I absolutely love finding new makeup, especially affordable, great quality makeup! When I saw there was a NYX Professional store at the Westfield Sherman Oaks I was excited to try out some new products. It may sound odd, but there is just something about the presentation at the NYX stand-alone store that makes it feel more luxurious and high end. It's a huge step up from buying NYX at Ulta or CVS without a flux in the price.
Gotcha Covered Concealer - Shade: Light I have recently been wearing this It Cosmetics 'Bye Bye Undereye' Concealer. I love how thick it is and how long it lasts! But, with its' $24 a tube price tag I wasn't sure how long I could keep up with it. I am definitely a makeup wearer, not a person who uses a tiny dot for my whole face, if you know what I mean. With that said, I am ECSTATIC to say that from what I can tell so far, this NYX 'Gotcha Covered' Concealer is basically the exact same formula! It's thick and has amazing coverage - it's also waterproof! And let's face it I can literally by four tubes of the NYX concealer for the price of one It Cosmetics tube. I must say, this is by far my favorite product from this haul.
Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder - Shade: Nude I'm always on the hunt for the next great powder to lock in my look for the day. I've used both high end and drug store brands alike throughout my quest! While browsing the store I decided to give this 'Stay Matte But Not Flat' Powder a try. I have to say, I've really been enjoying it so far! It's not too chalky like some powders can be and I haven't noticed any residue from it. I also haven't found myself re-applying throughout the day which is awesome!
Butter Lipstick - Shade: Root Beer Float I am a sucker for a great mauve/Fall-like shade of lipstick. Truth be told, it's my go-to color all year round. I love trying different brands and variations - I absolutely love the Tarte Lippie Lingerie in the shade "Whisper". While I can't see this Butter Lipstick in "Root Beer Float" replacing it entirely, I do love that it's only $6 opposed to $24 for everyday wear. Again, I could literally by four of these in different colors (I promise I'll step outside of my comfort zone one day!) for the price of one. My favorite thing to do is apply this first all over my lips and then go over it with the Slim Lip Pencil I'm about to tell you about. Bonus: It doesn't dry out your lips like most lipsticks do!
Slim Lip Pencil - Shade: Mauve I went through a stage of just using lip liner as lipstick (I love the control you get with lip liners and how you can easily make your lips appear larger than they are by overdrawing them ever so slightly). Like I said before, I love applying the Butter Lipstick first and then going over it with this Slim Lip Pencil in the shade "Mauve". It provides extra pigmentation that helps the color last longer! I also love the clean lines it provides around the edges of my lip color. This shade is gorgeous for Fall and I adore how easily this glides on. I will definitely purchase this again - come on, $3.50!?
Tinted Brow Mascara - Shade: Chocolate I have tried the fancy Anastasia Brow Definer and to be honest I am not impressed. I found it really hard to apply - it was extremely waxy and mine actually broke off very soon after I bought it. I'm fairly new to the "brow game" and am not well versed in filling in my brows. This Tinted Brow Mascara is perfect for me! It fills in any small gaps while acting as a hair spray of sorts for my eyebrows keeping them together so I don't look like Jim Carrey in 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' (google it!). I will definitely keep buying this!
Overall, I am really impressed with the NYX products this time around. I can't wait to go back for more! I have my eye on these at the moment! Colored Felt Tip Liner, Baked Blush, Velvet Matte Lipstick. I just might need to make another trip back next week!