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I must have gotten a dud when I bought the shade Monte Carlo.
I must have gotten a dud when I bought the shade Monte Carlo. I LOVE the SMLC's and have bought many shades over the years, and they all had that same creamy matte formula that dries down fairly quickly. However, this shade is super liquidy, streaky and doesn't dry down at all on me. All the swatches I've seen online have the classic soft matte look so i'm wondering if they just made a bad batch. I'm tempted to purchase another one to see if it will be better but i'm afraid it'll be the same. Super bummed because it is such a beautiful red.
I pretty much wear red lipstick to go with my retro image, this is one tube in my arsenal.
I pretty much wear red lipstick to go with my retro image, this is one tube in my arsenal. It's a beautiful deep red but the formula is kind of drying and doesn't reapply well. Nevertheless it lasts all day and doesn't smear too much which are big pluses. Try it out if you want a classy red.
O.K so, there's a lot of people who absolutely loooove these. I do too or at least I did. They aren't bad at all. But on days when you are having extremely chapped lips, it won't do the work. It goes on buttery on application. After drying slowly it gets very dry, dry to the point where your lips look dead. The shade Monte Carlo is absolutely gorgeous though. It's 98% similar to MAC Rubywoo. Lovely smell. Because it's cheap. Go ahead and try a few if you haven't.
This was my first matte lipstick purchase several years ago and I still love the color! I really ...
This was my first matte lipstick purchase several years ago and I still love the color! I really like the NYX soft matte lip cream texture and the fact that it doesn't dry my lips out.
I am NC 30-35, yellow olive toned, with deeply pigmented lips that have a cool undertone.
I am NC 30-35, yellow olive toned, with deeply pigmented lips that have a cool undertone. I assumed when searching for a red that my match would be blue toned. When I swatched this Monte Carlo and Amsterdam, the latter, an orange based tone worked best against my skin. However I use both because when applied lightly to dry but previously moisturized and exfoliated lips, (I scrap off the doe applicator or use a brush, Amsterdam looks like a natural daytime red. Monte Carlo somehow looks dressier and more evening. This formulation doesn't dry my lips and wears evenly. I can extend wearing time if I use a primer or bit of foundation and if I blot then lightly dust powder through the tissue. I have also lined with a natural lip liner, but I don't really have problems with lipstick migrating or bleeding. It doesnt feel like I'm wearing much product. I don't usually wear any red, so this is all a new concept for me. My favorite way to wear it (for occasions) is to first apply 1 thin layer of Amsterdam. Blot. Then one thin layer of montecarlo. I got this idea because when swatched on my skin, Monte Carlo skewed blue, pink red (aka leaning towards fushia which I didn't want) Obviously I don't do this for every day. Personally I think the doe foot applicator dispenses too much product, kind of like mascara applicators. I wore two thin layers of this product recently to an event. The lips lasted from 4pm -1130 pm in roughly the same condition through late afternoon activities, cocktails, dinner and and after dinner. By the end of the evening the color had worn evenly into a stain. No reapplication. No special care was taken, although I don't rub my lips on a napkin. There was also no transfer of lip color onto my drinking glass. Note: NYX soft lip creams in different shades perform differently. I purchased two of the Berlin shade. Both were thin, moussey textured and dry. Very different from Monte Carlo or Amsterdam.