Several people on Twitter let me know that NYX is on Hautelook today! In case you're not familiar with the site, it features various brands (beauty, fashion, home stuff, etc.) with discounted prices. The sales for various brands tend to last a few days- but some things tend to sell out quickly... the discounts are usually very good- sometimes on products that have been discontinued, but often, the products are currently being sold in stores (which is the case with a lot of things in the NYX sale). I thought it might be useful for me to do some blog posts when a brand is featured on Hautelook that I'm very familiar with, giving a few recommendations of things I've already tried. Even if you see this later and you've missed the sale- hopefully the reviews can still be helpful. There's also much more on the site beyond my suggestions, so to browse everything, go to Hautelook.com. (All photos in this post are courtesy of Hautelook.com)
What I've tried & would recommend...
I have all three of these glosses and they're great! I'm a fan of NYX Mega Shines because of their opaque color and beautiful, non-sticky shine. The colors in this set are Frosted Beige (a great alternative to Revlon's Foiled in case you haven't been able to find it... good for spotlighting the center of your lower lip), also Sweetheart and Pink Frost.
The website calls this the "Caviar" palette, but it's actually called "Caviar & Bubbles" and is a great neutral palette- I've heard more than a few people rave about it (including myself). Nice and compact, and great for an everyday eye look. I also have that particular shade of Soft Matte Lip Cream (Milan)- and it's great-- a beautiful pink. The one thing I haven't tried is the Mechanical Eye Pencil- but even if that turns out to be a dud- I think the lip cream and eyeshadow palette are great for the price.
This folds down to be a super travel-friendly palette. This is the only palette in this family that I've tried, and I think it gives a great glowy bronze look that makes my brown eyes look a bit more golden. Beautiful for summer, and comes with a couple of glosses. Shadows are highly pigmented, and a mix of metallic, shimmer, and matte. It's sometimes hard to determine the size of products online- but be aware-- this is a small kit and the individual shadows are rather small.
I think it's so great to have a wardrobe of lip liners! I have only tried the lip liner in Red (included in this kit)- but I was very impressed with the quality of the formula and the pigmentation. Easy to fill in your entire lips with, and it's great that it's retractable. Love that you get a nice range that appear to work with a lot of lip color shades. I'm actually thinking about getting this kit-- doesn't hurt to have another backup of Red.
I know these colors are kind of crazy, but I have a bunch of NYX Slide-On Liners and can vouch for the fact that they are very smooth, pigmented, and long wearing. They remind me a lot of the Urban Decay 24/7 liners. They glide on well enough that you could easily use these as long-wearing bases for other eyeshadows (or alone). Staying power is really impressive!!
What I'm interested in getting...
I've heard good things about NYX's matte lipsticks, and these colors look GREAT. Excellent price as well. Love that it ranges from nude, to orangey red, to plum, and berry.
I do NOT need another eyeshadow palette... I do not need another eyeshadow palette... but this one is tempting to me. It looks like a nice range of matte neutrals.
I'd also like to mention that I LOVE the NYX HD Eyeshadow base (with the wand applicator)- and noticed it was being sold in a set with a couple of others that I haven't tried. I also have had pretty good luck with most NYX blushes, and I noticed that Mocha and Pinched (a couple of great ones) were being sold in sets with others I hadn't tried. The NYX Jumbo Shadow Sticks are great as well- but keep in mind that they really need to be set with eyeshadow in order to last... otherwise they are very prone to creasing. I have tried a couple of Glam Shadows (you'll see them in an upcoming haul/review), and the quality was hit & miss. The shades I have are not being sold in this sale, but just wanted to give you a heads up. Sorry if I glossed over the nitty gritty details in this post- trying to get it up fast because I know how quickly things can sell out. FYI: shipping can take awhile from Hautelook!
- Cupcake is having fun diving under Tyler's putting mat!
- Had a great weekend catching up with Kalee! Then this coming weekend is her shower/bachelorette party!
- Scrambled eggs & salsa= good stuff!
- Shot a video, getting ready to edit.
- I've been moving so fast this morning- I still haven't finished my coffee! Guess I didn't need it that bad!
- Took 3 phone calls while writing this post- sorry for errors LOL