Last year I fell deeply in love with NYX’s Copenhagen Soft Matte Lip Cream when they finally launched in the UK. I picked up a few others when I hit up a NYX counter when they first made their way into Boots stores. One shade I picked up was Transylvania – I picked it up right at the start of spring, so it’s only now in the past few weeks that I’ve just started reaching for it.
Transylvania is like Copenhagen’s darker vampier sister. It’s a tone or two darker and has a plummy undertone. NYX Describe it as a Deep Matte Violet, personally I think it sits more red to be called a Violet, whilst it’s undertones are there.
Copenhagen is opaque in one swipe and glides on the lips easily and the wear time is solid, I found that lasted on my lips for 4/5 hours or until something oily was eaten. The need to reapply is never a problem and I found it re-layered up perfectly. Transylvania is a different story, it’s slightly patchy from the get go and needs three of 4 layers and slight touch ups, applying with the lightest hand possible is key as a the formula is prone to moving the heavier you press the doe-foot applicator is to the lip. It doesn’t wear as well or as long, and when you need to reapply it gets cakey really easily and looks even patchier.
I want to love Transylvania as I love the tone of this lip product, it’s perfect for this time of year and is a gorgeous vampier red that would have been totally out of my comfort zone a few years ago. I love this. For now I’m on the hunt for a similar shade that lasts better and applies a hell of a lot nicer. I could get over the longevity problems, but the application is just way too much of a pain!
If you have any recommendations of similar shades that have better pigmentation please let me know! I still also have a couple of NYX SMLCs to review – both pinks, but I’m planning on going back to NYX and looking at more of their Lip Products. If you have any fave shades I need to look at please tell me in the comments!