Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Nyx Butter Lipsticks Review

As a follow-up to Nyx's wildly successful "Butter" lip products, Nyx has come out with Butter Lipstick.  I am absolutely obsessed with the Butter Glosses, so I was psyched to try these.

There are 22 shades in the line. The shades I picked up were Bit of Honey, Gumdrop, Razzle and Sweet Tart.

Bit of Honey: Nude with Peachy Coral Undertones

Gumdrop: Bubblegum Pink

Razzle: Bright, Vibrant Fuchsia Pink

Sweet Tart: Deep Cool-Toned Pink

My Thoughts:

Overall, the brighter shades were very pigmented while the lighter and nude shades were less so.  To achieve full color on the lips I needed to bring it around town a few more times which is annoying to me.  I wish that the pigmentation was the same across the board.  That being said, these do have a smooth and creamy formula which is comfortable on the lips with fairly good staying power.  The darker shades definitely have better staying power and even produce a slight staining effect on the lips.

One last thing, if you haven't heard Nyx is now available at CVS!  But...these lipsticks were not in the display.  Not sure if they will be getting them. The CVS display was small and limited to only the permanent range items, so head on over to Ulta or the Nyx website to get your hands on these.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Review

Over the past year or so I've really fallen in love with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders so I was thrilled when I heard they were releasing Ambient Lighting Blushes for spring! The idea behind these is that they are a mixture of Ambient Lighting Powder and cheek color.

For a little background, the Ambient Lighting Powders are finishing powders that transform the way light reflects on your skin. There are 6 different colors of these powders, each shade gives you a different glow. Hourglass has taken each Ambient Lighting Powder and swirled it with a different shade of blush to give you a multidimensional cheek color thats not flat. 

The blushes themselves are beautiful to look at. They sort of remind me of a mineralize skin finish the way the colors are swirled together. 

The shades I have are Dim Infusion and Radiant Magenta.

Dim Infusion:

This shade is described as a "subdued coral".  It is mixed with the Dim Light powder which is "A neutral soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections." This is a nice soft coral, really perfect for my skin, especially for this time of year when I am on the paler side.

Radiant Magenta:

This shade is described as a "golden fuchsia".  It is mixed with the Radiant Light powder which is "A sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth."  This is a nice bright pink which I think will be really pretty for summer.

These colors are both absolutely beautiful.  On the cheeks they give a lit from within finish to the skin.  They are swatched heavily in the photos above but can definitely be sheered out for a more natural look. Overall they look really healthy and natural, perfect for transitioning into the warmer months.