This type of lipstick finish adds highly pigmented colour with a touch of gloss to your lips. It helps you achieve a shine that looks both, healthy and coloured. We recommend trying the Maybelline Superstay Vinyl Ink Liquid Lipstick which defies smudging and transfer and provides an instant glossy finish for up to 16 hours. It is available in eight shades ranging from poppy brights to saturated red tones and even the perfect everyday neutrals, to choose the one that suits your outfit and mood.


Now that you are aware of the types of lipstick finishes, this is one thing ticked off your list. So, let’s move to another struggle that most of us face – how to choose a lipstick shade that complements you the most? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Solve the dilemma by trying out all the lip colours online, from red lipstick shades to brown lipstick shades and more with the Maybelline Virtual Try-On tool where you can experiment with different products virtually and finalise your eye makeup, face makeup or lip makeup, from the comfort of your home, without spending a single penny. Additionally, to find out your ideal foundation, concealer, and powder shade match, answer a few questions on the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool and look the best from the rest!