NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa

nyx soft matte lip cream in addis ababa review
The NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream is a product I've featured on my blog a few times. At the time of photographing this post, the shade Addis Ababa was only my second Lip Cream. I now own five and will review the rest in a future blog post. Needless to say, I love these. However, Addis Ababa is my least favorite shade but I have a suspicion as to why that is...
nyx soft matte lip cream in addis ababa review
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About the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams: These products are matte liquid lipsticks which means they apply like a lipgloss but dry to a matte finish that doesn't transfer. I don't find them drying but since they do give an ultra matte finish, I highly suggest using a lip scrub prior or skipping them entirely if you suffer from dry/chapped lips. They are long-wearing and don't crack or flake like other liquid lipsticks do.

Why is this my least favorite Lip Cream? I found Addis Ababa to be a little different than the rest of my Lip Creams. It's not as creamy, nor is it nearly as pigmented as the rest. It also feels a little powdery even (as if it has dried out). You can tell from the swatches that it just doesn't pack a punch. However, I think I know the reason why. I picked this up at Ulta (it was my first visit to Ulta and it was quite a disappointing one, actually) and grabbed the first one in its row. That's very unlike me, I usually pick products from the back because the front one is always tampered with. Specially when it doesn't come sealed. I think people were using this as a tester because my other Lip Creams are richer in texture and more pigmented. This feels like those mascaras you've had for way too long, they just don't perform like they did in the beginning. 

Who knows, maybe Addis Ababa is the dud of the line, but I really believe I picked up a dried out "tester". I ordered my other Lip Creams online so I know for sure that they were "fresh" and untampered with. LOL. Rant over.

Do you love the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams too? Have you tried any liquid lipsticks?

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53 comments

  1. I love the lip butters-- and usually shy away from matte lip products but glad to hear this one isn't too drying! The color is gorgeous & nyx has such good prices it might be the brand to try out a few matte lip products :)

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  2. That's so frustrating you think someone might have used it, I do love the colour though, it really suits you! xxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

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  3. It's a gorgeous shade but it's a shame that it's a dud :(

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  4. I'm really excited to see the rest of these reviews & swatches! :) I really want to order some! I'll probably steer clear of this one though, just in case :) x

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    1. The other ones are amazing! Totally recommend x

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  5. Such a shame, it looks like it could have been amazing, I love the colour! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  6. This looks so gorgeous on you but what a shame about its performance :( T xx

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  7. It's a shame you picked up one that might have been used. The colour is gorgeous though, it looks lovely on you x

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  8. I've never tried the NYX ones, but I have a similar product from Collection and I have pretty much the same experience with it. I mean, I love the product itself, but I have a feeling that it was already used before I bought it. When I opened it, it felt like there's only a tiny bit of it left and it also feels powdery, just like you described it. So weird!

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    1. Yess!! It feels like there's so little left, I have to scrape the sides to get enough product out. The other Lip Creams are NOTHING like that so I know this must have been used as a tester. Sigh x

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  9. I haven't tried one of them yet. But I have had the same experience at an Ulta but with a concealer. I do not like to buy products any longer that does not have a safety wrap on it. Also since drugstore products prices has gone way up. I believe the stores should supply customers testers of the products. Sorry small rant there.....LOL! Hope you and your viewers will check out my new beauty and more blog!

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    1. Totally justified rant! I'm glad some of the bigger brands have started to include testers of their newer products (mainly CoverGirl) because, seriously, how are you supposed to get the right color if you can't even test it outside the package? Then drugstores either don't accept used products or give you a bunch of attitude for returning x

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  10. It looks pretty & if this is it a little dried out, then I'd love to see it fully pigmented. I like this shade of pink & think it looks pretty on you
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  11. it is so sheer... but so happy to read it donot transfer...

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  12. I can see that this shade is a bit more muted, but still very pretty! I really need to give these a go (next year, when my lipstick ban is over :P)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  13. Beautiful shade but too bad it seems to be used. I haven't tried any of these NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams before but I've definitely seen some beautiful shades. xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  14. I loved the color, so pretty! And Im sorry that it was used :/ meh!
    Thank you for sharing dear~^_^ <3

    www.beautylish-life.com

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  15. If I didn't already own MAC Girl about Town, I'd probably be picking this one up. I wish there were designated testers for products so that people aren't opening brand-new products just for swatches! xx

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  16. I've been loving NYX lip products lately, I typically hate lipgloss but their butter glosses are incredible! I'm not a lover of matte lips but I might have to give these a try x

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    1. Everyone loves the butter glosses. I don't like lip gloss but I might just have to check them out x

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  17. Aww that's too bad. The color is still gorgeous though! I want to try these out! They look so nice on everyone!

