Monday, 22 February 2010

Swatches: NYX Round Lipstick

A mammoth task taking photos of all of these lipsticks and swatching them, it's actually quite difficult to capture 20+ tubes and get them all in focus and the colour of each one spot-on. I can't say I've totally mastered it, but you definitely get the idea! I've swatched in 3 batches otherwise you would only get a teeny sample of colour. I've tried to group together by colour, but please note the order from the still images to the swatch images are different-so check the colour numbers written on them. NYX are some of my favourite lipsticks, bargain price, fantastic quality and great range of colours. In the UK we do have to pay slightly more for them, but they are still cheaper than most d/s brands. I think NYX do heavy nude, beige brown shades best-as you can see I've picked up quite a few! There are lots of different finishes, some have shimmer, some are metallic, sometimes the two are combined. There's also satin (has sheen but no shimmer, usually slightly sheer) or cream (thickish colour with no shimmer). They are highly pigmented and usually the colour in the tube is pretty much the colour that will apply to your lips (as with their glosses). The packaging come with a handy clear bottom containing the lip colour inside, so if like me, you have plenty you can easily store them upside down and choose the correct shade. The only downside is the shade name is only printed on the lid (nowhere on the actual tube) and I was worried when swatching that I'd mix them up by mistake. I've only had one (512 Ares) which broke after the first application-but perhaps it was slightly warm and melted upon applying? All images enlarge when clicked. Enjoy!
Swatches, Group 1 (top row)
576 Frosted Flakes pale beige nude with silver shimmer, slight metallic finish, comes out more golden beige.
556 Iced Honey True pinked copper with metallic finish and sparkle in tube although it doesn't show in swatch.
501 Iris Orange shimmer, comes out much paler in the swatch than it looks in the tube, a very pale orangey gold. Metallic finish, very fine shimmer, lightest shade in this batch.
588 Orange Soda Orange nude, cream finish-no shimmer, does swatch quite orangey but subtle nude colour still.
(bottom row)
546 Ceto Dark copper brown, shimmer and metallic finish, practically identical in swatch to 556 (Iced Honey)
578 Earth Angel is another similar shade, bronze copper. Metallic, shimmer finish, comes out more metallic than shimmer. Difference between this and l/s above is it's more bronzey.
617 Summer Love pinky beige, very, very fine shimmer, doesn't have metallic finish, looks like a cream in the tube.
517 Hades Medium brown, same finish as above, perhaps slightly metallic though.

Group 2 below (top row)
532 Rea Neutralish brown, cream finish, comes out darker neutral brown with slight pink tone.
552 Creamy Beige Neutral but dirty brown, thick cream consistency.
522 Circe Orangey pinky beige nude (yep!), has light undertones. Comes out a medium nude, satin finish.
above (bottom row)
590 Honey Suits the honey name, a yellowish beige, great nude, satin finish.
510 Echo Camel, tan shade, I'd say satin rather than cream, a slightly darker nude.
603 Tea Terracotta brown, I think a satin finish, medium shade.

Group 3 below (top row)
503 Medusa By far the darkest of all swatches, a dark plummy purple, blackcurrant shade. With shimmer.
505 Orpheus Silvery, taupe, grey, metallic finish and shimmer. Comes out more grey (than taupe or silver).
571 Iced Lavender More lilacey than above, but has similar greyish, purpley tone. Metallic and fine shimmer finish, the shimmer is almost like an ultraviolet sheen.
512 Ares Beige taupe with metallic finish and shimmer.
(bottom row) 632 Frappucino Surprisngly bright brick red, terracotta colour, clean satin finish.
529 Thalia Love this! Thicker cream finish, neutral tone, dirty mauvey pink colour.
629 Power Mauvey lilac, like Lavender Whip or Fashion Mews from MAC. Satin finish.
595 Strawberry Milk Bright clean milkshake pink, electro 80's type colour, satin finish.

Coming soon: NYX Round Lipgloss Swatches


  1. you got a nice collection here. ;-P

  2. thank you, they really are fabulous lipsticks!

  3. Extremely helpful. Thank you for taking the time to do this.


  4. Oh my god!
    This is great, and sooo helpful!
    Thank you so much for the pictures and your thoughts about every shade.
    But now, it makes me want to by more x)
    Again, thank you!

  5. Thank you-glad I could help and encourage more lipstick buying! Thanks for following!


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