NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Maroon – Review and Swatch
These glosses are the stuff that answers prayers. I know that’s a major spoiler alert for this review, but I figured I’d let you know. Just in case you were planning on buying some OTHER gloss before these.
Like I discussed in my review of MAC’s Prrr, I never understood high priced glosses. But I do OCCASIONALLY like a sheer or shiny lip, so glosses aren’t something I can just not-buy. As such, I have made it a point to try out a couple of different glosses. ESPECIALLY cheap ones!
NYX prices their glosses at $5.50USD. But you’ll be able to find them for $3-4 on other sites, like Cherry Culture (who sells them for $3.99 USD.) It’s a very reasonable price when compared to the $7+ glosses of the drugstores or the $13+ department store glosses. And let’s not even get started on the ones that are over $20USD.
You will get 11ml or .39 fl/oz of gloss for that price. Again, that’s compared to … say, MAC’s $14.50USD for .17 fl/oz of gloss. It’s suddenly looking so so appealing!
Clear is…clear. I know that seems like a given but a lot of “clear” glosses I’ve bought have some sort of sheen, shimmer or iridescence. I first saw Maroon on Citrine’s blog around the end of August – back before I was considering the fall lip color trends. Back then, I knew I would eventually buy it, I was just waiting for the right time!
Maroon is probably a scarier color for most people, Citrine wore it sheered out on her post. But being that it’s fall, I think everyone needs a vampy color in their arsenal. Maroon is a great shade because it looks great on cool and warm skintones, pale beauties and tan babes. It can go a bit old lady if you don’t use it with caution but properly done it can totally hold its own against any crazy red shade.
The official swatch doesn’t do much to lessen the scariness of the shade! I think they really captured the color, but it’s really not as INTENSE when it’s applied.
It may be a little silly to give a rating on pigmentation when I only have one colored gloss in this review. But, I have tried other glosses in this line (ages ago!) and I can tell you that almost all of them, with some super glittery exceptions, are as pigmented as Maroon is! Uh…we’ll just ignore that one of the glosses is Clear. Haha!
This is a simple sweep with a little touch up around the edges. As you can see, the color is really pigmented and great!
I like the applicator they include with these glosses. I feel that the length and angle are perfect for getting a controlled application.
The narrowed tip and size are ideal for my lips. I can just sweep for most of my lips and touch up smaller areas with the tip.
The biggest issue I have to do with application is that you need to coat your lips evenly. It’s not hard to do with the applicator, but if you’re in a rush and coat unevenly – you’ll see some streakiness.
These are some of the best feeling lip glosses i’ve ever tried, including expensive department store brands. They’re smooth, they have plenty of slip but they ARE NOT STICKY. 100% sticky free. In fact, they border just south of oily for me – in a good way, like the way your lips feel after you’ve applied a pot gloss/balm.
The lasting power of these isn’t fabulous. I get maybe an hour if I don’t smush my lips or drink/eat. Maybe that’s why you get so much product? This is not a long-wearing gloss.
Color Accuracy: 9/10
Overall: 86.6 % (B+)
Now the real question is…what shades to get next?