NYX Haul + Mini Reviews
When a friend told me a makeup store called NYX opened up in a mall near me, I didn’t believe him (also didn’t help that we were camping, in the middle of nowhere, with no hopes of visiting the mall before the weekend was over). Nevertheless, when I got back home, I made it my mission to go to the NYX store. I picked up fewer products than I expected, but I’m happy I didn’t need to buy these items online and go through shipping.
Avant Pop Palette in Art Throb
It’s difficult to find good quality vibrant eyeshadows in the drugstore, so my expectations were low when I first saw this in store. But WOW, the Avant Pop Palette (C$19) offers eyeshadows that are SO soft and buttery when swatched; however, as with most eyeshadows, vibrancy is harder to achieve with these eyeshadows when blending them throughout the crease with a fluffy brush. The best way to get pigmentation with these eyeshadows is to pack them on the lid with a flat, dense eyeshadow brush. For added boldness, you can wet your brush beforehand with Mac Fix +, or eyedrops.
The blue in the top left corner first drew me in as its difficult to find such a vibrant sea blue even in high-end palettes. There is a more neutral palette in this range as well called Nouveau Chic, an in-between palette with some neutral and some pops of colour called Surreal My Heart.
Although every shade in the Art Throb palette has great colour payoff, there are still slight inconsistencies:
(Clockwise starting from the top left)
Bright blue (matte) – a little powdery, patchy when swatched, but very dense and bright pigment (this stained my arm when I swatched it)
Teal Green (matte) – slightly drier
Gold (shimmer) – VERY soft, will have kick up
Light Pink (matte) – slightly powdery, but great option for a matte light pink, as they are hard to find
White (shimmer) – soft and smooth
Orange (shimmer) – VERY soft, will have kickup
Silver (metallic) – a little powdery, patchy when swatched, but very dense and bright pigment
Light Green (shimmer) – more dry than it’s counterparts
Black (glitter) – smooth and pigmented
Magenta (shimmer) – slightly powdery
I would not recommend Art Throb to those who love neutral eyeshadows, but for those who enjoy the occasional pop of colour at an affordable price, this is the palette you are looking for.
Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé in Plush
This product (C$8) does not emphasize the lines on my lips and feels very lightweight. At first, when you apply the Whipped Lip and Cheek, it has a slightly glossy finish, but quickly turns into a natural matte (not as matte as a liquid lipstick). It is not long wearing at all on the lips, as it never fully dries down on the lips and will transfer.
This product blended beautifully on the cheeks, and can easily be applied on top of powder without disturbing your base underneath. It lasted a surprising 5 hours on my cheeks. The colour I have, Plush, is not fully opaque in swatches, but fortunately, after trying out the brighter colours in store, the darker shades are fully opaque.
The applicator is a teardrop shape with product deposited in the middle. This type of applicator has been very popular among lip products recently and for a good reason. The rounder, bigger part of the applicator can cover big lips easily and smooth out the product, while the pointy end helps with the corners of the mouth.
And of course, the Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé smells like Nyx’s signature vanilla cake batter scent.
Overall, if you enjoy multi-use products, this one delivers wonderfully on both the lips and the cheeks!
Here I have the colour Plush, which is a nice light pink. I always gravitate towards nudes and this light pink is the most neutral in the collection. It is a little lighter than what I usually gravitate towards but still beautiful.
Nyx Angel Veil Primer
I purchased this primer (C$19) because it is oil-free, and was recommended by several people. However, I wasn’t expecting it to be so much pricier than NYX’s other primers. It has a very light silicone feel, so it blends easily and thinly on the face. The Angel Veil Primer has slight pore minimizing effects, so my face feels incredibly smooth and silky after this product. Although the Angel Veil Primer is not as thick as Benefit’s Porefessional or Smashbox’s primers, unfortunately, it does not keep my combination skin matte as well as those ones either. This will work better for those with dry skin.
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