Lately I discovered a lot of hoopla on the internet about NYX Cosmetics, so I decided to give it a try. NYX Cosmetics is a brand of makeup specifically marketed as a cheaper alternative to high end brands like Urban Decay, Smashbox, NARS, Lorac, Stila, etc. The website (nyxcosmetics.com) claims that NYX offers the same quality of product as high end brands. I set out to see.
NYX Powder Blush
This blush has been compared to the very popular brand NARS, and currently comes in 25 colors. Many colors are dupes for popular NARS colors:
- NYX Pinched = NARS Orgasm
- NYX Pinky = NARS Desire
- NYX Red = NARS Exhibit A
- NYX Copper = NARS Taj Mahal
Still many more colors are dupes for MAC Blushes and other popular brands.
I purchased four colors:
- Silky Rose: Pinkish rose color, has some glitter but almost imperceptible, comes off as matte
- Desert Rose: Dark, deep rose color, matte
- Nutmeg: Coral tan/beige color, matte
- Pecan: Dark brownish bronze, shimmer
Let me start off by saying that for such cheap blushes, these are pretty impressive. The color pigmentation is the best I’ve ever seen from a blush (except NARS). On my skin, these are very true to color, and buildable. They are blendable, but a little on the powdery side compared to more expensive, more finely milled powder like NARS or MAC. Just a dip into the pot is more than enough for a nice, natural glow. The Pecan shade was too dark to use as a blush, but works great as a contour color.
Here’s the bad part. On my oily combination skin, these had practically no staying power compared to my NARS blushes. While my NARS blushes will last about 6 hours, NYX blushes only lasted 2 hours on me. Using a NARS cream blush like Penny Lane underneath NYX blushes will help their lasting power.
NYX Mosaic Powder in Highlighter
This product is just as it sounds. It’s a highlighting powder, made up of 5 different shades (white, beige, lavender, periwinkle, and light brown). On the skin, though, all of these pretty much show up as a white, pearly sheen.
This is a great product to highlight the cheekbones and just under the brow. I usually sweep in a “C” shape around the eye, going from the top of the cheekbone to the under-brow area.
For its purpose, it works fine. It imparts a beautiful sheen to the skin that makes me look healthy and vibrant. However, like with the blushes, this doesn’t last at all. On my oily combination skin, this product lasts about an hour.
NYX Black Label Lipstick
This is NYX’s “elite” lipstick, compared to their Round Lipsticks. Supposedly it has a better formula. I got two lipsticks in Natural and Beige.
Natural: Light rose color that matches the pigmentation of my lips
Beige: Darker nude color that matches with my tan olive skin for a nude lip
The lipstick goes on smooth and shiny. It’s a hydrating formula and didn’t dry out my lips. But again, the lasting power was only about 2 hours if I was careful, one hour if I happened to eat or drink. For those that don’t mind reapplying, this is a great lipstick. It’s very pigmented (I have dark lips and the Beige was fairly true to color on my lips).
NYX Felt Tip Eye Liner
The name of this liner can change depending on where you buy it, but it’s a waterproof felt tip liner that’s absolutely amazing! It comes in three colors (Jet Black, Extreme Black and Dark Brown).
I am in love with this liner. It’s not messy like liquid liners but gives the precision that you can’t get with a pencil or gel. It goes on dark and smooth, and makes lining eyes a snap. I only use it for the top lid, since I prefer to use a pencil liner for the waterline. But for the price, this is a great buy!