This was one of my first NYX purchases. I was on a trip to the States and since there's no NYX where I live, I picked up a few blushes and some of these lip cremes.
I'm really impressed with the quality of their products for the price, but the lip cremes don't get a 5 star rating.
Unfortunately, the formula leaves much to be desired. I love the concept of a lip cream and I've been using L'Oreal's line Le Rouge Pulp (before it was discontinued) so I knew what to expect. This was not the same.
It's not as creamy, goes on rather oily and patchy and I have to go over different areas a few times so all areas of my lips are covered. It clings to the dry patches on my lips so exfoliating and moisturizing before is essential. I love the scent of this though and it feels light weight on the lips.
I love the slip it has before it sets a few seconds later. It does dry matte on my lips. Don't get me wrong, I love matte lipsticks but was expecting these to be creamier than they were. The formula reminds me of MAC's Pro Longwear Lip Colour - I had the same dry, matte finish with this.
The first time I wore this it was to a job interview and I checked my makeup in the mirror afterwards - this had flaked a tiny bit and one of the flakes was on my teeth! I don't think it was noticeable *facepalm* but I definitely saw it after. And let me tell you, I know how to put on lip products - I didn't have this smeared on the inside of my lips so I don't know what happened there.
The next time I wore this I made sure to moisturize really well and while this lip creme did stay on most of the day, it settled into the lines of my lips so when I smiled there were obvious lines of lipstick on my lips while the rest of my lips were somewhat bare. I tried scrubbing it off with some water and a paper towel but it didn't budge!
Another gripe I have is the packaging. I don't like doe-foot applicators, I'd prefer a squeeze tube. And the color on the outside of the container is different than what you get - I'd say that's true for all of the lip cremes in this range.
I'm going to try this with some lipliner underneath as well as a primer and see if it helps with the drying formula.
*EDIT- Found the best way to use this on my dry lips. I exfoliate then really prep my lips with a good balm or oil (my favorite is coconut oil!) then dab some of the lip cream on my finger and work it into my lips. I don't recommend using the applicator as it just applies way too much. It's not completely matte with this method but it doesn't flake like crazy this way. Love it! Bumped my rating up to a 4.
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I always apply some sort of lip balm first, then apply this product to my lower lip, press my lips together then apply a bit more to my upper lip and it looks fantastic! I love how natural Antwerp looks on me and how lightweight it is! It literally feels like nothing on my lips.
And you can put a clear gloss over this to change the look.
I don't get the hype surrounding this product. This is a cream with a dry consistency. It's difficult to apply evenly. There is a very limited selection of colors. I was looking for a light pink. The closest shade I could find totally washed me out. It actually looked like I'd smeared my lips with concealer. Going straight back to Ulta to return.
Let me say that I didn't expect to like this so much! I'm also the type of person that doesn't wear lip gloss or lip stick all that often because I'm so picky..
> I have two of the reds: Monte Carlo (darker) and Amsterdam (pure red)
- PRICE! Each of these babies are only $6! They're cheaper than a lot of the other lip sticks in drug stores like Revlon!
- Colors. They have 8 beautiful shades of pinks and reds.
- Can be found in many places of purchase! I got one from Urban Outfitters, and the other from a clothing retailer.
- Truly is matte finish, I can touch my lips and it will be smooth and NOT sticky
- Because it's not sticky, it doesn't lose pigmentation as easily
- Can be applied heavier for more pigmentation
- SMELLS SO GOOD :D like vanilla cupcakes
- packaging is classy, the rubber nozzle feels a lot like NARS packaging! It is duriable!
- small and compact-- it will travel easily without breaking or taking up too much room
- the names are after cities, very cute!
- It is a doe applicator
- there are ONLY 8 colors :( needs more!
- If you lick your lips a lot, this will become blotchy
- It is wet when first applied! If you don't let it dry completely, you will smear it
- It might be hard to take off at first
> overall, I would recommend this to a friend and would repurchase if not collect the other 6 colors
I have this in Antwerp and it's really nice although I find it a bit dark? on my skin, It makes me look paler than I actually am. I really want to buy Istanbul next.
It lasts on the lips for ages :)
Wonderful matte lipstick alternative. These little buggers dry down to a matte finish fully in about 8-10 minutes and they aren't gonna budge (granted you aren't going to be licking your lips constantly). You can put these over top of a lip balm and still expect them to dry down, albeit it takes a little bit longer. These aren't really drying, though they aren't hydrating, but they are very comfortable to wear and a wonderful alternative if you don't want the hassle of carrying a lipstick, liner, and lip brush in your bag.
I really like these and hesitate to give them a four. First, though, my reasons for not giving it a five: 1) when they do fade, they seem to fade everywhere but around my lips. So sometimes it looks like I'm wearing red lipliner without red lipstick. 2) I find that they fade quickly when drinking or moving your lips a lot- I'm guilty of licking my lips often and always being aware of any product on my lips, though.
On the other hand, these feel like a dream! They're so creamy and they apply so easily, which is fantastic for my unsteady hand. The color is so rich, and they don't dry out my lips terribly if at all. I get many compliments when wearing the red matte lip cream c:
These are very nice. They're very cheap, smell very nice (kind of like sweet cake), and are creamy, and have nice color. I really loved the one I purchased! I bought the "Tokyo" color. I will definitely consider getting other colors in the future.
I have not ever been able to buy a matte lip color and it 1. not dry my lips out to the point that I have chapping and flakes, and 2. not look completely ridiculous on me. I wish I could be the kind of person that can wear all kinds of matte lipstick, but I'm not. I like this because it didn't do either of the above mentioned things. This didn't chap my lips and it didn't look bad on me, of course, I didn't slick it on like lip gloss either. All I did was take the applicator and dab it on my lower lip, then made a few small dots on my upper lip. While it was still damp, I smoothed it out with my lipstick brush. The color (Milan) looked good on me, and because I primed my lips before, they didn't get chapped and the lipstick stayed damp longer, giving me the chance to smooth it. I didn't like the fact that it did kind of wear off about 3 hours later (I didn't eat or drink and I didn't do much talking). Like a few of the reviewers, It didn't wear off evenly. It wore off in the middle of my lip while the outer edges still looked good. After it wore off, I used some MAC Lipglass in Lychee Luxe just on the center of my lower lip and my Cupid's bow, then blended it out. The color was just perfect and it wound up being pretty. I like this product and I do give it 4 stars. If it were to stay on longer and not fade so unevenly, then I would be hard pressed not to give it 5.
I really like this lip cream. It applies like a gloss, but has a matte finish like a lipstick. I love the matte, velvety finish of the product. However, what I do not like is the lasting product. It lasts maybe like 2-3 hours for me at most? I'm probably going to buy it anyways though. I just reapply the product and my problem is solved.