NYX Matte Lipstick

I am so excited to share a review of NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick. Since discovering this brand last year, I’ve been amazed at the quality of this brand, especially when you consider the price. They also seem to be at the cutting edge of a lot of makeup trends, which is another reason to love this brand. This particular lipstick retails for $5.99 at Ulta, which is where I’ve been buying it, and it’s available both in-store and online. Other places to buy are the NYX website¬†and Amazon.



I first bought this lipstick in a really light pink color that was terrible with my skin tone. I didn’t want to give up, though, so I went back and purchased the Shocking Pink color. Although I love my Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance lipstick in Foxy, I decided I wanted to find another hot pink with a little more purple in it.



That purchase led to two more, and I’ll probably add to my collection in the future. From left: Shocking Pink, Sweet Pink, Natural.



Here’s the Shocking Pink. It’s definitely a more purple-y version of my Tarte foxy lipstick. It applies semi-thick and has a subtle sheen to it that wears off quickly and you’re left with a mostly matte lip. This is a great color for my complexion, which is quite pale (the other day at Sephora, the saleswoman was helping me find a concealer and we had to abandon the Sephora brand because they didn’t make a light enough color for my skin–ouch), with peachy undertones. I look best with lipcolors that have blue undertones, and actually, I think that’s true for most brunettes I know, so if you’re on the fence and you have brown hair, go with the blue undertone.



After my success with the Shocking Pink, I was hooked. Less than $6 for a perfect matte lipstick? I need one of every color! I went back and bought Sweet Pink. This was the jackpot. My favorite pink lipstick. It applied more opaquely than the Shocking Pink and was matte right away. It’s hard to tell in these up-close photos, but it’s a richer color than the Shocking Pink and it really complements my coloring. One bummer about buying these cheaper brands is that you often can’t test them out in the store (sometimes that’s true of Ulta, but sometimes they do have testers out). I picked my colors ahead of time by looking at the Ulta website which was surprisingly accurate. Although if you get the wrong color, the good news is you’re only out $6 so it’s not much of a risk (also, when I purchased my second round of lipsticks from them, Ulta was having a buy 1 NYX Cosmetic, get the second half off-score!).



I am a total sucker for a nude lip. I wear dramatic eye makeup often so the lip I wear most frequently is nude. The Natural color that NYX makes is a great basic nude. I don’t love it as much as my L’Oreal Forever Frappe (which is more brown than the NYX which is more pink) but it’s still a great lip color. Because these lipsticks are matte, it’s essential that you remove them with a cotton ball and a gentle makeup remover. Trying to get matte lipstick off with a dry tissue will lead to really chapped lips–which means no lipstick wearing for awhile, boo!

I am hooked on this brand. They make great products at a great price. Next color on my list? Whipped Caviar. I can’t wait!

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