I don’t want to mention the C-word yet but Christmas is rapidly approaching. This is also the time of year that I decide to stay away from shops and take the vast majority of my shopping online. I love shopping. I love Christmas. Just not at the same time. That means from now until mid-January, I am strictly shopping online and I’m only venturing out then because my dad will need a birthday present.
Which is why, when I was contacted by the lovely people at ForEveryLittleThing.Com inviting me to try some of the products from the range that they stock, I was excited. Mostly because who doesn’t want to see new places to browse for makeup. Especially as, let’s be honest, makeup is pretty much all I shop for anyway. So I’ve been browsing, and discovered that the newly-formed website stocks a range of well-known drugstore brands including NYX and L’Oréal. As I am economising at the moment (thanks to the dreaded C-word), this is good for me and good for my purse.
I am a huge fan of NYX lip products so jumped at the chance to receive one, but as my Mac Studio Fix Fluid had just ran out and I’d heard good things about NYX foundation, I decided to try something from the NYX foundation range.
NYX Lip Lustre Glossy Lip Tint in Mystic Gypsy
Am I the only one who relishes a break from drying matte lips products? I must admit, I do love a matte lip but, they are everywhere right now and sometimes I like to change it up and step away from the matte liquid lipsticks. Enter the NYX Lip Lustre Glossy Lip Tint which was exactly as the name described and gave my lips a nice glossy appearance.
As it is called a ‘lip tint’ I was expecting it to be quite sheer. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented this was and although it wasn’t as pigmented as a matte lipstick, it was definitely buildable to a nice opaque colour.
This is such a pretty colour and for that reason it can be forgiven for not being particularly long lasting. But to be fair, it doesn’t claim to be. I applied it at about 11am yet it did need to be reapplied after lunch, especially as it didn’t wear evenly and became patchy. However, this also doesn’t have the annoying dryness that a lot of matte products have so it’s all a matter of personal choice! I can take reapplying lipstick more regularly if my lips feel comfortable.
Nyx Hydra Touch Powder Foundation
I haven’t used a powder foundation for years, but something about the compact just screams glamour to me especially as I used to remember watching my mum applying her foundation from her compact many years ago.
Hydra Touch appealed to me because I am currently struggling with dry skin, and wanted a foundation that would be moisturising enough to help me disguise my dry patches. This foundation is formulated with chamomile and cactus extracts to help to keep skin smooth, and I have to say that they did their job. My skin felt soft and hydrated whilst wearing it.
I applied this directly to my moisturised skin to see how it felt and it applied beautifully, leaving a natural but glowy finish to my skin. This is not a cakey foundation. That said – I used it dry. NYX suggest that it can also be used wet, but I when I tried this I found that it was a lot heavier so I would suggest using a damp sponge if you need a heavier coverage in certain areas. It’s definitely a medium-coverage foundation but, just like the lip gloss, is also buildable so would give a fuller coverage if layered – even if dry.
Unfortunately, the shade that I chose wasn’t quite the right shade for me and was a little bit dark . Strangely, the teenager in me was so excited about that as I could never find a foundation dark enough for me 20 years ago, so that fact that there is increasing diversity in drugstore foundations made me happy. But that didn’t help me with this.
In order to make this work, I had to wear a small amount of a BB cream underneath in order to lighten it a little. However, what impressed me was that even though I had added this extra layer, the foundation still didn’t look cakey at all. Even The Boy commented on my glow so I’m definitely sold on this!
Both products are available at ForEveryLittleThing.com
Have you tried any of these products? Is there anything else that you would recommend from the NYX range?
*These products were received free of charge from ForEveryLittleThing.com, but as always all reviews and opinions are my own. Check out my disclaimer for further information.