NYX Macaron Lippies
Blue Velvet, Pistachio, Earl Grey and Black Sesame
(retail: $6 each on the NYX website, 0.16 oz)
There are twelve shades in this range. I purchased the four colors that I personally found the MOST intriguing--I simple had to know what these four shades would look like on my lips!
PLEASE NOTE: The color above is accurate in terms of what Black Sesame looks like before you actually use it. But once you "break the seal" you can see that this is actually more of a concrete gray color:
Earl Grey, Pistachio, Blue Velvet, Black Sesame
Looking at the swatches above, you can see that these lipsticks have nice, even consistency and very good pigmentation. These swatches were done using just one light swipe per lipstick. All four shades are cremes (no shimmer, sparkle or glitter) and I believe that all of the lipsticks in this range are cremes.
PLEASE NOTE: Any weirdness you see on my bottom lip in the following swatches is due to my lips being chapped; these imperfections were NOT caused by the lipsticks themselves.
Below is what one application of Black Sesame looks like on my lips. On my medium-pigmented lips, this is a very cool-toned concrete gray. It's extremely opaque, but it's not chalky. I also wanted to show you what each color looks like after applying a neutral red creme on top of each color (below).
Black Sesame + Revlon Fifth Ave Red =
Below is what one application of Earl Grey looks like on my lips. On my medium-pigmented lips, this is a pastel periwinkle blue. It's not as opaque as Black Sesame, but it's not chalky or too patchy.
Earl Grey + Revlon Fifth Ave Red =
A cool-toned berry!
Below is what one application of Pistachio looks like on my lips. On my medium-pigmented lips, this is a pastel mint green. It's quite opaque and not chalky at all.
Pistachio + Revlon Fifth Ave Red =
Below is what one application of Blue Velvet looks like on my lips. On my medium-pigmented lips, this is a bright azure blue. It is by far the most pigmented of the four shades I purchased, and it is also easiest to apply. One swipe to each lip yields perfect, even color and pigmentation. I can't stress this enough--the opacity and pigmentation of Blue Velvet are amazing.
Blue Velvet + Revlon Fifth Ave Red =
And finally, I wanted to try an ombre look using Pistachio:
Coral & mint ombre lips!
For this look, I applied Pistachio to just the center of my lips. Then, using a lip brush, I took a pinky-coral lipstick (Revlon Snow Peach) and lined my lips, being careful not to cover Pistachio. Then I just smooshed my lips together (very gently) and it mixed the two colors perfectly!
All four of the shades I purchased feel extremely creamy on the lips. None of them are dry or chalky, and each one glides onto the lips with ease--no tugging or dragging. Honestly, the texture of these lipsticks is quite impressive--they're not just novelty lipsticks that come in cool colors but feel like crap on the lips (I know you know what I'm talking about!). I've only owned these lipsticks for a grand total of seven hours (as of this time of this post) so I obviously cannot comment on staying power.
The pigmentation and opacity of all four shades is impressive as well. The weakest is Earl Gray (periwinkle blue) but even that one looks nice with a little extra effort. The best shade, in my opinion, is Blue Velvet (azure blue). One swipe on each lip is all I need for perfect pigmentation and opacity. It's my favorite of the bunch, for sure. I'm not a huge football fan but I can't wait to wear it paired with yellow eyeshadow if I go to any Chargers games this fall!
The fragrance of these lipsticks actually reminds me of macarons. How fun is that? It's sort of an almond-y, coconut-y macaron fragrance, but it's quite light. The flavor sort of tastes like macarons at first, but then it morphs into tasting a bit like suntan lotion. But not to worry--after about 10 minutes, I cannot detect any flavor or fragrance at all.
PRELIMINARY VERDICT: I love 'em so far! The texture, consistency, opacity and pigmentation completely exceeded my expectations, and I absolutely love that I can mix these with my existing lipsticks to create fun, unique colors. I personally do not wear unconventional lip colors on their own (although I think they look amazing on others!) so I'll be using these to mix with other shades, for sure. But if YOU enjoy wearing bold, unconventional lipsticks shades, I think you might want to give these a whirl. They're impressive all the way around, but my favorite is Blue Velvet--it is truly amazing and the pigmentation is insane.
The new NYX Macaron Lippies are available now on the NYX website. I do not know, as of the time of this post, if they will eventually be available in-store at Ulta, Target, CVS, etc. PS: I believe these are permanent, not limited edition.
The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.