I purchased these two shades about three months ago--I can't remember if I got them at Ulta or Target but I know it was one of those retailers, and I think CVS has these in-store too (but don't quote me on that).
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams
(retail: $6 each, 0.27 oz)
San Paulo, Cannes
Ingredients (from the Nyx website):
Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone,Beeswax, Glyceryl Behenate / Eicosadioate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone /Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isohexadecane,Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Parfum. May Contain:CI77019 (Mica) / CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI15850 (D&C Red 6 Na.Salt), CI15850 (D&C Red 7 Ca Lake), CI15985:1 (FD&C Yellow 6 AlLake), CI19140:1 (FD&C Yellow 5 Al Lake), CI45410 (D&C Red 28 AlLake), CI77491 (Iron Oxide Red), CI77492 (Iron Oxide Yellow), CI77499(Iron Oxide Black), CI77742 (Manganese Violet), CI77891 (TitaniumDioxide).
After looking at a zillion swatches of these shades online, I was HOPING that Cannes wouldn't be too brown/tan in person. I was a little scared off by the color of the tube since it looks like terracotta and I cannot do terracota colors with my skintone. But I'm so happy to confirm that this is a very easy-to-wear pinky-brown shade that's almost a My Lips But Better type of color on my medium-pigmented lips. I LOVE it (but you know I'm a sucker for pinky-browns). San Paulo is a touch brighter than I was anticipating, but it's a pretty berry-rose shade that is very cheery and easy to wear as well (it's not a magenta--it really is more of a berry shade with rose undertones).
My swatches above were taken after swiping each applicator about four times on the back of my hand, using only the amount of product that was on the applicator after pulling it out of the tube (I did not go back to the tube to get more product for either swatch). As you can see, pigment is not an issue with these. They're both very pigmented and opaque after just a few swipes. The finish is just as described--these are soft mattes. There's a tiny bit of shine to these, but it's not even what I would call a "shine" really. They're just not SUPER matte, if that makes sense.
Now let's talk about the texture/consistency, since that seems to be where people are divided. I've read some reviews stating that these are drying, but I don't find that to be the case for me personally (tip: I've heard that applying a light coating of lip balm prior to application can help, if you do find these drying). For me, these go on pretty wet (they're thin and creamy), but they set to a consistency that feels very thin and weightless (as in, I can't feel anything on my lips after a few minutes of wear).
During initial application, these remind me of the first step of traditional two-step longwear lip colors (think CoverGirl Outlast Lip Colors). They have the same type of initial consistency to me, but unlike many 2-step lip colors, these never dry down to that sticky, heavy, dry or crumbly type of texture that is so common with 2-step longwear lip colors. Instead, these feel extremely light and there's no stickiness at all. And unlike traditional 2-step longwear lip colors, there's no need to apply a clear gloss/balm on top of these.
Staying power is fantastic for me. I can easily get a full four hours of wear, and sometimes even six hours. The fragrance of these lip colors reminds me of cake batter, which I love, but I don't get much flavor from these. They defintely do not taste like cake batter, and I have heard some people complain that they taste strongly of plastic. I don't get a strong or sharp plastic flavor from these, but then again I'm not super sensitive to that type of thing (it has to be really funky for it to bother me, and these do not bother me).
FINAL VERDICT: If you haven't gotten around to trying these yet, I say do it. I absolutely love the two shades that I purchased, and I'm kicking myself for not listening to the hype and trying these sooner (three years sooner, to be exact). These lip colors are very pigmented yet they're easy to contol, and they're also easy to apply. The staying power is impressive, and I personally do not find these to be drying. I think you do have to like opaque, matte colors to fully appreciate these though, so if you're more of a sheer, shimmery or sparkly lip color type of person, these might not be for you. But other than that, I think they're definitely worth a shot!
I'm guessing that many, many of you already own several of these, so I'd love hear what YOU think of them. Also, please tell us what your favorite shades are in this range!
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