Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NYX has arrived in Ireland

NYX Cosmetics have arrived in Ireland.. I know, I know.. you probably all know this by now but its still very exciting news.

In my opinion drugstore or chemist makeup has taken two very different turns, some brands are getting quite expensive (you wouldn't get a lip product for less than 10 euro) and while these are great products I still feel slightly ripped off that my affordable makeup is working out so expensive.  On the budget end of things you can pick up some great products for a couple of euro but you do sacrifice packaging and especially on lip products the smell and texture.

NYX Cosmetics jump straight into the arena with great products at affordable pricing.  I had picked up a few NYX products when I was in America - I didn't want to pick up too many and become attached to something I couldn't readily get my hands on- I of course had to pick up a Butter Gloss (€6.49) which are outstanding.  I am as you may know a fan of bold colours so I went for Strawberry Parfait.  Butter glosses leave your lips feeling like they are having a lip treatment, glossy soft colour with a pretty delicate fragrance (I often find the fragrance on drugstore lip products a bit overwhelming). I was raging I didn't pick up more Butter Glosses.






Butter Glosses give soft delicate colour - probably not where you want to go if you want intense lip colour (its ok thought cause NYX have you covered if you do want intense colour) but there is a reason they are top of every bloggers list - they are affordable, offer pretty colour and they feel amazing on the lips.

If your looking for bright intense lip colour I highly recommend picking up a Soft Matt Lip Cream.  I have the colour Addis Ababa which of course is a hot hot pink.  I love this nearly as much as the Butter Gloss.  It is a matt but it isn't drying on the lips.  NYX really hit it out of the park with Soft Matt Lip Creams and Butter Glosses showing that you can have an affordable yet great quality lip product and still have change from a tenner for a cup of coffee.  




NYX Lipstick (€5.49) in Indian Pink* is somewhat out of my comfort zone, its a little bit frosty and a little bit pale for my liking but a nice comfortable lip colour to wear.  I think its great there is a colour indicator at the bottom of the bullet to let you know what shade it is.  To be honest I would be more of a fan of the Butter Gloss or the Soft Matt Lip Cream than the lipstick.






NYX have an absolutely huge selection of eye liners (its actually quite mind boggling to be honest with you) from the Eye/Eyebrow Pencil* (€4.99) that I have in Seaform Green to the Kohl Kajal Liner* (€7.49).  Their Selection of eye liners doesn't stop there, they also have Felt Tip Liners (€10.99) and their Innovative The Curve Liner (€15.99) which shape makes it easier to line the eye.
While I LOVE the lip products the liner to me are ok for the price.  I found Sea foam Green quite stiff to use but it can also be used as a brown pencil (perhaps not the green shade) so perhaps it would be better for that purpose.  The Kohl liner is softer but I would probably leave these and buy more lip products.  
Below are a smudge out Seafoan Green and the Kajal liner which is a very pretty intense black

If you have ever watched an American You Tuber you will have heard about NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, back in the day I don't think there was a makeup look where XSparkage didn't use the Jumbo Pencil in Milk on her inner eyes.  When I was in America the stand was cleared out of the colour Milk which shows the continued popularity of the product.

I never quite managed to get my hands on milk but at €4.99 I will be picking it up soon.  I have the colours Rocky Mountain Green* and Cashmere* to show you today.  These sticks can be used as all over eye colour, as a eye shadow base, as a liner or as a inner corner highlight shade.  They are creamy and soft.  I have oily lids so I wouldn't use them by themselves (everything creases on me), they are so handy to have in your collection and these two shades are perfect for a bright summery look (these would be perfect in your holiday makeup bag).  NYX also have Jumbo Lip Pencils (their stands really do spoil us).


In case you wanted a specific Eyebrow pencil - an automatic one with a angled nib and brush on the end - yep you guessed it NYX have you covered for that too




As well as a million different pencil products NYX also have a number of eye shadow palettes I have the Love in Florence in the shade Eat, Love, Be Fab* (€9.99) for 5 shades.


This is a very pretty combination of colours, while they don't seem to swatch very well they apply on the lids very well (apart maybe from the patchy dark brown colour).  I used the Cashmere Jumbo Stick underneath for some added pop of colour.





Are you still with me?  Good  Next up is the The Bronzer and Blusher Combo* (€9.99) in Ibiza (lots of the products are named after places) which is a very handy and very cute bronzer and blusher combo (quite similar to me to some that Stila release).  The Matt Bronzer is paired with a soft shimmery blush - again perfect for a holiday makeup bag (maybe I really just want to go on Holidays).  I adore this little duo, its packaging is study and cute.  I wish the cheek shade wasn't as shimmery.... I guess that means Ill just have to check out more of them.








In my opinion the NYX Blush* are another winner - the shade Natural is that, looks pretty but nothing too exciting in the pan, on the cheeks BOOM your face has a pretty and natural glow.  I love the soft matt but not chalky shade (I prefer this blush than the one in the bronzer/blush duo).









So NYX have a ton of great products - and we haven't even looked at or mentioned the fact that they make foundation, concealer, mascara, powder and LIQUID HIGHLIGHTERS (we will have more on them soon).

My advice would be head straight for the Butter Gloss, Soft Matt Lip Creams and the Blush.  I really want to check out their Finishing Sprays and Primers and see how they stand up - Imagine a drugstore company making a finishing spray... how brilliant is that.

I cant wait to get my hands on a NYX Stand see a complete list of stockists here.
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