As a Mom to a very talkative and energetic 2-year old, I love my me time, y’all. And it doesn’t have to be fancy. Shoot, a trip to CVS alone is considered a vacation to me. It happens often considering I’ve got a 3 CVS locations in a 10-mile radius. So when the fine folks at CVS/Pharmacy reached out wanting to do a little collaboration, I was like “Definitelyyyy!”
Look at that. NYX has done it again. They are giving us another collection of mascaras! I can’t decide if I like this or not. What do you think? Would you rather a brand release all of their mascara at one time or would you prefer them to sprinkle it throughout the year? I think I prefer the latter. I like little surprises. But, on a good side, NYX is like “Wait…what’s that you said, girlfriend? You need your mascara to do what? Boom. We got that.” And they do. They have mascaras for practically every need.
First up is Voluptuous…
Thick in the waist, isn’t she?
Price: $7 from Ulta and from NYXCosmetics.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
What It Claims: “Have them guessing if they’re real or not with this well endowed formula. The thick tapered brush builds volume and is also ideal for reaching even the tiniest lashes.” (source)
The Truth: The truth is I am dead at the words “well endowed” being used to describe mascara. I have literally passed away. My ghost has typed this post up.
What I Loved About It: With a wand this thick, you would expect the mascara to be on the messy side, but nope…the formula is lightweight and so applying is super easy.
What I Didn’t Like: While the formula and the wand play nicely together, the formula itself isn’t thick enough to really hold on to lashes and produce dramatic results.
Overall: I love me some NYX and I always look forward to the awesomeness that they ALWAYS bring with each new season. They never let me down and even when I come across a product that’s just so so, the next one blows me away. That said, perhaps my favorite aspect about this mascara is the wand.
Wands like this, I think, are ideal for those who already have nice and thick lashes. Oh, and those folx whose lashes all go in the same direction? Yeah. This wand rocks. People who suffer from WLS (wonky lash syndrome) have a difficult time this wands like these because they are so large and in charge that they don’t really allow you to come through the lashes. Separating? Forgot about it. Your lashes better already be in check because trying to comb through the lashes with a wand this big is tough stuff, bro. Honestly, NYX needs to write a book on how to the stopper and big mascara wands work because they, unlike so many other brands, have figured it out.
The formula is nice and thick and applies easily. It also removes easily too and I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking throughout the day. But with a name like Voluptuous, I would expect a mascara with a thicker formula. A thicker formula would adhere to my lashes a bit better and give me some more Drag Queen realness. But nope. I didn’t get much of that.
And that makes me sad because y’all know how much I love Drag Queen lashes.
Lashes after 3 coats
Do I recommend it?: It depends. If you have thick and plump lashes and you’re looking for a mascara that will coat your lashes nicely without providing clump, you’ll love this. If you are like me and have relatively puny lashes that you expect to like INSANELY awesome with a mascara who has the word voluptuous in its name, then nope…save you pennies for one of NYX’s better mascaras.
So. What time are you rollin’ with? Puny Lash Crew or Long Lash Entourage?
I’m just truckin’ right along with NYX’s Boudoir Mascara collection. You’ve heard of this collection, right? It showcases 7 mascaras with 7 different functions. Yup. Each mascara claims to give you the lashes that you desire. I don’t know why I waited this long to review Za Za Zu but alas…here she is!
Price: $6 at NYXCosmetics.com and you may spot it at Ulta stores.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
What It Claims: “Motherof all mascaras. Fiber infused to darken, lengthen, and volumize.Soft, bristle brush large enough to cover all lashes in one swipe.” (source)
The Truth: Meh. I’ve used better fiber mascaras.
What I Loved About It: I love to see a fiber mascara where you can actually SEE the fibers. Yas!
What I Didn’t Like: Despite seeing those fiber thingies, I didn’t really experience much volume overall.
