NYC Satin Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches

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During my last big drugstore haul, I stumbled upon a display with the new NYC lipsticks. Typically, NYC is not a brand I like when it comes to lip products. Most I’ve tried have a frosty finish (not for me, sorry) and have that old plastic smell.
However, this display said their new lipsticks were a “satin matte” and there were coupons. It had me at coupons. I figured for $1 a tube I could try a few and see if they’ve changed their formula at all…for the blog, right?

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The tubes look the same as their other newer lines of lipstick.
I know that some might complain about how plain the packaging is, but considering the price it’s to be expected. Sometimes when a cheaper brand creates new packaging, they have to sacrifice some quality for the actual product, and it’s the product inside that’s important…most of the time. I mean, we’re all guilty of buying things strictly for the packaging, right? I can’t be alone in that

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Anyway, there seemed to be 4 colors in all that were a satin matte finish, and I picked up 3. To start off, I wasn’t too happy with the color (or lack thereof) selection. There was only one “nude” color, and it’s pretty clear at this point that one nude does not fit all. I know that this is just a personal observation though. I tend to compare drugstore lines that come out at the same time, and both Milani and Jordana also launched their matte lipstick lines and have a pretty stellar color range.

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This is what the colors look like on my arm. From top to bottom: “red suede,” “velvety fuschia,” “creamy mauve.”

The colors swatched so well on my arm. They went on creamy and smooth, and seemed to have a very nice actual satin finish. Still not too keen on the smell, but it wasn’t as bad as in the past.

Lip Swatches

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Creamy Mauve- disclaimer: that is my nose ring, not a booger. This color swatched so pretty on my arm, and then looks frosty on my lips? The hell kind of sorcery is that? It still applied very well, but be cautious of that if you want this color. It’s not as matte looking…but it does feel light on the lips.

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Velvety Fuschia definetly not a color I wear very often, if at all. I picked it up just so I could swatch it for anyone interested in seeing what the color looked like. It is a very pretty color though. Perfect for spring/summer if you’re not too into very bright “in your face” kinds of colors. This one also applied smoothly.

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Red Suede My favorite of the 3 I bought. This one is a brighter red. I think this would also be a very nice Spring/Summer shade of red. When I tried the other 2 colors besides the mauve on, I couldn’t help but wonder what is different about the fuschia and red colors that made the mauve one frosty on the lips? So odd.

Overall, these are nice lipsticks given the very low price point. They didn’t exactly blow my mind or anything, but they did pleasantly surprise me since I am honestly have never liked any of their lipstick formulas. At regular retail price, these are $1.99, which is an amazing price. If you see a display, make sure to check for coupons as well and try a few out 🙂

If you’ve tried these out, what were your thoughts on them? Let me know!

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