Like the rest of the UK, I’ve been curious about NYX for ages and when it was finally available over here I grabbed several of the infamous lip products. Somehow I’ve ended up with five neutral shades which look almost identical in the tube. Luckily they look quite different on the lips (sort of), which is helped by the variety of finishes.
The first swatch is the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes. I really like the formula of these but they aren’t a liquid lipstick and don’t have the same staying power. I actually don’t mind that as I find them to wear off more evenly than a more long-wearing product, but I can see how it would be annoying to have to keep reapplying when you thought you were set for the day. They’re not drying, and I love the shade – it’s described as a ‘muted mauve’, but I think it’s more of a warm-neutral rose.
Second and third in the swatch picture are two Butter Glosses, in Angel Food Cake and Tiramisu. I’m not a gloss person usually but I do like these two. I don’t find them too sticky and although they have a fair whack of petroleum in them I don’t find them drying. The colours are pretty sheer but there is a difference on the lips between these two, despite them looking really rather similar. I’d definitely pick up a couple more colours in this formula – they’re great for whacking on when you’re in a hurry but want something more than lip balm.
The fourth swatch is the Butter lipstick in Pops (or Root Beer Float, depending on where you buy it). It’s a brilliant pinky-mauve with very slight brown hints, which is really easy to wear and close to my natural lip colour. It doesn’t last particularly long but it wears off evenly and isn’t drying at all. Again, I’ll be looking out for more colours soon. One thing though, the packaging feels really cheap, far more so than the glosses.
The last swatch, the Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken, is my least favourite. I like the colour (which is apparently a bit of a dupe of Kat von D’s Lolita) but the formula is patchy, sticky, and never seems to dry down properly. It flakes and goes a bit gunky on the lips, rather than fading nicely like the Soft Matte Lip Creams, and is just generally a bit crap.
So, basically, the Lip Creams, the Butter Glosses, and the Butter Lipsticks get a big paws up, and the Liquid Suedes are possibly best avoided unless you’re excellent at not touching your lips together during the day. NYX is available from Feel Unique, Asos, Boots (online and in selected stores), and Selfridges.
Have you tried any of the NYX lip products? What are your favourites?