What was the first non-bullet lipstick you ever owned? For many of the girls on the BeautyMNL team, it was the Soft Matte Lip Cream by NYX. Back then, the idea of a lipstick that looked like a gloss but set super matte and pigmented was new and exciting. Today, liquid lipsticks are pretty much a dime and dozen—but the SMLC will always be our first love!
If you’ve never owned a tube, here are a few reasons why we love the stuff. First, it’s so affordable! The Soft Matte Lip Cream costs P390 a pop, and the price tag is no indication of the top-notch formula. Second, it glides on really smooth (like softened butter) and smells even better (like vanilla ice cream). Third, all the colors set to that flat, plush, opaque matte that is all the rage nowadays. You won’t see one bit of shine once it dries, and the final product has good staying power (unless you eat your weight in oily food). Finally, there are so many shades to pick and choose, from everyday neutrals to the boldest brights.

This week, the SMLC devotees at the office decided to do a little show and tell. There are 21 shades total in this collection, so 7 girls swatched 3 shades apiece. Fun fact: everyone was fighting over Cannes and Stockholm—but alas, we shot this story on a first-come, first-served basis. Enjoy!

NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM

These shades are all named after world cities. How fun is that?
Erika in Cannes
THE COLOR: A universally-flattering nudey-rose. Erika in Addis Ababa
THE COLOR: A beautiful blue-based fuchsia. Erika in Monte Carlo
THE COLOR: A classic red with blue undertones. Kim in Abu Dhabi
THE COLOR: A sweet, cool-toned peach-brown. Kim in San Paulo
THE COLOR: An easygoing reddish-pink. Kim in Copenhagen
THE COLOR: A deep burgundy with true red undertones. Bing in Zurich
THE COLOR: A dusty pinkish-nude that exudes warmth. Bing in Milan
THE COLOR: A deep, sweet bubblegum pink. Bing in Antwerp
THE COLOR: A lively pinky-coral that’s perfect for summer. Dani in Buenos Aires
THE COLOR: A pastel peach that pops against a good tan. Dani in Sydney
THE COLOR: A soft lavender with pink undertones. Dani in Morocco
THE COLOR: A bright blood-orange. Hillary in Cairo
THE COLOR: A pale beige with warm undertones. Hillary in Stockholm
THE COLOR: A youthful peachy-nude that flatters all skin tones. Hillary in Ibiza
THE COLOR: A fresh and festive coral. Mara in Athens
THE COLOR: A light beige with a touch of apricot. Mara in Istanbul
THE COLOR: A warm earth-toned pink. Mara in Amsterdam
THE COLOR: A true red that falls somewhere between cool and warm. Steph in London
THE COLOR: A subtle, brown-based nude that’s perfect for work. Steph in Prague
THE COLOR: A rich berry pink. Steph in Transylvania
THE COLOR: A vampy blackberry shade for the brave at heart.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream is available on BeautyMNL for P390. Shop it right here!