NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (04, London) Review

I have been wanting to write this review for a while now because I keep mentioning this product all the time but never actually published a review.

Let’s all agree, although affordable, NYX is rather overpriced here in Malaysia which is why I feel like the dupe I found for it was worth while because the dupe is a third of the price (post here). I even wrote a first impressions post about this (post here). It is also noteworthy that Collection Cosmetics is being pulled from the drugstores in Malaysia (why can’t we never have nice things???)…

The product.

The product.

Description on the side of the tube.

Description on the side of the tube.

Comes with a standard doe foot applicator.

Comes with a standard doe foot applicator.

Swatch.

Swatch.

Description: It is a liquid to matte type lipstick. The product isn’t entirely liquid, hence the name lip cream. It doesn’t dry down fast like a typical matte liquid lipstick. Comes in 8ml product.

Where to buy: Sephora outlets nationwide.

Price: MYR 30

I used it in one of my recent collaboration to create a summer look. I only use a light layer.

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Pros:

Comfortable on the lips.

Opaque (I have rather darker upper lips and it manages to cover it).

Affordable.

Long lasting (a good 4-5 hours before it fades; unless one eats).

These SMLCs comes in a wide range of colours; definitely worth a mention.

Doesn’t reapply too bad.

 

Cons:

Picks up on dry patches.

Settles into wrinkle on the lips (but doesn’t exaggerate them).

Dries out the lips a bit.

 

Note:

Something to note is that it doesn’t dry down fast like a liquid lipstick does. The thinner the layer the faster it dries. When it dries down, it does dry down completely matte.

 

Rating: 8.2/10

I kinda love this product!

Makeup Dupe #2

NYX as a brand is pretty affordable, however, currency-to-currency it does cost more here in Malaysia than if one was to purchase it in America. This dupe was totally coincidental. I actually bought this product from a local drugstore after having heard really good things about it from several YouTubers AND also because it was on sale for a really good price! Only after having bought and used it I realised a striking similarity between the two and realised they swatch almost the same.

The product I’m duping is the NYX SMLC (Soft Matte Lip Cream) in London.

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The dupe is the Collection Cosmetics Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream in Angel Delight.

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It just isn’t the product inside, just take a look at the packaging side by side.

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It has the same plastic bottle with raised black font and a matte finish applicator handle.

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Even the doe foot applicator looks the same!

Below is a swatch side by side. There’s a slight difference in that that the Collection one is a little more pink than the NYX one.

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Albeit the slight difference in colour both products feel and look the same on the lips. They even smell similar!

The NYX at Sephora; MYR 30

The Collection (Watsons exclusive); MYR 10.50

I could buy three Collection ones for the price one NYX!!!

First Impression, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (SMLC04 London)

Although not exactly drugstore, NYX makeup brand prices are within drugstore range and NYX is the single most affordable makeup brand at Sephora.

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams (SMLC) has an almost cult following among the YouTube beauty community so I said hey, it’s about time I tried it out. So I picked up a nude colour that I can actually use.

The SMLC.

The SMLC.

The shade code on the bottom of the tube.

The shade code on the bottom of the tube.

There are descriptions on the side of the tube and it comes with a doe foot applicator.

There are descriptions on the side of the tube and it comes with a doe foot applicator.

The doe foot applicator.

The doe foot applicator.

Initial application.

Initial application.

When it sets it becomes completely matte.

When it sets it becomes completely matte.

 

My thoughts:

It is a liquid to matte lip product that dries and sets on the skin. The shade I have here is a brownish nude colour perfect for tanned skin people. It smells like dessert and I absolutely love that! It has a mousse-y texture and it is pretty long lasting. Overall I really do think this lip cream is pretty amazing. The darker colours may be trickier to work with. LOVE!!!

Price; MYR 30 (also depends your source of purchase)

Where to buy; Sephora (nationwide), FS Boutique (on mainland Penang, Facebook page link here).

NYX Powder Blush (PB01, Mocha) Review

I have written a first impressions post on this powder blush here. So I shan’t rant on about the brand, etc etc; let’s get right into the pictures shall we??? 😀

 

This is a picture comparing the blush now to the first impressions post. I tried to edit the picture to show that the pattern has been flattened but this was the best I could do. Trust me the middle triangles are just flattened bumps.

