There’s one major lesson that I’ve learned when it comes to beauty products and that is to never ever underestimate the power of inexpensive makeup. When an economical brand does it right, then you’ve got yourself one happy wallet and some awesome products to boot! One such company, NYX Cosmetics (named after the Greek goddess of the night), has highly pigmented, top quality products and is fit for everyone from professional makeup artists to everyday makeup users. Best of all, they are cruelty-free. In fact, their mascot is a cutie pie Bijon Frise pup named Sir Bruce Barkalot!
The team recently received three favorite items from the NYX collection for our inspection, including their Felt Tip Liners. With eyeliner, it’s hit or miss with me, and about 99% of the time it’s a miss. What can I say, I’m a bit smudge-prone. When faced with the Felt Tip Liner ($8), this black liner devotee was ready to put it to the test! The first thing to jump out at me? There are two shades of black: Jet Black and Extreme Black. Extreme Black is a blue-ish black while Jet Black appears to be the true black between the two. There is a third option as well, Dark Brown.
The felt tip brush applicator is more on the stiff side to give you greater control for drawing a perfect and steady line. It feels more like a pencil than a marker. Thanks to the brush, application is seriously foolproof! Plus, I am very happy to report that the staying power of these Pen Eye Liners is outstanding. Not only do they last, but also the line stays put – no feathering or faded lines at the end of the day. And guess what? No reapplication was needed!
We also received the Sheer Tube Gloss ($5.50) in the four colors shown below (listed as “updated colors” on the NYX website). In my opinion this is the ultimate anti-sticky lipgloss. And how cute is that floral design on the tube?
I received this gloss in two hues, Luscious, which is red, and Hot Coco, a dark nude with a touch of mauve. Glitter Warning #1: Both are infused with glitter but when applied, the glitter was there but barely noticeable. My lips were left with a gorgeous, dewy, sheer wash of color.
The formula is very smooth, conditioning and wore well. Also of note, all of these glosses have a strong candy scent that I personally love, but might make some cringe. As for packaging, the brush applicator is not really necessary for a sheer gloss, but appreciated and I did feel chic “painting” my gloss on. I’m totally in love with the Sheer Tube Glosses.
Upon first glance at the third item for review, the Rouge Cream Blush ($6.50), it’s hard to tell how incredibly creamy this product is – until you touch it (with clean hands please!) These blushes are extremely pigmented and you only need a tiny dab of product to cover each cheek.
I tried Boho Chic, (left swatch) a girly pink, and Golden, (right swatch) a nude with a touch of peachy-pink. Glitter Warning #2: This is another product that contains micro glitter. On a positive note, it looks very natural on. The formula is slick, blendable and long lasting too.
All in all, NYX Cosmetics really do deliver alongside their affordable price points. It makes playing with makeup even more fun and guilt-free! Readers and testers – Are you a frugal friend of NYX?
Amanda is a beauty & fashion lover who hopes to own a Shiba Inu one day. She spends most of her time frolicking in NYC, chowing down, perusing blogs, jabbing buttons on her Blackberry and updating her blog, mandabear.
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