Okay people, I am in love. I repeat, Beth is in love! I have been searching high and low for a lip product which ticks all the boxes and I think NYX have managed to do that.
The boxes to tick to create my perfect lip product are: long lasting, moisturising/non drying, easy to apply, doesn’t cling to dry patches and isn’t incredibly thick. So that might seem like a long list but if NYX can do it why can’t everyone. I have tried quite a few products which claim they can provide a couple of the things I would like. For example there is the Rimmel Provocalips range. These do not budge, I had to buy a new makeup remover to get them off, nor does it cling to dry patches too much. However, these are not the easiest to apply, there are two layers, they are quite thick and were a tad drying, so it ticked 2 out of the 5 boxes. Then there are also the Essence Liquid Lipsticks, now these are non drying and easy to apply. But, and there’s usually a but, they are incredibly thick and not as long lasting as I would like. Again another 2 out of 5.
Now onto my possible holy grail lip products, the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. Up until a month or so ago NYX was near on impossible to find in the UK, luckily though both FeelUnique and Boots stock a selection of their products now. (Took long enough!!) Now I have heard American YouTuber’s and bloggers raving about the matte lip creams for years and have been longing to try them forever. I’ve tried the Collection Cream Puff’s, which are similar but no where near as good as the NYX version.
The packaging itself isn’t awe-inspiring if I’m honest it doesn’t look like it will be exciting, but don’t be fooled by their minimalistic packaging, for the product inside is amazing! The tube contains 8ml of product which you apply with a doe foot applicator. The consistency is unlike most lip products, it is almost a hybrid between lipstick and lip gloss which creates a creamy, moussey texture. On application, at first, it does appear sticky and catches onto a couple of dry patches, though with a second coat dry patches have disappeared, and within a few minutes it has dried too. It doesn’t feel heavy at all on the lips, it feels comfortable in a moisturising way and not at all drying. Also it has a really nice vanillary scent, think MAC but not. That was probably the least informative thing I have ever written…
If you’re waiting to hear about the staying power I think you’ll be rather pleased; I have worn each shade a number of times and they last a good few hours at their original colour, and after that leave a gorgeous stain. (Monte Carlo especially, it leaves a hot pink stain which I fell in love with!) For £5.50 this is a phenomenal product, and the colour range has something for everyone. Now onto the colours I have…
I wanted a neutral pink that I could wear a lot and after swatch searching for what felt like forever, I decided on Tokyo. I was debating getting Sydney which is basically a lavender pink, think Nicki Minaj, but I just wouldn’t have anywhere to wear it so I settled on the pink that is Tokyo, it’s neutral and not too bright, but adds colour to my normal lips.
At first glance Istanbul and Tokyo look almost identical, however once you compare them side by side you can see the subtle differences. Istanbul is more of a mid tone pink, almost more wearable than Tokyo just because it is quite a toned down pink.
Now onto Monte Carlo, the less everyday wear for me. The first time I wore this was for my schools award evening, it lasted at its full redness for a good few hours before it left the hot pink stain I mentioned above.
I tried to make the swatches as true to life as possible, and I must admit the lip creams are so so easy to remove, (I was really not expecting it to be!) Have you tried any of the Soft Matte Lip Creams, would you like to?