When I first started as a beauty sub-editor for The Courier around two years ago, we had writers talking about NYX Cosmetics every week. Review after review would flood in on their Lingerie ranges, never-ending glitters and brow dupes.
However, in the last few months this has changed. We’ve had less writers talking about NYX releases, the charm seems to have died a little. And I too am guilty of this. I’ve forgotten about the cheap and cheerful brand that have provided me with endless bold and creative looks.
So, without further ado, here’s some appreciation for NYX, beginning with their Lip Lingerie Collection. The formula has withstood the test of time, offering a matte but non-drying formula that takes on the likes of Kylie Cosmetics (and, in my humble opinion, comes out better off). You’ll be spoiled for choice with the never-ending collection of nudes. I’d personal recommend ‘Corset’ for light skin tones, ‘Ruffle Trim’ for more olive tones and ‘Teddy’ for dark tones.
Following the success of the Lip Lingerie collection, there were also spin-offs which I would highly recommend. Lip Lingerie Gloss is an absolute winner in my book. As someone who nowadays opts for satin or gloss formulas over matte, this was the creation I needed. And, it’s a perfect gloss. I opt for shade ‘Eurotrash’ as this is a popping yet natural look which can even be used as a dupe for MAC’s ‘Velvet Teddy’. The other spin-off I’d recommend is the aptly named Lid Lingerie. These are liquid formula eyeshadows which can be blended into shadows or used on their own for a stand out look. For a neutral look, try ‘Sweet Cloud’ for a gold but subtle finish. Equally, for a great dupe product to recreate Charlotte Tilbury’s beautiful ‘Pillow Talk’ look, blend a tad of ‘Rose Pearl’ onto your lids.
On the topic of eyes, let’s talk brows. I’ve always been a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills. My journey went from ‘Brow Whizz’, to ‘Dipbrow’ and then back to ‘Brow Whizz’. A wild ride from start to finish. However, my every day use of ‘Brow Whizz’ was only teaching me one thing, it runs out quickly and it doesn’t come cheap. I was also using Glossier’s ‘Boy Brow’ to add further definition, resulting in gorgeous but expensive brows. As per usual, the time came when my student loan had run out, I was totally broke and running low on brow supplies. And I must admit, I was sceptical about changing up my routine. But I’m so glad I did. These days, I opt for solely NYX products when doing my brows. I opt for their ‘Micro Brow Pencil’ to shape my brows and ‘Tinted Brow Mascara’ to add definition and the fluffy finish I like. The products hold all day and are a fraction of the price of the ABH and Glossier alternatives.
I could probably write a feature on my love for NYX. Whilst I’m a luxury beauty lover, I can’t help but appreciate a brand that offer good quality dupes at half the price of the alternatives. NYX are a staple in the makeup bags of all students, and rightly so. What’s more, their cruelty-free status means guilt free shopping. You’re getting ethical products for a great price, not to mention the 10% student discount you can get at Boots. What’s not to love?