NYX is a brand I have been keeping a close eye on for years. Despite it once being available only online for those of us residing in Ireland, it was a brand that cropped up often in my YouTube subscriptions and people seemed to have only good things to say. Now it is much more widely available in pharmacies nationwide and has recently made its way on to the Boots website. So I thought I would do a breakdown post, sharing my collection and perhaps inspiring a cheeky purchase or two. It can be difficult to gauge what you think of a product without seeing it with your own eyes and swatching it on your hand, so hopefully this post will be informative enough to help you out if you don’t live near a stockist.
NYX Slim Lip Pencils
It took me a while to branch into the realm of NYX’s lip pencils. It seemed every time I visited a stand, all of the neutral shades were sold out. Then one day I stumbled upon a fully stocked NYX stand and finally got to give them a go. I instantly fell for their hard yet non-dragging formula which means achieving precision is a breeze.
810 Natural is a pinky-brown nude that is ideal for adding a little extra definition to your lips or making them look slightly bigger if you’re a fan of overlining.
I have been obsessed with these easy to wear neutral lip liners lately and have built up quite the collection. Most mornings it is a toss up between this and a Mac one and often this wins.
If you don’t have any neutral liners in your collection or, like me, you adore them and wear them daily, Natural is a staple shade.
852 Pumpkin is a shimmering orange-red. It is one of the very few lip pencils I own that isn’t matte but the shimmer definitely adds something a little different and would be beautiful worn alone.
I am not usually a fan of orange-toned lips on myself but looking at these photographs may have just changed my mind. I was sent this shade and would probably never have chosen it for myself when out shopping but it is one I can see others falling for.
You can see here how it is perfect with an otherwise neutral look to add a little pop of colour without being extremely bold or outrageous. It makes for an ideal fresh spring look or could be one for those who are weary of branching into bolder lip colours.
857 Nude Beige is pretty self-descriptive. Again I’m sort of collecting these neutral shades at the moment and this is another staple colour.
It has no warmth to it and because of that I have found that it can transform whatever lipstick is worn on top of it – either by neutralising it or making it appear more cool-toned.
It is the best lip pencil for wearing under all the greige shades I’ve been loving lately such as Lime Crime’s Cashmere. It is another one that makes overlining your lips and making them look fuller really simple.
860 Peekaboo Neutral is a beige pink and the perfect my lips but better shade. This is similar to Natural but is more pink and less brown.
Peekaboo Neutral is the most similar to my own natural lip colour and looks very flattering worn alone.
It is another neutral staple that I can’t recommend enough.
The formula is non-drying and while I suffer from dry lips so always pair mine with some sort of lipstick on top, I would say most people could get away with wearing these alone. They are very comfortable and pigmented, gliding easily over the lips but still hard enough to get a precise lip line. There are fifty shades to choose from according to the US NYX website although there are only fifteen available on Stauntons where they retail for €4.99 each and ten available on the McCabes Pharmacy site where they cost €4.25. Even though Boots stock NYX now, they don’t seem to have these. I picked mine up in Hickey’s Pharmacy in The Square, Tallaght although they don’t have an online store.
NYX Matte Lipsticks
I picked up two of these matte lipsticks on a whim quite a while ago just so I could try out something else by the brand. I wasn’t expecting to fall so hard for them – in particular the shade Alabama which has become an absolute go-to for me when I’m reaching for a dark red shade.
07 Alabama is a vampy dark red and the type of colour I had been searching for for so long. This is an Autumn Winter staple.
Alabama is a true red shade that doesn’t lean red or blue and is slightly darker than your average. I love to pair it with a purple or black liner at the edges to create a real vampy ombre lip with it.
It is one of those reds that I believe to be quite universally flattering regardless of skin tone and it has the added benefit of making teeth look whiter. This is one of my most worn NYX lipsticks and definitely one of the most worn reds that I have.
11 Tea Rose is an unusual mauve pink. I picked it up thinking it would be a pretty bland neutral shade but its cool tone adds a little quirkiness to it. I am pretty sure I don’t have a dupe for this in my collection.
I don’t usually go for pink lip colours, particularly now that I have red tones in my hair but I think this is neutral enough for me to get away with.
If you are looking for a true every day staple shade, I highly recommend this one. It is neutral enough that it doesn’t stand out but is just different enough that you may still get a compliment on it.
