Monday, April 28th, 2014

NYX Merengue Butter Gloss
NYX Merengue Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is supposed to have sheer to medium color coverage, a non-sticky texture, and be a hydrating formula. They feel really creamy going on, and they’re comfortable to wear with a lightly tacky texture that doesn’t feel heavy. The wear is slightly below average (three hours), but for something with as much creaminess, it is decent. Something I kept experiencing was just uneven coverage, though, where the color tended to settle into lip lines and/or look splotchy applied. I think they work better as a layering product (over lipstick or the like), rather than alone. The formula has a sweet, vanilla scent and was lightly hydrating.

NYX Merengue Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink lilac.” It’s a cool-toned, light cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a cream finish. It’s the type of milky pink that looks pretty in the tube, but it doesn’t work as well on its own as the color settles into lip lines. It had semi-opaque pigmentation. This one applies better than many iterations I’ve tried, but it doesn’t look great by itself–it’s really a product that would be better layered over a lipstick or lip liner. The gloss wore three hours on me. MAC Pure Silliness (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Carousel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Patentpink (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. MAC Long Love Love (P, $19.50) is similar. MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Saint Germain (LE, $15.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Strawberry Parfait Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “fuchsia.” It’s a medium, cool-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which applied so-so; it blended in more with the natural lip color, which helped camouflage the unevenness, but it was there. This shade wore well for two and a half hours on me. NARS Angelika (P, $26.00) is less glossy. Chanel Baie Rose (89) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is a touch lighter. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Sugar Cookie Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright fuchsia.” It’s a medium-dark, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, which applied somewhat evenly but it did look splotchy at times. This shade wore well for three and a half hours. NARS Priscilla (P, $26.00) is brighter, redder. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is shimmery, darker. Urban Decay Crush (P, $19.00) is purpler. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

NYX Desert Rose Blush
NYX Desert Rose Blush

NYX Desert Rose Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte burgundy pink.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark, pink-berry with a soft, pearly finish. Burberry Hydrangea Pink (P, $42.00) is is lighter. MAC Supernova (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, slightly more muted. NARS Mata Hari (P, $29.00) is a touch more matte, cooler-toned. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is warmer, darker. Milani Bella Rosa (11) (P, $7.99) is brighter. Clinique Berry Pop (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is slightly more muted, matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX describes their powder blush formula in a way that’s pretty confusing: “delivers sheer, silky color that glides on,” followed by “the formula is richly-pigmented and lasts for hours.” ULTA’s description says “highly pigmented,” “rich color,” and “rich pigmentation.” I’m going to interpret that as a more buildable formula that can be applied more subtly but is still very pigmented and can be applied with true-to-pan color, but I think NYX should clarify or update their description to avoid confusion. It is nicely pigmented with fairly true-to-pan color payoff, and the texture is soft, a little powdery, but blendable on the skin, which is much appreciated given the brightness of this shade. The color wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2014

NYX Apple Strudel Butter Gloss
NYX Apple Strudel Butter Gloss

NYX Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “sheer to medium coverage” gloss that can be worn alone or over lipstick and “is never sticky.” The formula is also supposed to “provide nourishment.” They have a creamy, light-to-medium-weight consistency that glides on, feels comfortable, and is lightly tacky (they gradually get a little tackier as they wear on as well). The formula has a sweet, vanilla scent. As described, coverage varies from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. They wear two to three hours on me, on average, and they were slightly hydrating.

NYX Apple Strudel Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peachy-pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, but it didn’t apply evenly and had a tendency to settle into lip lines–especially over time. It lasted for three hours on me. NARS Chihuahua (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is darker. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Talk Softly to Me (LE, $15.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Cherry Cheesecake Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as an “orange.” It’s a softened,, medium orange with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it settled slightly into lip lines, but because it was a deeper color, it didn’t seem as noticeable at a normal viewing distance (only really, really up-close). It wore well for three hours on me. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is a bit darker, less glossy. MAC Cheerful (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NYX Maple Blondie Butter Gloss ($5.00 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep peach.” It’s a muted, medium warm-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, and it wasn’t as prone to settling as Apple Strudel, but it didn’t apply flawlessly–just a little unevenness, a bit of settling. The color lasted for two and a half hours on me. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is sheerer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Go for Girlie (LE, $20.00) is darker, pinker. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is darker. MAC Talk Softly to Me (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Please Me (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

NYX Powder Blush

NYX Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) comes in 27 shades (at least, that’s what I counted on their website), and I recently purchased 12 shades to swatch and (possibly) review. Not sure when/if I’ll have a chance to review all of them, but I know I’ll have a few reviews, at least. I can, however, promise you photos and swatches. :) You’ll also find these have been added to the Swatch Gallery/Dupe List features! Now, let’s take a look at the last six… (I you missed the first part, check it out here!)

Desert Rose is described as a “matte burgundy pink.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark, pink-berry with a soft, pearly finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dusty Rose is described as a “matte rose pink.” It’s a light-medium, rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Flamingo is described as a “baby pink with blue tone.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mauve is described as a “matte light mauve.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Taupe is described as a “matte taupe.” It’s a dark, cool-toned brown with a satin-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bourgeois Pig is described as a “dusty pink with slight blue undertones.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark pink with a subtle, satin finish and cool undertones. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

NYX Powder Blush

NYX Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0. oz.) comes in 27 shades (at least, that’s what I counted on their website), and I recently purchased 12 shades to swatch and (possibly) review. Not sure when/if I’ll have a chance to review all of them, but I know I’ll have a few reviews, at least. I can, however, promise you photos and swatches. :) You’ll also find these have been added to the Swatch Gallery/The Dupe List features! Now, let’s take a look at the first six…

Apricot is described as a “pink peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark pink coral with a satin finish. The gold shimmer is very subtle in this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Summer Peach is described as a “peachy pink with gold reflects.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with a semi-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pinched is described as a “coral pink with gold iridescence.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with a soft golden shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peach is described as a “matte baby pink.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. (Why is it called PEACH!) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cinnamon is described as a “matte bright orange.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned orange with a satin finish. I wouldn’t call it matte, as when it blends out, it develops a soft sheen–subtle but there. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Garden is described as a “pink with gold reflects.” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Now that 2014 has kicked off, and I’m sure you’ve heard that Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid.  I know we’ll see plenty of new introductions of the color throughout the year, but I know that we’ve seen the color before–and you may already have some in your stash!  Here are a few of my picks for wearing radiant orchid on your lips or your tips…

What are your favorite orchid-hued lip colors and nail polishes?

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