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How does Penneys Insta Girl matte balm compare with MAC's Matte cream for lipstick?
We’re putting them to the test.

PENNEYS HAVE BEEN knocking it out of the park with their dupes lately.

Their new PS… #Insta Girl Instant Matte Mattifying Balm is being compared to the infamous MAC Cosmetics Matte cream – a cream/gel product which mattifies dewy foundations and non-matte lip products.

Image uploaded from iOS (1) L-R: MAC Matte Cream, Penneys PS... #Insta Girl Instant Matte Mattifying Balm

But are they comporable? We put them to the test on our Instagram Story – you can watch the full run-through by following us here.


  • MAC Cosmetics: €21
  • Penneys: €3


  • MAC Cosmetics: 25ml
  • Penneys: 15ml

Anything else we should know?

  • MAC Cosmetics are not certified as being cruelty-free. DailyEdge did not receive confirmation that the Penneys product was cruelty-free.
  • MAC Matte Cream is suitable for use on the face. DailyEdge did not receive confirmation that the Penneys product was suitable for use on the face.

How we got on

Applying MAC Matte Cream to one side of the lips with a Smashbox lip brush as a base, the product went on smoothly.

We then applied Inglot Freedom System lipstick in the shade in ’97′ over this.

Image uploaded from iOS (2)

The cream matted down the lipstick to a demi-matte finish.

The same method was applied for the Penneys product. The Penneys balm was thicker and more silicone-y in texture, therefore making it more difficult to apply smoothly.

Image uploaded from iOS (3)

Again, the lip colour was slightly mattified, but not fully.

The two products were applied once again over the lip colour, making it more matte. Still, neither product dried fully matte.

Image uploaded from iOS

SO … What’s the verdict?

It would be interesting to test the two products on a wider variety of lipsticks. Neither product increased the longevity of the Inglot lip colour.

Both did mattify the product to a point. Ultimately, however, the MAC Matte cream felt more comfortable on the lips, dried faster and was smoother to apply. You also get a good bit more product in the MAC one, and it’s more multipurpose.

The Penneys Matte balm does provide a decent alternative though, at a good price point. The size also makes it handy for hurling into your handbag pre-night out.

Will you be trying them?

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