NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream and HD Blush Review

Whoops it appears that I have purchased yet more make-up and whoops it appears that I’m blogging about it instead of doing my Physics revision… Oh well. It’s just too important to dismiss! So, despite having about £1.50 to my name for the past month, I have made it through (HURRAH!) with a little assistance from Depop and Ebay. And now, well as soon as I have any money, what do I do? I spend it, OF COURSE. However, I am rather proud of the fact that I’ve opted to treat myself to a fairly non-bank-breaking brand this month. This brand is the much loved NYX Cosmetics. Renowned for their AMAZING dupes, specifically the liquid lipsticks, primers and blushers, I thought I’d give ’em a whirl. The only real issue was that NYX products are ridiculously hard to get hold of here in the UK. But, lo and behold, Very came to my rescue –  pretty much every NYX product available and I didn’t even have to pay for shipping, even though it’s an America-based brand. Wonderful! Anyway, I’ll stop babbling and show you my purchases…

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So, here we go, my two little purchases, on the left is HD Blush in Taupe and on the right is Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania. These pieces were only £7 each from Very, a very reasonable price for make-up now-a-days, yet the quality is not compromised in the slightest! Let’s take a look at each individually…

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Okay, so, first up is the HD Blush in Taupe (£7), a much adored shade. Personally, having such pale skin, I find it extremely hard to participate in the beauty ‘must’ of the moment; contouring. However, that’s where this product comes to the rescue. After months and months of research into products that would make contouring less ‘clown-like’ more ‘wow-look-at-those-cheekbones’ for me, I’d come across people raving about the wonders of this product multiple times. Other favourites seemed to be MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Baby Don’t Go (£20.50) and Nars Contour Blush in Olympia (£30), but with these both reaching more than twice the price of NYX Taupe, I decided to try the cheapest option first and work from there. BOY DID THAT PAY OFF! Upon my first application of Taupe, I loved it immediately; unlike other contour products it was miraculously cool-toned and didn’t make me look like I had a stripe of fake-tan down each cheek. Also, it was surprisingly pigmented for such a bargain product and very easy to blend, even for someone as useless with a make-up brush as me. Take a look at the results below…

Make-up: No7 Stay Perfect Shine Free Primer (£12.50), bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Vanilla (£26.00), MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW15 (£15.50), NYX HD Blush in Taupe (£7), Chanel ‘Le Volume de Chanel’ Mascara in Noir (£25), MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering (£14) set with Miss Sporty Clear Mascara (£2.99). All applied with MAC Keepsakes Studio Brush Kit (£40/£50) and Real Techniques Contour Brush  (£21.99 with Core Collection) and Retractable Kabuki Brush (£11.99).

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Now onto the Soft Matte Lip Cream (£7) – I would say this is very, very similar in texture to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick ($20.00), but, again, half the price. Already, within just a couple of hours of wear, I was receiving compliments on this products and it’s staying power is crazily good; you’d probably have to bathe in makeup remover to actually get it off. Anyway, this is Transylvania, the darkest shade –  I’d describe it as a classically autumnal ‘berry red’, although it is possible to build up to a deep purple shade with multiple coats. Also, this has been dubbed the perfect dupe for MAC Cyber (£15.50), with a little more of a matte finish. My only piece of advice would be to make sure you apply a lip-liner when using this product as it’s hard to achieve an even outline with the wand alone. Here’s how it looks on (lovely car selfies):

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5 thoughts on “NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream and HD Blush Review

  1. Arielle September 27, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    Love the lippie, it is such a gorgeous Fall colour! ❤

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