NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams
have become my little obsession these couple of months. I find them the best matte liquid lipstick formula for my needs. I've already had Stockholm
before and now I also got Athens. In the future I'm planning on getting London as well.
I like that NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams come in a fairly small and sleek plastic packaging with black plastic top. Shade of packaging should be indicator of the shade that is inside. It has regular fluffy doe foot applicator, which works fine. I mentioned in Stockholm that it holds too much product, but I don't have that problem with Athens. You'll even need to go back in to get more product.
I got mine for a little over 10€ and it is 8 ml of product (which is more than any other liquid lipsticks that I own). It hurts me knowing that these cost like 5$ in USA, but in Europe they are usually a lot more expensive.
Athens is light peachy brown shade. It's definitely one of those nude colors, but warmer and peachier. I think it's one of the lightest lipsticks, especially among liquid lipsticks, that I own. I also like that it's not a true peach, because those can often times make your teeth look very yellow.
Formula of these is creamy, but almost like a mousse consistency. It's definitely not as liquid as most matte liquid lipsticks. I've noticed difference between Athens and Stockholm. Stockholm is a lot more liquid and Athens seems drier and like there isn't as much product inside. I don't know if that is shade problem or the fact that I might have gotten older product.
Pigmentation is like a medium, because it can go on very sheer. You can obviously build it up and since this is light shade, I don't have a problem with not being even or covering my lips.
It's the most lightweight formula of any matte lip products that I tried so far. Sometimes I even forget that I have it on. This never dries out my lips and it doesn't become super matte and cement like.
It needs 10-15 min to dry to matte finish. Some see that as a con, but I don't have a problem with that. As I've said, the finish is matte, but not that super drying cement matte.
It lasts fairly well (I don't check it every hour), but it won't survive eating and it's not kiss proof. It goes off evenly and it doesn't look patchy.
I absolutely adore this shade. It's probably my new favorite nude, because it's peachy nude. It's fairly warm, but I like the fact that the shade is light. Pairing it with warm eyeshadows and peach blushes will make it look extra pretty.
Athens is actually unique shade in my collection. I don't have anything that could pass as a dupe. The closest I got to it was the shade Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte in Au Naturale. This one is a lot more brown, but has that same warm peachy undertone, although it's more yellow based than Athens. It's also a few shades darker. Stockholm is a lot more mauve based brown compared to Athens. It's also a few shades darker.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are winners in my book. I highly recommend you these, if you don't like that cement matte finish and have naturally drier lips. I also love the fact that there's nice range of nude shades. This is the thing that really bothers me with most matte liquid lipsticks, they're all very bright and in your face, but let's face it, I will mostly wear nudes. It's really hard to find good matte nude shade in our drugstores. These are also really lightweight, have fairly good staying power and go off evenly. I will say that there might be differences in consistency depending on what shade you get, so do research before.