If you saw my NYX Lookbook, you will know that I now have accumulated quite the NYX liquid lipstick collection recently, thanks to Boots! I have five of the Soft Matte Lip Creams; London, Cannes, Ibiza, Rome and Copenhagen, and three of Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick collection; Sandstorm, Sway and Stone Fox.
If there’s one cult NYX Cosmetics product, it’s the NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Creams and as you know, I am a sucker for matte lipstick, so I was eager to get my hands on a few to see what the fuss was all about!
They are housed in a plastic tube and the shades are both numbered and have a name on the bottom of the tube. The doe foot applicator helps in precise application, which is perfect. I do find that there is a slight discrepancy in the colour payoff in every shade, but for only £5.50, they are some of the best affordable liquid lipsticks I have tried.
They feel like a mousse and dry to a gorgeous velvet matte finish. They aren’t drying on the lips and the longevity is great, however, as with all liquid lipsticks, after 3-4 hours on, they fade into a softer tint. I have found that it isn’t too noticeable with the paler shades as they almost blend into your lips, however, the bolder shades will require touch-ups, but they do layer well without flaking or crumbling.
Like most matte lip products these are prone to clinging to dry or flaky patches, so always make sure your lips have been properly exfoliated and moisturised prior to application.
London applies lighter than it looks in the tube which is slightly disappointing as it is too pale for me. I pair it with a darker lip liner underneath, such as the Primark brown liner and I can just about make it work!
Cannes is the perfect brown mauve nude shade for almost any skin tone. I probably have around ten lipsticks in this shade, and although this one can be quite opaque, I find two layers perfect, and it isn’t too noticeable when it starts fading throughout the day.
Ibiza is a gorgeous shade, and it reminds me of MAC Relentlessly Red, without being drying on the lips. The formula is quite opaque, and although my lips are quite pigmented, I find that I have to build it up in order to wear it. Three layers is perfection!
Rome is one of my favourites; a mauve, dusty rose shade, a great 90’s throwback that’s very Kylie Jenner-esque! This is a gorgeous shade, it’s highly pigmented and would complement many skin tones.
Copenhagen is a deep purple shade, although this one looks darker in the tube than on the lips. I was hoping this would translate as a deeper plum shade, however, on me it looks quite berry toned; something that I’m not a fan of. I don’t think this suits me, and so I pair it with a dark purple lip liner to create an intense deep purple shade.
The formula and pigmentation of the Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks is amazing, but sadly they are very streaky on application, so you have to layer them on a few times for an even finish. The drying time is really long; it takes around five or so minutes for the colour to set which is a really long time.
You can feel it on your lips as it leaves them feeling slightly sticky, but not uncomfortably so, and although they dry matte, they aren’t drying on the lips. I have found that with the darker shades, they never feel as though they have completely dried, and so they do transfer when eating or drinking.
The major downside for me is the wand; it’s too long, bendy and wide which makes application extremely messy. I always go over my lip line and have to clean up the edges, which isn’t ideal, especially when you’re in a hurry.
The great thing is that they do not budge once you apply them, and it takes some serious elbow grease (and makeup remover) to remove them!
Sandstorm is my favourite everyday nude lipstick. I love pairing it with MAC Stone lip liner to bring out the taupe tones in it. Worn alone, I feel that it is slightly too pale for my colouring, and can look slightly opaque as my lips are naturally very pigmented.
Sway is the worst shade I could have picked up! I’m not sure what I was thinking and there was no tester available so I just took a gamble and it’s safe to say that I regret not buying Amethyst instead. It looks awful on me, so let’s just move swiftly along..
Stone Fox is the only one I intended to buy as I love alternative, non-traditional colours! I appreciate that it won’t be to everyone’s liking, and it isn’t one that I would wear on a regular basis, but I love how unique this shade is. It’s great to have a bold colour that doesn’t smudge as I’m always worried about accidentally smearing it around my face!
Comparing the two collections, I would say that the Soft Matte Lip Creams have a creamier and more velvety formula, but can lack in pigmentation, leaving an opaque finish. The Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks are a lot more pigmented and have a thicker, runnier formula which sets slowly. Although the applicator isn’t great, the overall colour payoff and coverage is much better.
Have you tried either the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams or Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks yet? Which colour are you coveting? Would you wear grey lipstick?