Bored and looking for a quick fix on Ebay, I bought my first NYX Lipstick a week ago. My choice was Tea Rose, as it looked pretty neutral and easy to wear.
When it arrived in the post, I’d used my Lorac Croc Palette to do a basic smokey eye that day and thought Tea Rose would go really well with it.
This lipstick is not what I was expecting at all. I thought that it would be a throw on, easy wear colour, in the same vein as Chanel’s Glossimer in ‘Praline’ or Rouge Allure in ‘Flash Quartz’ (basically a pink-beige) but this turned out to be a quite a bright, flat, coral pink. Definitely not something to pair with a smokey eye. This is one of those lipsticks that calls for some consideration when deciding on the rest of your makeup.
It’s a creme colour with no shimmer and it goes on very opaque. I think this is a lipstick that begs to be paired with a gloss; without it, I feel that my lips didn’t have any dimension as the colour is very flat. This makes my lips look very dry.
The formula is moisturising initally, but after about 30 minutes I found it to be quite drying. A gloss (I’ve been using Chanel’s ‘Galactic’ – a clear gloss) helps to give my lips dimension, moisture, and makes the colour a little more interesting.
It’s well pigmented and goes on smoothly. The smell is pretty artificial, but luckily it doesn’t transfer onto the lips.
The colour does nothing for me, and I’ve spent days trying to figure out why. I think it’s because Tea Rose is the colour of any redness I have (and in winter I have a bit) so my whole face ends up looking pink and washed out.
All in all, I’m glad I’ve tried this, but I can’t see that I’ll be reaching for it too often.
I paid USD $2 plus $4.50 shipping from indigo00012002 on Ebay for this lipstick, so I’m not too worried about not being wholly enamoured with this product. I’ve ordered a few more to see how they compare, as I’ve heard that the finish and texture of NYX lipsticks varies quite a bit. I may just be a glutton for punishment.