Product Review: NYX Lipstick Haul

I’ve been meaning to do a lip swatch video of the NYX products I bought a few months ago, but as the days went by, I couldn’t fade recording or editing a video. Blame it on the cold weather. So, I decided to share my thoughts the old fashioned way, in writing.

I don’t even remember when I bought these products, but I’ve had enough time to decide if I like them or not. I like them. I particularly like the Soft Matte Lip Creme in Abu Dhabi, which is not pictured because I purchased it in the spring. I don’t know what my lip life was like before wearing Abu Dhabi. It’s perfect. I wear it all the time when I can’t make up my mind about another lip color to wear. It’s my safety blanket.

I’ll discuss Abu Dhabi in another post, though. Today, it’s all about these five colors:

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In general, these products are highly pigmented, don’t stay on all day and immediately begin fading after eating lol. They’re comfortable on the lips and not overly drying.

Lip Lingerie in Beauty Mark – I would describe this product as a muted brown with purple undertones. I enjoy when this color starts to fade because it looks like a natural stain. At the end of the day, the color looks like my lips, and I don’t mind that. The only annoying thing is that texture wise, it feels a bit sticky.

Lip Lingerie in Teddy – I would describe this product as a grayish, muted brown. The same sentiments about Beauty Mark apply to Teddy. When it starts to fade, it looks great. I usually don’t ever reapply this color because it looks better with time. Again, the texture is a bit sticky, but it kind of subsides as the day progresses.

Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Club Hopper – I would describe this color as a purplish brown. Again, the color looks like a natural lip stain as the day progresses. I like that. When first applying, the hue is very rich. It’s comfortable on the lips from what I can remember when I last wore it. It’s a cream, so it won’t give you a matte finish, but instead a subtle sheen.

Soft Matte Lip Creme in Transylvania – I would describe this color as violet. It’s creamy when you first apply it and then dries down matte. It doesn’t last very long at all, and because I have a pink bottom lip, I have to apply this like a million times just to cover it. A lot of color doesn’t come out on the doe foot applicator, which I absolutely hate about the Soft Matte Lip Creme line. Otherwise, it’s comfortable to wear.

Soft Matte Lip Creme in Copenhagen – I would describe this as a berry red. The same sentiments about Transylvania apply to Copenhagen. When these colors start to fade, though, they look a hot ass mess lol. I find myself either wiping off or adding more product. Usually it’s the former. I do enjoy using these colors as a top layer to other lipstick brands. They usually makes those other brands’ colors last longer. Go figure!

That’s about all I have to say about these products. As always, thanks for reading my post. What are some of your favorite drugstore lip brands, if any?

-Genevia 

Setting Sprays For Oily Skin

By now, you know I have oily skin. Finding a setting spray that will check my sebum production at the door is key, but difficult. Trial and error is annoying, time consuming and costly. However, thank me later because I’ve done some of the searching for you. Below are three products I’ve tried and two more that I want to try:

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Left: NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. Middle: Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray. Right: M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray

 

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

This doesn’t do a damn thing for me besides keep my makeup in place. It does nothing for controlling shine. In fact, it makes my face oiler, therefore, it doesn’t do much to solidify its claim of achieving a ‘matte finish.’ The only benefit is its cost. It’s the cheapest out of the three products in the photo above.

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

This is very similar to the NYX product. It keeps my makeup in place, but it doesn’t control shine. After spraying, my face is always oiler than normal. I had high hopes for this brand because people rave about it. Thank goodness I bought the travel size.

M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray

It looks like water, so you’d think it wouldn’t be effective, but looks can be deceiving. This product is the truth; it’s my holy grail setting spray. It also does a great job of combating shine and keeping my makeup in place. My makeup stays matte for hours, and I don’t really need to blot my t-zone, but I still do because of habit. Prep + Prime is a multi-use setting spray, too. I also use it to dampen my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge for blending foundation and concealer or add moisture to my contour palette. I used this product in the photo above, and I only had to blot once. This photo was taken when I got home at like three in the morning. Face was still popping!

I still want to try the Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer and Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray. I heard these were good, but I won’t be holding my breath.

What are some of your favorite setting sprays? Let me know in the comments section below.

-Genevia 

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October Beauty Haul 

I feel like I’m a legit lipstick blogger lol. I have acquired so many kinds over the past decade and even repurchased a few this month. Not to mention, I feel like I post about lipsticks a lot more than anything else. I’m planning on reorganizing my lip collection soon because I have so many that I don’t use or even want. My style has changed, and I know myself now more than ever before – so a carefully curated lip collection is necessary.

October brought me many first-time pleasures:

Laura Mercier 

  1. Translucent Setting Powder – first timer

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Kiko Milano

  1. Invisible Lip Liner – first timer to this brand, but not clear lip liners. I love them! It’s a must-have item in a lip arsenal.

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M.A.C

  1. Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Indianwood and Quite Natural – first timer
  2. Select Cover-Up Concealer NW45 – repurchase. I use it to define my eyebrows here and here.
  3. Angle Brush #266 – repurchase. I needed another angle brush for doing gel eyeliner because I found myself using the same brush for my eyebrows. I really like using this brush for gel eyeliner because it’s sturdy and already has an angle tip to help guide my “flicks.”
  4. Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait – repurchase. This shade was my life in high school/college and it’s still applicable to my entire being.
  5. Lipglass in Explicit – repurchase. This shade was my life in high school/college and it still has relevance.
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Far left: Select Cover-Up Concealer NW45, Top: Pro Longwear Paint Pots (L: Quite Natural, R: Indianwood), Middle: Lipglass in Explicit, Bottom: Angle Brush #266, Far right: Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait

NYX

  1. Lingerie in Teddy and Beauty Mark – first timer
  2. Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania and Copenhagen – first timer to these shades. I love this line. It’s not long lasting at all, and I’m a bit skeptical about the “matte” claims, especially with these two shades. However, I like the creaminess of the products and the fact that it’s not overly drying. I swear by the shade “Abu Dhabi.” It’s hands down my favorite nudish matte. I’m wearing it in the photos here and here.
  3. Liquid Suede in Club Hopper – first timer
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Top Lingerie (L: Beauty Mark, R: Teddy), Middle: Liquid Suede in Club Hopper, Bottom Soft Mate Lip Cremes (L: Transylvania, R: Copenhagen)

 

The end. I’ll see you all in November. 🙂

-Genevia