I don’t use all that much classic liquid liner, as I have hooded eyes and that often doesn’t end well. However I had good experiences with Nyx matte liquid liner and so… clearly I had to try more?
Jepp. Red eyeliner. XD This is the Vivid Brights liner in VBL01 Vivid Fire by NYX. The packaging is the same as for the normal liquid liner, but the bottom part matches the color inside. Not shown here but the handle is the regular black.
Swatch. Like my black one this also dries matte and quickly so. This is great because hooded eyes. I can actually play around with this quite a bit and make a big wing and/or a very thick line and nothing transfers into the crease or anywhere else. This can be worn alone or you can add a thinner black line near the lashes. The red may look scary, but it actually looks very good combined with my blue eyes. The red has blue undertone, it’s actually more of a raspberry color.
While the swatch here looks pretty much exactly like the one for the black liner I found this one to be even easier to work with (maybe I’m just getting the hang of it, though). The swatch may look patchy, but on my eye lid I just… tbh I simply applied more and more until it looked even and it didn’t even bunch up or anything. Also while the black one crumbled after a while this one only crumbled when I rubbed my eye. There was no smudging. You need oil remover to get it off, but then it went very quickly – easier than black liner.
So this one gets a full stamp of approval from me.
Nyx has several different ranges of liquid lipsticks. This one here is from the Liquid Suede range and the color is LSCL06 Sway. I had to have it because the color is so unusual. It’s a wonderful light purple, somewhere in between pastel and neon.
The flocked applicator is rounded at the top, unlike many other liquid lipstick applicators which have a tip. It is also quite long. It was easy to use, though, and I got a good crisp line.
The smell of the product is pretty chemical. On the one hand, it’s great because there’s no added perfume at all (which can be both annoying and irritate the skin/aggravate allergies) on the other hand you’ll have to decide if that smell is too much for you. I can’t smell it anymore after application, so it’s okay for me.
Swatch. Nyx describes this as lip cream, and it’s accurate. This pic was taken several minutes after application and it’s still not totally matte. On the lips it does look mostly matte, but it’s nowhere near as matte as your usual liquid lipstick. It feels very good on the lips (there’s olive oil and avocado oil in the formula). It is possible to distribute color from the lower lip to the upper lip upon application and not mess up the result (you can’t do that with a matte liquid lipstick – it’ll look like when you touch wet nail polish). There is no cracking along the lip lines either.
Of course, this means the lipstick is NOT transfer proof AT ALL and that it wears off when eating etc. Although, when it’s only a small snack it survives nicely. Overall the wear time great, a solid six hours or more (without eating).
I seriously love this color, seeing it makes me so happy. The quality of the lipstick is also good, so this gets my stamp of approval.
Nyx has released some metallic liquid lipstick lines lately. I do hope that doesn’t mean the regular liquid suede line is cancelled. I haven’t tried any of the metallic ones yet because I didn’t see any color that spoke to me. I have however since bought another one of the liquid suedes, which I hope is just as good (haven’t worn it yet).
Well, let’s make it a cheek week. After monday’s blush review I have a highlighter for you today: NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder in the color Synthetica DCIP05. Long story short, it’s a highlighter with intense shimmer. There are several colors in this line, including a great blue/purple highlighter, but I opted for one color that was more unique to my stash (I may be one of the few people who have too many blue higlighters).
Swatch of Sythetica. It has the orange base color you see in the compact, and a beautiful and intense golden shimmer you only see when it’s applied. This is obviously meant to be a highlighter on skintones darker than mine. I use it as a blush instead as the color shows up just well enough for me. It only works if I’m going for a very strobed look, though, because guys this is some serious shimmer. When you buff it in it only gets stronger.
The color starts to fade a little around six hours of wear time, but it never disappears completely.
I’m a bit sad I didn’t notice those NYX highlighters before I already had such a big collection, because I don’t want to buy similar colors yet the NYX have such a good quality. And they don’t cost the world either. My only complaint is that they are not really duochrome. The shimmer is a single color and does not really shift. It’s just that the base color and the shimmer color are different, giving the product an iredescent feel. But I expect something more from a duochrome.
Happy Valentines! Let’s wear some liquid eyeliner:
This is the NYX matte liquid liner in the color MLL01 Black. The brush is a classic thin brush, no hardened foam or anything. The brush is thinner than it looks like on the pic, because there it’s loaded with product.
A common liquid liner problem for me is that I have hooded eyes and I apply the liner and then I look up into the big mirror – bam! Liner all over the place. *sob* And in real life I can’t do the Violet Chachki thing and declare the whole lid liner. So I don’t do classic liquid liner that often, eye liner pens work better for me. But I’m nothing if not stubborn with a shopping problem. Hence trying out the NYX matte liquid liner. It comes out liquid and dries down matte like liquid lipstick – and it dries down super quick! No more “augh I opened my eye!”. On the downside it dries so fast it dries on the brush while painting. So you need to dip back in several times (depending on how much you have to fuss around. If you’re good, once is enough).
Swatches! Truly matte. Even the very thick line dried quickly. You can also see it can get patchy on the edges.
The product does not claim to be waterproof, but it claims to be water resistant. Not sure what’s the difference there, except resistant is probably the more honest claim. It behaves like a waterproof item. You certainly need oil to remove it. It does not smudge, but what it does is crumble. Not like in huge pieces, but like you can see in the swatch the edges aren’t smooth, and it just gets more and more like that as time goes on. Upon removal you do get bigger crumbles.
