I’d Circumnavigate the Globe for the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

nyx soft matte lip cream in addis ababa

Forget “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” I prefer “makeup wishes and Soft Lip Creams.” πŸ™‚


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 love 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. πŸ™‚ 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
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams from left: Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Milan

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams
From left: Addis Ababa, Antwerp, Milan and Amsterdam

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams swatches
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.

nyx soft matte lip cream in antwerp

nyx soft matte lip cream in milan

nyx soft matte lip cream in amsterdam

Addis Ababa

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

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. πŸ™‚

Take me home tonight! I don’t wanna let you go till you see the light!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Tracy says:

    I had a spiral perm! They were so expensive back then. Topher Grace is in it? I like him.
    I like the look of these NYX Lip creams. They look great on you!
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  2. Gina says:

    Milan looks a lot like MAC’s Pink Plaid, which looks great on me, but it’s a bit drying. Maybe when I run out of that, I’ll go out and grab myself a tube of this!

  3. Tavi says:

    ooh these colors are so pretty, i’ve been looking for a good nude/pinkish lip color.

  4. Vijaya says:

    ZOMG, I need to try these! <3
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  5. Heidi says:

    I just saw these at ULTA the other day, but didn’t pick them up. They look great, though… guess I’ll have to go back soon!

    “be my little baby… woah oh oh oh…”

    Thanks for the earworm, Karen! ; )

  6. Tiffany says:

    oh gosh…. I kinda want, like, all of these…

  7. Jessica says:

    Hi Karen!

    Where can i find NYX products?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jessica,

      You can find them at various drugstores, Ulta stores and online at nyxcosmetics.com.

      Their website has a store location that says it’s currently under construction, so you might want to contact their customer service folks to find a retailer near you. Here’s the link: NYX Customer Service. Hope this helps!

  8. Sarah says:

    These remind my of Korres Liquid Lipsticks, but much cheaper. Both are too pigmented for me though. I never do touch ups and would look silly after a few hours.

  9. Kaitlyn says:

    I loooove Tokyo & Amsterdam!
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  10. jlovelyn says:

    I just got stockholm a few weeks ago! SUPER NICE! and great staying power! πŸ™‚

  11. Nikolas says:

    These look amazing!!! Hopefully there’ll be some gorgeous nudes in this collection πŸ™‚ I’ll be looking for these at my local Ulta!!

  12. Rae says:

    Uneven fading = no deal, NYX!

    But, then again, Antwerp is kinda rocking my world (all the way over here in cold little Edmonton), and $6 *is* a great price… πŸ˜›
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  13. Rengirl says:

    I have been using these for a couple of weeks and I love them to death! And I don’t usually wear lip products. San Paolo and Antwerp are my favorites.

  14. Liz Vieira says:

    Karen, is pretty much my visit I love your blog and I’m always here!

    Liz Vieira of Brazil

    @ LizBranquela

  15. Ru says:

    Ugh, that second to last paragraph killed it for me. I loved the pigmentation and the texture looks amazing, but I canNOT be having a ring of color or whatever on my lips while I’m stuck in meetings all day unaware that people are probably silently making fun of my bad makeup skills at work πŸ™

  16. cyra says:

    antwerp looks soooo good on you!

  17. Ashley says:

    I like how floofy they look on the applicators! I want them all!
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  18. Nina says:

    oh i would like them all, thank you very much!

    lovely colors!

  19. Allison says:

    What blush are you wearing here?

    Can’t wait to check these out in person!!

  20. Kate & Zena says:

    Forget about San Francisco, WHERE’S CHICAGO?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!

    Seriously, there’s never a beauty product named after the Windy City. Maybe because it’s so windy………………………

    That’s still no reason not to name a product after the Windy City. OR DENVER. Now there’s a city with nothing named after it. Denver. That’s a city with the Rockies as it’s skyline (which I must say is pretty.

    Addis Ababa is very beautiful on you, Karen!

    P.S. It’s March….and it’s 36 degrees here (27 degrees w/wind chill)!!! Um, Midwest, bring in the warm weather!

    • Karen says:

      Hey now! Your town has a musical named after it already!

      • Kate & Zena says:

        Hey, that totally doesn’t count. Then you have to count all the other ones with street names (there are some, I just don’t remember them at the moment).

        Y’know, I still haven’t seen that movie? Why? Because my parents are hogging the Netflix. I wanna see my movies too!

    • Lenita says:

      actually, O.P.I had an ‘Chicago Collection’ a few years back. i can’t think of another instance when a city had a starring role (usually it’s a country or a region). it was a smashing collection, to boot, with many colors making it into the permanent line up.

      edit, i found a blurb. wow it was 2005 — where’d did the time go!

  21. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    Oooh, I’ve been meaning to check out Amsterdam. It’s so pretty!

  22. mill says:

    wow! they all look great! i’d get the nude one personally, such a great matte colour!

