Forget “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” I prefer “makeup wishes and Soft Lip Creams.”
In my wildest beauty nerd dreams, I’d visit each of the 11 cities featured in the new NYX Soft Lip Creams line ($6 each) just to be able to wear each color in the city it belongs. First London, then Amsterdam, Antwerp, Stockholm, Monte Carlo and Milan. From there it’s across the Adriatic to Istanbul, down to Abu Dhabi, further down to Addis Ababa, way, way east to Tokyo, and then all the way across the Pacific to end in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Of course, to complete the fantasy, I’d fly business class, and Ben McKenzie would accompany me on the journey (sorry, El Hub!). On planes, in trains and automobiles, we’d talk for hours about The Hunger Games, and then, somewhere over the Mediterranean, he’d reveal his secret fetish for crazy cat ladies.
But seriously, here’s what really happened…
Today I wore Addis Ababa (a matte hot pink), Antwerp (a matte coral), Milan (a matte peach) and Amsterdam (a matte red) — not at the same time, of course — as I tooled around the sleepy Northern California town of Novato, dodging cookie-pushing Girl Scouts (OMG! THIN MINTS!), and walking a chubby cat named Tabs.
Okay, so that wasn’t terribly exciting, but these Soft Matte Lip Creams are. NYX, a budget-minded, cruelty-free brand, just released the new line of creamy, long-wearing matte lipsticks for spring.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams from left: Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Milan
From left: Addis Ababa, Antwerp, Milan and Amsterdam
Swatches from left: Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Milan
They look like glosses with their tubes and doe-foot applicators, don’t they? What’s inside, however, is something entirely different. They feel almost like whipped cream on the lips and spread just as easily, too. And I love their featherweight, non-sticky texture; it’s a nice departure from the thick and heavy matte lipsticks I’ve worn in the past.
NYX seems to like lippies with bold scents, and these Soft Lip Creams definitely fall into the “Wow, this stuff is STRONG!” category. Every time I open a tube, the vanilla buttercream frosting scent hits me like a ton of bricks. It’s something I imagine will either totally float your boat, or totally gross you out. I happen to like that it doesn’t smell synthetic (my pet peeve), but you might want to give these a cautionary sniff before taking the plunge.
As for pigmentation, IT’S OFF THE HOOK! NYX packed plenty of rich, vibrant color into these tubes. One layer delivers wonderfully opaque coverage that, incidentally, also looks pretty great in pictures.
I worry a bit when it comes to new mattes because many tend to dehydrate my lips, but these Lip Creams appear to hold their ground in the hydration department. They’re a teeny, tiny bit drying, but not so much to turn me off. A small amount of lip balm layered beneath them should help.
NYX bills these as long-wearing lip products, and I get about five hours total, which isn’t bad at all. There is a catch, however: the colors go away mad, which is to say that my lips look great for the first 2-3 hours of wear before color begins to vanish at the edges. By the fifth hour, what remains doesn’t look nearly as nice. It’s an unattractive, thick ring of color left in the inner part of my lips.
They’re higher maintenance than I thought they’d be, but that just means more touch-ups throughout the day. At $6, the price is right. If/when NYX finds a way to get the Soft Creams to fade a bit more evenly (something the new matte L’Oreal Lipsticks do exceptionally well) throughout the day, we might be looking at the next breakout drugstore makeup star.
PRICE: $6 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at select drugstores, Ulta and nyxcosmetics.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Let the record state…
I can’t wait to see Take Me Home Tonight. It’s a new ’80s coming of age flick starring Topher Grace, but judging by this trailer, it may not be the most historically hair accurate film (can a movie like this still be called a film?). The coifs are nowhere near as high or as “spiral permed” as I remember them being!
Oops! Now you’re probably going to have Eddie Money stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Take me home tonight! I don’t wanna let you go till you see the light!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,