Hey girl hey! I wanted to hit you up today to give you details on some of my recent budget-friendly favorites from NYX cosmetics. They sent me a PR box recently and over the course of the last two months, I’ve been using and testing all of the products. I’ve had plenty of time to weed out the products that didn’t quite work for me and use the heck out of the ones that had me feelin’ myself. Two things I love about this company is the quality and the affordability. There are several items that I splurge on in the makeup department, but I commend NYX for providing such a great range of quality products at a price point that won’t break the bank! NYX is also a cruelty-free company (which is super important to me). Without further ado…check out my NYX favorites below! You can shop any products by clicking the links in the description or the pictures!
Who doesn’t love a good concelear?!? Sometimes it’s hard to find good coverage without the formula being cakey and thick, but the Hi Definition Photo Concealer passed the test with flying colors!
How to use: After I apply primer all over my face, I apply concealer in a triangle underneath my eyes and blend working my way out with a wet beauty blender. Btw: your concealer should be one shade lighter than your skin tone for extra brightness! This formula provides medium to heavy coverage without the cakey residue that can gather around fine lines (cause ain’t nobody got time for dat)! Cue the cheering crowds because this is a winner!
After my magic concealer and foundation, I like to set my face before moving on to my bronzer, blush, and highlighter. The HD Finishing Powder is a lightweight, translucent powder, but sets your face for a natural finish. I’m all about diminishing fine lines (welcome to your 30s) so this does a really good job of being a “filler” without a ton of fuss. Quick note: I was highly impressed with the quality of this brush too…so soft!
How to use: I use the Pro Fan Brush and press the powder into the areas where I apply concealer under my eyes and then lightly brush it over the rest of my face.
Next, let’s talk eyebrows. So, due to the horrific self-induced waxing massacre of 2001, my eyebrows are non-existent. Yep, here we are 17 years later, and they haven’t grown back properly. I completely rely upon a good brow pencil and have sworn by the Brow Power Pencil from ITcosmetics for years. Needless to say, I need my eyebrow pencil to fill in my brows at a superhero level capacity or else I’m on to the next one. After testing the Micro Brow Pencil, I can truly say this has saved the day (and some extra $)! It’s incredibly easy to apply because of the fine tip and the pencil formula is so smooth. Strokes look like fine brow hair. The finished look is natural and believable (nothing worse than the clown look, amiright?). I also love the duel function of the brush on the other end. It’s available in 8 colors so you can find your perfect match.
I think we can collectively agree that eye-shadow palettes are the best thing ever. I can honestly say the Smokey & Highlight Ultimate Shadow Palette is my favorite product from this haul. The colors are gorgeous and highly pigmented to create depth with the wide range. I also really like the different finishes because some colors are matte and others shimmery…it gives you the best of both worlds. The purples, metallics, and pops of blue and green are SO fun…oh the options! How to use: press a highly pigmented color on your eyelid with a brush or your finger and blend a lighter, shimmery color on your brow bone or reverse the colors (shimmer on eyelid and blend the pigmented color on brow bone). I included similar palettes (warm and cool tones) in the pic below that are also so so good!
Lastly, a beloved product that I’ve used for a while and is an amazing everyday gloss to go over any lipcolor or just wear solo. Butter Gloss is just what the name says, smooth like butter sans stickiness. It’s a medium coverage gloss and comes in over 30 colors. My favorite everyday color is the called Creme Brulee (coincidentally my favorite dessert)!
I hope you enjoyed my review on some on my favorite NYX Cosmetics products! Feel free to comment with questions or let me know your favorites! I’m always down to discover new products. Also, my new (realistic) goal is to release a blog post every Wednesday. That’s my new schedule and I’m sticking to it! I may have an extra blog post next week with an Instagram OOTD roundup…so stay tuned! I post almost daily on my Instagram (@styledsugarplum), so make sure to follow me there!
I hope you have a great week and stay styled, sugarplum!