Despite the matte title, these lipsticks aren’t drying in the slightest. They do have the staying power of a matte though and that is one of the reasons that I love Alabama for nights out because I don’t have to worry about topping it up. These are my favourite NYX lipstick formula and I will definitely be picking up more shades in future!
There are thirty three colours available on the US website (which doesn’t ship internationally) but thirty of those are on the Boots website for €9.25 each or seventeen are available from Cara Pharmacy for the same price. Both Boots and Cara charge €5 for delivery or it is free to collect the item in store.
NYX High Voltage Lipsticks
These are one of NYX’s more recent releases and while I thought the name was cool, the bullet didn’t really appeal to me. I like a good old fashioned lipstick shape. However curiosity got the better of me and I did a bit of Googling. When I saw Stone, it was fate. I just had to have it. At the time, Mac had just released their lipstick in Stone and it was constantly sold out (I STILL haven’t been able to get my hands on it!) so this seemed like a close alternative.
13 Stone is a nude beige. For the longest time, I thought this could be a dupe for Lime Crime’s Cashmere but it was only because I paired it with the Slim Lip Pencil in Nude Beige that it looked so cool toned.
In reality it is more of a straight up nude that has just enough beige to it where I don’t look corpse like.
While it is pretty, I will continue to wear it with the Nude Beige liner to make it a little different as it is a little plain for me. Lovers of a nude lip will probably fall for this one especially with its gorgeous sheen finish.
What I am not crazy about is the formula. This glides on to the lips and has a lot of slip to it. While it feels lovely and creamy, I find the wear time poor and when it does wear off, it can leave my lips a little dry. I deal with it to wear this amazing colour but I wouldn’t rush out to buy more shades in the High Voltage family.There are twenty two shades available on the US site and all of those are available on the Boots and McCabes websites where they cost €7.75 each. (McCabes also charge €5 shipping). I noticed they’re on sale on the US site so wonder if they will soon be discontinued.
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipsticks
I actually avoided picking up any of the round lipsticks for quite a while because they come in the most nondescript packaging and are the cheapest lipstick offering from the brand. Because of that, I sort of assumed they would be the basic budget option. I was wrong!
513 Electra is a true red which I was sent just before Christmas and which I got so much wear out of over the festive season. It is stunning.
I never usually opt for straight up reds, preferring darker, vampier shades but this is such a classic pin up shade.
I think my favourite aspect is that glossy finish. I am a woman obsessed.
565 B52 is a grey-toned pink that I picked up when I was looking for an everyday neutral shade to wear to work. This is ideal for throwing on if you have gone a little colourful/overboard in the eye makeup department as it adds a neutral, glossy colour to the lip that isn’t overpowering.
I get a lot of wear out of this one and while I think it is a pretty non-descript colour, I had a lot of girls in work asking me what it was.
If you’re not a fan of bold lip colours and prefer things that are more toned down, you can’t go wrong with this one.
595 Strawberry Milk is a light baby pink. I had a brief love affair with a Wet n Wild lipstick that was a similar pink milkshake colour to this which I believe is what led me to buy this one.
I don’t really know what I was thinking as I really don’t like these pastel shades on me. I have seen them look well on others but not on me. I don’t think they work with my pale skin.
This is one of the few NYX lip products I own that I just don’t like and will not wear. I’m sure we’ve all had one of those moments where we pick up something that is just totally wrong for us.
It may also be worth noting that I find this lip colour is sheerer than the rest and settles into lip lines a little. A word of warning if you’re opting for one of the lighter shades in this formula.
612 Lala is a plum-pink and one that is neutral while still being a little quirky. I have absolutely no idea what happened to my poor bullet. I opened the lipstick to take this photo and it was like that!
Lala is another people pleaser which is work-appropriate yet still a little different.
It actually looks really nice with a neutral eye like I have in the picture as that plum tone makes it pop and adds some interest to the look.
629 Power is a mauve-pink. Okay, it is time for me to admit that I have a thing for quirky pinks.
Power is definitely one that I don’t have a dupe for and the way it leans slightly lavender is so pretty!
I am a huge fan of this one although I know Aisling from Total Makeup Addict claims it looks completely different on her than it does on me! This probably won’t be one for everyone.
