NYX Cosmetics Review

by Natasha on August 23, 2010 · 62 comments

As a makeup artist, I am constantly on the search for the next best thing—the newest products, the latest trends in colors, and the most cutting-edge tools and techniques. And as a beauty editor, I am constantly being bombarded with brands that are new to me that I want to test out. Although not a new brand (just new to me), I found a brand that is comparable to MAC in its endless options and pigmented colors with prices at a fraction of what we are used to paying (and don’t get me wrong, I am a huge MAC fan and always will be, but I also like options). If you haven’t heard of them yet, I highly recommend you try out NYX cosmetics.

With a product line ranging from eye shadows, lipsticks and glosses, eye and lip liners, to base makeup (foundation, concealer, etc), palettes, brushes, and everything imaginable in between it is hard to keep control when making your first purchase with NYX. Since discovering the brand a few weeks ago, I have been back three times already to try more products!

Just to give you a taste, I’ll give you mini-reviews of a few of the products I have tried from NYX so far.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss

NYX Mega SHine Lip gloss

NYX Mega Shine Lip gloss

At US $5.50 per, and available in over 50 shades, it is hard to just pick up one of these glosses. While the scent of the glosses wasn’t too appealing to me, it wasn’t overpowering which allowed me to easily overlook that. My only other complaint is that the wand applicator head is too large, making it difficult to precisely gloss the detail areas of the mouth. But those are my only gripes. Everything else about the glosses was wonderful – the wide assortment of colors, their ability to layer with other lip products, the texture, the highly pigmented shades, the price and how large of a tube you receive for the money, and my list can go on but I’ll stop there and let you try the Mega Shine on your own!

Eye shadow

NYX Eye Shadow

NYX Eye Shadow

Again, a vast array of options will make your eye shadow purchase with NYX an adventure (but a fun one!). They do have palettes of 3 and 5 shades, but I picked up plenty of singles that I will depot and place into a palette that will be completely custom to me, and will allow me to add, remove, and move colors around as I please. I noticed the shadows are all extremely highly pigmented, but some are more so than others. Used with an eye shadow primer, the colors pop even more allowing you to create some amazing combinations with serious drama. But, they also have plenty of matte and muted colors if you’re after a softer look, and all of them blend really easily and nicely together. With over 150 shades, I am pretty convinced there is something for everyone in this line.

NYX Round Lipstick

NYX Round Lipstick

NYX Round Lipstick

At just $4 for a lipstick, you can almost not afford to not try and see if you like the formula! I’m not a huge lipstick person for every day, but clients and friends are always asking me for affordable options and this is definitely one that I would recommend. I tried the lipstick in a few shades to really see how the product felt, and the results were phenomenal, especially considering the price. While the formula wasn’t overly moisturizing, it didn’t dry my lips out like many drugstore find lipsticks do and did give a nice sheen to my lips in addition to the pigment. They layered nicely with other lip products (liners and glosses), but also worked well alone without feathering or smearing and lasted longer than I expected—until about lunch time!

NYX Blush

NYX Blush

NYX Blush

Blush is a wonderful way to brighten up your face with a few swoops of a brush, and the NYX Powder Blush is not at all a bad choice. It is one of the harder products for me to purchase over the internet, but gave it a shot in a few shades. While the colors in the pan weren’t exactly what I was expecting when I was looking at my screen, I wasn’t at all disappointed. Available in shimmer and matte colors (and I would love it if NYX would tell us which one was which because it’s not altogether clear on the swatches), these products also blend extremely easily and lasted throughout the day. I did have to touch up sooner than I would have with some of my other brands (especially since I wear a face primer before applying makeup), but paired with a cream blush beneath that could be an easy fix.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil

NYX Jumbo Pencil

NYX Jumbo Pencil

The Jumbo Eye Pencil is quite popular among beauty You Tubers, so I decided to give it a shot. It’s basically an oversized eyeliner that can be used as a chunky liner and/or a shadow. Some of the less traditional colors (like Milk, which is a flat white), were often recommended for use as an eyeshadow base but I simply found that these products creased after about ten minutes in the hot Chicago summer weather, and I can only imagine how it would react in warmer climates. I do not have oily eyelids, and even topped it with a powder on one test but it simply did not make the cut for me. Some of the colors, however, are so intense and irresistible; I will be keeping some of them around for highlighting inner corners of the eyes. But other than that, this is not something I would recommend.

