NYX Lipstick Haul Review

GUESS WHO’S BACK?!  So sorry for the long delay in getting posts out on here, with getting houses/being in America for months the time has just flown by.  But have no fear, we are back!  We decided on doing a joint blog post reviewing a brand that is very popular to us and we really promote this brand, and that is NYX.  It’s super affordable and is such high quality makeup and it really bridges the gap between drugstore and high end makeup.  They have a notably large lip range, so we thought why not dive right in and review/rate their products!  So without further ado, let’s get to it!

Cosmic Metals Lip Cream – £7.00 (Boots.com)

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Left to Right: ‘Speed of Light’, ‘Galactic’

So this range is a little different because of the colours/style of the lipsticks.  I am in love with the space and star theme (as many of you know I looooove stars), so this range instantly ticks the box for me!  I love the names and choice of colours; it ranges from vivid pinks, to grey, to different shades of blue and green.   Although not every day colours and they can be intimidating, the range is super fun and different and would really show a different side to anyone!

Application wise it goes on super nice and easy due to its creamy consistency.  It, at first, appears to stay on so well too despite how bold the colours are!  Tina commented on how precise you can be with it during application to create that bold lip look.  In particular, Speed of Light is a favourite of ours due to its rose gold appearance and although bold, it’s still quite a neutral colour!

But, there are unfortunately disadvantages with this range.  The main problem is, as is the usual problem with bold colours, the constant top up situation #firstworldproblems.  It can go everywhere too if you do not have a steady hand and can easily go out of line.  I had an issue with Galactic as there is no lip liner in the range to match it – I searched everywhere for a grey lip liner and ended up buying grey eyeliner.  It works OK but it isn’t the greatest in maintaining that nice lip shape that I aim to create.

Ratings…

TINA: 8/10

SHANNON: 8/10

 

Soft Matte Lip Cream – £6.00 (Boots.com)

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Left to Right: ‘Milan’, ‘Prague’, ‘Monte Carlo’, ‘Seoul’, ‘Transylvania’

This range is a bit of a hit/miss in our opinion.  So I (Shannon) got the miniature versions of these lippies in an advent calendar last Christmas (which btw, was insane value for money!) which included the Soft Matte Lip Creams as well as individual eyeshadows.  Their size is super handy as they are small enough to fit into any size bag/purse and are also great for taking on a short weekend away on holiday!  This is super fitting with the theme of these lip creams, as each one is named after a city in the world which I think is adorable.  The range has such diversity, ranging from bubble-gum pinks to blood reds/purples, but also has a huge variety of nudes so there is a shade for everyone.

However, the good words about these lip creams slowly come to a halt here.  Although the tubes are handy being smaller, they have far less product which makes it harder to achieve a full lip coverage.  I could barely get two uses out of one of these lip creams, which gives off such a bad impression of what could have been a fantastic product.  Although they smell incredible and almost like coconut, they do not give good coverage and are nowhere near as pigmented as the other NYX ranges.  When Tina first used the colours shown above, she described the application as “alright, but messy” and would not pay the £6.00 price mark and that is where I would agree too.  It had such potential to be a great and fun range, with ‘a colour for every city’; however it failed to live up to expectation due to the poor application and pigmentation.  Such a shame!

Ratings:

TINA: 2/10

SHANNON: 4/10

 

Lip Lingerie – £8 (Boots.com)

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Left to Right: ‘Embellishment’, ‘Bedtime Flirt’

OK so this one is the absolute STUFF!  I am COMPLETELY obsessed with this range.  Tina described this range as ‘on par with the Matte lipsticks.’  I have described them as ‘I can’t even.’  Although there isn’t much difference between the shades, the range lies in the neutral tones area, meaning that all the shades are timeless classics.  It’s such good value for money and I’m going to explain exactly why I think that!

It’s such a smooth application with zero mess and not only does it actually dry, but it dries nice.  There is no need to even top this up during a night out, which is super handy when your hands aren’t as steady!  You would pay a fortune to get lipsticks that can stay on for that long, but this one is EIGHT POUNDS!  It’s an absolute steal!  ‘Bedtime Flirt’ is such a gorgeous colour that suits any skin tone and is that sweet neutral pink that everyone needs in their collection.  The real game changer is ‘Embellishment’ – I’m just completely lost for words with this one.  I AM OBSESSED.  It’s my go to lipstick; the colour is so pigmented and so warm and does not crack my lips.

Ratings:

TINA: 9/10

SHANNON: 10/10

 

Matte Lipstick – £7 (NYX.com)

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Top to bottom: ‘Natural’, ‘Whipped Caviar’

What everyone has been waiting for, a moisturising matte lipstick! It is one of the best matte lipsticks I have come across, it does not dry your lips out which makes it a massive hit! As you can see there isn’t a great deal of difference between the two swatches, the colour is rather similar between the two, however ‘Whipped Caviar’ produces a darker take on the ‘Natural’ colour, adding more of a glamorous touch which is perfect for day and night.

