Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

nyx soft matte lip cream Istanbul swatch review
Hi, lovelies! Here's a product rave for you. Do you enjoy liquid lipsticks or matte lip products? Then you might want to try the Soft Matte Lip Creams ($6) from NYX. These come in 13 gorgeous colors named after cities around the world. The one I have is Istanbul, a light-medium yellow/warm based pink. If you have a medium warm undertone (around NC30) and find that most light pinks are often too cool-toned on you, you'll love Istanbul. I would call Istanbul MAC's Angel warm-toned sister (of course, Angel has a sheen and Istanbul is matte but color-wise they're both baby pinks).

Like most liquid lipsticks, the Soft Matte Lip Creams come with a doe foot applicator. Liquid lipsticks feel creamy on the lips upon application but after a minute or two they set to a dry matte finish. Don't be afraid of them, if the formula is done right they won't be drying. However keep in mind that any matte finish will not hide chapped lips or imperfections. If you're prone to dry and flaky lips I recommend using a lip scrub or balm prior or even skipping matte finishes altogether. 
I found that Istanbul took a bit longer to dry and set in comparison to other liquid lipsticks I've tried (like the Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait or the Hourglass Rouge Liquid Lipsticks) It was just about a minute longer so not a real problem. If you have trouble using liquid lipsticks try applying a thin layer and letting it set. After that apply a final thin layer.
nyx soft matte lip cream Istanbul swatch review
nyx soft matte lip cream Istanbul swatch review
Pros: 
+ Long wearing
+ Non drying matte finish
+ Pigmented
+ Easy to apply
+ Doesn't flake
+ Affordable
+ Transfer resistant
Cons:
+ When it wears off it can look patchy
+ Not suitable for chapped, dry lips

I'm going to be buying more colors from the Soft Matte Lip Cream line in the future. I love liquid lipsticks and adore matte finishes. The more matte the better! Liquid lipsticks wear well but you must take them with you for reapplication or remove them from your lipsticks completely. They don't fade like regular lipsticks but sort of rub off (if that makes sense) which can create patches after long hours. With a color like Istanbul it isn't noticeable but keep that in mind if you wear a vibrant color.

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45 comments

  1. What a gorgeous colour! I want one now ;) xx

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    1. They're on sale Buy one get one half off often. xx

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  2. I love them, the texture is just so perfect !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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    1. Agreed! I'm a matte lover so I love really flat almost powdery finishes xx

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  3. I never use my NYX matte lip cream these days...need to bust it out! Istanbul looks lovely on you x

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    1. You should shop the stash then ;)

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  4. I really want to try them but I'm constantly battling against dry lips so I'm not sure they would wear well!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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    1. Aww, they wouldn't suit you well then :/

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  5. wow- the colour looks gorgeous on you! love the matte effect!

    Check out my latest OOTD :-)

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  6. This looks gorgeous on you! I'll have to pick one up soon next time i'm having a splurge!
    Sophie
    x

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  7. Gorgeous colour ! I have this in Milan love it xx

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! I have one of these NYX lippies as well and truly love it. Such a nice finish!

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  9. I love this type of lip creams! This color looks great on you =)

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  10. I've never tried these from NYX but now I really need to! Thanks for the review!

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  11. I love the look of how it finishes - exactly what I go for.

    Megan xxx
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty Blog

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  12. such a pretty colour, i have heard so many good things about these lip creams xxxx
    mollyox.blogspot.com

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  13. I'm obsessed with the Soft Matte Lip Creams, I need to get ahold of one of the red shades to try. This color looks so pretty on you, love!

    Jordan | Boho Vanity

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    1. I'm obsessed too. I want them all xx

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  14. Coco can you look more gorgeous!! I haven’t got any of the nyx soft matte lip creams but they look so fantastic I think you are tempting me to buy a few colours!! I love matte finishes as well, they look so chic :D
    Big hugs amiga! <3

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  15. This one is absolutely beautiful! I love milky pinks and this one is beautiful... I've never tried these lippies but I know Nyx is a great brand :) x

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  16. Oh my goodness, it looks incredible!

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  17. This looks great on you I have the same one but in shade London. I might try this shade next :)

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  18. Ooh that is such a lovely color and it looks amazing on you :)
    hugs
    xx

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  19. Such a gorgeous colour! I need to own it!

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  20. Great fresh spring summer color, love the darkened eyes, and how they contrast with the light airy look of the matte lip creme. Just purchased some NYX GLOSSES myself, have yet to test them out. Hoping for the best.

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  21. You look absolutely lovely Coco! This color really suits you, whereas as a ghostly pale person, it looks awful on me. :-( Such a shame, I had really liked the color... You should give Amsterdam a try, it has a great color. xx

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  22. nice shade and matte too bad i have dry lips :( *put extra lip balm*

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  23. This is beautiful on you, I would however be reluctant to try as my lips are generally dry on a day to day basis :(
    Amy xx
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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  24. Gorgeous! :) I love this color. I wear this on Fridays hehe

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  25. Although I usually go for more moisturizing lip products, I think I'll definitely pick up at least one shade when I go to the US. I've read lots of rave reviews on these.

    Sandra - The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  26. It's on my shopping list since last year!!! I really should buy it! ^_^

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  27. I adore matte lip products, I have been lusting after these for a long time but they are much more expensive in the UK. I think I will definitely have to pick one up, it sounds amazing (:

    Ash | Rambles Of A Beauty Addict

    xoxo

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  28. I own a couple of these and really wish I loved them but I just CANNOT get them to work for me!! They always end up looking a bit patchy in the sense that they sink more into my lip lines than they sit on my lips (if that makes sense?) so I can never get an opaque look like you got here :/ Regardless I'm happy you got this one to work for you because it looks INCREDIBLE; seriously, this is your color Coco!!

    ♥Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  29. I love this product I really want to get one! X

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  30. I bought this a few days ago and I also wrote a post on them :) I can totally relate to the dry patches situation.. Putting a lip gloss over it helps!

    http://shopandtellafterwork.blogspot.com/

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