Monday, June 15th, 2015

NYX Black Cherry Tart Intense Butter Gloss
NYX Black Cherry Tart Intense Butter Gloss

NYX Black Cherry Tart Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a blackened purple with warm, berry undertones and a cream finish. Unsurprisingly, the shade applied poorly as it was prone to streaking and pulling into those pesky lip lines. It was only semi-opaque, so the lack of coverage made all those application flaws particularly noticeable. Over a lip liner or lipstick, it could certainly work, but on its own, it is a bit messy. It lasted for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Flight of Fancy (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Urban Decay Apocalypse (P, $22.00) is lighter, warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Wet Violet (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter. MAC Modern Lure (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter. Dior Intrigue (995) (P, $35.00) is lighter, brighter. Urban Decay Apocalypse (P, $19.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Chocolate Crepe Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a plummy brown with warm, rosy undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly without drawing much attention to lip lines. The gloss wore well for four hours and wore away evenly while it didn’t dry or hydrate my lips. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter, less pigmented, warmer. MAC Looks Like Sin (LE, $20.00) is cooler. Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Drunk (320) (P, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, less pigmented. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shooting Stars (316) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Funnel Delight Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, neon light-medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly. The gloss seemed a little thinner compared to the other two, but it didn’t highlight lip lines much–I noticed it a little in the close-up photos but not in person. This shade stayed on well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Style Packed (LE, $15.00) is more muted. NYX Addis Ababa (P, $5.99) is less glossy. MAC Full Speed Ahead (P, $19.50) is darker, more muted. Estee Lauder Rosy Future (LE, $26.00) is darker, more muted. NYX Sugar Cookie (P, $5.00) is less pigmented. Bite Beauty Eleven (Watercolor) (LE, ) is darker, more muted, warmer. Urban Decay Scandal (P, $22.00) is darker, more muted. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: NYX Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a very pigmented gloss that “keeps lips soft and glossy without being sticky.” They are typically very pigmented, but some shades apply better than others; when they apply well, they’re really a great option for anyone who likes their gloss more pigmented. They have a medium-weight consistency that is heavier than the original Butter Gloss formula with light tackiness that develops over time. It’s not hydrating but not usually drying either. The gloss wears four hours on me on average, and the formula has a slight vanilla scent to me, but it seems a little synthetic (something off about it) but had no discernible taste to me.

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Saturday, June 13th, 2015

NYX Amber HD Blush
NYX Amber HD Blush

NYX Amber HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. The finish has a soft sheen to it that gives the a skin a nice glow without emphasizing pores or appearing overly shimmery. It had a soft, silky consistency that kicked up excess product in the pan, but it didn’t look powdery applied to the skin. The blush had mostly opaque coverage that was easily blended down or built to true-to-pan intensity in two layers. On me, it lasted seven and a half hours before fading. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is cooler. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is brighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is lighter. NARS Love (LE, $30.00) is cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Pink the Town HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s a light-medium, peachy-coral with warm undertones and just a hint of pink. It had a softly luminous finish, so it gave the skin a nice glow without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. It was somewhat powdery to work with, though I didn’t notice it looking powdery or dry on the skin, but be careful of excess powder accumulating in the pan. The blush blended easily, and it wore for seven hours on me. MAC Immortal Flower (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is darker. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is glossier. Hourglass Diffused Heat (P, $35.00) is cooler. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is glossier. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Formula Summary: NYX’s newest blush formula is supposed to be a “high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly” that is “vibrant and silky.” The texture tended to be on the more powdery side, but it sits well and doesn’t look powdery applied. Many shades have a more luminous finish to them where the shimmer is fine enough to create a glow, rather than a frosted finish (though a couple are quite shimmery). The formula blends fairly easily on the skin and has medium, buildable coverage with some being very pigmented right off the bat. The wear time is between seven and eight hours.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

