February 3, 2015

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks - all 12 shades - swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

In this post I have all 12 shades of the new Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks to share with you. I was really surprised by the lip swatches in terms of which ones I thought I'd like and which ones I actually ended up liking. My favorite shade is Matte Popular. Read my full review below, after all the pics, to see all my thoughts on each shade and some tips to get them to look their best.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick
Shades: 01 Matte Bare, 02 Matte Blush, 03 Matte Frappuccino, 04 Matte Tease, 05 Matte Classy, 06 Matte Adorable, 07 Matte Popular, 08 Matte It Girl, 09 Matte Dare, 10 Matte Pretty, 11 Matte Caliente, 12 Matte Style
Continue scrolling down to see more pics of each individual shade.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick
Shade: 01 Matte Bare

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Shade: 02 Matte Blush

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick
Shade: 03 Matte Frappuccino

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick
Shade: 04 Matte Tease

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick
Shade: 05 Matte Classy

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick
Shade: 06 Matte Adorable

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick
Shade: 07 Matte Popular

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Shade: 08 Matte It Girl

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Shade: 09 Matte Dare

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Shade: 10 Matte Pretty

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Shade: 11 Matte Caliente

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Shade: 12 Matte Style

Jordana Modern Matte lipstick Info & Review
Cost: $2.49 (0.12 oz full size)
Availability: Available on the Jordana website, at Walgreens, and everywhere else Jordana Cosmetics are sold.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Kisses


Kiss your dry matte lipstick goodbye... Say hello to the Modern Matte! Modern Matte lipsticks are a winning combination of high payoff pigments and special ingredients that comfortably extend the wear. Expertly selected shades have an all-day wear without the typical 'dry lip' finish that feathers and cracks. Talc and paraben-free. Made in the USA.

Available in 12 shades:
  • 01 Matte Bare - deep pink nude
  • 02 Matte Blush - nude
  • 03 Matte Frappuccino - rich brown nude 
  • 04 Matte Tease - rosy pink
  • 05 Matte Classy - mauve
  • 06 Matte Adorable - bubblegum pink
  • 07 Matte Popular - bright pink
  • 08 Matte It Girl - fuchsia
  • 09 Matte Dare - deep berry
  • 10 Matte Pretty - terracotta
  • 11 Matte Caliente - hot red
  • 12 Matte Style - true red


At $2.49 a piece (regular retail price), these are great matte lipsticks. Very pigmented and with a light layer of lip balm underneath (which is what I did for the lip swatches), I didn't notice much drag on the lips, if any. Without anything on your lips - especially if your lips are as dry as mine - you may notice some drag when applying them. I highly recommend applying a light layer of lip balm underneath to get the best application.

Out of all the shades, my favorite is Matte Popular. It's much prettier in person than in the swatch photos.

Matte Bare is my favorite nude from the line. I originally thought I'd prefer Matte Blush just based on how it appeared, but on the lips Matte Bare was far more flattering on me. Matte Blush actually came off a bit too concealer-lips looking.

Matte Frappuccino is a tragically horrid shade on me. I don't think many people will pull this off unless you are a deeper skintone.

Matte Tease was the one I was sure I'd love, but ended up not liking as much as I thought. it comes off a bit more baby pink on me than I would like. While it is still pretty and wearable, I just don't prefer it the way I thought I would.

Matte Classy is another shade I was sure I'd love, and while it is a pretty shade it's not my favorite but still one that I would recommend - as I think this shade would flatter a lot of people.

Matte Adorable comes off too baby pink light on me, so for me this shade wasn't flattering but I could see how those with more pink undertones would enjoy this.

Matte Popular is my favorite! It also applied really great too - but the color is just beautiful! Such a pretty fun brighter pink without being a pastel baby pink (which always looks horrible on me) or being too Barbie pink. It's a perfect inbetween. Very wearable but still not for those that don't want a bolder pink lip.

Matte It Girl is another pretty pink shade. A deeper berry shade that would flatter a lot of people as well.

Matte Dare looks far more purple in the tube than how it applies on the lips. On the lips it is much more of a cranberry shade, which is very pretty but not necessarily my style.

Matte Pretty was another one I was sure I'd love but didn't really like it. It does, however, remind me of NARS Orgasm.

Matte Caliente is an orange based red. If I were into red shades I'd prefer this one, as orange based reds tend to look slightly more flattering on me.

Matte Style is your classic pin-up girl blue-based red.

I'd definitely recommend these. Sure at $2.49 they aren't the most moisturizing matte lipsticks out there, but a light layer of lip balm underneath these fixes the problem without compromising color payoff or wear. I'd recommend!

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of these matte lipsticks? Which shade is your favorite? Have you tried these or would you consider adding them to your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below!

xoxo with love & beauty,
Crystal Valentine

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. However, these products were sent to me for consideration. I am not being paid to make this post, nor has the company influenced me in any way. I have made this post because I wanted to, not because I had to. These are my honest opinions, thoughts and experiences.


  1. Absolutely amazing job! Great Pictures and awesome swatches. Thank you so much for putting so much effort into this post. I'm definately going to be trying 2-3 of the neutral Shades.

    Loevens makeup rambles

  2. @Loevens: You are absolutely welcome! I'm so glad this post was helpful. My lips were SO SORE after this lip swatch session... especially because before swatching these I also swatched the new Milani Moisture Matte Lipsticks and four lip products from Au Naturale. My lips were stained pink and peeling for days lol. But I love being able to see how lip products look on the lips so I wouldn't make a lip post without them!
    Matte Bare is definitely my favorite neutral so I highly recommend you pick that one up!

  3. Bare, blush and classy look like something I would wear a lot. Aaw your poor lips. My lips get sore after just 5 swatches.

  4. Your posts are always really helpful (especially for people like me who don't have access to some brands and want to buy stuff online), very detailed and with amazing swatches! You put a lot of effort in it and it shows! Thank you :) x

  5. @Stravroula DrugstoreBLover: Aw, you're welcome! Thank you so much for appreciating the work that goes into these posts. Glad I can be helpful - I know how bad online swatches can be on some websites; I've ordered the wrong shade so often or items showed up looking so different than how they show online. That's why I do these posts!

  6. As much as you hate the color, I think the Frappuccino looks GORGEOUS on your lips. Of course, my skin tone is much more tan and deeper (NC40) and have been looking for a orangy brown. Thank you for sharing all your swatch experiments! I visit often.


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