If you haven’t heard about NYC cosmetics, you either A. Are not a teenager or B. Don’t spend much time looking at drugstore cosmetics. Either way, you’re here now, so let’s take a look!
NYX Cosmetics (pronounced “nicks”) is a drugstore cosmetic brand with a huge range of products. Ulta has the best variety, but you can also find them online and at select retailers. Not every product is a winner, but with most items running at less than $10, it’s an inexpensive way to try a new color or formula.
I snagged up a few items that I didn’t already have in a more expensive brand. Here are my first impressions and reviews:
Butter Lipstick in Sweet Tart ($5.99)
Right out of the tube, I noticed a wonderful creamy texture. In fact, it’s almost feels like oil, hence the “butter” in the title. It feels great going on, is lightweight and offers plenty of pigment. Wear time is an unimpressive 2-3 hours and it does feather a bit, but for such a cheap price, it was a great way to try a new color.
Slim Lip Pencil in Fuchsia ($3.49)
I wasn’t paying attention, and accidentally bought the pencil version of this product (the kind you have to sharpen). So pretty much, when it’s time to sharpen, I’ll kiss this liner goodbye, because I’m really that lazy. Color wise, it’s a great match to my lipstick and a versatile shade overall- a bright fuchsia that’s neither too bright or too dark. Wear time was around 4 hours with little to no feathering. Worth it.
Baked Blush in Full-On Femme ($6.99)
I’ve been looking for a pale pink blush that wouldn’t overwhelm my fair complexion and remembered hearing good things about this one. Initially it’s difficult to get color off the pan, so I removed the outer layer with a tissue. Once the outer layer was removed, the color comes out much more easily. A soft pink with light gold shimmer, this was a very subtle and flattering shade. It does wear off after about 6 hours, so I might layer it over a cream blush for better staying power.
Illuminator Powder in Enigmatic ($8.99)
This one is the jackpot purchase of the bunch. A pale pinky peach, this powder is beautiful in the pan. It translates to a beautiful, soft glow, making it a great highlighter for fair to light skin. It lasts all day and seems versatile enough to achieve a variety of looks.
In sum, I spent around $30 to try a few new colors and products. Since my purchase, I’ve used the blush and illuminator almost every day, so I’d say this haul is a winner!