Edited: May 10, 2016
I cannot tell you enough how excited I am that my local Ulta is finally carrying the new Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick! Even since they gave the first preview of this on their Instagram page, I’ve been dying to get my hands on it. Lo and behold! It’s now available in my Ulta! I snatched up two colors: Tea and Cookies (the one you see above and the one I’m reviewing) and Amethyst, a deep purple. Most of the other color that I wanted were sold out already. But I will get them…eventually. Anyway, let’s get on with the review!
Nyx Liquid Suede Liquid Lipstick – Tea and Cookies
|Color Pay Off|
|Meets All Claims|
- It is incredibly pigmented! What color you see on the tube is the color that is going on your lips. It is fantastic! And this happens in one coat! That’s right! One! Can we just take a moment to admire the developers of this lipstick and how they really outdid themselves in pigmentation? (This is also the same for my Amethyst color. See? That’s one coat! –> )
- It has a glamorous semi-matte finish (as seen in the photo). I have never really been a fan of the matte lipsticks that only seem to show off all of the delicate wrinkles in the lips then they dry – this one does not. It reflects some light, and I think this is the perfect finish for any lip product ever!
- The applicator does not hold too much product! As you can see in the product photo, the wand looks like a doe foot applicator. Well, it’s actually flat on both sides with short fibers that don’t hold onto too much product. There is no ‘line of demarkation’ on the lips where excess product is deposited – usually around the perimeter of the lips. This applicator delivers a smooth application from either side.
- The lipstick feels luxe on the lips. This formula does not feel drying at all! It actually feels similarly to a glossy finish liquid lipstick. If you were to rub your lips together, you can definitely feel that there is some product there, but it doesn’t feel gummy. Only slightly sticky – but not in the way you think. It’s not like the goopy feeling of old lipgloss. This is just a subtle tacky feeling that you can’t really notice until you purposefully rub your lips together.
- The product lasts up to 5+ hours without needed to be reapplied (if you aren’t planning on eating during that time – more on this in the cons). I applied this every morning for a full week at 7:00am and it stayed on long and strong all the way until I ate lunch. Then I would reapply at noon and it would stay on all the way until 5-6 when I would eat dinner. No feathering, no smudging (unless I rubbed it – more on this down below), and no fading! I’m sure this would last much longer if I didn’t have to reapply after eating, but I just love my food too much to skip a meal just to see how long it actually would stay…
- Reapplication goes on smoothly. Even if you still have some product on your lips after you eat, the old product on your lips won’t gum up under a new coat – unlike many matte lipsticks and liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. I was so happy to know that I didn’t need to completely take it off just to reapply it!
- The product seems to re-liquify when you eat anything moist. It will start to slide around and can get on your teeth, tongue, and surrounding skin if you aren’t careful, but if you can manage to get it to stay in place, it will re-dry as if nothing happened. I found this out the hard way. My husband and I went to get some Vietnamese Pho for lunch, and it completely melted, and I wiped away some of my foundation as I kept getting it off my skin. See the picture on the right for the aftermath. It looks like I hadn’t even applied lipstick! But, it was a very messy meal, so I tried again the next day with a sandwich from Which Wich with much better results. It sill came off, but you could still tell that I had color on my lips – unlike the day before. And, to be honest, the results after I ate just a regular, non soup lunch, were the same as the picture to the right, but I would imagine that this would be the result for any and all lipstick after a meal.
- I’m not sure if this would bother you, but right when you remove the applicator from the tube, the product smells like paint. I’m being serious. It smells like a tube of paint. It still smells like this even when you put it on your lips, but once the product is dry, it smells like nothing. Once dry, it is scentless and tasteless, but if you are super sensitive to smells like I am, this could be a major turn off.
- Ok, so, in my experience with other liquid lipsticks, this one takes the longest to dry depending on how much you put on. One good solid coat took 5-6 minutes to fully dry on me. In terms of functionality, it doesn’t need to be 100% dry to look good. It will just transfer and smear extremely easily. So if you are ok with waiting so long until your lipstick is out of the danger-zone of smudging if you touch it, this really wouldn’t be a con.
- It transfers pretty easily. I’m not talking about kissing your hand (when I did that, nothing came off when it was try. I even kissed my husband’s cheek with no transfer when 100% dry). I’m talking about sipping tea or coffee or munching on small snacks. Even the liquid from your drink passing into your mouth or your tongue licking your lips is enough to re-liquify it. It will dry, but if you are an avid tea/coffee drinker like I am in which you are almost always sipping away, this can get pretty annoying. However, I did find out that it doesn’t transfer nearly as much when you drink through a straw.
So, again, I’m giving it a:
However, even though there were some pretty substantial cons (the smudging when eating or drinking), I just can’t give up on such a gorgeous looking lipstick that behaves like any other liquid lipstick or matte lipstick I’ve encountered. No lipstick is perfect (or if there is, I just haven’t found it yet). So, yes, I will continue to use this product. Is it the Holy Grail of all Liquid Lipstick? No, but then again, this is the most gorgeous I’ve ever used by far. So, I’ll gladly wear this gorgeousness and maintain it with touch-ups.
Have you used this product? How do you rate it?