2 May 2016

NYX Cosmetics Haul & Reviews

I have wanted to get my hands on some NYX products ever since I watched Mykie, AKA Glam&Gore, win the Face Awards last year. So you can imagine my excitement when my friend Sam told me that NYX was about to launch in Boots! Naturally, I popped into the store in Brighton a couple of weeks later and picked up some items! When I got to the NYX stand I couldn't believe how ransacked it was! There was barely anything left in my skin tone (I'm pale af) and it was absolutely crowded. I didn't manage to get everything I wanted but I still got my hands on a good amount of stuff so I thought I would share it with you today. I am thinking about going to get some more stuff soon so leave me a comment below if you would like a second instalment of this post!

NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic - £8.50

This is the first illuminator I've ever purchased and to be honest I wasn't sure what to expect from it and if I was using it right. I have seen lots of pictures on instagram recently of girls with cheekbones that look almost metallic and this isn't a look I prefer on myself so I use it very sparingly! I got the shade Ritualistic because it seemed to be the lightest colour and as I explained before, I'm pale af. As you can see from the picture, it looks very white in the palette, but when it's on my skin it has a slight gold tint to it. Luckily for me it creates a very subtle glow which looks gorgeous when your cheeks catch the light! I wear it mainly on top of my highlighter on my cheekbones, just above where I contour. I also sweep a very small amount along my nose. I've gone from someone who didn't even really know what an illuminator was a month ago to wearing it every day now thanks to this nifty little thing. I also think the packaging is really cute and simple, which seems to be a theme with all NYX products. One last thing to note - this stuff smells just like playdoh! You can decide yourself whether that's a good thing or a bad thing!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp - £5.50

Another first for me (NYX is making me try all these new things!) this time with a matte lipstick. The main reason I bought this was because I have just purchased a Kylie Lipkit, which is also matte. I wanted to get used to it and also see how they compare (when my lipkit EVENTUALLY gets here!) First of all I want to talk about the colour of this lipstick. I got the shade Antwerp which looks like quite a dark natural pink on the bottle, but is actually a lot brighter when applied to my lips. However I really love this colour and think it's great for everyday. I also wore it in my previous post, which you can read here. This lipstick has a really sweet scent which smells delicious when you put it on (seriously, I wanna eat it) but thankfully goes away quite soon after so doesn't keep annoying you throughout the day. Unfortunately that isn't the only thing that goes away quickly, the lipstick itself doesn't last for very long! For instance I applied it this morning and 2-3 hours later it had gone very patchy, then after some food and drink it had completely disappeared. So although I do really like the scent, shade and price I don't know if I would bother buying any more of these. 

Now...I originally bought another lip product from NYX called Intense Butter Gloss which I think was in the colour "Spice Cake' but I literally cannot find it anywhere. I will post my review of it here anyway but unfortunately there are no pretty pictures! However I did wear it in a previous post which you can find here if you really want to see what it looks like!

The second lip product I bought, this time a lip gloss! I'm not sure what makes this version more "intense" than the usual Butter Glosses, but then again I don't own any of those so if you do then I'd love to know what you think! I got a very dark purple shade and I don't think I was quite prepared for how dark it was going to be! It definitely is going to be saved for my more grungy or dramatic looks. I have worn this one a couple of times and I have to say, I was disappointed. When you apply it, it is extremely sticky! I of course expected it to have more moisture than the lip cream but I find it's really uncomfortable on my lips. I am really aware that it is there and conscious of it getting on my teeth or smudging onto my skin. This is really not good as I think lipsticks should make you feel enpowered and bad ass. It also wares off super fast, faster than the lip butter! I think NYX really need to re think their lipstick and lipgloss formulas.

NYX Conceal, Correct Contour Palette in Light - £10

This is probably the least used product of my haul, mainly because I didn't want to mess it up for the blog pictures haha! So it is supposed to, you guessed it, conceal, correct and contour your face. It comes with 6 different shades, a corrector, highlighter, contour(er) and 3 concealers. 

At first I was very confused about how to use it, but after some quick research I think you are supposed to do it something like this: 

How it looks once it's all been blended in (I used my Real Techniques face brush to blend it)

The main issue I have with this palette is that I find you need to use a lot of it for it to actually do anything. Maybe I am doing it wrong but I tried using my finger, my Zoeva brush and the wand from my empty Maybeline concealer but I just found it really hard to get enough product onto my face!

NYX Lush Lashes Mascara XXL -£6.50

I have saved this one until last because it is my absolute favourite of the lot! I have been trying so hard to find a mascara that makes my eyelashes as dark and as long as I want them to be (especially as I don't really like wearing falsies) and FINALLY I have found it! And it's less than £10! Mental. This is my new favourite mascara because it makes my lashes look full and long which is all you really ask of from a mascara. It lasts pretty much all day but if I'm going on a night out then I'll add just one more layer and viola, perfect lashes! There is a danger of getting clumpy because it has quite a thick consistency but I've found that less is more and it's best to add a little bit at a time. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any NYX products and what you think of them! 

See you soon, 

Beth x


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