NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Monte Carlo and Transylvania Review and Swatches

The NYX Soft Matte lip cream is a beloved formula by those who favor mattes. I’m just dipping my toes into that pool, but I do have another shade of this lip cream and like it, so I decided to try out two of the newer, more daring shades from the line.
NYX soft matte lip cream in Transylvania and Monte Carlo swatches and review
The Soft Matte Lip Creams retail for around $6, but there are always sales at Ulta on NYX where you can snag a Buy One Get One 50% kind of deal. These lip creams smell like vanilla and come with a doe foot applicator.
NYX soft matte lip cream in Transylvania and Monte Carlo swatches and review
I picked up Monte Carlo (A bright red that, when layered, can turn slightly darker) and Transylvania (a reddened plum purple). Both formulas were not as easy to work with as my experience with the lighter shades in this range. They were a bit patchy, streaky, and took some layering.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo lip swatch
Monte Carlo out-shined Transylvania is application and wear time. If you are careful, this can be applied straight from the tube, using the applicator to trace around the lip line and then fill in. This is two thin layers. It appears slightly creamy for a few moments and then dries to a true matte. If you want a crisper look, use liner and then the lip cream because this does feather slightly.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania Lip Swatch

Transylvania was kind of a mess. It gathered in odd places, was patchy, and just couldn’t apply smoothly. This is about three layers on my lips and each layer got a bit streakier.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania

Transylvania has a cool look to it, but the streakiness is apparent, even from a distance. There are just so many better performing purple lip products out there. I would, however, recommend Monte Carlo if you are looking for a true red matte. It takes patience to apply, but is well worth it. I have heard Monte Carlo is a dupe for the Lime Crime Red Velvet Velvetine. I can’t confirm since I haven’t tried the Lime Crime, but the end result looks very similar, and at almost a third of the price! Monte Carlo wore well for about 5 hours. I did not test the wear on Transylvania because I just didn’t want to wear it with it looking all gross and streaky.

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12 thoughts on “NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Monte Carlo and Transylvania Review and Swatches

  1. Guess it is NYX review day for both of us. The red look superb on you and as for the other shade, I would recommend exchanging it out for another shade, like maybe Prague. Have you seen this one, think you might like it. I tried out a NYX matte lip creme in a lighter shade, but did not end up reviewing it because I absolutely disliked the formula. I just don't think true matte lip products are my cup of tea.


  2. Haha I know! Thanks, I am planning on taking it back and getting a new one, so Prague is a great choice! I actually really like to formula on these. They do feel a bit odd, like they are wrapping your lips and almost suede-y if that makes sense, but I'm not bothered. I definitely have formulas I don't like though, but so many things look so great on you, you don't need mattes! 🙂


  3. The red looks amazing on you! Too bad about the darker shade! You should get another dark purple with a better formula because I think that color is gorgeous!


  4. That red is so pretty!! You pick out beautiful lipsticks! It's too bad the darker shade wasn't what you expected! I agree with Ashley, you should try the darker color in a different formula. Have you tried Rebel by MAC? I think it looks similar to the last lipstick. Rebel has a deep purple/berry tint that looks pretty.


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