NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Istanbul Review

Hello everyone,

Recently, I hauled a bunch of shades from the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream range which offers a huge range of shades at such an affordable price. I will be reviewing the shades from my collection over the next few days. Today’s review will be on the shade “Istanbul.”

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Istanbul

Product Description:
NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream straddles the line between lipstick and gloss! Creamy, lustrous formula applies like silk. Soft matte finish exudes a sensual glow. Unique innovative texture adds the perfect polish to any look.

My Experience with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Istanbul:

Packaging:  I love the color-coordinated tubes that help to distinguish the shade right off the bat. The shade name is mentioned via a sticker on the bottom of the tube.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Istanbul label

Applicator: The wand is short and precise. It is a double-sided doe-foot wand, so it picks up enough product for you to coat your entire lips with a single dip using both sides.

Shade:  “Istanbul” is described as a clean pink color. This is most perfect soft pink shade, neither too bright or loud nor is it too light, it is the perfect in between that will look great on most light-medium skin tones and would pair well with almost any kind of look. It applies smooth, non streaky and gives full opaque coverage in one coat. I reach for this shade a lot, especially on days that I am going for a minimal natural/no-makeup makeup.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Istanbul swatch on hand

Texture and Feel: I love the texture of these lip creams. True to its name, it feels almost like a hybrid of a mousse and a cream and with a slight satin sheen initially which sets to a soft matte look as it dries. This lip cream feels featherlight on the lips. When I wear this lip cream, I totally forget the fact that I have something on my lips, it does not feel drying at all, even on my winter-parched lips. It does not bleed and there is minimal amount of transfer. It’s one of the most comfiest lip products that I own.

Pigmentation: While all shades that I own are full coverage and pigmented, I have noticed some apply streakier and dry patchier than the others. I have found that the shades on the lightest end (some of the n*des and pastel shades) and the darkest end of the spectrum (some vampy shades and unconventional shades etc) from their range can be streaky and it can get very difficult to make them look even even with multiple coats. Most of the shades in the middle (pinks, reds etc) perform fantastic.

Staying Power:  The shade stays on my lips for 6-7 hours before I notice slight fading while staying very comfortable and non drying on my lips all through the wear.

Overall, I am impressed with this product, especially for this super affordable price tag, but I would urge you to read reviews for the shades you are eyeing as the performance is not consistent across the board for all shades.

As for this particular shade, I would 100% recommend NYX Istanbul Lip Cream.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Istanbul on lips

Pros of NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Istanbul:

  • Lightweight and comfortable on the lips.
  • Soft matte finish.
  • Non-drying texture.
  • Easy to use.
  • Affordable.
  • Beautiful shade.

Cons of NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Istanbul:

  • None.

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