Liquid lipstick is the current ‘thing’, and for obvious reasons, I find that many give a much more intense payoff and controllable application than a normal lipstick. There are a lot of beautiful products on the market, however, with my withering student budget I am always looking for affordable alternatives. That is where Nyx comes in as my shining knight on a white horse and carriage. Nyx liquid lip products are exceptionally inexpensive and dangerously so – it takes a lot of my strength not to purchase more. There is a fantastic variety of colours and a few different ranges, so a lot to choose from. Although I don’t own every colour, I recently expanded my collection and have been trying them out over the past few weeks – here are my thoughts:
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Price – £5.50 ($6.00)
Colours – Copenhagen (dark berry pink) and Transylvania (very dark warm toned purple).
Finish – what they say on the tin: very matte.
Application – Copenhagen applies very smoothly and doesn’t seem to settle into the creases in my lips. However, I found Transylvania to be the opposite as it was very clumpy and almost gloopy.
Opacity – Copenhagen was relatively opaque, however I did find it useful to layer with another coat as soon as it dried. Once again, Transylvania let me down with a very patchy application that was difficult to rectify with another coat.
Feel – they both felt quite heavy on the lips, particularly Transylvania. They also felt increasingly tight and drying throughout the day, but not to an unbearable extent.
Duration – they both stay on reasonably well, however I did find that the centre of my lips would wear away within a few hours.
Verdict – I love Copenhagen and wear it quite often. I really wouldn’t recommend Transylvania. Whilst the colour is really cool, the texture isn’t up to standard. I would love to try out some lighter colours as I’ve heard that they are much more comfortable.
Price – £6.50 ($7.00)
Colours – Beauty Mark (warm toned brown) and Bedtime Flirt (peachy pink with brown tones – could be classed as a nude but comes up a bit darker on my fair skin).
Finish – very matte.
Application – nice, smooth application. They settle in the creases a little, but this isn’t too noticeable for me.
Opacity – not great. Both are quite patchy, particularly Beauty Mark. However, I found them to be fine with two light coats.
Feel – they feel so lightweight, it almost didn’t feel like I was even wearing Bedtime Flirt. They aren’t particularly drying either.
Duration – they both lasted a really long time. I wore them for more than 5 hours without a lot of flaking and wearing. I also found almost no transfer onto my drink bottle – wow.
Verdict – Bedtime Flirt is a particular favourite of mine. Beauty Mark is also quite good, but is let down by the patchiness.
Price – £6.50 ($7.00)
Colours – Soft Spoken (dusky pink with peachy undertones) and Vintage (dusty dark red with mauve tones).
Finish – primarily matte with a very slight polish.
Application – beautifully smooth application and easy to control.
Opacity – I found both to have great opacity and the colours are really intense. No patchiness.
Feel – they don’t dry as fully as the Soft Matte’s and the Lip Lingerie’s and they feel quite thick on the lips. However, they do feel very comfortable. There was a build-up of product on the inner corners of my lips, but this was easily removed without ruining the look.
Duration – fabulous. I wore these for at least five hours without fading or cracking and during this time I ate (relatively dry food) and drank.
Verdict – my favourites of the matte finishes (although they are not fully matte). They feel quite nourishing on my lips and the longevity is a huge plus.
Price – £5.50 ($6.00)
Colour – Chocolate Crepe (darkish mauve pink)
Finish – high shine gloss without compromising pigmentation.
Application – silky smooth and only one coat is necessary.
Opacity – the colour really is intense. I’ve heard the lighter colours from this range are a little streaky, but Chocolate Crepe is gorgeously pigmented.
Feel – very comfortable. Predictably, due to the gloss finish, the product feels nourishing. It is a little sticky, but it is a gloss.
Duration – the colour and finish had amazing duration. There was surprisingly little transfer of product when I was drinking and unlike a matte product, it was very easy to reapply without having to remove and start from scratch. My one issue was hair getting stuck to my lips but, once again, that’s a given with a gloss.
Verdict – I’m usually drawn to matte products but I think I’ve been swayed. I’m dying to try out some other colours. I’m telling you – glosses are the way forward!
Please remember that these are my own opinions and you may very well have a completely different experience with these products. I also want to underline that I prepped my lips for these liquid lipsticks using Grace’s tips here – the outcome may have been quite different if I hadn’t done so. If you have any different experiences, colour recommendations or know of any similar products feel free to comment!
Thanks for reading.