You know that feeling you get when you’ve been waiting and anticipating something for so long, only to be let down once it arrives? Well something similar happened to me recently which involved the highly coveted NYX Soft Matte Lip Cremes. Let’s talk about it.
So the Soft Matte Lip creme by NYX is one of the ‘wonder products’ (alongside ColourPop and the Anastasia Beverley Hills matte creams) that has gained immense popularity via social media channels such as Instagram – you’ve seen it; the collaged close up IG snaps of women wearing completely matte lipsticks and creams on their super plumped Kylie Jenner lips, who wouldn’t want to own it? Now for the past three years I had the shades ‘Transylvania’ and ‘Copenhagen’ on my wishlist as they were not available for release in the UK.
The other day while perusing the Feel Unique site, I noticed that they now stocked NYX and so I had a quick look to see if they had those (very hard to get in the UK) colours and SUCCESS! I lobbed them into my shopping cart and checked out ASAP, afraid that they’d somehow go out of stock and I waited with baited breath and dreams of having these super opaque matte lips like all the girls seemed to have.
And then they came.
The tubes are allegedly supposed to be filled with 8ml worth of product, but you wouldn’t know it as once you unscrew the lid, the tube feels quite empty! This was the first red flag. The second red flag was the abysmally low quantity of product that ended up on the doe-foot applicator. Now me myself, I love a good doe-foot as I manage to finesse a good shape when I apply around my already-quite-pronounced Cupid’s Bow, however this Doe-foot was not giving me life. It was quite small and stiff and did not scoop up any of the product at all.
Transylvania is a gorgeously dark and vampy maroon/plum shade with brown tones that’ll suit all skin tones.
Copenhagen is a dark plum shade that is a couple of shades lighter than Transylvania and has pink undertones.
Now…I don’t know what kind of photoshop trickery some of these Instagram girls do, but these colours are NOT as pigmented as they are made out to be online. In the photos below, I have used approximately 4 coats for each shade and it still comes out very translucent. Stephie is not a very happy bunny. Is there something I’m doing wrong? How can I get the shade to come out ultra opaque? At first, I thought perhaps that I received a bad batch, but after a couple of chats with some other bloggers, I realized that this had happened to them too. It’s a shame as many people look to companies like NYX to provide budget versions of the higher end lip creams, but hey ho! You live and you learn.
Were they worth it? No, but I’m a big fan of other products within the NYX range so I’ll just count this as a bit of a loss. While they are nice lip cremes, I wanted something solid and ultra matte.