It glides on like a treat, super pigmented and stays on; I don’t know what more you could ask for! Just like most lipsticks if you’re eating or drinking, it will rub off but only with consistent contact and with these neutral pinks when it does rub off it is so subtle no one will notice! Honestly, I would say the consistency is very much a dupe of MAC’s matte lipsticks, so if you’re looking for a cheaper version, this is the one!
Ratings:

TINA – 8/10

SHANNON – 7/10

 

Extra Creamy Makeup Round Lipstick – £4 (NYX.com)

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Left to Right: ‘Watermelon’, ‘Topaz’

I always believe quality is not defined by price but in this case, this definitely applies. Before I tried these on I was in LOVE, the colours are right up my street. I’m a sucker for a nice subtle glitter lipstick (I have a big love for MAC’s ‘Fabby’) and could not wait to try these on and as soon as I began to apply it, all my love for the product vanished. Although the application was smooth, it was a bit too smooth and I could not apply the product accurately and it ended up here there and everywhere! It did not feel nice on the lips and it would come off with a touch which is not what you want from a lipstick.

The colours are gorgeous, they are not available anymore but we were able to find some similar colours (i.e. B52 = Watermelon & Vitamin = Topaz). Still, I would not recommend buying this product, the colours are gorgeous and would be fab if they were of the Matte lipstick texture but this takes ‘extra creamy’ to another level. We were highly disappointed.

Ratings:

TINA – 2/10

SHANNON – 5/10

 

Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick – £7 (Boots.com)

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Left to Right: ‘Tea & Cookies’, ‘Cherrie Skies’

If we compare this lipstick to the Matte one in terms of price, you are being robbed! This should be priced the same as the ‘Extra Creamy Makeup Round Lipstick’. It was extremely disappointing, it has some beautiful colours, in particular ‘Cherrie Skies’ is BEAUTIFUL, if only it was beautiful on the lips! It is easy to apply but before you have even finished you’ll have painted your teeth in the process. I wore this lipstick for a night out and I was constantly applying it and it smudged all over my face and my teeth, not what you want, the idea is to look as sober as possible!

Another flaw with this lipstick is that it never actually dries, hence how it ends up all over your teeth, I haven’t had this problem since I was 12 and used those free lipsticks you get with a magazine! We both agree the ‘Tea & Cookies’ shade is not a good look; it’s bright bubble-gum pink and makes you look like a Barbie doll. I would not consider wearing this again and save yourself the £7 and go and buy a ‘Cosmetics Metal Lip Cream’ or ‘Matte Lipstick’!

Ratings:

TINA – 0/10

SHANNON – 2/10

So this was our NYX lipstick haul review!  Some got great reviews, others not so much, but we hope it was a good read and has given an insight into the NYX range.  Some of the products we tried are excellent dupes for high end products, and everyone loves an affordable lippie!

Thanks for reading, and stay beautiful!

Shannon & Tina

xoxo

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Morphe 35T Colour Taupe Palette

New purchase alert!  Sorry for such a long gap from my last blog.  I’ve majorly needed some inspiration to get into blogging again, and after purchasing this beauty it’s just done that.  I know that Morphe is nothing new, and that it’s been around for a while and it’s had its moment, but when I saw this on Beauty bay I HAD to get it.  I’ve wanted a new eye shadow palette for a while and this has just ticked every box that I needed.

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Firstly, I just have to comment on its packaging.  HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?!  My first thought when it arrived was that I was sent a small laptop by mistake.  It’s such a strong case which is good because you know your shadows will not get damaged, but it’s also super lightweight.  This is so important particularly when travelling; when I go on holiday I want to take minimal makeup, but an eye shadow palette is one of my essential items to pack.  Now with this palette I know I can pop it into my suitcase and not feel guilty about the weight of it!  The negative is that there is no mirror on the inside of the lid, which can be a little inconvenient but it honestly did not bother me too much.

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The colours and their pigmentation is something that just stands out on this palette.  CAN WE JUST APPRECIATE HOW PIGMENTED THE GLITTER SHADOWS ARE?!  These swatches literally took one stroke; I’m not kidding.  I was so amazed at how strong the colours were as I was not expecting them to be this good at all.  The colours are so bold which is great because you don’t have to use a lot of product when applying, causing less fallout.  I’m so happy with the more glittery shades; they’re perfect for the summer and add glamour, whether it’s for festivals or holiday’s, but they’re also great for winter to brighten up the darker days and nights.  I wear a lot of gold, neutral and brown shades and there is a great variety of these colours in the palette, which for me is perfect as I know I will get as much use out of it as possible.

