I bet you were all privy to the collective freakout that wracked the beauty blogosphere just before Halloween, when Nyx started floating promo images of their Wicked Lippies. We’ve since undergone a seasonal transition– pumpkin spice to peppermint mocha, according to the traditional calendar of my people, the #BasicBitches. But I’ve finally gotten my hands on these low-cost, jewel-toned babies.
It might be too late to incorporate them into your costume– might I suggest “Unfortunate Courtier Who Accidentally Bumped Into King Midas” for next year’s concept? But anyway, I feel pretty strongly about the fact that you don’t need repurposed religious rituals to, like, eat candy and wear weird lipstick. I haven’t gone trick-or-treating since before puberty; I just live like it’s Halloween every day!
Nyx promises “velvety” smoothness and a “dazzling metallic finish” with the Wicked Lippies. The former’s definitely true– these lipsticks are highly emollient and comfortable to wear, although there’s the trade-off of limited longevity and a tendency to bleed. I recommend a lip primer or colorless liner to keep that color in its place– the pigmentation is worth it, especially at these prices! As for the bit about the metallic finish– that actually varies in practice. The lipsticks seem to range from genuine, magnetic foil to a kind of wet-look glossiness.
Look at that gorgeous metallic rainbow.
Price: $5.99 from Ulta or $6 from Nyx.com
Quantity: 0.15 oz
I’ve got a special pre-Halloween feature for you! Here’s a guest blog from my friend Katy, who has great taste, especially wrt unconventional lipstick colors:
Hi, i am Katy and I am not a beauty blogger but I care a lot about non-natural colors that i can put on my face.
A thing that you should know about me before we begin is that I have been on a quest for opaque unusual-colored lipstick for the last several years, so this is a topic very near to my heart. During Ulta’s 40% off sale, I finally got around to picking up my favorite 7 NYX Macaron Lippies. Although that sale is over, they are now buy one get one 50% off on the Ulta website!
Swatches from top to bottom: Chambord, Lavender, Coconut, Citron, Violet, Pistachio, Blue Velvet. Also check out my scar at the top; I got it when I was a little kid.
Overall, I really love these! They are very creamy, and very opaque. The only ones I found lacking in opacity were Citron and Coconut. The most heavily pigmented and opaque ones were Violet and Chambord. My absolute favorite is probably Lavender but I’m maybe biased because that’s my favorite color. I also love Pistachio!
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candelight, Too Faced Brow Envy, Benefit High Brow Glow, theBalm Pressed Eyeshadow in in Stand-offish, Selfish, and Sophisticated from the NUDE ‘tide Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Black Market, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner in Broken Doll, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara
Face: Skin79 Oriental Gold BB Cream Plus, Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette in No. 2, Nyx Powder Blush in Bourgeois Pig, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light and Incandescent Light from the Ambient Lighting Palette, Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder, Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Lips: Nyx Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Pandora layered over Illamasqua Matte Lipstick in Atomic
Nyx products are going for 40% off this week at Ulta! Technically the sale also includes Revlon, Physicians Formula, and Almay. I’m sure they all have very decent products– pretty sure I owned some Almay Wake Up Liquid Makeup during early undergrad that I pretty much liked? But Nyx is my favorite drugstore brand– very possibly in the running for my favorite anything brand for makeup. So I’m going to fixate on the goddess of night, and her entourage of mythologically named lipsticks. The sale ends next Saturday, September 4.
Sale prices doing include Nyx Kits over $14.99, but there are plenty of other goodies you can pick up, including the widely touted Butter Lipsticks and the neon and pastel Macaron Lippies for those more adventurously inclined. (I’ve had middling luck with smooth coverage when it comes to Earl Grey and Lavender— but the cost of entry’s so low now I might experiment with a couple other colors anyway.)
My picks are below. But first I wanted to show you this– the most perfectly named powder blush of all time. I think I may need this because I’m supposed to give my undergrads a Very Brief Intro to Marx tomorrow. Too bad it wouldn’t arrive in time for the hour of my need.
Nyx Powder Blush in “Bourgeois Pig”.
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candelight, Too Faced Brow Envy, Benefit High Brow Glow, theBalm Pressed Eyeshadow in in Snobby and Seductive from the NUDE ‘tide Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Jilted and Urban from the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette, Urban Decay Ink for Eyes in Perversion, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner in Broken Doll, Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Oyster, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara
Face: Skin79 Oriental Gold BB Cream Plus, Nyx Concealer Jar in Green, CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer, Nyx Powder Blush in Taupe, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light and Incandescent Light from the Ambient Lighting Palette, Smashbox Photo Set Pressed Powder in Light
Lips: Nyx Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Aphrodite
Not the House Baratheon kind though, sorry!
Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Too Faced Brow Envy, Benefit High Brow Glow, Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Love+, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Slowburn from the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette, BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Saturn and Moon from the Galaxy Chic Baked Eyeshadow Palette, Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Desperation, Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara
Face: Skin79 Oriental Gold BB Cream Plus, Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer in Vanilla Light, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, NARS Blush in Orgasm, L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder in Cocoa as a contour powder, Juice Beauty Refining Finishing Powder in Sand (read my review here!)
Lips: MAC Lipstick in Fetish, OCC Lip Tar in Fragmented (read my review here!)
Book: Love and Transformation: An Ovid Reader by Richard A. LaFleur (I’m told he drives around in a car with vanity plates that say LATINA– a bit misleading, no?)
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candelight, Too Faced Brow Envy, Benefit High Brow Glow, Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Diamond Eyes, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Mushroom and Evidence, Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Nyx Eye Pencil in Azure, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 23L, Buxom Lash Mascara
Face: Skin79 Oriental Gold BB Cream Plus, CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer, Benefit Powderflage, Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Rose Gold, Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé in Papaya/Topaz, Juice Beauty Refining Finishing Powder in Sand (read my review here!), Mario Badescu Facial Spray
Lips: Nyx Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Terra Cotta
My (growing) collection.
I love red lipstick. It’s probably because my preferred aesthetic (other than “alien xenologist observing your customs with bemusement”) is “white girl from a morally troubled era”. The ’50s– love the look, hate the racism, etc. Theoretical style icons include Betty Draper, Christina circa Back to Basics, and the usual run of thigh-higher pinup girls.
The closest thing I’ve got to a signature makeup look is Ruby Woo, worn with a lazy wash of shimmery neutral shadows and a thin swipe of kohl. But “dehistoricized ’50s fantasy” isn’t the only narrative I’ll invoke when I paint my lips, and I’ve got a lot of other reds in my arsenal. I’ll review them in-depth in some future posts. But I couldn’t resist showing them off now.