I bought my first NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream over 3 years ago and have recently reignited my flame for these lovely liquid lipstick formulas. Unlike most liquid lipsticks, these are not super drying or matte. They stay wet when you first apply them but can be blotted for a more matte look.
These lippies run $6.49 a pop but I bought most of mine on a bogo half off sale at Ulta (which they do about once a month). Each shade is named after a city and although I have quite the collection, I really only have about half the shades.
The formula is pigmented enough to provide a punchy lip color, but sheer enough to be easy to work with. Like any liquid lipstick, it can be tricky to apply if you’ve had a little too much coffee. Slow and steady wins the liquid lipstick race, guys.
The applicator is a standard doe-foot, not my favorite for liquid lipsticks (I prefer something more precise) but pretty standard nonetheless. The scent is a little like vanilla but faint enough that I doubt it would bother anyone with a sensitive shnoz.
These lipsticks won’t last through lunch but almost no lipstick does. I appreciate that they provide lots of pigment without drying my lips out. In fact, I’d venture to say that these are less drying than your average matte lipsticks.
Speaking of matte, these lipsticks aren’t. At least, not completely. As you can see from the pictures below, some of them have more of a satin finish. As I said earlier, it’s nothing a little bit of blotting can’t fix but I’d consider these a VERY soft matte lip cream.
That being said, I clearly love these. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have bought 14 of them! Check out my full try-on below.
And there you have it!
My favorite shades are Amsterdam, Rome, and Madrid. Have you guys tried these NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams? Let me know what your favorites are in the comment section below.
I first spotted these NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes at the NYX store in Tysons Corner, VA. It was my first time at a NYX store and I wasn’t expecting to buy anything, (I normally get my NYX fix at Ulta). I didn’t realize until I was in there that a NYX store has SO MUCH MORE than your typical Ulta or drugstore does.
Case in point – these beauties.
I knew I had to have them from the second I saw them. My reasons are as follows:
I’m into astrology.
I was born on September 23rd and am technically a Libra (an air sign) while also on the cusp of Virgo (an earth sign). I find that these two signs combined, fit my personality to a tee. I’m practical, responsible, and analytical like a Virgo – yet talkative, sociable, and indecisive like a Libra. But I digress…NYX says that these palettes are inspired by the earth’s elements. The four astrological elements are – Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. NYX also offers “Metal” (an all-shimmer palette) and “Wind.”You can read more about astrological elements and what yours is here. Coincidentally, Earth (Virgo) and Air (Libra) were the two palettes I was most drawn to for shades and packaging.
These are not your typical budget-brand eyeshadow palettes. The packaging feels sturdy and heavy – with glossy plastics and gorgeous patterns. On the inside is a full-width mirror – not that I ever apply an eyeshadow look in a compact mirror but ya’ never know. It’s nice to have just in case. I’d also wager that these eyeshadow palettes are resistant to cracking as I dropped the air palette as soon as I opened it and was so relieved to see all the eyeshadows fully intact post-fall.
I swatched these babies in the store and could tell the quality was well-above their price point. Now, I’m not one of those people who equates high-pigment with high-quality. For my everyday, “normal person,” (non-working makeup artist) needs, I find that blendability is just as important as pigment. While these shadows have great pigment, they aren’t as blendable or buttery as, say, Anastasia Modern Rennesance. But they’re definitely more blendable than your average drugstore shadow and are definitely comparable to a MAC eyeshadow.
These palettes were originally priced at $30 which seems steep for NYX, a typically budget cosmetics brand. However, I bought them on sale for $15 and as of the publishing of this post – they are STILL in stock and on sale on the NYX website. I think they’d be worth their price at $30 but I wouldn’t consider them a bargain at that price. For $15, they’re an absolute steal.
Overall, I don’t think these NYX In Your Element eyeshadow palettes will be ones I reach for every day because, to me, they just feel special. Even the neutral tones in the Earth palette are pretty bold and unique in their own way.
Regardless, I love the concept of these palettes and the quality is great for the price. I’m considering picking up the “Wind” palette while they’re half off – although how often am I ever REALLY going to wear those shades of aqua? More Pinterest research is required…
Which of these NYX In Your Element eyeshadow palettes would you want to try? Would you pick based on your astrological element? Let me know in the comments below!
Wearing the NYX Air Palette