Ronna Bonifacio | Review: Cheapest true matte lipstick
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Review: Cheapest true matte lipstick

I have a thing for lipsticks. They are my cosmetic Achilles Heel. When I treat myself, that’s usually what I like to go for and when I want to discover a cheap find, that’s also what I try out in beauty counters. When my husband and I taught at a marriage preparation class at church last week, he recounted how I always use it as my wager when we bet on things–like how a movie will end, or some factoid we’re both very sure about–“If I win, you have to buy me lipstick”. I remember how a couple of years ago, when we were only engaged, we had a fight while in the mall and when we reunited after parting ways to run errands, he knew we were okay because I had painted my lips a bright fuchsia which I also bought to feel better. Hehe. I think my love for lipstick is inevitable and something I had to inherit from my mom, the original lipstick fiend.

I usually gravitate towards matte, full-color lipsticks because I really like that look. Plus, in spite of my love for makeup, I’m actually quite lazy to retouch. So I usually prefer to have my makeup last reaaaaally long, like, a whole workday type of long. I’ve only been discovering the beauty of sheer lipsticks and those with buildable coverage. The most I used to go was creamy and satin finishes. I despise(d) lipstick that would disappear after a cup of coffee or eating. So matte lipstick was really all I could count on.

From top: Purty Persimmon, Sugar Plum Fairy and Bare It All (left) and swatches of (from top) Bare It All, Purty Persimmon and Sugar Plum Fairy (right).

From top: Purty Persimmon, Sugar Plum Fairy and Bare It All (left) and swatches of (from top) Bare It All, Purty Persimmon and Sugar Plum Fairy (right).

My first tube of Wet n Wild’s Megalast Lipstick was in 2011, because I wanted to discover a cheap makeup find. I wasn’t expecting much as I usually do when I’m trying out an affordable product because I figure, you get what you paid for. But boy, was I wrong about this one! (Thankfully! Because that phrase can also go the wrong way with expensive makeup. Sigh.) I first tried 900B Pink Suga which to this day, I still say is the perfect nude for me. I found that it stayed long enough (my point of reference are MAC Satin/Cremesheen finish lipsticks) and was not drying on the lips. The brand claims a four-hour longevity but I’m pretty sure it lasts longer, even with eating and drinking. It also wasn’t too creamy, the usual finish I find with drugstore matte lipsticks which renders the adjective “matte” useless, donchathink? I’ll let Tina Fey sum up how I felt when I discovered these lipsticks:

Uh-huh. That's absolutely how I feel inside when I discover a cheap makeup find.Β Borrowed from's Tumblr account

Uh-huh. That’s absolutely how I feel inside when I discover a cheap makeup find.Β Borrowed from’s Tumblr account

It’s not as matte as a MAC Matte lipstick or the Retro Mattes, but for P299, it performs way better than other lipsticks at a similar price point. A quick Google search will also show you that many of its shades are said to be dupes of MAC lipsticks.  The three shades I’ve got are supposedly dupes of:

  • MAC So Chaud – Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Purty Persimmon
  • MAC Rebel – Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy
  • MAC Half n Half – Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstck in Bare It All (that’s what I think though, not ze Internet)
Get these bold lip looks with a P299 lipstick! (Jessica Alba's photo from and Emma Watson's photo is from

Get these bold lip looks with a P299 lipstick! (Jessica Alba’s photo from and Emma Watson’s photo is from

What I love about this goldmine of a lipstick is it’s a very affordable way to try out a trend or a lip color you might not sure might work for you. I bought the Purty Persimmon when all the beauty reports for Spring/Summer 2014 said orange lipstick was the biggest trend and Sugar Plum Fairy because I’ve been wanting to get the berry lip of MAC Rebel but each time I swiped that actual shade I looked more Morticia Adams than Emma Watson. πŸ™

I still don’t get the berry lips with Sugar Plum Fairy–I think it’s my skintone that’s making the lipstick’s purple show up more than the red–but I’m glad I was able to scratch that itch and save me some P700! (I think my husband is happier about that latter part, though.)

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick are still the cheapest true matte lipsticks I've found, 3 years after I stumbled upon them.

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick are still the cheapest true matte lipsticks I’ve found, 3 years after I stumbled upon them.

As for the packaging, it comes in that black plastic tube and a clear cap which feels a bit flimsy. If packaging is quite a consideration for you, that may be this lippie’s only downside. I have to say though that none of my lipsticks have fallen apart despite its frail trappings. πŸ™‚ I’ve just mysteriously gotten a bit of lipstick on the tops of the caps even if I don’t twist my lipstick all the way up to the top, but both of these details can be overlooked for its price.

I read that the Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick’s reds are great, and the other nudes and bold pinks look great too. I’m thinking of trying Cherry Bomb next, a dupe for MAC Diva. Have you tried the Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick? Which one is your favorite? If you have a cheap matte lipstick you swear by, I’d love to find out! Let me know below (trans: I want to try it too, hehe)!

  • NN
    Posted at 13:06h, 25 August

    I love them! Whenever I can’t afford a MAC Lipstick, I run to Wet N Wild so I can satisfy that urge. LOL I’ve got five of them (all at once just because… And I don’t regret that!), and they’re the most used of all. I’ve got Purty Persimmon, Bare It All, Ravin’ Raisin, Cherry Bomb and Spiked With Rum. I’m itching to buy Just Peachy and Pinkerbell.

    Honestly though, if I can just afford to buy them all at once… πŸ˜›


    These lipsticks are cheaper online, I got mine for 160 ea, but one sells it at 115 only!

    • Ronna Capili Bonifacio
      Posted at 15:45h, 25 August

      Hi NN! I totally understand that "to satisfy an urge" bit, I think I unconsciously do that too. πŸ˜€ how’s Cherry Bomb? Is it like MAC Diva? Oh those online price points make it even more tempting to stock up! Thanks for the comment and for reading.

  • Erika
    Posted at 10:10h, 19 February

    Hi sis! what online did you buy yours for 160? πŸ™‚

    • Ronna Capili Bonifacio
      Posted at 12:15h, 19 February

      Hi Erika! I got mine from the department stores, not online sellers πŸ™‚

  • Leslen
    Posted at 16:34h, 24 July

    Hello.. online seller ako.. 150php each kaso limited shades nlng ee..

  • Leslen
    Posted at 16:37h, 24 July

    Shades available..
    Cherry picking
    Red velvet
    Wine room
    Vamp it ip
    Rose bud
    Stoplignt red
    Sugar plum fairy
    Cinnamon spice

  • Paula
    Posted at 11:58h, 18 October

    Hi, May I know the department store you get it from? Thank you! πŸ™‚

    • Ronna Capili Bonifacio
      Posted at 11:10h, 03 December

      Hi Paula, I bought it from SM Department Store. πŸ™‚