I love a matte lip, me. I also really love NYX products - they're great quality products at a very reasonable price. When I spotted these tubes of goodness on their site recently, I had to try a few out.
As you might expect, Matte Lip Creams are indeed matte, and come in a cream format. Texture wise, they're surprisingly plush and silky when applied to lips, and they stay soft enough to ensure an even, smooth application before setting down.
The doe's foot applicator helps to apply the product with the necessary preciseness - because it dries down matte, you can't get away with a wobbly line, and it looks best on the lip with a sharp defined edge rather than a soft diffused edge.
On to the swatches.
The pigmentation is fabulous - a single light coating over the lips gives plenty of colour. Once set, they can be quite dry looking - I definitely need to make sure that the lips are moisturised before application when I wear these. Longevity is pretty good, coming in at a few hours before they become too dry on the lip to bear.
I'm kind of half-and-half on these - I like the initial silky texture, I like the opacity, and I love the colours - San Paulo is the most flattering mid pink I've ever owned and manages to bring out the green in my eyes whilst complementing my hair perfectly. I don't really like the eventual dryness, though - I like my lips moist and lush, and I like to maintain them infrequently. Price wise, they're pretty hard to beat at a mere £5 each.
Find them at the NYX website, but be aware that the swatches are a bit off - worth a bit of Googling before you buy.