There’s nothing worse than a gorgeous lip shade that steers more drab than fab once you put it on. That is precisely why—if chosen correctly—we adore the look of a strong matte shade. And while this is an undeniably superglam look, some matte formulas crack and dry out lips over time (so not chic). To assure your makeup bag is chock-full of only products that make your pout perfect, we tested several matte options to discover which are the best—so that you don’t have to. From tinted balms to velvety pencils, our picks assure your kisser stays on point right throughout the season of awkward mistletoe moments.