NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Istanbul, Prague and Copenhagen Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies,

I told myself I didn't need NYX's unbelievably popular Copenhagen Soft Matte Lip Cream. And I was doing just fine ignoring it until I saw Lexie from Nailgirl wearing it when we went out to dinner with friends earlier in the year. The girl knows how to create lemmings, that's for sure! Copenhagen looked incredible on her and lasted throughout the meal without any touch ups. I was blown away, and onto the wishlist it promptly went.
While scoping out prices on Ebay, I found the First Crush set, which contains Copenhagen along with two other colours, Istanbul and Prague. Due to Copenhagen's popularity, a lot of sellers have been hiking up their prices for that shade substantially, so buying this set was actually about the same  cost - I paid about $20USD for the trio.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Istanbul, Prague and Copenhagen Swatches & Review

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Istanbul, Prague and Copenhagen Swatches & Review

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Istanbul, Prague and Copenhagen Swatches & Review

The Soft Matte Lip Creams come in tubes coloured to match the shade inside and they have doefoot applicators. It's worth noting that the Soft Matte Lip Creams contain a generous 8ml for their US retail price of $6.00. That's some competitive pricing; many brands are charging a lot more for significantly less product. 

Formula overview:
These have a mousse like texture which is easy to spread thinly across the lips. It takes a few minutes for them to dry completely matte, but you don't have to fuss around keeping your lips apart as they aren't tacky - the formula doesn't stick itself. They don't feather, migrate or bunch over the course of wear. To me they smell quite sweet - other reviewers have liked it to cupcake frosting - which seems to be quite a divider of opinions! I enjoy bakery scents and scented cosmetics in general, so I'm a fan, but if you can't stand them you're probably better off avoiding these. 

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Istanbul, Prague and Copenhagen Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs: Istanbul, Prague, Copenhagen

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Istanbul

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Istanbul Swatches & Review

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Istanbul Swatches & Review

NYX call Istanbul a 'clean pink'. It's a light pink with subtle warmth. It reminds me quite a bit of MAC Please Me, a touch bluer and lighter. Here's a quick comparison!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Istanbul MAC Please Me lipstick comparison

Istanbul has lovely colour pay off with no streaking. It emphasises uneven lip texture a little more than darker shades of the Soft matte Lip Creams so you'll want to give your lips a good scrub before applying. It wears for just under five hours on me, becoming minimally drying after two hours and looking a bit faded toward the end of wear.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Istanbul Swatches & Review


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Prague

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Prague Swatches & Review

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Prague Swatches & Review

Prague is described as a 'matte merlot; I'd call it a cool medium berry. Again, beautiful colour pay off and application! Prague wears for four hours on me and is minimally drying and a touch faded after two.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Prague Swatches & Review


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Copenhagen

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Copenhagen Swatches & Review

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Copenhagen Swatches & Review

And now we come to the famous Copenhagen! It's described as a 'matte rich plum', which I'd agree with. I was underwhelmed by colour pay off and application though - it's patchy and uneven as you can see. Copenhagen lasts for seven and a half hours on me and becomes drying after three hours. The colour was faded and wearing in the center by the time it finally began disappearing.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream - Copenhagen Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Sweet frosting scent
  • Istanbul and Prague last for four-five hours
  • Copenhagen lasts for seven and a half hours
  • Mousse like texture is easy to apply
  • They don't feather or migrate
What I didn't like:
  • Drying after two to three hours
  • Copenhagen is patchy
Where to buy:
Have you tried NYX's Soft Matte Lip Creams?

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Lani

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