The big makeup trend for 2013 is brite n' matte lips. Pinks, reds, plums - all matte and all opaque. I think this trend is something everyone can jump into because it requires minimal skill to pull off. Plus, it would look good on just about any set of features and complexions! Loud lips are also a good excuse for girls who don't want to wear much makeup, as they require only a flawless base, some mascara, and polished brows to look modern and ultra-cool.
The Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color (P1,350), released last quarter, is something you should look into if you like matte lipsticks. The formula is opaque in one layer, doesn't transfer, and lasts over six hours even with eating and drinking. It is dry, as expected from matte lipsticks, but it doesn't flake compared to its drugstore counterparts.
Creamy Matte glides on nicely even with the dry texture. I don't wear a lip balm under it if my lips are in prime condition, but if they're dry, I just apply a very thin layer. I allow the balm get absorbed for a few minutes before wiping it off so as not to mess with the formula of the lipstick. Tip: the more lip balm you leave under matte lipsticks, the more they are inclined to slide off. Kinda defeats the purpose, IMHO! You have to experiment with the right ratio per lipstick.
Calypso is described as a pink coral in the website, but I think that definition needs to be expanded. It's a hot, bright pink that has an intense, coral red note. Very attention-grabbing! I would normally wear this with almost bare eyes, but since I wanted to photograph other products for review, I had on smoky purple makeup. It's not something I would recommend for day wear. :P
Phone picture, hence the grainy finish
Plus points: the Creamy Matte Lip Color doesn't have a scent, does not dehydrate lips (don't you just hate the feeling of sore lips after wearing matte lipstick?), and comes in a glossy, hefty bullet that feels posh.
Minus points: enhances fine lines and flakes if you have any, so you have to make sure your lips look good first before wearing it.
Overall, the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color is great to try if you're looking for a matte lipstick that you can rely on. There are trendy brights in the 12-color collection, but there are also wearable everyday shades if that's what you're into. Its best feature is perhaps the longwearing, non-drying texture. Love it!