I’m not a huge liquid liner expert, but for me this was certainly the easiest one to apply, as described above. I can actually play around and do winged liner without messing everything up, woohoo. This weighs up the bit of crumbling it does for me, but you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it for yourself.
I’m certainly tempted now to also try their other liquid liners to see if it’s a NYX thing or if it’s a matte thing that does the trick for me.
Hello, let’s brighten our monday with some more metallic lips, shall we?
This is a tube of Cosmic Metals by Nyx, the shade is called Celestial (CMLC13).
It has a regular flocked applicator, although it is a bit fluffier than others I think. The product is very goopy and always sticks to the end like in the picture.
Swatch. The color is a warm gold. And yes, it is a lip gloss. On the packaging they call it lip cream, but come on guys, this is a gloss. It has that typical plush glossiness you can only ever get with lip gloss. The color is opaque though and for a lip gloss it lasts surprisingly well. But it’s still a gloss, so don’t expect it to be long lasting. I get about two hours, mayyyyybe three.
Is it metallic? I say yes, of course this is a gold color with gold shimmer, so that wasn’t too hard, but most of the other shades in the cosmic metals range look metallic as well. This range also has very cool colors like blues and greens and such. They look pretty but since the lasting power isn’t that great I decided to stick to a lighter color. It’s just not a liquid lipstick (even though a SA tried to claim that, don’t listen to them) and to be honest I’m not a big gloss wearer. If I were, I would get some of the more outlandish colors, because they are super opaque and they do last longer than regular glosses. They are also very pretty.
The gloss has no discernible taste or smell, which is great. The product is goopy and feels thick on the lips and is sticky – that’s what helps to keep it on. The lips feel moisturized while wearing it and in the evening the skin doesn’t feel like it wants to pop off. If there is a rest of product still on when you take your makeup off it is best to take it off seperately with some micellar water or else you’ll smear the goop all over the place.
Verdict: try out if you like opaque glosses.
I picked up the Jumbo Eye Pencil in 604 Milk by Nyx a while ago. It’s a creamy eyeshadow stick and the color is pure white, no shimmer. The point of course of such a shadow is not to use it on its own, it’s to have a white base for other colors to pop. Well, usually. Of course you can do other things as well but I woudn’t advise to use it like a normal shadow that would look weird.
The stick is very creamy and you can get a good amount of product on easily. It’s opaque pretty fast. The creaminess is also its downfall on my lids. They tend to be pretty oily and product that doesn’t dry down just wanders around on my skin. 😦 Even with my best primer I didn’t get it to stick on. This depends on your personal skin though, so if that’s not a common problem for you, the stick will work as intended.
It does enhance colored shadows, though. Here shown with a Nars duo, once on bare skin and in the middle on top of the Nyx shadow. But blending on top of the white shadow is not so easy either. The white shadow moves around with pressure, so the best method is to pat the colored shadow on and not blend too much.
Another thing I don’t like about the shadow stick is that it is not twist-up. You have to sharpen it using a normal pencil sharpener – you sharpen the plastic outer part with it! It don’t like sharpening pencils in the first place and sharpening plastic instead of wood is even more annoying.
Apart from these negative points I can report I also used it as a liner on the waterline. That worked well, it went on nicely because it’s so creamy, yet it also stayed for hours. I was so surprised since it didn’t last well on my lids. But that seems to be a problem of my personal, eyeshadow eating eyelids, not the product itself. When I use it only as a liner, it is great, although if you wanna do a graphic look, you know, like doing a black and a white line on the upper lid it is hard to get the white line to be crisp (product too soft).
As Halloween is coming up, another use for it might be to use it for all over the face / shading when doing a skull or something similar. It is creamy enough to blend over bigger areas of the face. Although if the goal is to cover the whole face in white I would use a pot of white color and a brush instead. But with this pencil you can do the edges and the small places in your face that the brush might not reach. You can also do touch ups later, as it is small enough to take with you and you need no additional brush. 🙂
Tody I have another little haul to show, my haul from the Woman Day Sale:
I picked up the new Moschino release, Fresh Couture EdT, mostly because of the bottle. I’m not usually one to care about bottles, but this one is hilarious!
A makeup thing I really wanted: the Zoeva Rose Golden Palette. My first Zoeva makeup.
Then I stocked up on the MAC CC Cream. I mean if you’re gonna buy it anyway, you might as well do it when you can get it for 20% off. (In the last three years MAC has gotten more and more expensive here. I have my staples that I’ll keep buying but for the rest I’m checking out other brands now.)
I also got another Maybelline lipstick, the Color Sensational matte in 960 Red Sunset.
Then I bought two things that people keep raving about: the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, as a base for colorful makeup, and an EOS lip balm. I picked Strawberry Sorbet, not because I prefer strawberry scent, but because this one came without the bad scent components (like Linalool, Geraniol etc). I’m trying to pay more attention to that now. The reason that I bought Eos at all is, well I needed a lip balm, but I picked Eos because I felt compelled to at least try it as a beauty blogger… “for science” so to say. 🙂
The last items are the freebies I got: Missoni‘s first perfume release, Missoni EdP, and the new Escada summer scent: Agua del Sol EdT.
Well I hope you guys like perfume reviews because I’m not going to run out of topics any time soon.
As usual, reviews will follow when I had the time to test the stuff.