Nykaa Paintstix – Purple Monster : Review, LOTD and Swatches

(Author ~ Sanchita) 

When Nykaa first came out with the teaser of Paintstix, the shade that attracted me was the bright, deep purple color. It was simply a teaser and I couldn’t wait to purchase it. The moment it was launched online, I immediately picked it up. I always wanted a shade like MAC Heroine Lipstick but it was way too expensive for a lipstick I will be wearing occasionally. The Nykaa Paintstix has a good quality and color pay off and reminds me a lot of the So Matte lipsticks. Read on to know more about this product.

PRICERs. 425 for 3.5gm.

SHADES AVAILABLE – Nude Spice 01, Cool Girl Nude 02, No Chill Orange 03, Peaches n Cream 04, Tender Rose 05, Chick Flick Pink 06, Rock n Roll Pink 07, Purple Monster 08, Bombshell Berry 09, Rebellious Red 10, Hearts n Kisses 11 and Grunge Brown 12.


Packaging – The Nykaa Paintstix comes in a vibrant cardboard box with every information written on it. The lipstick has a long, slender and cylindrical packaging with the regular twist up formula. The cap is color coded and the shade number is written on the bottom. The base is black in color and well structured. The lipstick is cylindrical shape and if you have thin or small lips, the application will be slightly difficult once you start applying the color regularly. Apart from that, the packaging is sleek, light weight and travel friendly.

– The shade “Purple Monster” is a bright, plum toned purple. It is not as stark as a blue based color, but nothing for the faint hearted as well. The shade reminds me a lot of MAC Heroine. I don’t have that color so I can’t comment how much resemblance it has with Purple Monster. The color is gorgeous across all skin tones as the plum undertone prevents it from being stark with Indian skin tones. When you are wearing this lipstick, keep the eye makeup as simple as possible as it draws all the attention on the lips. It is not a shade to be worn everyday but with that price tag, nothing hurts to experiment with such a challenging color.

Pigmentation – The pigmentation is gorgeous. With single swipe, it deposits a rich layer and two layers will give you a beautiful opaque finish. I never need to go over and over again with this color. Also, layering the color wouldn’t look cakey at all on the lips. You don’t need a lip liner or a primer to cover the pigmentation. The color is strong enough to hide the discolorations on my lips. Overall, the pigmentation is really good with extremely color intensity. The hand swatch has a single layer while the lips has two layers of the color.

Texture – The texture is creamy and smooth. It reminds me a lot of the Nykaa So Matte Lipsticks as they were creamy as well. It glides on the lips very well and hydrates it thoroughly. It is infused with Vitamin E and nutrient-infused butter and the texture is extremely comfortable. It doesn’t accentuates on the fine lines at all and gives a smooth look to the lips. I have dry lips but I never require lip balm underneath when I am wearing this one as it is hydrating in itself. Overall, the texture is really wonderful and suitable for all. Nykaa Paintstix is cruelty free as well.

Finish and Formula – The finish is satin-matte, pretty much like the Nykaa So Matte Lipsticks. There is a slight sheen which is easily avoided by blotting with a tissue paper. The lipstick has the tendency to transfer if you don’t blot it but the transfer is not extremely messy. This will not feel heavy or waxy at all on the lips.

Staying power – The lipstick has a good staying power and stayed on my lips for 4-5hrs and after that it starts fading. The fading part is not uneven and leaves behind a stain to the lips. The staying power depends a lot on the food and fluid intake and can’t survive heavily oiled foods or heavy meals. The pricing is appropriate for such an uncommon color.

OVERALL – Nykaa Paintstix Purple Monster is a trendy bright, medium plum-toned purple that comes in a color coded packaging. The vivid, full-coverage pigmentation, soft, cushiony matte finish with creamy texture and cruelty free formulation is coupled with a long lasting feature on the lips. These are also available in an array of beautiful colors.


  • Packaging – Color coded, sleek, light weight and travel friendly.
  • Shade – Bright, medium plum-toned purple
  • Pigmentation – Vivid, full-coverage
  • Texture – Creamy smooth.
  • Finish – Satin-matte
  • Formula – Transfers slightly and cruelty free.
  • Staying power – 4-5hrs.


  • Lovely, color coded, sleek, light weight and travel friendly packaging.
  • Purple Monster is a trendy bright, medium plum-toned purple.
  • Goes well on Indian skin tones.
  • Vivid, full-coverage pigmentation.
  • Creamy smooth texture.
  • Consists Vitamin E and nutrient-infused butter.
  • Satin matte finish.
  • Doesn’t feel heavy or waxy at all on the lips.
  • Cruelty free.
  • Staying power is 4-5hrs.
  • Reasonable price tag.


  • Wide slanted bullet of the lipstick.
  • Transfers a lot.
  • Available only online.

BNB RATING – 7.5/10

RECOMMENDATION – The Nykaa Paintstix offers an array of colors with a great creamy texture and long wearing formula. I would highly recommend these budget friendly satin matte lipsticks.





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