Overall: I am so so excited to see a fiber mascara in this Boudoir Mascara collection. I am a huge fan of fiber mascaras as I find them to be super duper effective for those wanted plumper and longer lashes. They also remove easier than most mascaras and tend to last longer than non-waterproof mascaras too. Of course it takes some time to learn how to effectively use a fiber mascara but once you’ve passed that learning curve…you’re in there!
Za Za Zu has a massive wand but ironically that wasn’t my main problem with this mascara…
Yep, it’s a hefty wand alright but the bristles are nice and and long enough to allow easy root to tip application. But even after several coats, I didn’t notice much of a different volume-wise in my lashes. Fiber mascaras almost always guarantee added length and I got some of that but the volume? It just wasn’t there for me. I think a lot of it has to do with the formula.
While it wasn’t a pain, the formula was just…so so. I’m used to seeing fiber mascaras on the thicker side and that wasn’t the case with this one. Lots of fiber thingies but I didn’t get the darkness and thickness that I would have expected from a fiber mascara. It’s not a total lost though. I was able to get some good use out of it. I didn’t experience any flaking or smudging and it lasted throughout the day with no problems. This mascara made my lashes super wispy and I’m just not a fan of wispy lashes.
Not a total bust but I would have loved to see more added volume from this kid.
Lashes after 2 coats
Do I recommend it?: Only if you realllllly want to try a fiber mascara. I think NYX has better picks in the Boudoir Mascara line-up.
Okay fiber mascara lovers…have any of y’all tried this mascara yet?
Yeesh. I’m more than halfway through with reviewing the mascaras in NYX’s Boudoir Mascara collection. Each mascara focuses on giving us mascara lovers what we desire most; volume, length, curl, separation, dark and lush lashes, etc. Next up on the list is the baby that promises to give you some cuuuuuurl.
Price: $6 where ever NYX products are sold and on NYXCosmestics.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
What It Claims: “To curl and lengthen lashes. Curved spiral wand maneuvers lashes expertly” (source)
The Truth: I think curl mascaras are a bit gimmicky, but this one actually does a decent job.
What I Loved About It: It’s a sturdy mascara. It lasts all day without flaking.
What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t help curl. But then again, I don’t think any mascaras do.
Overall: Curl mascaras. *sigh* They kind of annoy me. Only because I know there’s no REAL way for a mascara formula (or wand) to “curl” your lashes. I mean, think about it: lashes are hair. And if you’re looking for noticeable curl in your hair, you usually have to use a curling iron or something like that, right? That said, my belief is that the best way to get your lashes to be a bit curlier is to use an eyelash curler. Yep, I said it. I don’t use my often but when I do I find that they curl my lashes WAY better than any mascara.
But let’s rap about this mascara anyway. La wand….
Now I’ve got to give it up to the wand. It actually does a decent job at lengthening the lashes. And it’s study too. The curl in the wand also makes it easy for you to apply mascara to your lashes and then hold the wand in place for a few seconds. Of course you can do this with any type of wand, but it’s always easier with the wands that have the little loops.
Performance-wise, I found application to be easy. The mascara has a nice formula and so I didn’t run into any problems with that. In fact, I’m having a difficult time finding anything horrible about this mascara. Yes, I do think curl mascaras are pretty ineffective but I will prop the mascara up on what it DOES do well; and that’s lengthen and last for hours at a time. If I could find a downfall, it would be that while it does a great time at lasting, it definitely isn’t the kind of mascara that works well if you’re spending a considerable amount of time outside. It isn’t a waterproof mascara so you’ll definitely want to think twice about wearing this one to the beach.
I’ll admit, I didn’t see much of a difference on my lashes after applying this mascara. Maybe it’s just me though. What do you think?
Lashes after 2 coats
Do I recommend it?: It isn’t my favorite mascara from the NYX Boudoir collection but it does well. Just don’t expect to see much curl action unless you manually curl those lashes ahead of time.
Whatcha think? Do you think curl mascaras actually get the job done?
