Latvia brought a lot of intriguing and interesting things my way; and although a lot of these were archaeological or historical, some of them weren't, and the one I'm going to talk about today isn't quite as groundbreaking - instead, it's the NYX standalone store. NYX has only just come to the Boots around me, and so a standalone store was like a playground and, after being kicked out for being there past closing time (genuinely though), I went back in order to pick up some bits. As there was some sort of post Christmas sale, I managed to pick up 3 Liquid Suede Lipsticks for €11, which definitely isn't bad considering one is £7 over here - in true Sam fashion I managed to lose two (probably to two different handbags or something) and so I'm here to talk about the last one in Respect The Pink.
First things first, we need to talk about the tube on this - it's shorter than you would imagine, and a lot wider than a typical lip gloss type tube. That's not a bad thing, and it's nice to look at, but it's worth knowing because the shape of the packaging just caught me off guard a little when I first took them out of the cardboard packaging that they came in. Instead of having coloured stickers, or any kind of clear packaging, these have packaging the colour of the product instead - and although that's helpful when digging around for the colour that you want, it is annoying that you can't see how much product is left inside. For any other brand, I'd be less worried - but NYX soft matte lip creams are notorious for not being full or drying out quickly, and so I'd just like it a little better if you could see how much was left inside.
The wand is a long, offset sort of doe foot applicator, making it very easy to apply and get a crisp line around the outside of your lip. Combined with the fact that the formula itself is opaque without feeling heavy - this does make for a really pretty looking lip. The thing I want to tackle first about this one is that the formula doesn't entirely set down - it does go a gentle matte (as you might imagine, it looks very like suede when it's settling down) but it's not what I would call a liquid lip - which is fine, because they're actually describing it as a cream lipstick - which is what it is. Expect better staying power than a traditional lipstick, but not anything close to a liquid lipstick that won't budge - it's somewhere in between, making it a lot more comfortable to wear, without me having to worry about the colour slipping around my face.
Now finally let's talk about what I'm most about that I've just touched on - the colours. It's much easier to be brave with colours when you're using a formula like this - knowing that they're not going to slide about and end up on my teeth means that I can happily pick brighter colours - like the heavy bubblegum blue/pink that is Respect the Pink in this post, but also in Sway (a bright lavender) and Subversive Socialite (a dark plum purple) which were the other colours that I picked. I saw blues and oranges, and I personally shy-ed away from them, but if bright colours are your thing, this definitely seems like it could be the formula for you if you don't want something as drying and matte as liquid lipsticks.
All in all, for £7 these are something really special. Put down the soft matte lip creams that are so raved about and pick up these - a great formula, comfortable to wear and available in a lot of colours outside the regular nude/red/plum sort of spectrum. Head down to your local Boots and grab one of these, you won't be sorry.