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  18. NYX lip creme is one of my must-have's for makeup. I hope the company never stops making them. This color looks beautiful on you. I've a more nude-ish color named "Ahbu Dhabi."
    Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog -Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Chic Style

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    1. I agree! I hope they stick around forever x

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  19. I always pick products from the back too, although I wish they would just come sealed sometimes to save a fuss! It's still a pretty shade though :) xxx

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    1. I know :( How can drugstore brands not take this into consideration?

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  20. Pretty shade!Here in Greece we don't have nyx!!I want so bad to try those!!

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  21. The shade and texture are gorgeous !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  22. I think that shade is absolutely a stunner on you beautiful tan complexion. I personally would love to try products like this but my lips are just always on the verge of dry no matter how hydrated or moisturized my lips are and even if I'm always drinking enough or more than enough liquids!

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  23. Lovely colour :)

    www.ambermcniff.co.uk

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  24. Oh no! :( such a shame if it has been used :( still, the colour looks beautiful on you Coco xxx

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  25. Such a gorgeous shade I love it especially for Summer <3

    p.s I have also included your blog in my blogroll just love it! x

    www.krystelcouture.com

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  26. love how it looks on you, gonna check them out and hopefully like them, not like the NYX butter lipstick :S the only liquid lipstick ive ever tried was from revlon colorstay over time in red, i really like it but it was soooo drying i never repurchased, but cant wait to try this one.

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  27. Yup you DEFINITELY have to grab products from the back haha!! Regardless I personally have yet to make these matte creams work for me… I'm not sure if the shades I picked were just too sheer or what but they end up very streaky on me (not so cute). Such a shame because I know a lot of people like you love them!

    ♥Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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    1. Hahaa, I usually grab from the back AND double check them but I think I was overwhelmed that it was my first Ulta visit and that they were closing in 15 mins. xx

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  28. I love the vibrant color on this. I'm always looking for a good lip product!

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  29. Gorgeous colour, I've never tried any NYX products but this looks amazing xx

    Lauraslittleloves

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  30. urgh, i hate getting the one that has been tampered with! so annoying

    Anna | On The Dressing Table

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  31. Shame with this the colour looks so lovely though, I can't wait for NYX to be a little more accessible here in the UK there products look great

    http://subjectbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They have a nyx.co.uk website at least. You can browse the full selection there and order to the UK xx

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  32. Lovely colour on you! Shame its been tampered with. I hate that in shops

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  33. Thanks for the review! It's such a shame 'cause I do like the colour!

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  34. That is annoying :( The colour rocks though! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  35. I've never tried any liquid lipsticks.
    Gorgeous shade!

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  36. I wonder if the WnW is really more pigmented or if it's because of the possible tampering. What a shame that happened to you. I always try to buy towards the middle, sometimes I don't trust the back either LOL. I've seen opened sealed products lurking in the back as well. I own a couple liquid lipsticks, Stila and OFRA Cosmetics and I love them both. Thanks for the review! The color looks great on you! =)

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    1. Un-sealed cosmetics are a lottery. I wonder that too, but I'm not curious enough to buy another one. I have the Stila Liquid Lipstick in Beso and I love that formula!! xx

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  38. It's really unpleasant(( The shade is beautiful though.

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  39. Ooh, this looks like such a pretty colour! Shame it sounds like you picked up a dud one though.

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

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  40. I have yet to try one of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams but I need to give them a go since I love matte lip colors. I hate when people just open up makeup and I also hate that most stores don't have testers. I think it would be better for them to put one as a tester instead of having people just open up a bunch of things. Whenever I go to Walmart or Target I always see so many things opened and even used. :\

    Laura
    www.lauraneuzeth.com

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  41. Sorry to hear you got a bad one! One of the most disappointing things when it comes to beauty products :( The shade is gorgeous though, which in a way, makes it more disappointing...

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  42. Oh I hate when I buy sth that was opened before.. Maybe when you will get a next tube you will like it better. The color looks stunning on you btw!

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  43. You look great with this color!!

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