I’ve been reviewing my fair share of NYX Cosmetics mascaras this year, uh? Not that I’m complaining. I mean, I’ll never get annoyed at makeup brands shooting me a crap ton of mascaras to review. The more the merrier! I am just now hitting the mid way point of reviewing half of NYX’s Boudoir Mascara Collection. I’ve tackled Pin Up Tease and Provocateur and the fiber mascara kid called Faux Lashes is up next to bat.
Price: $6.00 at NYX.com and Ulta stores nationwide.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5
What It Claims: “Infused with fibers to volumize and extend lashes. Short bristle brush for dark and heavy application. Ideal for bottom lashes.” (source)
The Truth: It certainly is a “different” kind of fiber mascara.
What I Loved About It: NYX is dead on about this mascara being great for bottom lashes. It rocks in that department!
What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t give me nearly as much volume as I would have liked.
Overall: I guess I should just come right out and say it – I’m a fiber mascara snob. I am. I don’t wear them regularly (primarily because I’m lazy and it can take a good little while to apply a fiber mascara) but when I do, I’m serious about ’em. There are only about 2 brands that I feel have done fiber mascaras beautifully. Mind you, I’ve tried more than a dozen fiber mascaras; drugstore and higher-end. That said, while NYX’s Faux Lashes does a decent job, it’s just so so when it comes to fiber mascaras.
But not because the wand sucks. Because it doesn’t…
Y’all know I am also a photo snob so please excuse this press photo. I usually take my own but my camera was on the fritz this weekend. Boo. This is actually one of better fiber mascara wands. Especially if you’re looking for a fiber mascara that does more lengthening than volumizing. No need to ask what my preference is. Y’all know I LIVE for volumized lashes. If if you’re a fan of lengthening and separating the lashes, this wand makes it so easy to do so. It is also great on the lower lashes. I tend to ignore my lower lashes most of the time (again – laziness strikes when getting ready in the morning) but when I want some added va va voom-ness to zee bottom lashes, this is the ideal want to give me that length.
Formula-wise, the mascara is great. It is chockfull of fiber thingies and applying them to the lashes couldn’t be easier. But again, because of the wand’s slim design, you aren’t really able to coat and paint the fibers on your lashes efficiently to get a fuller effect. And like I said, if your goal isn’t volumized lashes – no lost love there. But considering the claims said this mascara would give us volume, I just don’t think it delivered in that department.
But is it still a good mascara? It’s okay. I found application to be fine except throughout the day, it seemed to disappear a bit. I would even push it to the limit with 3 coats and the overall look just looked so so. If ladies with shorter and smaller lashes are looking for a fiber mascara that is easy to apply, this would be a great start. Just don’t expect to have crazy Drag Queen lashes with this kid.
Lashes after 3 coats
Do I recommend it?: It’s only $6 so if it doesn’t rock your world, you haven’t broken the bank. I do think there are better fiber mascaras out there so you can probably pass on this one.
Whatcha think? Are you a fan of fiber mascaras? Have you tried this one yet?
So there’s this new movie coming out called Dark Shadows and NYX Cosmetics has a nice little makeup palette in honor of it. Don’t hate me but I totally had to Google Dark Shadows to see what this movie is all about. Doesn’t look like it’s up my alley considering it’s staring a vampire. But the plot looks pretty funny – a vampire from the 1700’s wakes up in the 1970’s. Hehe.
I love when makeup brands have products and collections dedicated to movies, TV shows and pop culture events. And for $25, this Crimson Amulet collection palette is pretty groovy.
What NYX has to say about it,
“LIMITED EDITION! Captivate and mesmerize with your beauty using the Crimson Amulet collection. This palette inspired by the film “Dark Shadows” comprises of 24 matte and shimmery lush eye shadows, 5 intoxicating blushers, 1 luminous highlighter, 4 succulent lip colors, 1 HD Studio eye shadow base for a more intense eye shadow hue, and 1 extreme black liquid eye liner. Recreate the enticing female characters’ in Dark Shadows using the collection!” (source)
So when you open up the book, you’re lookin’ at 24 shadows…
Flip the book and to the left you’ve got some descriptions of 3 vampire-y ladies.
