Good evening! I’ve only got two days of school left until the Easter holidays so I’m at the point where I’m counting down lessons. Last year, I bought the Collection Velvet Kiss lip cream in the shade Cotton Candy because it seemed like the kind of shade and product I’d be a fan of. When I tried on the liquid lipstick, I immediately fell in love and realised how similar the product is to my beloved NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich. I did some research and found that many other people had made the same realisation as me. I wanted to dedicate a post to work out how similar these two products really are, so let’s begin comparing.
Cost and Availability
The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams retail for £6.00, but the Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Creams cost half the price at just £2.99. NYX products can be purchased from Boots, Debenhams, Selfridges and many other makeup retailers in the UK. Collection is sold at Superdrug, Boots, Wilko, Morrisons and Asda and is a UK only brand. These links take you directly to the product and are not affiliate.
NYX – “Neither lipstick nor lip gloss this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip colour that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and unlike some matte lipstick formulas also moisturizing.”
Collection – “Moisturising liquid lip cream. Leaves a matte velvet finish on the lips without drying out your lips. Feels comfortable on the lips. Buildable colour.”
Both brands claim their product to be a lip cream that gives a matte finish, and the term moisturising is used in both.
The packaging of these 2 products is incredibly similar. They both have a black, rubber feeling lid with a plastic tube in the shade of the product, and they are the exact same height and width. They are quite small containers so are good for slipping into your handbag and the plastic material means they can’t smash. I don’t mind the packaging; it’s not the most elegant but it houses the liquid lipstick well.
The Velvet Kiss comes in just 6 shades, but they cover a variety of tones and colours. There are 34 shades of the Soft Matte Lip Creams, which is impressive and an advantages over the Collection product. I am certain anyone could find their perfect lip colour in NYX’s selection. I have bought the shade Cotton Candy in the Velvet Kiss and Zurich in the Soft Matte, which are very similar shades. In the photo, Cotton Candy is on the right and Zurich on the left. Zurich is a slightly more orange shade and Cotton Candy has more of a rosy hue, however the difference in colour isn’t obvious. Personally, I prefer Zurich because I find Cotton Candy to be a tad too pink for my tastes.
Both products have a doe foot applicator, but Velvet Kiss’ is slightly more rounded and wide. The applicator on the left is the NYX and the one of the right is the Collection. I find both these products very easy and simple to apply. I normally need to dip the applicator into the container once for each lip and I don’t find they pick up too much product, like many liquid lipsticks do. As the formula is very creamy, it will smudge easily when you first apply it. This is both a pro and a con as it means you can easily move the product around to neaten your lips up, but you could accidentally rub your mouth and ruin the look too. The applicators are good for perfecting the inner corners of the lips and the product is never rubbed off when I add more on top. Both these products have a delicious cake scent and I find myself constantly smelling the applicator!
I had been testing several products on my lips before taking this photo and my lips look quite dry and flaky, so sorry about that. I applied the Collection on the left half of my lips and the NYX on the other. I find that both these products smooth over the cracks in my lips beautifully and the colour doesn’t look patchy or need to be layered. Once the product has dried, it is definitely matte and has a powdery but comfortable feeling on the lips. I can’t notice any difference in their finish, except these shades are slightly different tones.
The creamy, lightweight formula of these products comes at a cost: they don’t wear particularly well. When I eat anything with these liquid lipsticks on my lips, I am left with just a faint outline on the edges of my lips and the rest of the products rubs off. However, if you don’t snack all the time like me, these stay on for at least 4 hours without needing to be touched up. If you need a lip product to stay on from the minute you leave the house until you wash it off, you won’t be a fan of these creams.
To conclude this review/comparison, I’d recommend both products to everyone who prefers a lighter lip product. If you are after this specific kind of shade, go for the Collection to save a few pounds, but if the formula is more appealing, then go to a NYX counter and pick out your perfect colour. Both these products are excellent quality for the money and I love them both. In my opinion, the formula is identical and I wouldn’t be surprised if I was told they were produced in the same factory. The colour of these particular shades aren’t a perfect match, but they are very close.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I’ve enjoyed discussing the similarities of these two products. I’m leaving for a trip to Amsterdam on Tuesday, so I’ve scheduled next week’s post to go up at 10am on Sunday. It’s an anti-haul, and I’m very excited to see your reactions to some products I just don’t want to purchase. I’m planning my blog posts for April at the moment, so if you have any good ideas for posts please leave them down in the comments.
Thanks for reading and bye for now xxx