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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).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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