And to the right…
So let’s start with the shadows.
I always appreciate palettes that contain various textures. It looks like frosts run this book but there are a few decent mattes up in here. Like the black matte.
It’s not as rich and intense as I like my blacks but it’s not too bad. I swatched a few other shades and textures…
Most are pretty sheer and will require a ton of packing on to appear vibrant on the eyes. My experience with NYX eyeshadow palettes are that the shadows are typically just so so. In fact, that’s the case with a lot of eyeshadows from those all-in-one palettes. Even after doing some swatching, I ended up with quite a bit of fall-out….
But again, if you don’t mind putting some elbow grease in applying these shadows, you can definitely crank out some nice looks with them. Skippin’ on over to the right are the mini eye shadow primers and eyeliners.
I mean, honestly…I have neeeever seen such an eyeliner so small. It’s adorable!
It’s perfect for the palette but I’ll definitely be throwing it in my travel tote. It’s a really nice eyeliner too. Applies easily and lasts longer than I thought it would.
Then there’s the eyeshadow base…
It’s a bit creamier than I like ’em and unfortunately my eyelids don’t play nicely to creamy bases.
The blushes and highlighters are phenomenal. They’re super pigmented and long-lasting. Two of ’em look a lot like NARS’ Orgasm and Albatross. And they’re really nice dupes if I do say so myself.
And last but not least, the lippies. Very rarely do beauty aficionados get excited about lip products in palettes. They usually require having to use a lip brush and let’s face it, many of us would rather apply a lipstick, or gloss with a brush or doe foot applicator. But these lip colors are REALLY nice. Really really nice.
So yeah, for $25, this palette is fierce. While the shadows are so so, the blushes are nice, lippies are superb and I’m in love with the teeny tiny eyeliner. Dark Shadows fans or not, this is definitely a palette you may want to check out. Especially if you’ve been yearning for some new products but don’t want to break the bank.
Snag it from NYXCosmetics.com.
Sooooo, yay or nay to vampires?
You may catch me without wearing mascara. But honey, I guarantee you you won’t catch me in the streets without some eyeliner. I ain’t lyin’. Eyeliner gives the perfect definition for my otherwise mediocre eyes. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not one of those women who can’t be seen without makeup and feel ugly without it. But eyeliner? Well, it’s cosmetic king in my book. Whiiiiich is why I was lovin’ that NYX launched an eyeliner collection.
What NYX says about the collection:
“A black eyeliner collection that consists of ALL types! Choose your beauty ammunition – from skinny to big and glossy to matte, it’s your world! The collection carries eight different formulations of sleek black eyeliners, from matte, satin, glossy pencils to liquid and powder eyeliners. Drape your eyes with one or all of these waterproof, smudge-free formula liners. The collection offers various types of eyeliners that applies smooth and effortlessly for lasting and dramatic wear.” (source)
Did you read that? EIGHT different formulations, girl. I mean, seriously…who knew there were that many eyeliner formulations? Dang. I’ve only got 3 here but they’re fantastic and you betta believe I’ll be scooping up the other 5 one of these days. You know…for beauty research. Not to hoard. Yeah, research.
Liquid Black Liner
If liquid eyeliner was a high school class, in my book, it would be Chemistry. And chile, I loathed Chemistry. My teacher was decent, and learning the periodic table and all that jazz wasn’t THAT hard but I could never “get it”. I feel the saaaaame way about liquid liner. I try and I try and I’m still D’ing my way out. Sad, uh? According to NYX, “The Liquid Black Liner is enclosed with a distinctive applicator that makes precise lining and defining of the eyes smooth and easy.” And yeah, it ain’t THAT hard. But my theory with liquid liners is while it may take a ton of practice, some of us will just be better at it than others. On a good note, this liquid liner has a reallllly nice and precise tip.