All in all, I will be continuing to check on NYX to see what they have coming out next, and based on what I’ve seen so far I suggest you do the same!

This article was written by Natasha Kohli, makeup artist and editor of TheCosView.com . Natasha’s philosophy on beauty is to find and then do what makes you feel good and feel gorgeous no matter what it may be, because that’s what this is all about.

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HD August 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Heyyy Natasha…..very happy to read this post since NYX is available in my city!!!! Def gng to explore more of this brand

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Natasha August 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Wonderful, I really hope you’ll enjoy their products as much as I did.
.-= Natasha´s last blog ..Benefit Boi-ing Concealer =-.

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Priya August 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I’ve hrd so much abt this brand and waiting for it to be available at Chennai.. Definitely want to try this brand :waiting: :waiting:

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Natasha August 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Hi Priya, I know of at least one site that ships internationally, CherryCulture.com. That way, no wait!
.-= Natasha´s last blog ..Benefit Boi-ing Concealer =-.

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Mahima August 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Beautiful pics Natasha…your blog is also very clean and beautiful. :-)

Thanks so much for the review. I have not paid attention to this brand so far. Would go and check it out. :-D

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Natasha August 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Thank you, Mahima! Please do let us know how it works out for you.
.-= Natasha´s last blog ..Benefit Boi-ing Concealer =-.

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Insiya August 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I love NYX :-D
It’s one of the very few brands available here which is reasonable & good quality as well.I love the jumbo pencils. don’t know why it didn’t work for u. give a try to the glitter jumbo pencils. they are really good as well.

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Natasha August 23, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I absolutely agree (well, at least about the quality and price). I’ll give the glitter jumbo a shot, and I’m glad the jumbos worked out for you because I really like the way they go on and the colors available. I just wish they didn’t crease on me!
.-= Natasha´s last blog ..Benefit Boi-ing Concealer =-.

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Rati August 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Hi Natasha, welcome to IMBB. I have NYX powder blush and totally love it. Dont like the little powder mess up around the corners but otherwise it’s fab. :)

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Natasha August 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Hi Rati, thanks very much for having me. :)
I noticed a little excess, too, on their powder blushes and on some of their eye shadows as well but for the price and pigment, I can live with it!
.-= Natasha´s last blog ..Benefit Boi-ing Concealer =-.

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Debasree August 23, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Is NYX available in Kolkata?

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Natasha August 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Hi Debasree, I live in Chicago so I’m not 100% sure, BUT… CherryCulture.com often has NYX on sale and I know they ship internationally. I hope that helps!
.-= Natasha´s last blog ..Benefit Boi-ing Concealer =-.

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Sandhya August 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Hi Natasha,your have a nice blog.I am looking forward to more product reviews from you!

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Natasha August 24, 2010 at 4:06 am

Hi Sandhya, thanks very much!
.-= Natasha´s last blog ..Benefit Boi-ing Concealer =-.

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Sonia August 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm

NYX is a great brand and the lippies are great with a variety of shades.Will try more products in the future.
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Natasha August 24, 2010 at 4:06 am

Hey Sonia, I absolutely agree. What other brands are on your list to try?
.-= Natasha´s last blog ..Benefit Boi-ing Concealer =-.

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Raven May 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hi Natasha,
I am new to the make up game I am 20 years old never wore make before maybe mascara, and I really needed something in my price range but also good quality and I don’t know where to start I have been told a number of things such as don’t wear foundation or youll mess up your skin any how I’m such a begginer I don’t know what to get. Really need your help.. Price is important but if its great for me i dont mind too much of a stretch. But I just need a few begginer tips as far eyeshadow, foundation, and concealer, liner and blush and where to buy them. Oh also what brushes are good ? Does it matter what the brush is made of what Do you suggest I do?

