March 12, 2018

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color Review: Vino

I have mixed feelings about Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Vino. There are some things about it that I love, but others, not so much. Find out whether or not it’s something you’ll love by reading my review.

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. This post does not contain affiliate links. I purchased this product myself with my own money.


Nudestix Vino is described as “homemade wine” which I think is such a cute way to describe it. It might not fully translate the color though, so to elaborate Vino is a medium burgundy. Although I think this color is pretty universally flattering, if you don’t like bold lip colors, you’re probably not going to like this. I do feel like the finish of this lipstick gives it more of a muted tone, so if you’re on the fence about dark lip colors on you, you might find this color more wearable than alternatives. For reference, I have light skin (around NC20 in MAC) with a muted warm-to-neutral olive undertone. If you have a different skin tone than me, Beautylish has a swatch on deep skin and Sephora has a few swatches on medium skin on the beauty board (scroll down to “explore this product” and look for the option to view by color on the right hand side > Vino, or if you have a Sephora account and you’ve filled your profile out, you can also sort by people who match your skin/eye/hair color etc.)


Nudestix Vino comes in the form of a thick dark wooden pencil with a plastic base and cap. It needs to be sharpened, which can definitely be a drawback if you prefer a twist-up pencil. Additionally, because it’s larger than a standard lip liner or eyeliner, you’ll need a large barrel sharpener. If you buy this lip pencil individually in a full size, it comes with a cap that doubles as a sharpener for the pencil so you won’t have to worry about storing it separately and risking losing it in your makeup bag. I purchased Vino as part of a Sephora Favorites set, so mine didn’t come with a sharpener. Luckily, I have the Urban Decay Grindhouse pencil sharpener, so this wasn’t a problem for me. Just wanted to mention this in case you’re also considering buying this as part of a set.




Nudestix is a cruelty-free brand. The shade Vino is not vegan. In the Magnetic Matte Lip Color range, only the shades Boho and Greystone are vegan. This product is gluten-free, preservative-free, volatile Cyclomethicone free, and fragrance-free. Additionally, this product does not contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

I wanna talk about cyclomethicone for a sec because this is an ingredient I was unfamiliar with. I’ve never seen it listed as an undesirable ingredient before, and if it is in any other beauty products I use, I’ve never taken note of it before. Turns out cyclomethicone is an ingredient used to create more slip and increase spreadability in products such as lotions. While I can’t say for sure what Nudestix’s motivation was for choosing not to use this ingredient, the research that I found suggested that although this ingredient can be beneficial for hydration purposes, it’s also a known irritant, especially for sensitive skin. Good to know! Nudestix is a brand that’s formulated with sensitive skin in mind, so this makes perfect sense to me. I would say that this isn’t an ingredient that’s alarming, but definitely something to look out for if you have sensitive skin. There’s a little TIL moment for ya 🙂 Now back to talking about Vino!


None! Not only is there no added fragrance, there’s no scent from the raw ingredients or the wood from the pencil either.


Nudestix Vino is a creamy matte lipstick. It glides on to the lips and has a very smooth, silky feel to it. It goes on like a cream lipstick, but then dries down and locks into place. Once it locks into place, it feels like a lightweight liquid lipstick.


Vino has a true matte finish. No shine here! It’s opaque in one coat, but can be built up. Building it up makes the color bolder.


Nudestix Vino glides on to the lips, but I’ve found that this formula is more tricky to apply than the Nudestix Lip + Cheek Pencils. Something about the way the pigment transfers on to the lips kind of makes it difficult to get a straight, even line at the outer edge of the lips. I would definitely recommend using a lip liner with this and sharpening the pencil before each use to make sure you have a fine tip. It doesn’t feather or sink in to my fine lines. You do have to work very quickly with this lipstick because if you try to reapply over an area that’s already dried down, the cream layer and the dry layer seem to repel each other and the product can start to ball up or skip.

The Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color actually reminds me a lot of the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon or rather, what the Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon should have been. The Marc Jacobs Liquid Lip Crayon does have a more liquid-y feel during application, but it doesn’t have the ‘dry down’ effect, the finish, or the staying power of a matte liquid lipstick. Nudestix managed to create a pencil that’s a much closer relation to a traditional liquid lipstick.

Nudestix Vino already feels matte upon application, but in less than 60 seconds it locks into place and stays put. It’s budge-proof and transfer-proof. It’s incredibly lightweight and feels like nothing on the lips. It’s a long-wearing lip product, and as is often the case, there’s a bit of trade-off involved. While Nudestix Vino doesn’t feel drying when I first apply it, it does start to feel dry within about 2 hours. Similar to the Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks it is waterproof, but only to a point. The more sips you take, the more the waterproof qualities are going to wear down. This does seem to be slightly more waterproof than the Urban Decay liquid lipsticks. The other issue I have with this lip product is that it starts to flake off after a few hours, especially if you have anything to drink. Even without eating or drinking anything, I still have minor flaking issues around the inner part of my mouth just from natural moisture. It’s not a complete deal breaker for me, but because of these issues, I’m far more likely to reach for my Ofra or Ciate liquid lipsticks if I want something matte and long-wearing.

If you’re careful, you can make this lipstick last the whole day, but it does require a bit of consideration into what you eat and drink (oil will break it down) and how (god help you if you dry to drink straight from a plastic water bottle while wearing this because the thread on the neck of the bottle will disrupt the lipstick and make it super flaky. Go ahead, ask me how I know that.) Based on my own habits, I typically wear the lipstick for about four hours before I feel like I need to touch up the center of my mouth. The outer edges are basically indestructible and stay put until I remove my makeup.

Final thoughts

Most days I prefer something more hydrating, but there’s no denying the appeal of a long-wearing lipstick that won’t smudge or transfer. This product has many of the same benefits of a traditional liquid lipstick, but the pencil format makes it less messy to apply. However, I struggle to get a sharp lip line and I don’t like that this starts to get flaky over time. This isn’t my ideal lipstick formula, and I have others that I would reach for over this if I was looking for a long-wearing matte lipstick.

You’ll probably like this if…

  • Matte lipstick is your favorite
  • Transfer-proof and smudge-proof are huge selling points for you
  • You don’t have dry lips
  • A bit of flakiness doesn’t bother you
  • You don’t mind sharpening your lip pencils
  • You can appreciate a fragrance-free lip product
  • You think this would be easier to apply than a liquid lipstick
  • You were disappointed by the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayons

Skip this if…

  • You absolutely refuse to sharpen a lip pencil (understandable tbh)
  • You prefer a semi-matte or satin finish over a true matte
  • The application process sounds like too much of a hassle
  • The flaking will drive you nuts
  • You have dry lips
  • You’d rather have a lipstick that just looks matte, but still feels creamy on the lips

$24 for 0.05 oz/1.41 g at Sephora | Nudestix | Cult Beauty | Beautylish

Be sure to check out my other Nudestix reviews:

Lip + Cheek Pencil in Whisper

Lip + Cheek Pencil in Mystic

Nudies All Over Face Color in Bondi Bae

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If you enjoyed this post, you might also like my review of Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves Review

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