  23. AS says:

    These look just like the discontinued Sally Hansen Moist & Matte lipcolors – the description sounds the same, too. Those were kind of a minty vanilla flavor. Are these also made in Taiwan?

  24. mkdallas says:

    I picked up 3 of these but I’m confused about them. In various reviews I’ve read, it talks about the lip creams taking about 30 seconds to “dry down”???? OK, when I wear them, they don’t dry at all…just basically maintain their slightly greasy texture, which means that they do have slip. Do these become dry for you, Karen? Am I just matte-cream-application-impaired? Gimme the 411, please!

  25. Tessa says:

    I have to have Amsterdam, since I live there! And because it looks pretty, of course.

  26. Ana says:

    I picked this up in Sao Paolo and I loooove it! I’ve been searching for a wearable, work-friendly fuschia for a while and I think this is it. I am usually not a fan of matte lips or even lipstick in general, but something about the texture of these just make lips look so ~sultry~ πŸ™‚

    I personally love the smell… it’s what suckered me in to buying it. haha. My first NYX product! I want to try their skinny pen liner too… I have yet to find the perfect pen liner.

  27. Phyrra says:

    The hot pink is sooo gorgeous :>
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  28. Cassie says:

    I only just hauled my first selection of Nyx products from Cherry Culture and waited over a fortnight for them. Now I want this!!

    The colours look simply gorgeous and I so want to check out the smell. One day, when I live in America and people ask me why I moved, I’ll simply say ‘Nyx’. It’s that damn tempting :K

    Cassie x
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  29. Shasha says:

    So… ummm… Where’d you get the necklace from?
    It’s… pretty.

  30. Kim says:

    Oh, I am so calling foul on the hair and the clothes in that film. They should have hired someone who does period pieces for the costume design (OK, maybe it wasn’t that long ago). πŸ™‚ And I immediately thought “did we even have airbags in 1988?”. That said, I’m sure I’ll watch the movie.

  31. Silva says:

    This sounds like something I’d love! Except for the fading…
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  32. Melissa says:

    I bought Istabul and Antwerp last weekend and I’ve been alternating both all week. These are really soft and I was surprised how long they last (especially at $6 each) They smell good too. The only downside is that they are a little drying – but I just touch up with a little gloss or lip balm and I’m good to go again. Love these! I’m going back for more colors this weekend.

  33. Suzann says:

    Wow, I love these colors, especially Antwerp and Milan (though, out of all the cities, I’m most likely going to visit Istanbul). By the way, I think Amsterdam looks amazing on you!

  34. Angela says:

    Lol. I have had Eddie Money stuck in my head this past week. I wanna see this film as well! =D

  35. Kerry says:

    Those are so pretty! I can’t decide which one I like best.

    And I kinda wanna see this movie just for the Eddie Money title. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      I’ve had that song stuck in my head for the last two days. Oh yeah — I just watched the video yesterday for the first time in years and maaaan, Eddie sure knows how to work his long hair with the stage fan. Mariah Carey should be jealous!

  36. Kristina says:

    the website doesn’t list them yet? bah πŸ™

  37. LauraA says:

    Thanks for the review on these, Karen! I was in Ulta yesterday and picked up two of the Nyx big lip pencils and was very pleased with the way the color felt and lasted. I’ll definitely pick up a color or three. I like the looks of Stockholm, London, Sao Paolo, and Monte Carlo. Decisions, decisions. πŸ™‚

    Am interested to know what you think of the movie, too. I’m on the fence about seeing it in the theater versus waiting for it on Netflix.

  38. Sri says:

    I got their megashine gloss recently and hated the scent.. too strong. I hope these have a better(tolerable) scent.
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  39. Amee says:

    Antwerp and Amsterdam are superb and even Milan is quite good!! I have their brush on gloss and I like them a lot.. so will pick up one these..
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  40. Anka says:

    I love the idea of these! For the darker colors like Amsterdam, do you think you could sheer it out and almost use it as a stain, just dotting and blending?

  41. Karen B says:

    Somehow I’m still astounded that they included Antwerp in their lineup. Love the colour though so I’ll have to force some US friends to send me some tubes πŸ™‚

  42. Lauren says:

    Which color are you wearing in the Nars illuminator review?

  43. Roxanne says:

    My favourite is Antwerp! The colours look vastly different in real life from the picture swatches though. Do you have swatches or will you do some of Tokyo, Istanbul and Sao Paolo?
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  44. Sonia says:

    I am going to keep my eyes peeled for these, they look fabulous!

    I have to warn you about “Take Me Home Tonight”. I watched it this weekend with my boyfriend and I really wish we hadn’t wasted our time; it really left a lot to be desired. Let me know if you end up watching it and what you think.


  45. Yelena says:

    i have these but forgot what colors i have. they look gorgeous on you! i need to dig them back up πŸ˜‰

  46. chelsea says:

    i’m from novato! hope you enjoyed your time there πŸ™‚ I just picked up a bunch of these after consulting these swatches and I love em. Thanks!!

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