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Temptress Matte Lipstick Review | NYX

We’ve all heard of NYX (although, how do you actually say that?) and today I wanted to review their matte lipstick! Their matte lipstick line comes in tons of different colours, lots of reds, browns, pinks and the odd random colour, but for this review I opted for “Temptress.” Check out my review below!


What Is Matte Lipstick?

Pretty straightforward – we’re talking about lipstick. This particular one is a matte-style which won’t have any shimmer, glitter or shine. Apparently matte is one of the most long-lasting styles of lipstick although it can feel much more dry than the other types.

Matte lipstick tubeThe NYX matte lipstick I tried out was “Temptress” or MLS25. At first glance in the shop, it looks fairly nude/peach but the colour is listed as “neutral pink” online.

As with all of NYX products, the packaging and applicator is beautiful and well-designed. The tube has a see-through section in the middle that allows you to see the colour without opening it, which is really handy. I know we shouldn’t buy products based on aesthetics, but this one definitely looks pretty before you even use it. Like I mentioned, this matte lipstick line has tons of various colours to choose from.


What’s It Like?

The lipstick itself is easily applied and glides on smoothly, but needs to applied quite strongly for light shades. Even though this colour looked peach when I bought it (and that was the colour I was going for), it was much more orangey when actually applied. This didn’t really match the look I had in mind. I know some can pull of the orange look, but I’m definitely not one of them.

I also found that my natural lip colour was easily seen through the Temptress colour, so it looked like a weird combination between the two. The orangey Temptress colour also sunk into all the grooves of my lips which gave me an unflattering look. Not so hot. However, I do think this is largely down to the colour I chose. I’ve read lots of reviews online that others didn’t have these issues with the more pink/red/brown colours.

That being said, these lipsticks are pretty densely pigmented and can be incredibly bright but the colour will transfer onto coffee cups and such, even after dried.

Matte lipstick swatches on an arm
The first swatch is just a single stroke which shows up really brightly. The second swatch is multiple layers.


What’s In It?

NYX Temptress Matte Lipstick ingredients: Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire de Candelilla, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Isostearyl Isostearate, Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire de carnauba, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Alumina, BHT, Fragrance/Parfum. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 36 (CI 12085), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).


What Does Matte Lipstick Feel Like?

Although NYX boasts that this lipstick is matte without feeling dry, I definitely found this to feel like it sucked the moisture out of my lips. While the colour did last a long time, the dryness was really distracting. I’d love to look great (who wouldn’t?) but I don’t want to feel uncomfortable for the whole night, either. I would rather need to reapply the colour later in the evening if it felt more comfortable.

Most people recommend exfoliating and moisturising your lips before using a matte lipstick to avoid the typical dry-matte feeling. Or even using some type of light lip balm before applying the lipstick overtop. This will take away from the matte look, but it won’t feel as dry and the lipstick won’t sink into all the lines of your lips.

However, the matte lipstick does feel silky while being applied and dries almost instantly. That’s a positive, right?


Final Verdict

Unfortunately, I don’t think NYX Matte lipstick is for me. Oh well! The dryness and weird orangey colour are the main cons to this product for me. Perhaps a different colour would over-rule the dryness feeling and I could tough it out for a night. The other option would be to try it with a balm underneath to counteract the dryness and try a new colour.

Perhaps another NYX matte lipstick is in my future?


Emma x

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