This is a picture comparing the blush now to the first impressions post. I tried to edit the picture to show that the pattern has been flattened but this was the best I could do. Trust me the middle triangles are just flattened bumps.

 

It doesn't seem to pick up well on the brush but that isn't the case. You will see it in the hand swatch (next picture).

It doesn’t seem to pick up well on the brush but that isn’t the case. You will see it in the hand swatch (next picture).

 

This is a couple of swirls on the product, a little bit of tap off and blended out on the back of my hand.

This is a couple of swirls on the product, a little bit of tap off and blended out on the back of my hand.

 

This is a friend of mine whom I helped with makeup and I used this blush on her.

This is a friend of mine whom I helped with makeup and I used this blush on her. She has a rather round face so I didn’t put the blusher on the apple of her cheeks but applied it slightly lower than the high points of her cheekbones and blended it towards the cheek and out towards the ears (not all the way).

 

Description;

It is, as the name says, a powder blush in a very muted darker dusty rose colour with a matte finish (PB01 Mocha). The packaging is plastic in a very simple and sleek design. There’s 4 g of product and they come in many different colours and also in both matte and frosty finishes.

Price: MYR 30 at Sephora and MYR 26.50 online (Colours Cosmetics Malaysia)

Where to buy: As above; Sephora and online stores (CCM linked above).

 

Pros:

Well pigmented.

Blends out very seamlessly.

Beginner friendly; you cannot go wrong with this blush.

It can be built up to as thick or as sheer as necessary.

Suitable for a wide array of skin tones (it is especially lovely on my skin tone 😛 ).

 

Cons:

It doesn’t seem like much on the brush when picked up and, due to that, one may end up picking up too much of the product (as I have done before 😀 😛 ).

Since it is a powder blush it does fade easily if used on top of powder foundation. This blush in particular does not have much staying power; it can yield approximately 3 hours of use before it fades.

 

Ratings:

8.1/10

It is a pretty gorgeous blusher and I love it even more since it is matte. My only qualm is its lasting power with powder foundation which is rather frustrating. However, I am giving it a higher rating because it blends so amazingly and the colour is suitable for many skin tones.

First Impression, NYX Powder Blush

I had some extra money a few months ago that was given to me as a token (in exchange for a makeup favour) and just when I thought I may save it, I walked into Sephora. We all make that mistake don’t we, but hey, since I have this blog now, it can be put to full use! Excuses I know! Anyway, I am talking about the NYX Powder Blush in PB01 (Mocha). I have only used it a few times, once on a friend and other times to just experiment. I must say it held up pretty well. In any case I feel I have yet to put it to full use and test it out really well, hence, a first impression. With that here come the pictures!

The blush.

The blush. I apologise for the white patches. They are actually sticker residue from price tag stickers. Don’t you just hate that!!!

Description on the bottom of the container.

Description on the bottom of the package.

It is a matte powder blush. However, upon closer inspection there is a little bit of a reflection properties to it.

It is a matte powder blush. However, upon closer inspection there seems to be a teeny tiny amount of sparkle (due to the possible presence of traces of mica in it).

I also added swatches. The shade is definitely suitable for deeper and warm Indian skin tones.

Swatch on a lighter part of my hand.

Swatch on a lighter part of my hand.

Swatch on a darker skin tone on my hand.

Swatch on a darker skin tone on my hand.

My thoughts:

It is a nice blusher and the fact that it is matte is definitely a plus. I, for one, don’t like putting blushers or even highlighters that have too much of a reflection (usually micro-glitter). It has to be done properly and placed strategically on the face or else one would end up looking like a shiny mess. Getting back to the blusher, it is not powdery, blends pretty well and has a pretty impressive staying power. Yes, it is a product from Sephora but it is from the most affordable brand they carry. This blush cost me MYR 26 (pre-GST) which is cheaper than many higher end drugstore brand blushers. If there’s a Sephora near you it definitely worth checking out. Reliable local online stores also carry NYX (Colours Cosmetics Malaysia).