These are sometimes referred to as the Extra Creamy Round Lipsticks which is a spot on description. These are so intensely creamy and glide on to the lips like butter. They all have that gorgeous glossy finish. Usually the creamier and glossier the lipstick, the shorter the wear time but with these, that isn’t the case. I often wear these to work and while I top them up after eating (more out of habit than necessity) they continue to look great throughout the day even if the sheen dulls a bit. These are another of my favourite NYX formulas!
There are ninety shades of these available on the US website with a whopping fifty nine of those on the Boots website at only €5.75 each. I can’t seem to find them on any other Irish websites but I have picked all of mine up from various NYX stands I have visited so they are out there.
There was a major buzz online when NYX’s Macaron Lippies were released, mainly because it was one of the first times a drugstore brand had released a range of out-there colours. I love a good bold lipstick and if you’re in the same boat as me, you’re going to want to check out this line.
05 Violet is a true light purple colour and the only shade in this range that I picked up. I can get a little carried away when makeup shopping so I had to take a cold hard look at myself and realistically ask myself if I need a lipstick in every colour of the rainbow.
Despite my brain saying of course I did, I ended up with just this one. Okay I probably won’t be wearing it to Tesco any time but it is just so fun!
If anything though, it is a reason to find an excuse to wear it.
The formula of these is super soft. So soft, in fact, that when twisting the bullet up and down, some of the product has been dragged off the bullet. It is pretty messy but the pigmentation is phenomenal, especially considering the unique colour. There is a glossiness to the finish and it is really comfortable on the lips.
There are twelve shades of these available on the NYX website but only three are on the Boots website where they cost €7.75 each. I can’t seem to find them anywhere else although you may be able to find a UK or European website.
Wicked Lippies didn’t take off the way the Macaron ones did and in terms of colour, I think these are much nicer as they all have a unique metallic finish.
01 Betrayal is a high shine metallic royal purple and my younger Goth self would have died for this lipstick.
Even if you’re recoiling in horror at the thought of rocking a deep purple lipstick, you have to admit that the colour is just so beautiful!
I would definitely wear this to a gig or festival exactly like it is here – with an otherwise quite neutral look. Am I mad? Or just madly in love with the shade?
04 Wrath is the most unusual warm brown with a gold metallic sheen that shifts orange/peach in the light. I was sent this one and it is definitely one that I would never in a million years have picked out for myself.
I am not fond of the colour on my face as I think it pulls to brown but I think this would be absolutely incredible on very dark skin.
Although I don’t like it on me, that close-up photo on my lips is so stunning. Huge kudos to NYX for creating a completely individual colour.
12 Envy is a high shine metallic royal blue and I have a total thing for blue lipsticks! In case you can’t tell from my logo…
I know most people (myself included) would have a hard time going outside wearing one but I think they can look so flattering. We wear blue-toned reds so there is definitely something there!
I have seen quite a number of brands do blue lipsticks lately like Jeffree Star and Kat Von D but I think the finish on this one makes it an absolute stunner, even if it is confined between the walls of my bedroom.
The Wicked Lippies have quite a lot of slip to them and I found that they needed a few layers to reach maximum opacity, particularly with Envy. Despite the metallic finish, they don’t contain glitter so don’t feel gritty on the lips. Instead they’re creamy and comfortable to wear. There were twelve shades released with eleven of those available from the Boots website at €7.75 a piece.
Soft Matte Lip Creams
Soft Matte Lip Cream are having a bit of a moment, at least in the circles I move in. The girls I work with seem to be collecting every shade and so I had to get in on the action for myself.
06 Istanbul is a pink. I thought that this would be a little more nude or beige than it actually is but it is definitely a soft pink.
As I mentioned already, I don’t veer towards pink shades since changing my hair colour but this is still subtle enough for me to get away with.
I have been pairing this with darker, more dramatic eye looks so as not to take away from them.
10 Monte Carlo is a pinky red.
The pink tone adds a lightness to this red which I think makes it accessible to those who fear a full on red lip.
I was sent this shade but I love a good red so it is one I would have chosen for myself anyway. Definitely one to consider.
20 Copenhagen is a darker, morepurple-toned red.
I was slightly disappointed with this one, to be honest, because I thought it would be a little vampier and more dramatic.
It also applies a little unevenly which is quite apparent in this photo. There is one darker shade called Transylvania that I may need to try instead.
