I don't go a single day without some kind of lip color.
It says a lot that these little gems have almost completely replaced lipstick for me. They have the intense pigmentation and staying power a lot of lipsticks lack, and they do not possess the slipperiness and tendency to shift around that most lipsticks have. Best of all, they do not dry out your lips. At worst, they get flaky after a while, but you should know that flakiness is not chunks of your lip flaking off; it's just product. Since this is, after all, a matte product, it's gonna get a little dry from time to time. Not in any way a dealbreaker.
As for application, the formula is somewhat mousse-like. It's smooth, and glides on evenly for the most part. You need to let it set for a few minutes, but once it has set, it doesn't shift around. On me, lipstick tends to migrate to the area under my bottom lip, but this product does not. And that is fan-friggin-tastic.
I'd like to note that this is not a product you can layer. If you need to reapply it, you've got to wipe off what's left of the old coat, otherwise it'll apply unevenly and look ghastly. If you want more intense color, you can apply it more heavily without letting it dry between coats. Personally, I prefer to put on one coat and use my finger to pat it in; this helps it stay on longer, eliminates any streakiness, and the finish looks more like a stain.
For fair-medium, neutral-cool ladies like myself, I recommend:
1) Monte Carlo (medium-deep red, but not vampy - I wear it frequently during the day)
2) San Paulo (berry)
3) Amsterdam (true red)
4) Milan (cool-toned medium pink)
5) Ibiza (not sure how to describe this one yet, but it's pretty)
I wasn't a huge fan of Antwerp (bright coral) on myself, but it would be lovely on someone with the right skin tone. I can't attest to the quality of the nude shades, as I look dead in all of them and avoid nudes like the plague.
Usually I am a lipstick and gloss fan, but I wanted to try a matte look with these NYX soft matte lip creams. I bought three since they are so cheap (compared to MAC products, which I use almost exclusively) in Antwerp, Istanbul and London. Antwerp and London are good colors on me (although London washes me out a bit) and Istanbul looks a bit too Playboy bunny/porn star for me (too pink). Unfortunately, these matte cremes just don't work for me. They're too drying and flaky, even when I exfoliate my lips. I'm going to try putting on a lip balm first before applying them before I totally give up. They dry out pretty quickly in the tubes though, so make sure you screw the cap on pretty tight.
I'm just getting into matte lips, I've always been a gloss girl and I'm not fond of lipstick. I think it looks amazing on other women but I've never liked the look on myself. However, this summer I've found myself being annoyed with nearly every gloss I own and have felt like it's just so hot outside that it's melting off of my lips.
So I figured for around $5 I'd give these a try and I am so glad I did. I generally prefer nudes/pinks but I decided to try the electric pink lip trend and went with Addis Ababa. I LOVED it. My first application was a little terrifying because it is so smooth gliding across your lips, but I wanted to be precise since the color is so electric.
It took probably 10 minutes on my lips to fully set but once it did I did not experience much transfer at all until I ate dinner that night (about 3 hours later). I did notice a little came off here or there on my straw, but when I would check my lips they were still completely covered with product!
I do find that these get a tiny bit drying, but I imagine nearly any matte product would and with a swipe of chapstick I'm totally fine. Overall, I am so glad I tried these and will definitely be heading back for the reds soon.
I'd say if you're new to matte products these seem to be a great place to start.
Sometimes I pick up my SMLC's just to take a whiff. Is that weird.
Prague & San Paulo, 2 I have I enjoy these all around. The texture is like you put whipped cream, cake icing, and ice cream in a blender ,blended it to death, then applied the sweet smoothness to your beautiful lips. I have never experienced a formula like this it's quite lovely. The only tiny problem I have is it seems to take about 20 min. To completely dry down. Until then I can't eat or drink because it moves the product around/ off.
Also I usually do two layers to get more intensity. They are mostly opaque but a second layer adds a bit more vibrancy and takes away any streaks.
One they do dry I get very little transfer.
They do tend to feel a little dry on the lips but no where near uncomfortable for me,a matte addict. Putting a balm underneath isn't the best Idea with these. When doing so it makes application harder/ streakier and takes forever and a day to dry. So if I plan to where these the night before I apply balm so the next morning my lips have soaked most of it up.
San Paulo is a bright rosey pink on my pigmented lips.
Prague is a beautiful medium magenta leaning purple, my personal fav.
They smell like heaven, last around 3-4 hrs, little transfer, but take awhile to completely dry. Overall I enjoy these and wouldn't mind having Addis Ababa. Worth the 6 bucks.
I have been wanting to try these for the longest, but I wasn't ever really impressed with the original line of colors they came in. Once I found out that some darker colors launched this year, I was alll over it!
I bought this in Copenhagen. In the tube, it's a dark maroon/burgundy color, with some purple undertones. Unlike the butter glosses, what you see is what you get for application! Yay!
This feels like a DREAM. It feels like lip gloss made of velvet. I love that this can be sheered out, if I wanted, or applied full force to get the color from the tube. This applies totally even. It doesn't cake on certain places on my lips either. Usually, I sheer this out for work, and it is a pretty berry/plum color.
The only thing that could be better is staying power. Don't get me wrong, It's pretty decent, but, it would be nice if these lasted a couple of hours. Maybe this because I wear it less opaque.When it does fade, it does evenly, and sometimes leave a hint of color. The stain usually doesn't last too long.
Overall, I LOVE these! I already have two more colors on the way!
I have this in the color Sydney, a beautiful purpley pink. It shows up exactly as it is on the applicator, which is even better.
I've found it actually doesn't dry out my lips too much. It doesn't seem mine dries down completely to a matte finish though, so I'm not sure about that but I don't mind it. The wear time is alright, too. It doesn't stain the lips and no smell.
My only issue is that its quite streaky and has a weird texture. That's why I took off two lippies, because it is quite an issue. It requires a bit of effort to perfect.
Overall, I really like it though. Especially the color!
NYX SMLC in Amsterdam was the first red lippie I've ever had, and I now plan on significantly adding to my SMLC collection! The formula is so creamy and smooth, and during application I find that it's almost pleasurable! The colors are terrifically opaque and pigmented. The sweet vanilla scent does not bother me and whenever I put this on, I feel extremely reminiscent! LOVE THIS. The shade 'Stockholm' is also the best nude I've come across so far for my skin tone. The doe-foot applicator could be a teeny bit smaller, and a transparent tube would be helpful to see how much product is left, but other than that, a foolproof lip product with amazing quality and also for an amazing price.
I have a love/hate relationship with this. I have finalized My pros and cons.
•color pay off is great
•goes on very silky
•staying power is amazing
•sets into creases and lines in lips
•after a few hours even though it does stay really well, it somewhat flakes
•don't use if lips are chapped
That's all I've really come up with while using this product. I probably would repurchase but I'm not sure yet... If you don't like this i recommend using the butter gloss'.
These are amazinggg. I have 2 already. Istanbul and Milan. They are literally a cream! Like lipsticks blended up and put in a tube. It's lovely and smooth I think they are wonderful
These lip creams are a dream to apply. The doe foot applicator is actually not a hindrance at all! They really help with applying this cleanly onto your lips. Because these are matte, definitely exfoliate before you use these.
I have Antwerp, Ibiza and Prague. They're all beautiful and apply well. Antwerp is definitely a softer mauve pink, Ibiza pops more like a deeper pink and Prague is a medium berry.