If you’ve been on instagram lately you’ve probably seen the hype around the latest from Fenty The Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks have been all over my feed these past few weeks with their debut at Sephora. I was stocking up on a few products in early January when I saw that the shade Griselda could be redeemed for 100 Sephora beauty insider points. Of course I decided Why not!? I’ve been wearing it a fair amount this month to get a feel for the formula. Here are my thoughts…
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick
At A Glance
Fenty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick weighs 1.7 grams comes in 14 different shades. It retails at Sephora for $23CAD. Mattemoiselle is free of parabens, phthalates, & sulfates and claims to be creamy, pigmented, weightless, & non-feathering. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is cruelty free.
I find it hard to not be obsessed with this packaging. The little black box the lipstick came in clearly states the brand and product name in black and white and the reflective octagonal gold case is absolutely stunning! It’s a lipstick you actually want to leave out on your vanity or desk because it’s truly that beautiful to look at. It isn’t often that I’m stunned by great packaging and Fenty has got it down.
The top of the gold casing lid has the letters “FB” for Fenty Beauty and the tip of the lipstick itself had the same impression in the lipstick before I used it.
Application & Pigmentation
The very first thing I noticed about the formula is that Mattemoiselle doesn’t apply smoothly when applying directly from the tube to the lips. It applied unevenly which was of course accentuated by the fact that Griselda is a very dark, bold shade. After a failed attempt I had to pull out a lip brush to paint in the uneven spots. With a brush you should be able to get the lipstick coverage you want. The pigmentation is fantastic, when worn the shade Griselda looked the same on my lips as it did in the tube. You really get the shade you think you’re getting!
This lipstick was described as a creamy matte on Sephora’s website so I was surprised at how dry it felt on my lips. Once I had worn down the top layer of lipstick and was applying a fresh layer it felt a bit more comfortable, but overall Mattemoiselle felt very drying to me. This could be partly due to the fact that I already have dry lips, but even with a lip balm underneath this was dryer that I expected. It felt like a matte liquid lipstick that had dried down. The upside of this is that the formula doesn’t really move around a lot once it’s applied. I didn’t really experience any feathering which is a must especially for such a dark shade.
Wear Time & Transfer
Mattemoiselle doesn’t last all day, especially when eating and drinking is involved (and if it isn’t involved, it should be! Everyone’s got to eat). I wore this shade for a few nights out and I noticed immediate transferring on the rim of my glass. I had to take care to always drink from the same spot. Luckily as it wears away it doesn’t smudge all over my face which is a plus. Unfortunately after a few drinks, a meal and dessert my lipstick had abandoned me.
In the photo above from my Day to Night Glam post you can see that while Griselda looks nice, around the centre of my lips the shade is brighter than the rest of the application. I really struggled to get even coverage in this area and absolutely needed a lip brush for the process.
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstuck is nice (and a mouthfull), and if you can get a sample go for it. Otherwise I don’t really see it becoming a favourite lipstick for me anytime soon. $23 is a lot for many people to spend on a lipstick, especially if you’re a student or trying to pay bills or a mortgage. When I spend money on a high end lipstick I want it to be awesome — smooth, pigmented and longwearing, and Mattemoiselle doesn’t check all the boxes for me.
Have you worn Fenty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick?
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