Pretty P.O.V.: NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream Monday 24 December, 2012
In search of a bold matte lip hue that won’t deplete your lips of moisture mere minutes into wearing it? Look no further than lip gloss-and-lipstick hybrid NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream.
Two years ago, you couldn’t convince me to part with a hyper-glossed lip. Something about the way mirror-like shine visibly plumps up lips appealed to me (as it does most women—especially the ladies on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Lip gloss much?). But, out of nowhere, the resurgence of matte lipstick hit, and I slowly but surely began the switch over. The problem? Many matte formulas either applied unevenly or completely sucked the moisture from my lips within mere minutes of laying down the color. As much as I liked the velvety look of matte lips, the price of a dry, flaky pucker less than an hour into wear was not one I was willing to pay.
And then I stumbled across NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam, a bold and fiery red hue that applies like a lip gloss—easy wand and all—but wears like a lipstick. Touted as a “lip cream,” it really is the embodiment of “creamy”: Though it dries instantly to a matte finish, it doesn’t feel as drying as traditional matte formulas. I say “as” because it’s not perfect; it does go the dehydration route after a few hours of wear. That being said, we’re not talking Sahara-like conditions; it truly is one of the better matte formulations out there.
And because of it’s application method and formula—a wand plus cream—it spreads its color evenly for an entirely seamless and smooth application.
As with all matte lip hues, I suggest exfoliating your mouth prior to application and, if possible, applying a nongreasy lip balm at least a half-hour prior to allow your pucker to soak up some preparatory moisture. These two steps will help Soft Matte Lip Cream grab your lips evenly, rather than clinging to dead skin flakes and the like (gross!).
NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream comes in 11 colors, but Amsterdam really speaks to the red-hot lip trend that has been going strong for several seasons (and will continue through spring/summer 2013). And at $6, it’s a real-deal steal!
Grab your NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream at nyxcosmetics.com.
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