Back when NYX first hit Boots stores in Glasgow I was left feeling a little disappointed at the stock levels available in both the city centre counters. To be fair, I think a lot of it was due to the incredible demand for their much hyped over products, and they just couldn’t keep up. I had to practically fight my way into the counters, only to be leaving empty handed when the products I had so desperately wanted were out of stock. It probably didn’t help that the two counters in the city centre, Buchanan Galleries and St. Enoch, are on the smaller side and don’t stock the full range.
The most recent counter to open in Glasgow at the Fort is a different story, and since then I’ve been able to get my hands on the products I lusted after so feverishly. Much to my delight, the new counter is pretty much double the size of the other two and is considerably better stocked, boasting a huge selection of products, including the coveted Lip Lingeries and the Liquid Suedes which the other counters don’t provide.
I was invited along to check out the counter and learn a bit more about the brand last Monday, and since then I’ve ended up paying three more visits. Not only are the products amazing, but the staff working at the counter are some of the most helpful I’ve encountered at a beauty counter ever. They are the most lovely people and it makes a huge difference! It’s safe to say that my NYX collection has grown pretty quickly, but when you hear more about how incredible these products are you will definitely understand.
I think one of the things NYX are most well known for is their range of lip products, especially with their incredible selection of colours and finishes. I’ve already chatted a bit about my love of the Lip Lingerie lipsticks in my liquid lipstick collection post and when I first visited the counter I was keen to try out some of the other products on offer.
The Soft Matte Lip Creams are raved about by what feels like everyone and their gran at the moment, so the peachy nude shade Stockholm* was one of the very first things I picked up on my original trip to the counter. I’d tried similar products in the past, but since trying the “real deal” I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the cheap dupes – especially considering these are only £5.50! The lightweight formula is super creamy and far from drying like I’ve come to expect with other matte lip colours. It smells delicious (honestly, so nice) and whilst it isn’t the longest lasting if you’re eating/drinking it does fade pretty evenly throughout the day. It’s so easy to apply that touch ups are no problem, but I do find this shade to be a little bit streaky and need two coats for full coverage.
I’m still on a huge liquid lipstick habit at the moment and so when I paid my second visit to the counter I decided to pick up one of their Liquid Suede cream lipsticks in the bold, deep red shade Kitten Heels. The Liquid Suede has a more satin finish than the Soft Mattes but is still more matte than your standard lipstick in my eyes. It’s super pigmented and needs a precise application, but once it’s set it will not come off. Honestly, it’s one of the most long lasting lipsticks I’ve tried. It doesn’t smell quite as sugary sweet as the Soft Mattes, but hey you can’t have everything.
I figured that whilst I was there I’d pick up a couple of lip liners to match my new lipsticks, so chose the Slide On Lip Pencil in Sugar Glass* to match Stockholm and on my next trip I picked up the Retractable Lip Liner in Ruby for Kitten Heels. The Slide On pencils are as creamy as they sound, and I’m already planning on picking up more shades. They glide onto the lips with ease and help create a more defined look that lasts all day. On the other hand, the retractable lip liners don’t have as creamy a formula but are still super easy to apply and comfortable on the lips. I think the less creamy formula suits a bolder shade as in my experience it’s less likely to budge and really helps fight feathering.
When I was waiting to buy my Liquid Suede I spotted something that caught my eye, that being the Be Gone Lip Colour Remover. I can’t for the life of me find this online, but if you see it at a counter buy it. I don’t know what kind of sorcery is contained in this balm/gel/gloss concoction but it melts away even the most stubborn lipstick in seconds whilst nourishing and caressing your lips. It’s magic, I’m telling you.
Moving on to eyes, and once again NYX really surpasses practically all other drugstore brands in their selection. I was a little overwhelmed by the selection and found it tough to choose, but as soon as I swatched the Roll On Eye Shimmer I knew it was meant to be. It may appear a little childish, and I’m 90% certain I had a nearly identical product that came free with an S Club 7 magazine back when I was younger, but these guys pack a seriously glittery punch. I went for the shade Nude*, a warm champagne tone that I knew I’d get a lot of wear out of. The best way to apply these is with a slightly damp brush from the back of your hand, or else you’ll be faced with a lot of fallout, however, if you apply them properly they will stay put until the end of time (maybe an exaggeration).
Whilst I was perusing the brow products on offer I came across the Micro Brow Pencil in the shade Taupe and was instantly drawn to the precise pencil applicator. Like many brow pencils, this has a spoolie on one end and the product on the other making it an ideal space-saving addition to my makeup bag. It’s not the most pigmented and isn’t as waxy as some other brow pencils I’ve tried in my time, but the super precise pencil allows for the most natural of strokes when taming your brows.
Sometimes I come across products that I never thought I would need, but then after trying them out for myself wonder how I ever coped without them. The First Base primer water is the perfect example, as before I set eyes on it I would never have considered adding a priming spray into my routine. Now, however, I don’t think I could go without it. This lightweight, refreshing spray perfectly primes my face for a smooth makeup application without being too tightening or heavy on my skin. It’s paired perfectly with the Angel Veil* primer and as a duo they help ensure a flawless look with no caking or slipping throughout the day. Add in the Dewy Finish Setting Spray and you’ve got a long-lasting flawless face that will stay put all day long.
No matter what, I never feel like my face is complete unless I have a coat of powder to set everything in place. For years no pressed powder had come close to my love of the Rimmel Stay Matte, but the HD Finishing Powder in translucent* has really put it to shame. This pressed powder is super silky and helps blur any imperfections whilst also helping to set my foundation. It has a lot of fallout, and you need a light hand, but the finish is akin to that of the Kiko Invisible Powder with considerably less mess. I’ve heard amazing things about the brightening nature of the yellow powder too, so that’s definitely on my list to try next.
I’ve been pretty loyal to my 17 Stay Time concealer for a while now, mostly due to the fact that it’s one of the few drugstore concealers that is pale enough for my skin tone. When I spotted the range of shades available for the HD Concealer I knew I had to try it and so Porcelain* found it’s way into my stash. Whilst it’s not quite as creamy as the 17 offering, it provides a full coverage that is ideal for disguising the near enough constant dark circles I’m boasting these days.
As a pale girl I find a lot of drugstore contour products can be a bit too warm for my skin tone, but having seen other pale skinned beauty addicts hail the HD Blusher in Taupe* as the perfect contour shade for fair skin I had to try it out for myself. It’s a bit darker than I had expected so requires a light hand, but the cool tone and blendable formula is perfect for defining cheekbones without looking orange or muddy.
The final thing I picked up from NYX was the Pro Fan Brush, which caught my eye as being perfectly suited for a more defined highlight. The bristles are soft but densely packed, meaning it provides an even distribution of a powder highlight without picking up too much product. The size of the brush makes it a bit too bold for using when I just want a subtle glow during the day, but it seriously packs a punch for an evening look!
To say I’ve been blown away by the quality of these budget beauty buys would be an understatement, I seriously couldn’t recommend NYX more. Most of these products were under £10 yet rival the quality of higher end buys, so if you want the perfect way to add more variety to your makeup collection at a purse friendly price then be sure to check out the selection on offer at NYX.