NYX Alabama, Merlot, Aria, Siren Matte Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

01/06

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick
NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick

Alabama

NYX Alabama Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a rich, medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented with a creamy, smooth consistency that glided on without tugging on the lips and delivered even coverage. The color wore well for over six hours and left a slight stain behind, though the formula was neither drying nor hydrating over time.

The Matte Lipstick is supposed to be “highly pigmented” and have a “velvety, non-glossy” finish. In general, the formula has semi-opaque to opaque color coverage with a velvety texture that glides on without tugging but doesn’t have a lot of slip, so the lipstick won’t slide around while worn. The formula varied from non-drying to moderately drying with wear times that ranged from four to over six hours (deeper, reddish shades lasted quite long). It has a mint scent and no discernible taste. I noticed that the packaging had a tendency to twist up the lipstick too easily (even barely holding it) and sometimes would twist down as I would apply it directly from the tube.

Ingredients

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire de Candelilla, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Isostearyl Isostearate, Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire de carnauba, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Alumina, BHT, Fragrance/Parfum. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 36 (CI 12085), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

Alabama
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

01/06

NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick
NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick

Merlot

NYX Merlot Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a medium-dark, reddish plum with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly across my lips. The texture was lightweight, creamy without being too emollient or slippery, and comfortable to wear. It wore well for just over five hours and was just a touch drying after four hours of wear.

Ingredients

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire de Candelilla, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Isostearyl Isostearate, Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire de carnauba, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Alumina, BHT, Fragrance/Parfum. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 36 (CI 12085), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

Merlot
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

01/06

NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick
NYX Aria Matte Lipstick

Aria

NYX Aria Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark magenta berry with cooler undertones and a barely-there pearl. The texture was thinner and seemed to have a lot more waxiness to it, which resulted in semi-opaque coverage and less even coverage. The lipstick stayed on well for five and a half hours but was moderately drying over time.

Ingredients

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire de Candelilla, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Isostearyl Isostearate, Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire de carnauba, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Alumina, BHT, Fragrance/Parfum. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 36 (CI 12085), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

Aria
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total

01/06

NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick
NYX Siren Matte Lipstick

Siren

NYX Siren Matte Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.16 oz.) is a deep, reddened berry with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. The consistency was lightly creamy with some slip (more than other shades in the range), which resulted in more of a sheen for the first few hours of wear. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied fairly evenly, though a bit of color pulled into my lip lines over the five hours it lasted on me. The formula was slightly drying after three hours of wear.

Ingredients

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Oleyl Alcohol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire de Candelilla, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire d’Abeille, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Isostearyl Isostearate, Polyisobutene, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Cire de carnauba, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Alumina, BHT, Fragrance/Parfum. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 36 (CI 12085), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

Siren
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
88%
Total
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NYX Matte Lipstick $6.00/0.16 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Thanks for this timely review. I needed something small to hit the free shipping threshold at ULTA, where they are currently BOGO half off! I’m getting Merlot and Alabama.

Don’t know when you have time to assess permanent products, DS, no less. But glad you did. It will be good to check the Nyx lip swatch page, to throw s.t. in an Ulta cart, to ship, yk. Think I have all of these. Aria was better than yours, fortunately. Nyx lips are pretty reliable, and there are 5 bazillion colors across varied formulas. (Not all as steady as this one, though.) This is a real ‘What’s not to love?’ product. Thanks.

I usually have various permanent things in various stages of review – swatched but not tested, tested but not reviewed, etc. and then when I have the time, they move through the next stage in the review process 🙂 It has actually been a quieter lip product month – heavy on the eyes, so here we are.

I just don’t know how you do it! But we love it. I kind of dread trying a new Nyx formula, bec I’m that person who says, if the lip fits, buy it in every color (you like.). I will try not to look….One of my friends stopped by and asked me where I got the UD I gave her. Now she’s in on the next U trip. This woman is a 30 year cancer survivor, who has had every OTHER dx known to docs and has been grossly out of work for the past four years. She even has to sell her house…. suspect the UD was unearthed during that clean up. It was so nice to know that she’s well enough to use it and enjoy it. Hope they do some terrific xmas sets, so I can load her up. Despite being ~15 years younger than me, don’t think she’s sufficiently on trend for Heat. Hope she also unearths Donna from cp…it’s her eponymous shadow.

Oh my gosh, for $6, I have to give Aria a try, despite its flaws. The color is stunning, very hard to dupe, and the closest dupe is that Givenchy Heroic Pink, which I can’t wear due to strong fragrance. I’m hoping a lip liner and a bit of lip balm will help

I think I have a lipstick problem…not only do I have Alabama, but also a few of its dupes, plus others for Siren and Merlot. Just crazy!
(Fairly certain I’ve also got one for Aria lying around here, too 🙄)

Having quite a few of this Nyx formula, I can certainly attest to their really excellent quality in most of their shades. Glad to be reminded of how good they are, and that I did love them when I bought them!

Aria was the first product I got from NYX. It’s not perfect, but the colour is, imo.
the other lipsticks reviewed are all beautiful. I like NYX, but I try to stay away as every time I pass the counter I get stuck, and come home with various fun stuff.

It’s so cool to see you wearing Alabama! That has been a long-time favorite of mine. It is one of the best matte range ones I’ve tried from NYX.

Wow – love these – especially Alabama and Siren. I thought Merlot was a tad too pink for the name….however these are really nice for the price.

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