NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby Review

Hi everyone,

I recently purchased three lip liners from NYX to use along with my lipsticks. As I have pigmented lips and no definite lip lines – lip liners are a must for me. In this post, I will be reviewing the shade “Ruby,” which is a bright, neon-ish orange lip liner color.

NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby packaging

Product Description:
Love your lips! Create the perfect pout with our creamy, richly pigmented liner in an easy twist-up pencil. Renowned for its staying power! Available in 19 irresistible shades.

My Experience with NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby:

Packaging: The product comes in a twist-up slender plastic pen. The whole pencil is color coded and represents the color of the liner inside. It is super easy to spot the pencil in your stash. The packaging is sleek, simple and user friendly.

NYX Retractable Lip Liners

NYX Retractable Lip Liners packaging

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Shade: “Ruby” is a bright orange shade. It may wash out very deep complexions, but it looks okay on me. I usually pair it with my orange lipsticks, so I never have any issue. There is no shine or shimmer to this liner.

NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby open

NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby

Texture and Application: The pencil is super soft and creamy. This is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. Being soft, it applies really well and blends out perfectly. However, it often breaks, which leads to loss of product. I bring out a tiny amount of product and if that breaks, I smudge it out on the lips.

NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby tip

Pigmentation and Coverage: The pencil is pigmented but the coverage varies depending on your lip condition. If your lips are super soft and smooth, it will cover everything. For heavily pigmented lips, it takes more than one layer. Now layering often makes the lips dry and then the lip liner starts crumbling. I clicked the pictures on a day when my lips were feeling a little dry. It started to become crumbly and I could not cover the whole of my lips properly. However, this one is better than the shade “Deep Red” in terms of pigmentation and coverage.

NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby swatches

Staying Power: As it makes lips dry and crumbly; I do not wear it alone. I tried using it with a gloss on top once and it lasted for 3-4 hours. When I use it just to line the lips along with a lipstick to fill in the lips, it stays for long and also survives meals. I will suggest you not to wear it alone if you have dry lips as it will cling on to the dry patches and look bad.

NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby on lips

Overall, I am not super happy with the liner pencil. It is an average product that is good for lining the lips, but I cannot use it to fill in the lips.

Pros of NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby:

  • Good packaging.
  • Creamy consistency.
  • Waterproof.
  • Lines and defines lips well.
  • Makes lipsticks last longer.
  • Pretty, bright orange color.

Cons of NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby:

  • Tip breaks often.
  • Feels drying on the lips.
  • Crumbles when layered.
  • Clings on to dry patches.
  • Not a great product for not so perfect lips.

IMBB Rating:
Would I Recommend/Repurchase NYX Retractable Lip Liner Ruby?
I don’t think so.

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