Saturday, 11 October 2014

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania Review

A while ago I ordered two Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream's from Cherry Culture. I got Copenhagen, a dark wine red, and this one Transylvania. Transylvania is a very dark purple-ish red. It's the darkest shade in the selection.

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania

The color itself is gorgeous, but as you can see in my picture, it's hard to get evenly on the lips. This was my third attempt to take decent photos and even then you can see a weird dark line on the upper lip, right where the colour ended up from the lower lip when I smacked my lips. I've never been able to put on Transylvania without it going blotchy. The effect is a lot less obvious IRL, the camera pics up every tiny imperfection, but some blotchiness is visible.



The problem is that while one, thin layer is easy to apply, it's not nearly as dark as the shade could be, which for me was a disappointment. It's also nowhere near the site swatches with just one thin coat. Even if you let it dry thoroughly, the lower layer will melt when you apply the second layer.

For best results, apply a thin layer as evenly as you can, let dry for ten minutes, then pat another layer on. If it looks blotchy, don't try to fix any spot, you'll just end up wiping the lip cream off. Press your lips gently together and then let dry with your mouth open. Sounds tricky? It is! But Transylvania is such a pretty shade I think it's occasionally worth it :)

If you want to use Transylvania but don't have twenty minutes to spare on applying it, try it as an ombre with another shade. Copenhagen works very well for this, here's a link to my Copenhagen and Transylvania omber lips! The blotchiness does not show when there's another shade as a base.

Here's Transylvania with IsaDora Purple Prune nail polish. IRL they match pretty closely!

Pros

+Large selection of shades
+Very comfortable to wear for a long lasting product
+Easy to apply with the doe foot applicator it comes with
+Can be layered for a darker look
+Only minimal smudging
+Very long lasting

Cons

-Takes some time to set
-Hard to apply evenly when layering if lower layer isn't totally dry
-Availability, Nyx is not sold in Finland to my knowledge
-Transylvania is really tricky to apply, it wants to go on blotchy. Copenhagen does not have this problem

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