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Appu August 24, 2010 at 4:31 am

Great round up of NYX products Natasha :) I have tried their glosses, lipsticks, eyeshadow singles, trio and jumbo pencils…loving them all :) yet to try the blush…will be exploring more into the brand :) Have you tried their Nude on nude palette? What do u think of it?

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Natasha August 24, 2010 at 5:20 am

Hey Appu, great brand isn’t it? For some reason, I’m not a huge fan of temporary palettes (mainly because as a makeup artist it’s hard for me to pack them and much easier for me to depot singles and put them in a custom palette). Another reason is if and when I fall in love with a particular color, it breaks my heart to know that I won’t be able to replace it when I run out!

However, if you’re a fan of palettes (and there are a million reasons to be– they’re so convenient) that looks like a great natural combo of shimmers and mattes in tones that really compliment all shades of Indian skin (among others). And I hear it’s a nice dupe for the $40+ and ever-so-popular Urban Decay Naked Palette! If you end up checking it out, let me know how it works out for you!
.-= Natasha´s last blog ..Benefit Boi-ing Concealer =-.

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Appu August 24, 2010 at 9:07 am

Yeah, the fact that it’s UD’s dupe made me check this one out ;) I kinda liked it, but I see no point with the 2 lip shades in the palette…they kinda made the whole design heavy…I love the eye colors but I am still undecided ;) I’ve swatched it at the store a couple of times…but I am yet to decide b/w this and UD…wil let u know if it get it :)

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calicoaster September 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

aah!!!…I bought loads of NYX cosmetics, when I was in New York and I absolutely loved them. I could not use the lovely eye shadow palette I bought…more because of my lameness in using it, than anything else. :-/ :-/ …However, I loved the blush and the lipsticks…They were certainly awesome!! :yes: :yes: :yes: ..I wish, they could open some outlets here in Bangalore, India!!

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Poornima Narayan September 9, 2010 at 11:58 am

Hey Cali…

Thank you so much for the comment here…In fact that is precisely the reason why I noticed this post..

Btw, NYX is available in Bangalore. Please try Hypercity Hypermarket-Whitefields,Bangalore

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Natasha October 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Hey Calicoaster,

A little practice will make perfect with your NYX shadows! They are definitely one of my favorite ways to play with color. :)

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Dayna October 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I saw you said you live in Chicago. I do too…. Do you know of any stores besides Ulta in Illinois/Chicago that sell NYX? :-))

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Natasha October 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Hey Dayna,

A fellow Chicagoan, how lovely! Seems like not many places do carry NYX in Chicago other than ULTA (I just yelp’d it: http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=nyx&find_loc=Chicago,+IL), does ULTA not carry something you’re curious to try?

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krishna November 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

hey..where can i get nyx products ?
i live in north mumbai!
also where can i get urban decay primer portion…i just so want it!! :-D
plz help!! :-))

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tiya February 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm

hey wer can i find nyx products in kolkata?? ?:)

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Urvi February 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I just love NYX lipstick shades. Where can I buy them in Surat ? Is there any web site that ships in India too ?

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Cherry May 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

Thank you for sharing! I will know what to try and not try, but I do reccomend the eyeshadows with 3 or 5 in them because I find some of them have unique colors of their own compared to the single eye shadows :)

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Erica torres September 18, 2012 at 3:30 am

There make up is great for a cheap price. I ordered online and did have some make up missing and when I called they were nice at first until the rep confused me and herself and then tried to flip it on me that I did receive my make up. And all of this with quite an attitude. Luckily I got her to send it out, but be weary buying online because if this happens it will say it was shipped out on your invoice and they will give you a hard time about shipping out what you’re missing. Other then their not so great customer service no complains with any of the make up.

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Natasha August 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Thank you, anamikasureka! You have great photos on your site as well. :)
.-= Natasha´s last blog ..Benefit Boi-ing Concealer =-.

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Natasha October 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Hi Anu,

Sorry for the late reply. I don’t live in India so unfortunately don’t know of any vendors in Delhi, however, some online stores ship internationally. CherryCulture.com, for example (and they often have NYX products on sale).

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