I have a confession to make. As a girl who attempts to be a beauty blogger and vlogger, I have to admit that I don’t really wear lip products. I apply chapstick and lipbalm like a crazy person or a type of addict, but I don’t have many lip sticks or lip liners. My gloss collection used to be well loved from me, but in the last few years I have neglected my lips. On top of normally forgoing lipstick and gloss entirely, I only really wear nudes and the occasional medium toned pink.
I don’t know what changed in my mind, but I’ve been really wanting to try out a stronger lip. I think its the upcoming holiday season, but I’ve wanted to experiment with a strong red vampy lip. I didn’t know if I would like a red lip on me so I figured I would pick up some affordable lip liners. I discovered the NYX lip liner display and decided to play the field and pick up a pretty wide range of colors, a nude, bright red and vampy plum color.
Keep reading for my thoughts and swatches on my lips!
Slim, trim but never prim, our lip pencils come in 60 dashing shades—from auburn to orange and traffic-stopping red. The buttery, long-wearing lip liner formula goes on easily and resists bleeding. Available in 60 shades.
From left to right: Currant, Hot Red and Nude Pink.
Nude Pink: this one glided on my lips very nicely! I really liked how this applied and it didn’t feel drying at all. But this one is also really close to my lip color, so I can’t really tell if its streaky or patchy. But that is the sole reason I bought it, because I thought it would be so close to my natural lip color that I could wear it on its own for a little splash of color. This one was supposed to be my baby step into getting into wearing lip liner on a more consistent basis. I wore it out last night and can say that it did stay throughout the night.
Hot Red: NYX describes this as a true red and that is exactly what it is, a very true red. This one was also very creamy and buttery and applied like a dream. There was no tugging at all on my lips and it didn’t make my lips look or feel dry. The lasting power seemed even better than Nude Pink, because I wore it for almost a full day without any bleeding and minimal fading.
Currant: this one was much different than the other 2 I picked up. The color was patchy and it didn’t go on as smoothly as the other 2. Also, I took this picture the same day as the other 2 and the other 2 don’t show any dry skip or problem areas. I know that this color is a plum berry color so it might be a little harder to deal with, but I was a little disappointed. But to be perfectly honest, I didn’t buy this liner to wear on its own or even as a base for a dark plum lipstick. I bought it to pair with the Hot Red for an ombre style lip, shown below.
When I wear Currant with Hot Red, I love it. I love the look it gives, it just adds depth to the average red lip. On its own, I’m not impressed with Currant.
Overall, I really like these! Besides from Currant, the other 2 go on really smooth and stay on a long time. I think Currant is a tough color to work with because it is so dark and its a slim pencil liner, and that could be why it went on so patchy. Also, because it is so dark it might show the imperfections in my lips a little more. I want to pick up more colors and have been looking on NYX.com at all the shades. I know have a larger wish list!
Price: $3.50 available on NYX.com and at Ulta or your local drugstore
What do you guys think? Do you like a strong red lip? Do you have any of these liners? What are your favorite lip products?