NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

When I was in America last summer, I had a list as long as my arm of products that I wanted to buy and a lot of those were NYX products. Unfortunately I didn’t get into a proper drugstore and only managed to grab myself a couple of Butter Glosses, but I wasn’t overly heartbroken (because I spent about $250 on other makeup whoops).


However, when I saw that NYX were coming into Boots I had to make an order straight away. I’ve slowly been building my collection but the Soft Matte Lip Creams were at the top of my list and since their introduction to the mainstream in the UK, I’ve got my hands on three.

I feel like I’ve got a decent selection of colours, despite one being sort of out there. Stockholm is a pink-peach nude, Copenhagen is a vampy wine tone and Havana is one I bought for a little bit of fun (I’m going to be honest, I really wanted to be able to rock a blue lip and buying this seemed like the perfect chance for me to do this).


Stockholm is obviously the most wearable shade out of the three, but it’s also got the best application. It’s quite a velvety consistency which means it swipes around the lips as you’re trying to apply it, rather than stick to wear you want it. But because it’s so nude you can’t really notice the streaks too much so it’s not the worst of products. However, this is a little too pink for my lips which makes it look like I’ve got sores all over my lips (not a good look) so I don’t get the wear out of this that I’d like.


I bought Copenhagen at the same time that I bought Stockholm and the application of this is even worse. In fact, it’s the worst of the three. It’s so patchy and streaky and I don’t have the time to wait for a layer or even two to dry before I reapply to prevent that patchiness. It’s a real shame as this is the most beautiful autumn shade but quite frankly I just can’t be bothered with the pain of applying. I have slightly nicer colours that are easier to use so it’s a no brainer to me which I end up reaching for.


Havana is obviously my fun colour and it’s sits between the two previous shades in terms of application. Not as great as Stockholm as it’s still a dark shade, but it’s still pretty streaky. Obviously I’m not going to be using this on a day to day basis so I don’t mind it being patchy as it’s something I’ll wear when I have spent a reasonable amount of time on my makeup anyway.

Are these lipsticks any good? No, not really. I really want to try the shade London but I’d also like to save £5.50 and spend it on something I know I like. I think I’ll keep trying with these but I can’t imagine they’ll remain in my collection for that much longer. I’m going to wait for the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks to hit Debenhams and save my money for those instead of throwing my money away on ‘meh’ drugstore alternatives.


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  • I always see such positive reviews of these (save for the comment that only the dark shades are streaky), but I have one in Antwerp and the formula is okay, but not brag worthy. So glad I’m not the only one. I think they kind of work best mixed with other products, though I kind of use mine as a blush now.

  • This is sad! I was going to buy one! Glad it’s an honest review though! Is there any cheap liquid lipsticks worth buying?

    • The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colours are really nice for a drugstore price x

  • I’ve been debating over these for a long time but I think I’m gonna say NO and wait for the Kat Von D to arrive in Debenhams like you said!

    Char xo || http://www.memoirsmusings.com

  • jennifer

    I can’t wait for Kat Von D makeup to come to Debenhams!
    Jen / Velvet Spring x

  • I have a few of these too and I’m kinda meh about them. They have some really pretty shades but I find them so drying. I’m still searching for the perfect liquid lipstick!

    • I don’t find them drying (but I love a matte lip so I’m used the the sensation) but they’re just not good enough quality for the amount people talk about them. I think because they’re one of the few drugstore liquid lipsticks people want to like them x

  • Eh, I wanted to try these, but probably won’t waste my money after this blog post. thanks !

  • I love the soft matte lips creams, I have Copenhagen and Stockholm too! But Copenhagen can be slightly streaky. I can’t wait for the Kat Von D collection to launch! I’ve been dying to try her collection! 🙈

  • What, Kat Von D is coming to Debenhams?! How did I not know this? Haha! I think the NYX lip creams are kind of hit and miss, I really like the shade Rome and I like Abu Dhabi, but I definitely agree about Copenhagen.

  • I STILL haven’t tried these! I wish they would come to my Boots soon! I like to see the colours properly more so than shopping online xx


  • Paris (@lifeinflorals)

    I was really surprised by this post because I have it in Istanbul and it’s one of my favourite lipsticks ever! But I’ll definitely avoid those shades after reading this

    Paris x

  • I’m glad I’m not the only blogger in the world who is underwhelmed by the lip creams. I haven’t tried these particular shades but the ones I have also don’t meet the mark. Great post lovely xx


  • Love NYX products! I have only ever tried the nudes tho xo

  • I was going to try Copenhagen!!! But then your review said it was streaky – thanks for letting me know before purchase xxx

    • Some people have said using a lip liner underneath can help with preventing streakiness but I’m yet to try that x

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