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8 Brown Matte Lipsticks Because '90s Grunge Is Back


It's hardly a secret that '90s beauty is here to stay. From the runways to the real world, we're continuing to see inspiring iterations of beauty looks from one of our favorite eras. While full brows and big hair may be easy elements to get behind, brown matte lipstick can be a trickier '90s trend to work-but we urge you to give it a go.

For one, brown lipstick instantly amplifies your makeup look while acting as a fresh alternative to bold reds or bright pinks. It's a more statement-making take on popular nudes and neutrals and, of course, serves up a welcome dose of '90s nostalgia. Furthermore, though the shade can be daunting, brown matte lipstick is ultra flattering on a range of skin tones. Whether you prefer to work cool cocoa colors or warm cinnamon hues, there are so many beautiful shades of brown lipstick on the market. Keep scrolling to see some of our favorites.

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in In Deep $55Shop

Leave it to Tom Ford to conjure up an alluring lipstick formula that imparts a velvet matte finish in a shade of brown that exudes '90s glamour.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick in Naughty by Nature $21Shop

For a long-wearing look that stays put, this liquid formula from Too Faced's Melted Matte collection serves up the perfect shade of deep chocolate. Lips look super smooth beneath the matte finish, moisturized with antioxidant-rich avocado oil and vitamin E.

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in True Grit $24Shop

This liquid lipstick is specifically formulated with a primer oil complex as to not dry out lips. Without flaking or feathering, it delivers a deep, warm brown hue that lasts for eight hours.

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Rock $28Shop

Dark chocolate lovers get a dose of deliciously high-pigmented color with this lipstick crayon that allows for detailed precision.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Rust $18Shop

For a brown lipstick that reads a tinge redder, this formulation from Anastasia Beverly Hills serves up a lovely shade of rich raisin brown.

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in XYZ $19Shop

Lips will look hydrated and smooth as can be with this moisturizing cream-to-matte finish in a warm, flattering hue of cinnamon beige.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Lonely Heart $27Shop

For a statement punch of color in a velvety matte finish, try this precise pencil lipstick in a dramatic chocolate brown.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Vixen $20Shop

Described as “a poisonous deep brown,” this dark shade is aptly named Vixen and sets in a transfer-free finish that's perfectly matte and boasts long-wear staying power.

Next up, here's how to find the perfect shade of lipstick for your skin tone.