Friday, September 20, 2013

Review/Swatch: NYX Matte Lipstick in Merlot and Sweet Pink

Just making a long overdue post about the NYX products that I have purchase in the past.

Remember these? I've already reviewed the NYX Matte lipstick in Sierra in the past, so I'll just babble on with the other 2 Nyx matte lipstick hehe! Most of the description about the lipsticks are just the same with he NYX Matte lipstick in Sierra, so you can skip the descriptions and just go look for the swatches.

Current Price: P250-P300 (depending on where you buy it)
Place bought: I bought this through Digitaltraincase

It is longer in length than the RL (round lipstick) but the weight is lighter which sometimes make it feel flimsy although it's not. 

it has a slight pleasant scent (in my opinion), way better than the RL's soapy smell.


it obviously feels matte (duh..) so be ready to prep your lips with some lipbalm/lip moisturizer. I find that I like this even better than the NYX Matte lipcream because it doesn't dry the edges of my lips (which is a staple problem for me) even if I wear this all day.

amazing! This is the reason why I love matte lipsticks because of the great pigmentation in one swipe and if you're like me who likes to purse their lips every now and then, matte lipstick is great because it also lessens the risk of it budging or feathering.

Merlot is more of a deep berry wine color.

Full on Application:
It may look like a bright berry color in the picture, but in person, it looks more like a deep berry red.

Applied sparingly:
Applied in dabbing motion

Sweet pink is a cool toned pink.

 Full on application:

 Applied Sparingly:
also looks great as a tint.

Who says pigmented, matte lipsticks are only good for special occasions?

Reasons Why I Prefer Making Reviews on the Not-So-Latest/Less Reviewed Product Out in the Market

I know I'm very late in the game when it comes to reviewing the latest beauty and skincare products out in the market today, but that's ok with me. Why?

1. Ever since I've had AD (atopic dermatitis), I'm more concerned with the products that works for me rather than what works for the majority of people. Don't get me wrong, I still read reviews of other people about a certain product that I'm interested in, but I only read about the description of the product rather than how it performed on the user. Most of time, I even just read the ingredients in the product to know if I could risk using the product on my skin with less possibility that it will give me adverse reactions.

2. I get tired of people saying that they have "sensitive skin", but they use a crapload of products that a person with "true" sensitive skin would not believe you. In general, everyone should treat their skin as sensitive because it is still a big part of our body, but the word "sensitive skin" is so abused in beauty/skincare reviews that it is getting out of hand. I guess that's the power of insensitive marketing strategy. I've been in and out of the hospital for more than a year for my immunotherapy and the amount of people coming in and out of the hospital with the same problem (or worse) as I have is ridiculously too many to count.

        The amount of blogs I've read with people that truly has sensitive skin are only few. So just be careful with what to believe in the internet...people rely on the references in the internet so much that everyone feels like a professional or a doctor of some sorts over night. Always ask the people who have studied and are licensed to whatever problem you have. It is also ethical to ask for their advice rather than ask Dr. Google.

3. I prefer reviewing products that have passed the "hype period" because this gives me a clearer, unbiased perspective about the product I'm using. I'm also the type of person who takes their time using the product before saying anything good or bad about it. I don't know if it's just me, but sometimes, I feel like there's a rat race going on with reviewing products that are just out in the market and everyone wants to be in the "first place" of's like you have bragging rights of some sorts...

4. I prefer trying the "underdog" products or things that the beauty minority usually use. Sometimes, I discover my staple products by doing this. I also feel like, I'm at least contributing a reference for people who would also like to try the same things that I have tried, but are scared to because they don't see a lot of reviews about it. Don't worry, I still use products that are very popular to the beauty community, as long as it works for my skin.

5. I save more money with my purchases since I'm not following the usual "what's new" crowd and focus on what I really need or want when it comes to skincare and cosmetics. Having this kind of perspective is liberating. I guess I've found my happy place in this.

6. The "organic hype" that's out in the market. It's not that I haven't used products that claims to be organic, but so far, I've had more adverse reactions with products that claims to be, or are "organic", "herbal" or "paraben free". Don't even get me started with the phrase "parabens are not good". Everything in excess are not good. It's same with all the "organic", "herbal", "plant based" hoopla that people recommend. That's why everything is formulated below the "lethal dose" or within the "standard safety margin" of a certain ingredient.

I guess that's about it for now.