NYX Wonder Stick Review

Contouring and highlighting have become mainstays in my makeup routine, but I’ve been sticking primarily to powders to get the job done. I saw the NYX Wonder Stick at Target and figured, why not give it a go? It seems like all the rage in those mini Instagram videos I’m always seeing, blending the cream products into face sculpted perfection. And the price point was perfect for trying out something new.

The box give step-by-step written and visual instructions for using the product, which I think is great even for those not so new to the whole makeup game. I definitely used the pictures as a reference, although I didn’t follow them strictly.

The duo comes in a double ended twist up stick which is fine, except I noticed that the cover sometimes comes loose just from being bounced around with other products in my drawer.

There are I think three different shade options this comes in, I ended up getting the universal shade because that’s what was left. The contour isn’t bad, it glides on easily and the actual color isn’t too bad. It’s a bit warmer than I’d like for a true contour shade, but I found that it blended pretty easily with a brush (I used the Sigma angled kabuki). On my skin it’s not super pigmented, I did need to build it up after the initial layer and blending to make it more visible. The highlight shade I wasn’t crazy about for using as shown in the pictures because it has some shimmer to it. Instead, I used a lighter concealer to brighten up under my eyes, bridge of my nose, center of my forehead, chin and Cupid’s bow. I used the highlight stick like I use my powder highlight, just on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, and Cupid’s now. I’m not in love with it, I still wanted to put my usual powder over it to get more glow.

You might notice that I don’t show any pictures of me wearing this to accompany the review. That’s because I wanted to test it out a few time before taking photos so I could get a feel for the best way to use it, but it broke me out! Everywhere I put the contour was affected. It took forever to clear up and I just couldn’t bring myself to give it another go.

So here’s the breakdown.

Packaging. Overall it’s functional, not super fancy, but fine. The covers can get loose so something to keep an eye on. Rating: 3/5

Performance: I can’t sing many praises here mainly due to it causing a breakout. I also wasn’t liking the shimmer in the highlight side, but the shade of the contour was okay. It blended easily with a kabuki brush without any crazy streaking. Rating: 2/5

Price: Probably the best part of this product. At $6.79 a pop, it’s a steal. I’m glad I didn’t spend a ton on a product that I’m probably never going to use again. Rating: 5/5

Total rating: 3.3/5

I’m obviously not buying this stuff or using it again, but if it hadn’t freaked out my skin I probably would have enjoyed it more. It was kind of fun playing around with a new contour/highlight method, I just wish it hadn’t been so short lived.

Has anyone else given the NYX Wonder Stick a try? What did you think?

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NYX Proof It! Waterproof Mascara Topcoat Review

I was excited to see the NYX Proof It! Waterproof Mascara Topcoat on the shelves at Target the other day because mascara smudges under my eyes are my biggest makeup foe. Regardless of the formula being waterproof, I still to some degree get some smudges. The one product I’ve found to combat this is the Clarins Double-Fix (review here), which is a similar product that will turn any mascara waterproof after application and prevents the ‘panda-eyed’ look. Except it’s also more than twice the price of what NYX is offering ($24 versus $7.99).

The NYX Proof It! is essentially the same kind of product. You apply a coat or two after applying your mascara and voila! Your mascara should be waterproofed, long-lasting, and smudge-less. The product comes in a typical mascara tube with a thin, skinny brush. The mascara itself is a semi-opaque gel, it’s a little difficult to even tell if there’s any product on the brush when you remove it from the tube. The packaging here is pretty average, nothing mind-blowing.

So how does it perform? Pretty well actually! I didn’t go swimming with this stuff on, but I do get significantly less smudging when I use it with both regular and waterproof mascara and it helps to hold a curl. I did notice that if you don’t brush it through well, you can kind of see the product dry onto your lashes. I did do some moderate to full on sweaty workouts wearing this and my mascara held up despite the sweat dripping down my face. I did notice some flaking though, but only after a workout (I guess from all the jumping around doing T25). I do still get a hint of smudging, but not the crazy raccoon eyes I’d typically get. I do feel like the Clarins Double-Fix has a superior performance to this (no residue, flaking, and even less smudging), but for about 8 bucks a pop, this stuff isn’t bad! It’s easier to remove than the Double-Fix despite it being waterproof.

I think the NYX Proof It! is definitely worth a try. I still love the Double-Fix, but I’ll keep using this more on a daily basis and reserve the Double-Fix for special occasions. Have you tried this product yet? What did you think?

P.S. Sorry for the late post, we just got back last night after the travel day from HELL. Needless to say, I was expecting to have time yesterday to get this post ready for today, but let’s just say our return flights did not go as smoothly as our departure. More on that later, but I just wanted to say I’m happy to be home and I’ll be catching up the best I can this week with reading everyone’s posts, comments, and putting up my own. It may take me awhile to get back on schedule so please bear with me! Hope you all are having a great start to the week!

