I’ve been accumulating a few products from NYX over the past few months so I decided to just throw them all into a mini haul. All of these are older products that are just new to me. I will be linking to the NYX website because a few of these things aren’t sold at Ulta. Let’s get into the reviews!
NYX has so many different lipstick and lip gloss formulas. I’ve tried most of them but two formulas I had not tried were the Liquid Suede Metallic Matte Lipsticks and the Strictly Vinyl Lip Glosses. The Metallic Mattes are $7.50 apiece and I have the shades New Era (deep metallic bronze) and Exposed (pale gold). I actually like this formula more than I expected to. They have a very comfortable matte finish, not powdery or dry feeling. They dry down quickly and are transfer proof. They might slightly wear away when eating but they hold up well. They also have a doe foot applicator for easy application. The only true con, in my opinion, is the metallic finish shows every lip line and can be less than flattering. This is common with almost every metallic lipstick, however. If you’re wanting a good metallic lipstick I think you should give these a try, especially if you can get them on sale.
Unfortunately, I did not like the Strictly Vinyl Lip Glosses as much. They are $8.00 apiece and I have the shades Bad Seed (emerald green) and Rebel (navy). I LOVE the shades of both of these glosses. They are each black based with a gorgeous, jewel toned color mixed in. They also have a slim, doe foot applicator so precise application is not an issue. My problem is with the formula. They are glosses so they transfer everywhere and get on the teeth. These kind of shades would be better in a more satin or matte formula. They’re so dark and pigmented that it’s very noticeable when they move outside the lip line or transfer. They’re also incredibly sticky, like syrup, and I hate that. If you see a shade in these glosses that you can’t live without, then buy it but be aware that it’s a very finicky lip product.
The Ombre Blushes are $10.00 apiece and mine is in the shade Mauve Me. I wanted to try this out because I didn’t have a mauve blush and I had never tried NYX’s blush formula before. I think this blush is just okay. This shade of mauve isn’t the most flattering on me. I do have acne scars and this really drew attention to them and made them look like purple dark spots. However, this won’t be an issue for most people. You can technically get three shades from this one blush. In the picture of the swatches above, from left to right, I have the lightest shade, both shades mixed together and then the darkest shade. The lightest doesn’t show up on my skin and the darkest is too dark so I have to mix both together. This is more annoying than I thought it would be because it can be difficult to get both cheeks to look the same because the shades have to be mixed together perfectly. I just really don’t think this blush is worth $10.00 when there are better and cheaper formulas available from essence, e.l.f., J. Cat Beauty and L.A. Girl.
I’ve been really trying to improve my brow skills because I STRUGGLE with brows more than anything else in makeup. I had been using the e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil and it’s fine but it just wasn’t filling in my brows enough for me. I could still see patchiness and I wanted to fix that. I decided to try the Eyebrow Powder Pencils and they are $6.50 apiece. I bought two shades, Soft Brown (light soft brown) and Brunette (medium brown). I can wear both shades but I feel Soft Brown is a better match. They are very similar to each other but Soft Brown, seen above in the top picture, is lighter and has a slightly reddish/warmer undertone while Brunette, seen above in the bottom picture, is darker and has more of an olive/cool undertone. I’ve been using both but Soft Brown will be the one I repurchase. These are just standard eyebrow pencils with spoolies on the end. I do have to sharpen them before each use but that doesn’t bother me. I really like these pencils and feel they’re easy to use. I also don’t have any issues with them smearing or fading once applied. I’m finally getting more comfortable with doing my brows thanks to these pencils and I recommend them, especially for beginners.
Unbelievably, in my entire eyeshadow collection I did not have one matte white. I needed one as a base for different looks so I picked up the Hot Singles Eyeshadow in the shade Whipped Cream. The singles are $4.50 apiece. I’ve only used this as a base on top of my primer and for that it works perfectly. I wouldn’t say it’s the most pigmented white in the world but it works great for what I need it for. I recommend it if you’re looking for a decent matte white.
That is everything for this little NYX haul! I’d love to know if it was helpful to you. Thanks for reading and have a great day!