Review & Swatches: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Istanbul”

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

Availability: NYX Online & Ulta
Price: $6.00

Company’s Description

Neither lipstick nor lip gloss—this is matte lip cream. A new kind of pout paint that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.

NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams were created to give a matte finish to the lips without drying them out. There are 11 shades total. The shade Istanbul is reviewed, below.

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Packaging: 9.5/10

Soft Matte Lip Creams come in plastic tubes in the color matching that of the product. They have doe-foot applicators.

Quality: 9.5/10

This lip product has a relatively uncommon cream formula that glides onto the skin.

Istanbul is a light-to-medium neutral pink color with good pigmentation. The finish with one coat is almost opaque and can be built up with another layer. I wouldn’t say the finish is truly matte because you do get a slight sheen to the lips. But there certainly is no shimmer or glitter in this product.

Initially, it seems like this lip cream will be drying. But the consistency is actually quite silky on the lips and, while it won’t give your lips a lot of moisture, it also doesn’t dry them out like a lot of matte lip products do.

The wear is also longer than most lip products. It isn’t a lip stain but does adhere to the skin more strongly than a gloss or lipstick. You can go a good 4 hours or more before the color and finish starts to fade.

Ease of Use: 9.25/10

These are simple to use. The product glides onto the skin smoothly and the doe-foot is small enough to give you precise application.

Price: 9.5/10

For $6.00, you get 0.23 ounces (6.5 grams).

Final Grade


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul Applicator

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul Applied

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6 Responses to Review & Swatches: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Istanbul”

  1. Noelle says:

    I love this. What colors would be good for dark skin??

  2. Lisa B. says:

    I have a couple of these; San Paulo & Stockholm. I didn’t like either of the colors on me too well, though they weren’t terrible, and I agree completely with your review about the formula. I want this color now!

  3. Sarah L. says:

    This colour is soooo pretty! NYX always seems to have great products for an even greater price 😀 Just wondering, but is there any smell to it?

    Thanks for the review!

    • yes, like a vanilla cupcake kind of, most people like it but I personally think it is very artificial and it smells kind of like medicine, the type that you would have to take as a child. It brings back so many memories of high fever and colds, oh dear. But if you enjoy this type of scents be my guest. The smell doesn’t linger for too long and you can’t really smell it on your lips unless you do that pucker motion to bring your lips upwards towards your nose and then I guess you can kind of smell it, but being honest here for a second, how often would you do that on a day? Hope this helps you when buying you NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, all the love, Livia. xoxo

  4. Sidrah says:

    I love this color, I have yet to try these out.

  5. Sthobbie says:

    Good that they don’t dry out, I am not really into mattes though but this looks nice.

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