Product Rave: NYX Butter Glosses

I think a fair few people would agree that the NYX Butter Glosses are pretty amazing. Since trying the NYX Intense Butter Glosses (review here), I’ve come to appreciate them even more and thought they deserved a special mention.

The NYX Butter Glosses come in the standard tube and is color coordinated with it’s respective shade. I have Creme Brule (light nude pink), Tirmisu (tan rosy nude), Vanilla Cream Pie (baby pink), Apple Strudel (peachy pink), and Strawberry Parfait (bright fuchsia). These glosses have a light vanilla scent and no flavor. They glide on smoothly and add a nice wash of color to the lips. They don’t have that super sticky feel and aren’t heavy at all. They actually do adhere well to the lips and for a gloss do have pretty good staying power as long unless you’re eating and drinking. They even feel pretty moisturizing too!

I do usually wear these over a lipstick or lipliner because my lips already have so much color to them. Usually it’s to enhance a color of a lipstick or even to tone one down. Creme Brule might put over a pink lipstick to make it more nude, or conversely, if I feel like a lipstick is giving me that ‘dead’ lip look, I like to apply Vanilla Cream Pie over it. I do find that I can wear Tiramisu and Strawberry Parfait on their own and still have good color payoff.

For my lip swatches I decided to nude out my lips to give you guys a better idea of how each color actually looks, mostly for consistency because my natural lip color competes so much with lightest shades.

I think the main reason I prefer these over the Intense Butter Glosses is that despite them being less pigmented, the shade selection is more flattering on my skintone. The Intense Butter Glosses I have are on the cooler side and I do need to work a little harder to get an opaque application because my lips are so pigmented. Because the originals are a bit sheerer, they just work more automatically.

I can’t say enough about the NYX Butter Glosses. I’m pretty sure you’ve already tried them already, but if not I think you’ll love them!

NYX Intense Butter Gloss Review

I finally got around to breaking the seal on the NYX Intense Butter Glosses I got more than a week ago. I picked up the shades that I thought would be perfect for when summer finally decides to roll around: Napoleon (medium pink), Banana Split (peachy orange), Sorbet (pale pink). From the brand’s website:

“Smother your lips with a silky gloss bursting with color! Our Intense Butter Gloss has the same mouth-watering texture and scent of the original formula with even more color payoff in 12 new delectable shades.”

This reinvention of the NYX Butter Glosses (probably my favorite drugstore lipgloss) comes in the same tube, but more opaque plastic with a shiny black cover. They also have a flat applicator versus the more doe foot shaped applicator of it’s predecessor. I did find this aided in spreading the gloss over my lips. There is also a sweet scent to these that doesn’t linger too long. When swatching them on my forearm, I did find them to be quite pigmented, however I did do a double swipe to get an opaque swatch.

Top: Napoleon, Sorbet, Banana Split; Bottom: swatched Napoleon, Banana Split, Sorbet (I meant to swatch them in the same order as the above picture, didn’t realize until later that I was off. Oops!)

When I started applying the gloss to my lips the first time, I thought the formula was a bit too thick and sticky for my taste. But once you smooth them out it’s fine and they aren’t overly stick once they’ve settled on the lips. I did find that Sorbet and Banana Split did not apply as evenly as Napoleon. With Napoleon I got even, rich coverage with the first application. I did have to layer the Banana Split and Sorbet twice to get the color and coverage shown in the photos, but I actually prefer them a little more sheer on me anyway. Banana Split is definitely an out of my comfort zone shade for me. If it was a matte finish I’d probably feel more comfortable with it at it’s full intense color, but it was a bit much for me with the shine. Sorbet was a little too cool my skin tone, but still wearable. Napoleon was the sure winner for me in terms of color and application. I didn’t try any of the darkest shades in the range, but I’m guessing they would have worked well on my already dark colored lips.

Top to bottom: Banana Split, Napoleon, Sorbet

There are a few things I want to note regarding the application and wear of these:

  • Exfoliate. The lighter shades tended to cling to any flakes on my lips.
  • Wipe the excess gloss from the applicator. It made it easier to spread and less likely for any excess product to pool in the center of my lips. You can blot and apply another thin layer if problematic.
  • Banana Split tends to bleed, you may want to use a lipliner with this one.
  • These aren’t market to be long wearing and they aren’t. They transfer easily to a drinking glass and will fade with a meal. Expect to touch up.

I’ll probably end up pairing Banana Split and Sorbet with lipstick to make them more wearable on me. Napoleon I love on it’s own. Overall, I do like these, it’s not love, but I like them enough to pick up Tres Leches (nude pink), which wasn’t available when I bought these. That shade is right up my alley. There are a couple of darker ones I like, but I’ll probably wait until this fall before deciding if I want to try them.

