NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (KourtK Dupe?)

By andhonestly - Friday, December 09, 2016

With my birthday money, I treated myself to a few things I'd been wanting, one of them was the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Transylvania. I've been desperate to try this one for a while, mostly because I've really loving vampy lipstick shades recently. Anything dark purple or red catches my eye.

Another reason I wanted to try this colour out is the NYX Soft Matte formula is amazing. It's a little more mousse-like than your traditional liquid lipstick, and a little bit goes a long way. Unlike other products, such as NYX Lingerie, it takes a while to dry down but once it does, your lips don't feel like they're devoid of moisture. I really hate those super drying liquid lipsticks because of that reason. The colours are all incredibly pigmented and you need only one coat for total opacity.

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I love these smaller lipsticks, I find the wands easier to work with and I never ever finish a large tube anyway. The doe foot applicator, however, is not my friend when it comes to liquid lipsticks. Transylvania is very dark and not a forgiving colour when it comes to sloppy application. I'm not great with the doe foot, so it took a bit of practise to make sure I didn't have it clumped in the corners of my mouth or, have a wobbly lip line.

I found this a lot more difficult to use than lighter colours, such as Rome, because you can see every tiny mistake. However, after a few attempts, I got the hang of it and it looked pretty great if I do say so myself.

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It takes a long while for this lipstick to dry down completely, anywhere from 30-45 minutes, but once it does, it doesn't wipe off easily. It also dried down a lot more purple than in the photo above.

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I was on my way to see a friend and she asked where I was, so I sent her this terrible photo. I don't know what I thought I was achieving. But, you can see how much darker the colour of the lipstick is - this was about 90 minutes after application.

My only tiny complaint about these lip creams is that they don't last through a meal. We ordered KFC and it wore off, except around the lip line. Honestly, I wasn't expecting it to last through a greasy meal and I'm not at all bothered or disappointed by that. I do appreciate that for some people, it isn't amazingly practical - especially when applying dark liquid lipsticks is already a chore in the first place.

The line of lipstick that was left came off with some micellar water and was no big deal to remove, which I always appreciate. I can't stand the lipsticks that stick like glue.

I also noticed that Transylvania is not a bad dupe for KourtK by Kylie Jenner. It's not as dark, but its got a very similar purple undertone. Also, Blackberry Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream by Collection is in the same shade family, so it would be great as an alternative.

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If you're looking for something that won't break the bank but is long-lasting and has amazing pigmentation, you can't really go wrong with NYX Transylvania. The formula is a million times better than a lot of more expensive brands and it won't ruin the rest of your makeup if you try to take it off.

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4 comments

  1. I love NYX lip products! They are amazing! Transylvania is one of my favourites. You should try Vancouver too. :)

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  2. Vancouver is definitely on my list, along with Prague and Monte Carlo. I also have Rome which I didn't like too much at first but has now become my go-to every day shade

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  3. […] or so, that I’ve managed to catch up on the trend. I’ve tried some that I really liked (Nyx Soft Matte) and some not so much… But one brand I kept hearing good things about is Sleek and after […]

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