NYX Round Lipstick Haul – Review and Swatches
Sorry for the slight lapse in my suddenly close-together posting. xD Just as my cat-eaten arm is starting to recovery I’ve been hit with one heck of a flu. The last two days were spent sleeping and it’s only the magical power of insomnia that has allowed me to write up this post to post later today. 8D Sick people get more sympathy comments right?
As I posted before, I recently went on a major NYX product binge. Included in this binge were about 9 of NYX’s classic round lipsticks. 6 were purchased along with the rest of my NYX haul for BeautyJoint and the other 3 were purchased from eBay/Amazon seller MsssKel (they were colors that were sold out at BJ.)
Included in my purchase were two of the new Summer 2011 colors: Marrakesh Pink and Peach Bellini. One was a hit and one was a miss. Want to find out which? Read on!
I placed my order with Beauty Joint on May 25th. It was finished processing on the same day and shipped out on that same day. I received my package the next day! Yup! Everything took place over the course of a single day! It was pretty spectacular. Everything was well packaged in an envelope, with lots of bubble wrap.
Shipping cost $5.10 for Priority Mail and I used the code TINYTEA to get $2.46 off my total. There was a handling fee of $1 and they did charge CA sales tax. My total came to $57.38 – pretty good for what I purchased! (6 Lipsticks, 1 Smokey Look Kit and 3 mystery items that I have yet to review so will not yet reveal!) Each lipstick cost $1.99 each at BJ.
I chose to purchase from MsssKel’s Amazon because, at the time, the prices were much better. I placed my order on May 23rd, it was shipped same day and I received it on May 26th – same day as Beauty Joint’s order! The lipsticks came in a neat little NYX box (bulk packaging I imagine, the words on the box were crossed out in permanent marker.) No melting or damage to the three lipsticks. The total was $12.86 for the three lipsticks and shipping. Each lipstick was $4 give or take a few cents (not sure why that was the case.)
Obviously, BeautyJoint had superior prices and shipping times. But they do occasionally sell out of certain colors, whereas MsssKel always seems to be in stock. Onto the review!
I found that the accuracy on these lipsticks was hit and miss. Either the bottom of the lipstick, the website swatch, or the color of the stick itself don’t match up with the color that ultimately ends up on your lips. Of all the shades, I think that Electra, Eros and Spell Bound are the most overall accurate. Circe is the least accurate with there being no hint of the pink undertone in either the bottom or official swatch. Femme is less of the reddish/orange shade depicted and closer to a rose on me. Peach Bellini is the same case (not a coral or peach shade at all!) Marrakesh Pink is also more of an ice pink than the slightly coral shade shown.
The above image may be a little confusing, so let me explain. Obviously these are the lipsticks swatched on my arm. The mini pictures on the left are the official NYX swatches, the mini pictures on the right are my close up shots of the lipsticks themselves. Get it? I hope so!
Like color accuracy, pigmentation was a mixed bag. The darker shades definitely show through with incredible power. They’re not too buildable but one run through is all you really need. Some of the colors (Circe, Marrakesh Pink) weren’t very even on my already-pink lips. Prepare for the deluge of lip pictures!
I can’t say these are the most moisturizing lipsticks ever, because they’re just not. This doesn’t mean they’re drying, but they don’t look quite as nice on dry lips. I do have to re-apply 2-3 times throughout the day and it does require a mirror. These do stain and never quite settle on the lips – there’s always the risk of transferring. Most of the colors feel very smooth and not sticky at all. ‘
The one EXCEPTION is Marrakesh Pink. I’m not sure how they managed to mess one shade up as much as they did this one. It’s so drying, settles into cracks and feels GRITTY on my lips.
It’s clear why these are classics. Plentiful colors, affordable prices and relatively good pigmentation make these an easy buy. But they aren’t reliable in terms of color accuracy, wear and the formula is clearly not the same for every color.
Price: $1.99 (Beauty Joint) / ~$4.00 (MsssKel)
Color Accuracy: 6/10
Do you own any NYX round lipsticks? What shades? Are you excited about any of the new shades?