Merdeka Beauty: Made-in-Malaysia Matte Lip Colours

Merdeka Beauty: Made-in-Malaysia Matte Lip Colours

This Wednesday, Malaysia celebrates her 59th birthday. We felt it would be apt to share a few brands that have been creating waves in our local beauty scene, especially in terms of lip colours.


Matte liquid lip colours look like they’ll be around for a while, and with so many choices available in the market, why not try one (or two) that are proudly 100% Malaysian instead? They’re affordable, and look like that could very well be strong contenders that stand up against international brands.


Selamat Hari Merdeka, everyone!


BIBIR by #syedskillereyes Matte Lip Colour

Comes in: 9 shades, RM45 each


Makeup artist Syed Faizal Syed Noh is no stranger to the Malaysian beauty industry, having worked his magic on celebrities like Liyana Jasmay, Vivy Yusof, Scha Alyahya and more. His precise work can be admired on Instagram with the tag, #syedskillereyes and yes, they’re killer indeed. BIBIR (meaning ‘lips’ in Malay) is a matte lip colour that comes in a pretty striped monochrome box, accented with hot pink on the packaging. The wide variety of shades means every girl gets her own shade, but best move fast when they open for pre-order as they’re all sold out.



DIDA Velvet Matte Lip Creme

Comes in: 7 shades, RM45 each


Created by Tengku Chanela Jamidah and Didie Nasir, DIDA goes by its tagline of ‘DIDA for women’, with a variety of vivid and nude shades to please everyone. Starting out with 5 shades, DIDA has since released another two nude-toned hues, which seem to be their bestselling colour spectrum. Compared with the other matte lip colours featured here, DIDA is considered one of the earlier ‘pioneers’. I ordered one for myself, and the colour is super pigmented, though flaking by midday (especially after drinking/eating) poses as a significant problem when touch-ups are not convenient.



MU Cosmetics Matte Lip Cream

Comes in: 4 shades, RM49 each


Every self-respecting fan of Malaysian movies will have heard of Umie Aida or at least watched one of her works. MU Cosmetics is her foray into beauty, with the first product being Juicy Lips, which is actually a matte lip cream. Despite the confusing branding, the colours are actually very wearable. They’re more muted than the other brands, but that Rose Martini shade (third one from top) has got us a bit flustered because it’s just so pretty. If anything, it’s worth a try simply because it’s Umie Aida’s brand.



FAME Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream

Comes in: 7 shades, RM29 each


By far the most affordable of the lot, FAME Cosmetics not only makes lip colours, they also have cushion BB creams for RM55 a pop. Judging by the soft, satin-like finish as seen on happy customers on Instagram, we can’t help wanting to put in an order for a few of these lip creams.  The only drawback is there’s no e-commerce website purchase option; you’ll have to get your supply from stockists.



(Images:,, and respective brands’ social media accounts)

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