NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Review and Swatches

I first ordered the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Amsterdam, I was looking for a true matte red. While the color wasn’t exactly what I wanted I fell in love with the formula. In my latest NYX haul I ordered another two colors and I waited to receive them before going over this new product.

Generic Info:

These lip creams seem to have people polarized. Some fall in love with the formula smell and color and others absolutely detest them. I’m in the love camp, but i’ll try to keep a balanced mind!

The retail price for these is $6, I picked mine up from Beauty Joint and Cherry Culture for $4.50 apiece. I think it’s a fair price given the nature of the product and their amazing color payoff (but more on that later.)

Dimethicone is the second ingredient in these lip creams. Those of you familiar with facial primers know that Dimethicone is the primary ingredient in most of them.

Color Accuracy:

From Left To Right: Amsterdam, Antwerp and London

Amsterdam Official Swatch

Antwerp Official Swatch

London Official Swatch

The undertones are what caught me off guard here. Amsterdam is a lot bluer than pictured, bordering on dark watermelon for me. Antwerp is not a coral as pictured but a lovely shade of pink (luckily this is exactly what I was expecting after having read reviews!), and London also has a pink undertone that is not shown in the official swatch.

The containers fare a little better. Only London really failed to accurately translate the color it ends up being on my lips:





The pigmentation on these is quite good considering I applied them over a somewhat oily balm. In my experience, when worn bare the pigmentation is almost completely opaque!

Bare Lips (Kinda, wearing some balm for reasons to be discussed later)





If you’ve read other reviews, you’ll know that this is not a forgiving formula. Dry lips? Forget it. I had to wait a week for my lips to un-chap enough to be able to take the shots for this because my attempts to do so when my lips were dry ended tragically:

Antwerp on dry lips

The formula doesn’t bleed much, but it really settles and exaggerates any lines or cracks so use balm or have super smooth lips.

Once dry (it takes a while) the formula lasts a good 3 hours before I have to re-apply. This is low to standard for me.

When I first applied this I noticed two things:

  1. The smell!! Like vanilla or buttercream cake frosting! Heavenly.
  2. The way it made my lips feel like cashmere. Unfortunately this goes away once the formula’s dried.

Once the formula’s faded, it leaves the softest tint of color on my lips. This makes me think that once blotted they would make great lip stains!


Dry lip issues aside, these have earned a permanent spot in my lip products bin. I love everything about this when it’s freshly applied and I don’t mind reapplying them at all. For $4.50 I would definitely suggest you pick at least one up when you get the chance!

Color Accuracy: 6/10

Pigmentation: 10/10

Quality: 6/10

Overall: 7/10

Have you tried these? If so what’d you think? My favorite color is naturally Amsterdam! What’s yours?

<3 EA

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6 Responses to NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Review and Swatches

  1. Dinah says:

    Thanks for the review and swatches, hun!

  2. Vintage Makeup says:

    Antwerp looks gorgeous! It’s too bad they make dry patches stand out!!

  3. Sara.H says:

    All three of them look lovely on you :) I like the lip creams :)

  4. As always very precise review! All three colors look charming on you! But if I had to choose I’d say Antwerp is the most versatile!

  5. Madiha says:

    Wow gorgeous colors! :)

  6. Janice says:

    Lips stick are one best weapon for women since this adds seductive look and blooming feelings,in some countries like Philippines most women do wearing pink and red colors which they believe for the natural beauty, filipina are beautiful because of their simply beauty and tan color of the skin.
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