I definitely think the NYX Intense Butter Glosses are worth a try, if you have any thoughts on them please share!

NYX High Voltage Lipstick Review

I was seeing so many people posting about the new NYX lipsticks and glosses that I couldn’t wait any longer and headed to Ulta last week. I picked up three of the High Voltage Lipsticks in French Kiss, Sweet 16, and Flutter Kiss which are all the type of shade I usually gravitate towards. I also grabbed a few Intense Butter Glosses during the trip, but I’ve been so busy since then I haven’t even tried them yet! Anyway, time to get back on track.

The NYX High Voltage Lipsticks don’t come in the typical lipstick packaging. They are enclosed in a thinner, longer tube that to me is reminiscent of a Soft Lips balm. The cover is clear so you can see the color in the tube. Nothing super fancy, but it’s NYX so I’m fine with that. They also have a sweet scent that’s not overpowering.

I was expecting them to swatch pretty opaquely, but they needed a couple of swipes to build up the color. French Kiss (pale pink) was a little lighter & cooler toned than I was expecting. Sweet 16 (medium pink) and Flutter Kiss (mauve nude) looked just like the color on the tube. The formula gives a cream finish and they glide easily on the lips. The two pink shades tended to accentuate any dry patches and settle into the lines of my mouth, but the mauve was fine on that end.

To be quite honest, I was pretty disappointed with these lipsticks when I applied them on my lips. I know my lips are on the darker side, but with a name like ‘high voltage’ I was expecting them to be a lot more opaque. I had to really layer the lightest pink shade on to build the color; the darkest shade wasn’t so bad. I also tried them without applying lip balm and that didn’t make a difference. I did note on the Ulta website that they instruct you to use their primer before application which may be my issue here because I don’t have it. And I don’t want to have to use their primer to get good color payoff either. I don’t only have darker lips, but I also have a naturally darker lip line and I would need to nude them out with a concealer to wear these alone. I just didn’t think they were that much more pigmented than a regular lipstick and I expected them to be opaque in one swipe. There is no claim in regards to lasting power, but they stayed on for almost two hours before fading on me, I had to reapply after eating lunch as well. The other issue I have with these is that they are about $2 more than their Round Lipsticks and have less product (4 g vs. 2.5 g). If the product was significantly better I wouldn’t care so much, but I feel the two Round Lipsticks that I have, Tea Rose and Thalia, are preferable to these.

Ultimately, I was not impressed by these on their own and I don’t really see myself repurchasing them. I like that they have a wide color selection, but I wish the pigmentation lived up to it’s name. I read some reviews after formulating my own thoughts and everyone else loves them, so this might just be me.

But, all was not lost on these. I paid $6 for each of them and you better believe I’m getting my money’s worth.

I played around with pairing them with lipliner or lipgloss to make them work. For the lightest shade, which does not suit my skin tone at all, I found that layering Vanilla Cream Pie over it made it the perfect baby pink lip that I love. I used my Rimmel liner in Eastend Snob under Sweet Sixteen and Natural under Flutter Kiss and it helped to make the color apply more evenly and actually to my surprise changed the finish to be more satin. It also prolonged the wear to about four to five hours and even survived a meal (a non-greasy meal).

Although I wasn’t the happiest with these lipsticks, I’m glad they at least worked better with some reinforcement and I’ve been enjoying the French Kiss  + Vanilla Cream Pie combo since I started tried these out. I think this product will work better on you if your lips aren’t as dark as mine. I also didn’t pick up any of the darker shades which may have worked better on me.

Did the NYX High Voltage Lipsticks meet your expectations?

Shop my stash: NYX Round Lipsticks in Thalia & Tea Rose

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These two lipsticks have been sorely neglected and I’m glad to have picked them up again. I have this problem where I buy too many makeup products at once and then bounce too quickly from one to another. Somehow these NYX Round Lipsticks in Thalia and Tea Rose got lost in the mix.

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NYX Round Lipsticks in Thalia (L) & Tea Rose (R).

These lipsticks have a cream finish and the colors are beautiful. Thalia is a mauve and Tea Rose is a medium pink. Because my lips are already darker, I like to pair this with a nude lip liner before application. This helps them last a bit longer as they are a cream formula. They glide on beautifully and I’m glad I rediscovered these with spring (hopefully) around the corner. Expect to have to retouch these, especially after a meal, but they apply easily so it’s not a huge deal to me.

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L: Tea Rose; R: Thalia. Please excuse the lighting, both are taken in natural light, but it changes in the blink of an eye!

These were hugely popular a few years back so I’m sure many people already have these, but if not they are definitely worth a try!