Review | NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Sandstorm

NYX Suede Lipstick in Sandstorm Review & Wear Test

The NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick is a total ‘Youtube made me buy it’ product for me (well, Youtube, Instagram, blogs, etc :)).  And I have KitschSnitch to thank for the shade – I saw her wearing Sandstorm in a video and I knew I had to try it!  Here are my thoughts on this super budget-friendly matte lippie.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipsticks

NYX’s Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks feature a waterproof liquid lipstick formula that sets to an on-trend matte finish.  They’re available in 24 shades (12 new), ranging from nudes, browns, reds, oranges, blues, purples, and even greys and black.  They retail for only $7 (USD) at most drugstores as well as Ulta.

NYX Suede Lipstick in Sandstorm Review & Wear Test
NYX Suede Lipstick in Sandstorm Review & Wear Test

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick Review

The NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick formula is somewhat thin and runny.  On the flip side though, I find this actually makes them spread more easily and evenly.

For a quick application, you can get away with swiping the applicator on the bottom lip (bottom because the applicator is quite large) and then rubbing your lips together, rather than taking the time to carefully draw them in.

The formula is also impressively pigmented, so even after one quick swipe on the bottom lip and spreading it over both lips, you still get close to full coverage.

Once settled on the lips, the formula is very flexible – it stretches naturally and doesn’t crack no matter how much you move your lips around.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Sandstorm swatch

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in ‘Sandstorm’

Longevity-wise, for me, the formula tends to break down in stages:

  1. Initially, the formula settles to a matte yet slightly tacky finish.
  2. Then the stick layer fades (usually after eating, or simply blotting with a paper towel), and it takes a bit of color away with it.  At this point, the transferring stops and the formula also becomes more comfortable to wear.
  3. About an hour past when the tackiness fades, the lips start to dry out and a reapplication (along with some lip balm!) is needed.

Overall, I get around 3 total hours of wear out of the NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick (that’s with eating one meal halfway through).  Without eating, it typically lasts me 4-5 hours.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Sandstorm

On NYX’s website, Sandstorm (the shade I’m wearing above) is described as a ‘true nude’, although it’s not your average pinky-nude – it definitely leans more on the brown side.



  • Very pigmented
  • Flexible formula moves with your lips without cracking
  • Quick and easy to apply
  • Fades naturally (until lips start to turn dry)


  • Starts off with a tacky consistency that transfers easily
  • Dries out lips within 4-5 hours
  • Exaggerates lip lines

Overall, if you’re in the market for a budget-friendly matte lipstick, the NYX Liquid Suede Lipsticks are definitely worth picking up.  They offer rich pigmentation and a flexible formula that make them absolutely worth the $7.

Are these better than some of the higher-end matte liquid lipsticks?  Price-wise, yes.  Quality-wise, not quite.  Compared to Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks ($20 USD) for example, the NYX Suede lippies fall a bit short when it comes to longevity and overall comfort.

Available at Ulta, Target & Amazon


Have you tried NYX’s Liquid Suede Lipstick?   What are your thoughts on their formula and longevity?


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