I got a great surprise today- my Cherry Culture order arrived! I hope you took advantage of the sale and the discount code, because I sure did!
I purchased four NYX products: Glitter Cream Palette in #05 "Bronze Goddess"; Studio Liquid Liner in SLL 101 "Extreme Blue"; Jumbo Eye Pencil in 601 "Black Bean" and Soft Matte Lip Cream in SMLC 01 "Amsterdam" along with two L.A. Colors products: Auto (eye) Liner in AE665 "White" and Jumbo Eye Pencil in CP 407 "Desert Sun."
The first product I just had to try was the gorgeous electric blue NYX liquid liner. I've been looking for the perfect electric blue liner for ages and always ended up disappointed every time- UNTIL NOW! Wow this liner is exactly what I was looking for!
|Applicator- with Flash|
The next two products are the two jumbo eye pencils- "Desert Sun" by L.A. Colors is on the left and "Black Bean" by NYX is on the right.
I usually don't buy L.A. Colors products, but I might have to change that habit because this lovely golden eye pencil is AMAZING. Again, use it as a base or on its own- either way, it looks beautiful. For my fellow South Asian/all shades of Tan ladies, this color especially pops on our darker lids. Of course, it's a great deep gold color for all skin shades, but I think it will especially look nice on those with warm/olive undertones. Pair this pencil with dark browns for a daytime smokey look or dress it up with dark olive/dark brown shadows and a heavy black liner for a sultry evening look.
Next, I tried the NYX Glitter Palette in "Bronze Goddess."
The swatches below go from right to left in the palette.
As you can see, the glitter color payoff is super intense- NYX wasn't messing around with these palettes- when they said you get glitter, they meant it! However, I didn't find any cream in the palette. The name says that it's a cream palette, but when I swiped my finger across the colors, all I got was loose glitter. Maybe under the top layer there will be some sort of cream base because the glitter isn't really loose (like a loose glitter in a jar), it's more of a packed glitter. If you get a palette like mine, use eye glitter glue, a fixing liquid (like Mac's Fix+ or ELF's Lock and Set) or just plain old Visine (dab your brush into a small amount of Visine- it gets the glitter to adhere to your lid). If you get a creamier palette, still set the glitter with any of the above because I see potential for a lot of fall out and nothing is worse than glitter ALL OVER your face.
Next, I tried L.A. Colors Auto Liner in White. This is perfect for lining your bottom lid- white (or flesh colored liners) open up smaller eyes. This is especially good for smokey eye looks on smaller eyes (and eyes of all sizes in general)- the darkness of a smokey eye can make eyes appear smaller and lining the inside of your bottom lid with white liner will counteract that effect.
I LOVE this liner! I've tried white liner before and absolutely hated it because the white was so stark that it looked unbelievably fake and weird. This liner is not a stark white- it's a muted, almost off-white color that will look fairly natural on your waterline. I definitely recommend this and at $1.50, it's a total steal!
Last, but certainly not the least, is the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. If you follow AndreasChoice on youtube (if you don't, go watch her videos immediately!), you saw this lip color in her recent video on her December myglam bag. Myglam is a great site where you get monthly samples of (and some full size) beauty products and is run by five popular youtube beauty gurus. Check it out here. This month's bag included this lip color (but I ordered mine from Cherry Culture because I didn't order my subscription yet) and it is GORGE!
|Immediately after application- the finish is Matte- my lip looks shiny here because of the flash.|
|3 hours later...still there!|
This lip color is both creamy and soft AND matte all at the same time....who knew that was even possible!?! What I hate the most about matte lip colors is how drying they can be and, on my slightly dry lips, how nasty they get after a couple of hours. This lip color is my matte savior! After three hours, the color was still pretty bright (again, sorry you can't tell in my pictures just how bright it is) and didn't dry my lips out AT ALL. I did put on a thin layer of lip balm before I applied the lip creme, but that was so the color didn't settle into the lines on my lips. I definitely didn't need to reapply it and it didn't make my lips crack or flake. All in all, LOVE this and will absolutely buy more colors (10 more colors to choose from)!
Hope you enjoyed this haul/review! As always, feel free to leave comments below!
P.S.- just a disclaimer- I bought all of these products on my own, with my own $$ and was not asked by any of these companies to endorse these products! I just happened to love them because they are awesome :)