Friday, December 28, 2012

NYX Matte Lipstick


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I've got a bit of a review for you today on a lipstick that I purchased from Ulta a few weeks ago for $5.99, and I must tell you... I've been loving it!! It's NYX's Matte Lipstick in Strawberry Daiquiri.

Let's talk about the color...

I tend to stick with neutral makeup most of the time, since I think that it's appropriate for most people and more universally flattering. Strawberry Daiquiri is a beautiful deep, mellow Rosie color that's just gorgeous. The pigmentation/color payoff is absolutely wonderful! You just can't ask for more from a drugstore lipstick. Lots of people starting out in makeup are afraid to try it or don't view lipstick as an important part of their makeup routine, but you'd be surprised just how much a little lipstick can do to change your look!

Let's talk about the finish....

Obviously as part of the name, the finish of this lipstick is matte. I think sometimes people shy away from matte finishes thinking that they will be dull or drying, but this isn't the case. It does tend to fill into the crease of your lips a bit as it drys, but I haven't had any problems with it appearing cracked or dry. When you're applying the lipstick, it glides on very smoothly and the feel is quite nice. However, I would recommend, especially if you have dry lips, to apply chap stick before you apply any lipstick, and this lipstick is no exception. The finish is matte, but it's pretty natural appearing. Personally, I prefer a matte finish to a sheer one. (If you'd like a more shiny finish, just add a lip gloss!)

Let's talk about the staying power...

Honestly, I was quite impressed with the longevity of this lipstick. It reminds me somewhat of a stain because once the actual lipstick wears away, some color remains, although don't expect it to survive meals... This lipstick does not dry out your lips (at least it doesn't for, and I can't live without my Burt's Bees my lips are so dry!), and I'd say it leaves a very nice moisturizing feeling on your lips.

Here's what the lipstick looks like when it's first applied...

Here's what it looks like after some time... (no additional lipstick or chap stick was applied during this test)

Let’s talk about the cons…
I can honestly say there isn’t anything about this lipstick that I don’t love. (Well… I wish I could apply my Burt’s Bee’s without taking it off, but every lipstick does that!) The consistency is creamy and the pigmentation is amazing, but I’ve heard that not all the colors are exactly the same. According to many beauty tubers, the consistency of each color isn’t the same. Here’s a link to a swatch video from itsjudytime. She gives some great information as to the consistency of the different colors:
Final thoughts…
I adore this lipstick! The color is absolutely gorgeous, and I probably love it even more than Smashbox Lipstick in Primrose (at the time I thought it was my holy grail natural lipstick!). Considering the price, I’d say it’s great lipstick to add to your collection! Let me know if you have any questions or have a request: :)

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