 

Unfortunately though, there is a big negative with the colours.  This is that the more matte shades really do lack the same pigmentation that the more shimmer based ones do.  I was quite disappointed with this because after seeing the shimmer shades, I had high expectations for the matte shades.  (SEE BOTTOM TWO SWATCHES).  To even get the swatches alone, it took a lot of strokes to actually get a decent amount of colour, so when applying it to your eye lid it’ll require the same to get a good intensifying look.  However I don’t want this negative to take away the brilliance of this product.  The colours, including the matte shades, are absolutely fantastic and are still pigmented and are great to have in your make up collection!

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Lastly, I want to talk about the quality for price ratio.  I paid £22 for this palette on www.beautybay.com.  That’s 35 shades for £22.  It’s such a small price compared to other palettes on the market, such as the Naked range by Urban Decay, and you get so much more for your money!  I’ve found from researching that it is more expensive to actually buy in the United States (for example, if you were travelling there and wanted to buy it), then buying it on a site like Beauty Bay.  The 35TT palette is perfect for all make up abilities; I’m simply a make-up lover and not the most skilled at make-up, so I love having a palette this large to play around with and improve my skills!  I would highly recommend this palette to anyone who wants to expand their collection or is starting out with make-up.  It’s affordable and great quality; what more could you want?!  I’m currently debating another palette to buy in their range, which includes the 35W Colour Warm, 35U Multi Colour Shimmer, 35S Smokey Eye, and 35K Colour Koffee to name but a few.  I personally think that Morphe needs more credit than what it is given over in the UK; an absolutely fantastic product which should be a part of make-up lovers’ collections everywhere.

 

I hope you liked this product, and if there are any items that you would like to me to review, leave me a comment!

 

Stay beautiful,

 

Shannon

xoxo

 

(PHOTO CREDITS: Major thanks to Robyn Smith for taking these photos of my palette!)

Physician’s Formula ‘Nude Wear Touch of Glow’ Palette

For most girls anywhere, when it comes to makeup, it’s all about the highlighter.  When the light hits those high plains of your face… girlllll it’s a fine moment.  There are so many out there now on the market within a variety of price ranges and household names; Maybelline, Rimmel, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Kat Von D.  One that I found on my travels around the United States this summer however, is a complete game changer.  It is the ‘Nude Wear Touch of Glow’ palette by drug store brand Physician’s Formula.  I bought mine from a local Walmart so it is easily accessible to purchase for my American friends across the pond; for everyone else, it means international shipping but I assure it is totally worth it!  Here are a few reasons why:

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The first reason as to why this is an essential item in your make up kit is because of its cute packaging.  I mean seriously guys; I’m not a girly person, but this pink case and bow is ADORABLE.  It’s cute, it’s pretty; it looks appealing to buy from the offset!  Compared to most palettes it is a lot smaller, meaning you can take it on the go with you.  I’m not saying you can’t take other palettes with you, but who is seriously going to work round with an Anastasia Beverly Hills’ ‘Glow Palette’ in their bag?  Not this girl!  The packaging is sturdy but not heavy, meaning that the product inside is never going to crack or break and spill everywhere.  Result!

Secondly, the application of this product is so easy.  Simply swish your brush over all four areas of the palette or just one if you so desire.  It literally takes 1-2 strokes and you can already see the results.  For me that is a big deal; I can’t stand any of these products that takes a thousand application strokes and THEN the horrid task of obscene blending.  With the ‘Touch of Glow’ palette, it is made much more simple and easier, which just honestly makes a small aspect of our lives much simpler.

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(Apologies for the photo quality; could not find good lighting in my house!)

The final and main reason as to why this product is an essential and is worth the shipping cost is because of its pigmentation.  To say it is a cheaper product in the market at $14.95, it is DIVINE.  The two bronzers shades provide a warm yet natural glow to your face, and paired with the cheeky blusher it makes your cheeks pop a rosy shade of pink.  Most importantly though, in this palette those aspects are not as essential.  For me, the highlighter is what I live for.  I mean seriously… HAVE YOU SEEN HOW PRETTY THIS IS?!

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*pause for a moment* #prayforShannon #thishighlighterthough.   These pictures don’t do it justice.  It’s super pigmented, it gives off the best glow and when the light hits those high plains of your face… my lord it is a beautiful moment.   Even if you didn’t use the other aspects to this palette, at least buy and use it just for this highlighter.  Please.  It’ll change your life.

As I said earlier, for my American friendlings, this product is available at most drug stores and I purchased it from a local Walmart.  For $14.95, you literally cannot argue that it is a bargain; you’re getting two bronzers, a blush and a highlighter for under $15!  For the rest of the world, that’s around £12-13.  Still a bargain nonetheless! I use this palette every day and honestly I can say it has never disappointed me, and it has lasted me since June so it is very durable!  The whole Physician’s Formula range is very practical and affordable and I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to try a new brand that bridges the gap between high-end and drug store makeup.

http://www.physiciansformula.com/en-us/productdetail/face/bronzers/06399.html

Stay beautiful,

Shannon

xoxo