Despite these being very popular at the moment, I’m not actually a huge fan of the formula. They dry down to a soft matte finish – almost like a dull satin – and are comfortable on the lips but I found when reapplying the colour throughout the day, it could crack and after about four reapplications after lunch etc., it looked really scummy. I was also disappointed with the pay off and how uneven Copenhagen was so be weary if buying darker shades for that reason.
There are thirty four shades of these on the NYX website including some crazy blues and purples that I’ve never seen before but only twenty two more neutral shades are available on the Boots website for €7.75 each or the Littlewoods website for €11. (That’s some mark up!)
Liquid Suedes are one of NYX’s latest releases (over here anyway) and they are being advertised heavily on the Boots website at the moment. I assumed they would be a liquid to matte lipstick based on the name but they are more of a cream finish. They also take quite a while to dry down.
01 Stone Fox is a true cement grey. I know, yeah, am I mad? Why did I buy this colour? I actually love it.
It’s totally unwearable in most every day situations but just look at how unique it is. I’m a marketer’s dream.
What impressed me most about this is the pigmentation. It can’t be easy making a grey lipstick.
12 Vintage is a burgundy with a hint of film noir about it. It is another wonderfully unusual colour, although this one you may actually wear.
I can honestly say I don’t own anything like it. The burgundy leans a little brown which really gives it that vintage feel.
If you’re a fan of a darker, vampier lip, I highly recommend giving this one a go.
The formula of these is comfortable and as I mentioned, doesn’t dry down completely matte. If you were tossing up between the Soft Matte Lip Creams and these, I would definitely steer you in this direction instead.
There are twelve shades available, all of which are on the Boots website for €9.25 a piece
I am not a huge fan of lip gloss but there was such a buzz surrounding the NYX Butter Glosses that I simply had to try them for myself to see what all the fuss was about.
02 Eclair is a soft baby pink and a very girly shade.
I’m not a pink person but I usually pair it with a darker neutral pink liner so this adds just a high shine finish.
It’s pretty and a great every day shade if you like to keep things simple.
07 Tiramisu is more of a beige nude gloss.
This is more the colour of gloss that I usually go for on the rare occasions I do opt for a gloss.
I pair this with one of the NYX nude lip pencils for an understated but super glossy mouth.
The formula of these is beautiful with a cushiony feel on the lips without any stickiness or tackiness. They wear well too because they are a thicker gloss formula. Despite not being a gloss girl, I do find myself reaching for these quite often. My only issue is that because they are quite sheer, the shades aren’t too dissimilar when paired with a lip liner so I probably won’t pick up any more shades for as long as I have these two.
There are thirty four shades available with twenty two of them on the Boots website for €7 each or eight on Sam McCauley’s and there is also an Intense range (€7.75) with more opaque colours which I haven’t tried for myself yet.
Glam Lip Gloss
02 Do The Hustle is a sparkling gold glitter suspended in a clear gloss.
I wouldn’t normally go for a sparkly lip gloss but I was sent this before Christmas and I honestly got so much wear out of it over the party season, particularly over Electra.
The glitter particles aren’t large or obvious so it just adds a beautiful sheen to your lips. The formula isn’t as thick as the Butter Gloss so it is ideal for layering over other lipsticks. I probably wouldn’t pick up any more shades but it is handy to have one glittery lip top coat in your arsenal.
There were sixteen shades of these released with only six of them available on the Boots website for ten euro each.
For comparison’s sake, here are the wands from the four glosses and cream lipsticks. The Butter Gloss and Soft Matte Lip Cream have the exact same standard doe foot applicator. The Glam Lip Gloss applicator is quite straight which is ideal for dabbing it in the centre of the lips or wherever you fancy. The Liquid Suede applicator looks the strangest of the lot but I actually found it quite easy to work with so there isn’t a dud among them.
Overall NYX are an incredible brand especially when it comes to lip products! These are all the types I have but there are even more out there that I have yet to try. Hopefully this helped you if you were tossing up between the many choices.
What is your favourite NYX lip product?
Disclaimer: The Slim Lip Pencil in Pumpkin, Round Lipstick in Electra, Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo and Glam Lip Gloss in Do The Hustle were sent to me as PR samples. I am under no obligation to mention them on my blog and it does not affect my opinion of the products in any way.
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