Warning: Your budget may be in danger.
Do not keep out. Do not avoid. Run to your nearest Nyx Cosmetics dealer and take a gander at their new High Voltage Lipsticks.
Nyx has come out with a boatload of new products this spring. I showed two of their new Intense Lip Glosses last month and was eager to try their new lipsticks. To make my decision of which colors to get I relied on this video from ReadySetGlamour. She models all 22 shades. And I like this video because she keeps her other makeup, clothes, and even background toned down in order to spotlight the lip colors.
There are nudes/neutrals, brights, darks, and mid-tones. Nude lipstick makes me look dead and darks usually make me look old and witchy, so I decided to get Tiara and Privileged, both mid-tone pinks. Unfortunately when I went to Ulta the new display had already been devoured and several shades were sold out, including Tiara. So I bought Privileged plus another one called Sweet 16. Then later when Tiara was back in stock I got it too.
These High Voltage lipsticks are taller and narrower than what we think of as the standard lipstick size. Each one contains 0.09 oz/2.5 ml of product. For comparison, a Revlon Super Lustrous contains 0.15 oz/4.2 ml. But these new Nyx ones are a wallet-friendly $5.99 each (not that Revlon is very expensive).
I like the smaller diameter and feel like it gives me more control in application. These lipsticks have no noticeable scent and don’t leave a stain after removal.
Swatches under indirect bright outdoor light and then with the flash:
They feel smooth and soft and are not heavily opaque. You can build up the coverage. My only problem was a SUE (Stupid User Error) in that I bought two shades that are so close to each other, Tiara and Sweet 16. SUPER close. Sweet 16 is a touch more pink than Tiara. Still, this is the general lip color I wear the most so I’m sure I’ll use up both. Privileged is a pretty, bright, cool-toned fuchsia pink.
UPDATE: 3/11/15 — I’ve been wearing all three at various times and love them. LOVE. Will probably spring for a few more shades in the next sale I can find!