The effect: Full-on drama.Matte lipsticks contain fewer oils and more pigment than other formulations, so they stay on lips longer and look more vibrant. Powders are added to the formulas to achieve a flat finish.
The effect: Soft and natural.Packed with hydrating ingredients, such as shea butter, beeswax, and vitamin E, sheer lipstick is comfortable and not heavy. But all those emollients mean you have to reapply often.
The effect: Classically polished.Creams (also called satins) are silicone-based, which helps them seal in moisture and adhere to lips. They are more opaque than sheers and last longer, and are great for daytime wear.
The effect: Festive and fun.With tiny light-reflecting particles of mica, silica, or synthetic pearl in their formulas, shimmers have a frosty finish. They're best left for nighttime.