BEAUTY AND STYLE | NYX Liquid Suede and Ulta Matte Cream Lipstick Review

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Welcome to the battle of the matte lip cheapies! The matte lip trend is EVERYWHERE now-a-days and what seemed to be territory for the Lime Crime's Velvetines has opened up a whole new market for nearly every make up brand. When I first did my review of Lime Crime's Velvetines VS NYX's Soft Matte Lip Creams, there weren't a whole lot of mattes available on the market, so the choice really came down to a few differences and price. Today, you can get a matte lipstick from just about any brand from any store you want.

Today, I'm going to be reviewing a couple of the cheapies in the matte world: NYX's Liquid Suede Lipsticks and Ulta's Matte Lip Cream Lipsticks. Prior to this, NYX only had the soft matte lip creams, but they have launched into the serious mattes with their Liquid Suede Lippies (and yes, they are different from their lip creams.)

So you want to know if you can get a quality liquid matte without breaking the bank?

Well I'll give you my review and then you decide!

Alright, here we go!

Above is a picture of each lippie with no filters used so you can get a real look at the liquid lipsticks. The left is NYX Liquid Suede in Stone Fox and the right is Ulta Matte Lip Cream in Stirring.

Overall: B

I love NYX products. They are highly pigmented and pretty great quality and the price is also affordable. These Liquid Suede Lip Creams come in a variety of colors from nudes to the more unconventional colors you see above. While they do not have a shine to them, the don't completely dry and still remain just a tad wet, which means they can smear and do need to be reapplied when wearing them. The main issue I had with these were that the applicator makes it difficult to apply. It is a little long and a little too flexible, which makes getting a crisp line a little trickier. I'm sure many make up artists don't have as hard as a time as I do, but for the everyday girl, like me, I had to do a bit of touching up after applying. You also do need to apply two coats to get a better and more even application. For those reasons, these Liquid Suede Lip Creams get a B. 

Overall: D

 Earlier this year, Ulta decided to enter the matte lip world and came out with these Matte Lip Creams. When I first got them, I was so excited! Since they are Ulta brand, you can usually get a couple free with your purchase of other Ulta products when they have their promotions. Which actually brings the price down by half to $4.50 when they have their "Buy 2, Get 2 Free" promos. However, while price-wise these seem like a great deal, they are my absolute least favorite mattes I have tried. The applicator is also quite long and even trickier to use than the NYX applicator. I had the hardest time getting a straight line. I used tape just like I did for the NYX products and as you can see in the picture below, the color seeped under the tape.

Also, these lippies NEVER dry, like not even a little. They are definitely creamy and don't dry your lips out, but it is an incredibly high maintenance product. It has to be reapplied and you need to be careful to not smear it, even hours after application. This probably has to do with the fact that their formula is watery. I know this because when I opened one, water flew out of it.

This next picture is of a cotton square pressed on the swatches after 20 minutes. Left is NYX. Right is Ulta.

The NYX products stay a little creamy, but the Ulta ones are still wet, even as I am writing this and it has been nearly an hour. 

The Verdict

NYX is always a safe bet with great products and a nice variety of colors, but just know that you are going to spend a little time with the application. 

As for the Ulta Matte Lip Creams , I really wouldn't recommend them due to their never drying formula and their difficult to use applicator. There are many better options and at $9 a piece (more expensive then NYX) you would expect a better product. 

Have you tried these products? What did you think of them?


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