Which SHOULD make application easier, but I dunno…I’m just not as good with application as I’d like. Formula-wise, I love how this liner wasn’t as watery as some of the others I’ve come across. But at the same time, it wasn’t thick either. I got a good 8 hours of wear time out of this liner before it started flaking out on me. But who really needs a liner to last FOREVER, ya know?
Um, I won’t tell you how long it took me to do that. I shall reward myself with a cookie.
Satin Finish Black Liner
“Make your eyes stand out with the velvety soft liner that stays put.” says NYX. Well alrighty then. I’m down with that. They aren’t lyin’ about the velvety touch. The formula of this liner feels super super soft. In fact, it’s so soft that it would probably do better on the lower lash line than on the waterline. It didn’t last as long on my waterline; probably because my eyes tend to water up throughout the day. One must be verrrrry careful with sharpening this as too much sharpening can result in bad breakage of the liner.
Don’t ask me how I know. Just trust me on this one. But it does give a nice and rich black finish. I applied it on both the waterline and lower lashline here.
Matte Black Liner
I can gets down with the liquid and satin liners but let’s face it, matte is where it’s at. A good matte eyeliner can last all day AND all night. Ya know…if you forget to wash your face or somethin’. I am lovin’ this matte liner. The formula is perfecto and I appreciate the packaging. I’m all for liner that sharpen themselves yo. The longevity of this liner is out of this world. In.love.
Look like I’m missing the kohl kajal black liner, glossy black liner and powder black liner. I gotta step my game up. Anyway, these only cost $6 so kudos to dressin’ up the eyelids without breakin’ the bank. You can get these from NYXCosmetics.com, Ulta.com and Ulta stores nationwide.
What’s your favorite kind of liner?
Yep, it’s me again. Bragging about the awesomeness that are lip balms. I do this frequently. Probably more than I need too but honestly… What’s better than a lip balm? A drying lipstick? A sticky lipgloss? I think not. Lip balms will always run the world for because as much as I love lipsticks and glosses they just can’t moisturize my lippies as well as balms can. And even better than a lip balm is a tinted lip balm. And in this case, NYX Cosmetics’ Color Lip Balms.
Here’s what NYX has to say about these kids,
“Add color and moisturize to your lips in one application. When your lips crave hydration and you crave color, NYX Cosmetics new Color Lip Balm is the perfect option! Get the moisture, shine, and a sheer wash of color your lips desire while still looking natural. Available in 12 shades.” (source)
They ain’t lyin’ about the moisture. I find myself wearing these for hours at a time without my lips getting all dry and flaky. The color range is pretty awesome too. From neutrals to bright pinks and reds, there’s a little somethin’ for everyone. Yeeep, you read correctly. I typed “red”.
You hear that gals who think they can’t wear red lipstick? Even if you are still fearful of rockin’ red, wearing a sheer red balm like NYX’s Grazie is a great gateway color to wearing super pigmented red lippies.
Featured here I’ve got Spasibo, Grazie and Xie Xie.
And some swatches….
I love using these in the morning when I’m headed out the door for work. They give me enough “color” so that I feel polished and unlike lipsticks and glosses, they won’t leave prints all over my water bottle or whatever I’m eating for breakfast. And if it’s some EXTRA color that I’m craving, I can also use a lipliner with these.
Spasibo is the neutral kid of the bunch and it virtually disappears on the lips.
Grazie is what I would describe as a light red. It has just a bit of coral in it but it’s the kind of shade that will compliment gals of all hues.
And then there’s Xie Xie, my favorite. Xie Xie is a pinky raspberry that actually leaves a bit of a stain once it disappears from the lips. Niiiiice!
When comparing these to Revlon Lip Butters, these aren’t nearly as pigmented but just as moisturizing. They aren’t half bad and the price point is groovy too. $3.79 isn’t much and if you’re diligent enough, you can probably catch them on sale at Ulta. Hollllaaa!!!
I love you, NYX. I love these balms and I love RuPaul’s Drag Race.
That last bit was random. Kinda but not really. 8)