NYX Apple Crisp Intense Butter Gloss
NYX Apple Crisp Intense Butter Gloss

NYX Apple Crisp Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a bold, bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly without pulling into lip lines. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, but it is heavier than the original formula of Butter Glosses. It developes light tackiness over time and lasts four hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating over time. There is a faint smell of vanilla but no discernible taste, but the scent seemed off in some way to me. MAC Victoriana (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is similar. Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is more muted. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Banana Split Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, light-medium peach-orange with warm undertones and a creamy, high-shine finish. While it had nearly full color coverage, the thicker consistency seemed to make very prone to settling into lip lines from the get-go. Even when I would try to smooth out the color, the color would sink right back into those lip lines. The gloss lasted for four hours, and the settling just worsened as I wore it. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is sheerer, darker. MAC Live It Up (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gypsy (204) (P, $28.00) is darker. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Berry Strudel Intense Butter Gloss ($5.99 for 0.27 fl. oz.) is a brightened, violet purple with a hint of pink and fairly cool undertones. It had a creamy, glossy finish. The texture was thinner, so it felt more like the original formula, but it was prone to streaking. It was really hard to get the color to look even, and as it wore away, it settled into lip lines. The gloss wore well for four hours on me. It’s a cool color, and it is hard to dupe, so it might be worth the extra effort to make it work if you really have been wanting a purple lipgloss. NYX Violet (P, $6.00) is lighter and a lipstick, so it isn’t as glossy. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is lighter and a lipstick, and again, lacks that glossy finish. Illamasqua Fierce (P, $22.00) is lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Belladonna (DC, $18.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

NYX High Voltage Lipstick
NYX High Voltage Lipstick

NYX Playdate High Voltage Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a muted, light-medium lavender with a gray overcast and a satiny sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly for the most part. The consistency had some slip in it, so it was easy to apply and felt comfortable on. The color wore well for four hours but pulled into lip lines slightly after two and a half hours of wear. It was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Weekend 2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Lavender Jade (LE, $16.00) is brighter. Colour Pop Brills (P, $5.00) is lighter, more matte. NARS Dominique (P, $32.00) is pinker. MAC Dodgy Girl (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Posture (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Nocturnal Instincts (LE, $16.00) is pinker. MAC Fresh Amour (LE, $16.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Privileged High Voltage Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a bright pop of light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a light shine. It had rich, opaque color payoff in a single pass with a lightly creamy, slightly slippery consistency that glides on easily but has a thicker consistency (not thick per se, just thicker). This shade stayed on well for four and a half hours and left a stain behind. It wasn’t hydrating nor was it moisturizing, but it was comfortable to wear. It’s a very dupable shade of bright pink with the only differentiating factors being that it’s not the most neon, but it’s still on the lighter side. Maybelline Orchid Ecstasy (730) (P, $7.49) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pablo (LE, $32.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Justin (LE, $32.00) is darker, more shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Preston (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Femme-de-Luxe (P, $23.00) is more matte. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is more matte. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is very similar. MAC Lust Extract (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is similar. Sephora Collection Cougar (P, $12.50) is brighter. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is sheerer, darker. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is brighter. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lwarmer. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Happy Ending (116) (P, $30.00) is similar. Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NYX Twisted High Voltage Lipstick ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium orchid purple with some pink and a satiny sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage that went on evenly and deposited smooth color. The consistency is lightly creamy with some slip so it glides on easily. It wore well for four hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. Colour Pop Grind (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is pinker, more matte. NYX Violet (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $21.00) is darker, more matte. Too Faced Melted Violet (P, $21.00) is lighter, pinker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Rollergirl (P, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more matte. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is pinker, more matte. MAC Heroine (P, $16.00) is pinker, brighter, more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Do you rock lavender lipstick? I love the color but must admit that it’s not my favorite on me, so I tend to forget about how pretty it is until spring hits and all I hear about are pastels. Something like NARS Dominique is a really wearable way to wear lavender without it being too pastel or bright, whereas NYX Violet is a great option for almost-lavender but not a true lavender since it is brighter and has stronger purple tones to it. What are your favorite lavenders? What kind of eye/cheek do you pair with them?

  1. OCC Digitalis — a pink-lavender cream
  2. ColourPop Brills — a satiny lavender with a hint of pink
  3. NARS Dominique — a muted, lavender pink
  4. NYX Castle — a gold-shimmered lavender pink
  5. NYX Violet — a brightened, lavender purple

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015

NYX Beach Babe HD Blush
NYX Beach Babe HD Blush

NYX Beach Babe HD Blush ($6.50 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, gold-shimmered brown with warm, reddish-yellow undertones and a frosted finish. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is less red. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is slightly darker. Too Faced Sun Bunny #2 (P) is lighter. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker. Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is darker. MAC Global Glow (P, $30.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It was nicely pigmented with color that could be applied at true-to-pan intensity. The texture was soft with a fairly silky feel that didn’t get too powdery–the least powdery shade I’ve tested so far from the new HD range–that blended easily on the skin. I also found that despite seeming rather shimmery when swatched, the finish is softer and more luminous than a true frost on the skin. It seemed to buff and diffuse especially well in practice. When I wore this blush (or bronzer), it stayed on well for seven and a half hours before fading.

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