Sunday, December 22, 2013

NYX Matte Lipstick in Alabama: The Perfect Red for Christmas!

Hey Pandas!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate-- I hope you make tons of memories with family and friends!

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed I've been out merry-making myself and not so subtly ignoring my blog....

I just recently finished yet another semester of grad school (when will it end?!?) and I had to celebrate the new freedom...and now that things have calmed down, expect a lot more from PrettyPanda. Looks, Reviews, other quirky things---I have it all planned out.

Before I ramble too much more, I just wanted to say I missed you all, and here is a new find (and a cheap one) if you are looking for that last-minute holiday party red!


NYX Matte Lipstick in Alabama ($5.99---and Ulta is doing a buy one product get the other 50% off!) is something I have been eyeing for some time. I like their matte formula and this is a smidge darker than the normal cherry red. I love the name too--anything named after the South, I am into. Anyone here from Alabama? This is totally TOTALLY a must, haha.


The packaging is not my favorite. It is a black tube that is clear in the middle, which allows you to see the color, but looks rather cheap. Luckily I am not here for the packaging with NYX. Here for this pretty color alone!


This is a pretty forgiving matte formula. I just popped on a bit of chapstick and swiped this over (yes, it defeats some of the matte purpose, but its more comfortable). When worn alone, I find it almost has the texture of those coveted Lime Crime Velveteens, and this is a pretty close dupe shade for Red Velvet. 

I like the slightly darker tone, and you can layer it to bring out the slight hint of brown in the coloring. Lasts about 3-4 hours---not amazing---but just enough to get you through that party.

Cheap price, okay formula (comfy matte but not terribly long lasting), but a stunning color. My bargain pick for red lips for the rest of this season!)

Thanks for reading, welcome back, and can't wait to chat!

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19 comments:

  1. I love the shade! And the price, too :)

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    1. Thanks Miranda! Can't beat this bargain beauty!

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  2. Missed you girl! Glad to see your back!

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    1. I missed getting to catch up on your posts as well! Thank you!!!

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    1. Thank you! It's a twist on a classic!

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  4. Beautiful red!! I love how it's a darker red too! I've missed yours blog posts! And I'm going to follow you on Instagram :)

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    1. Thanks love! I've missed reading yours too! I am now finally sitting down to catch up with everything! Yay I will follow you back!!

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  5. Yaay!!! Hey Margo!!! I missed you my friend!!! Happy Holidays and hope your semester wrapped up smoothly. You have the ideal lip shape (Disney Princess-like) for these rich berry and red shades you review. You should definitely try the Sonia Kashuk matte red then. :) I saw matte cream glosses in the berry-red shade range by Essence at ULTA and thought of you. You should check those out. I will be reviewing the BITE Cashmere Gloss soon and think the two are quite comparable.

    http://strawberryheartschocolatedarts.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Meesha my love!!! Happy holidays to you too!! Aww and you are too kind---you, my friend, have a Disney Princess entire face going on!! Looking forward to your review of the BITE--and I saw the Essence ones and think I will go back for them after the holiday chaos. because of your SK review I put it on my list!!!

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  6. Congrats on one more semester down! I love these darker reds for winter. I'm totally not in love with NYX's packaging but a matte that behaves better than Ruby Woo is always worth a try, in my book. And I, too, am okay with demi-matte if it means my lips are well moisturized. That middle of the mouth wear ring that true mattes amplify drives me batty, lol.

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    1. Thanks Liesl!!! Yeah Ruby Woo is a PITA--- this has the wear down of more of a traditional lipstick versus a matte. You sacrifice a little bit of the crazy matteness, but I think its worth it :)

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  7. Oh wow what a stunning red! I absolutely love NYX lipsticks although I've never tried the matte lipsticks! xxx

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  8. That is a beautiful shade of red! Congrats on completing another semester in grad school! Merry Christmas!

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  9. Hello hello! Hope you've been having fun merry-making :) Such a great red, you know I can never get enough of those LOL. Agree that the packaging isn't the greatest, but hey for the price it works.

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