NYX Matte Lipsticks – Review and Swatches

Have you ever noticed that NYX tends to use “velvet” or “velvety” in almost all their lipstick descriptions? As Indigo Montoya once said, “You keep using that word! I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Matte lipsticks are usually a love/hate thing. There’s something very grown-up and glam about the subtler finish. And there’s something less grown-up and more old shriveled lady about the typically resulting lip flake. So whenever a new matte formula comes out, junkies everywhere try it out! Being one such junkie I was really glad to take advantage of Cherry Culture’s recent 20% off sale to pick up my first two NYX Matte Lippies. But will they be the last?


NYX Matte Lipsticks

Generic Information:

NYX offers up their Matte Lipsticks for $6.00USD on their website. Of course, you can always find them cheaper by browsing around. I picked up mine at Cherry Culture for $4.99 (minus an additional 20% off because of the sale.)

Below is the partial ingredient list for the Matte lipsticks. I’ve left out “might contain” items because that varies on your selected shade. In bold are the ingredients that are not a part of the NYX round lipsticks.

Bees Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla)wax, Ceresin, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyethylene, Octyldodeanol, Polyisobutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Oleyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Bis-Digylceryl Polyacyladipade-2, Tocopheryl Acetate, B.H.A, and Fragrance.

For the curious. Here are the other ingredients not on the Matte lipstick list that ARE on the round lipstick list.

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide Red, Iron Oxide Yellow, Iron Oxide Black, D&C Red No.6, D&C Red No.7, D&C Red No.27, FD&C Yellow No.5 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminum Lake, and D&C Red No.36 MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide Red (CI 77491), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI 77492), Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499), D&C Red No.6 (CI 15850), FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090), D&C Red No.7 (CI 15850), D&C Red No.27 (CI 45410:1), or FD&C Yellow No.5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140).

The ingredient list mentions a fragrance. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the strong, soapy smell of most NYX lippies. I’ve read some reviews saying that the Matte lipsticks are not scented – but they are, it’s just VERY faint. I don’t think it’s a similar scent to the round lipsticks and I honestly cannot detect it unless I take a long inhale of the tube. It’s not there at all when applied.

Color Accuracy:

Now. A huge problem with NYX lipsticks is that they vary wildly in finish, so even if the swatch is accurate for some it’s not for others! I didn’t think I’d have to deal with this problem for the Matte lipsticks because…well they’re matte. There’s no sheen or luster or sparkle to distort the color.

Indie Flick Official Swatch

Sierra Official Swatch

NYX Indie Flick Matte Lipstick

NYX Sierra Matte Lipstick

Indie Flick Swatch

NYX Sierra Swatch

Despite the shocking color of the official swatch, Indie Flick is a fairly subdued Orange-based red with touches of pink. Similarly, Sierra is shown to be much browner than it appears to be in the swatch – where it’s a brownish pink. I took a comparison swatch picture so you can get a better idea of the colors.

From Left To Right: NYX Eros, NYX Femme, NYX Indie Flick, MAC Lady Danger, NYX Sierra and MAC Vegas Volt

As you can see, IF is nowhere near as red as Eros or Lady Danger – it’s too pink to be close to either but not pink enough to actually be pink. And Sierra is a very very brown pink. But not AS brown as the official image shows.


Matte Lipsticks are ideally very pigmented, there’s no emollients to add slip (and thus create sheerness.)

Bare Lips

NYX Indie Flick On Lips

NYX Sierra On Lips

Both lipsticks have average to strong pigmentation. But they require two sweeps to get full coverage.


You know how, depending on the type of lipstick you know how much force you can or cannot use? You’d think that the strong wax content of these lippies would mean a careless application – but it doesn’t. They don’t have much slip to them and too much strength in your hand could cause the lipsticks to break. I prefer to apply them in several short strokes, with the bullet as far down as is possible. When I was preparing the comparison swatch shot I noticed that they pulled at my skin much more than the other lippies did. Also, try to stick to less than 3 layers. After 2, it really starts to ball up and flake faster than it would with a less heavy application.


I’ve worn these quite a bit since I got them, almost nonstop! Like most matte lipsticks, they wear for a reasonable period: about 4-5 hours with no eating or drinking. 2 hours WITH it. But by the end of that time you will have been noticing enough fading that you’ll have already reapplied.

Aaah, the biggie. Are they drying? Yes and No. They aren’t THE MOST drying matte lipsticks on the market – but they ARE drying. I found that my lips began to feel mositureless about 2-3 hours into the wear and were full on flaking on any but the best lip days by 3-4 hours.


Some minor glitches, but overall a very solid addition to the NYX makeup line! I’m really glad I picked these up and will be getting ahold of some more!

Value: 5/5

Color Accuracy: 8/10

Pigmentation: 8/10

Application: 7/10

Wear: 9/10

Overall: 82% (B-)

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All for now~

<3 EA

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10 Responses to NYX Matte Lipsticks – Review and Swatches

  1. Larie says:

    These don’t actually seem that matte to me, though the colors are lovely. Thanks for the reminder! Just subscribed by RSS :D
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  2. Eden-Avalon says:

    Oh, I couldn’t agree more Larie. They definitely aren’t traditionally matte – but they aren’t anywhere near say, a satin finish. Also as the day goes on they get drier and drier (in a bad way but not as bad as standard mattes.)

    8D Yeah subscriptions~

  3. The colors look fabulous on you! haha I also took advantage from the cyber monday?!?!? Anyway, the lipsticks I ordered are from milani.. ?! I only have two lipsticks and one isn’t a real lipstick but more a pen.. (the eyeko stick..) I like the NYX lipsticks very much from what I can see and I think I’m a matte lipstick lover. I just don’t like it, when they’re all shimmery and stuff.. I love the decent pigmentation and the beautiful finish. Just lovely! I can understand why you’ve been wearing them ever since ;)
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  4. Stacey says:

    I usually stay away from mattes, just because I don’t like anything that feels too drying. But as Larie pointed out, these don’t look SUPER matte…I kinda like the finish it has. Both of these shades are lovely, but they do differ greatly from the official swatch!
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  5. Diane says:

    love those shades on you ^^ ..
    they don’t look really matte.. which I like!
    I seriously don’t like those super matte matte lippies.
    not brave enough to wear them esp the red ones as it accentuates my alligator like lips most of the time.. so these babies are impressive enough for me, i’ll check some of the shades!
    thanks for sharing! never tried this line..
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  6. kristie says:

    I’m not much of a matte lipstick person but these do seem quite pigmented. I think after my debacle with the cream blushes, I will probably not purchase any other items from NYX.

  7. These kind of have a sheen to it, but I love it! Matte lipsticks are so professional! hehe

  8. Sara Hassan says:

    I think Sierra is my color :) I like the fact they aren’t very matte.
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  9. Celina says:

    I generally stay away from mattes as I find them very drying in general, wish these were a little more moisturising as the colours are loving!
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  10. the colors are sooo beautiful!!! I haven’t yet tried these, thanks for posting!!
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