The Nyx Cosmetics Ombré Lip Duo is one of the newest Nyx products recently released, and they totally flew in under my radar. I was just strolling through my local Ulta one day waiting for my pizza order to be ready for pickup, when I just so happened to notice these on my third pass around the Nyx section. No streamers or banners or displays to mark their new place on the shelves, yet, I was drawn to them with an awe-like wonder and the thought of, “Is this how the Instagram beauties get their perfect ombré lips?!” Out of 12 color options, I opted for a muted mauve and rosy pink shade, Freckles and Speckles.
Here’s my low-down on one of the coolest products I’ve ever tried:
- Bold, long lasting color that can survive what many other lipsticks can’t
- Amazing texture
- Lives up to what it claims
- The smell is potent and strangely chemically
- The packaging could be a tad more sturdy; mine came apart
Bottom Line: I totally recommend! (and will purchase other colors!)
About the Product
One of Nyx Cosmetics newest products now available on the shelves and online. Sporting a sleek double ended stick containing a darker lip liner and a lighter lipstick, the product boasts to be the tool to achieve the perfect ombré lip look.
To use, you just need to line the perimeter of your lips with the darker liner color, fill in the center with the lighter lipstick shade, and – either using the lipstick end, finger, or lip brush – blend the two colors together where they meet.
They are around $12 in store and online.
|Color Pay Off|
|Meets All Claims|
This is super creamy! Out of all of the lip products I’ve ever used, this one probably takes the cake in terms of creaminess. It’s not dry at all. It literally glided over my lips (both ends!) so easily that I didn’t even have to use all that much product!
The lip liner in particular wowed me. I’m used to the lip liners that you really have to apply some force to line the lips sharply. Usually, they are drier than the lipstick so that they are more of an anchor for the product to go on smoothly and stay there. This, however, since it is a color in the duo ombré effect, was so creamy, I almost smooshed it across my face. Imagine this: I unsheathe the liner, expect it to behave like any other lip liner, use the same amount of force that I would regularly use, and – swoooop! It glides on super fast, super colorful, and I have to stop myself before I overdraw my lips! (Not that overdrawing is bad; I’m not a fan of how it looks on me.) It was like magic!
The lipstick end was creamy as well, but I was prepared for this end. It glided on in solid, creamy color and blended beautifully with the liner. I really did wind up with a stunning ombré lip on my first attempt, and I attribute this to the amazing consistency of the liner and lipstick that made it easy to blend the colors together.
Ok, this one killed me. It applied so beautifully, but I almost didn’t even try it on because of the smell. It smells like old makeup. As in, your grandmother’s lipstick. That is what it smells like. I don’t know if it was just that batch or if it’s just how the product smells, but it was enough to stop me in my tracks.
I applied it anyway, because, with my experience with oddly smelled makeup products, once you apply and let them breathe for a minute or two, the smell goes away.
This one didn’t.
Sure, it became more muted, but if I were to pucker my lips up under my nose, I would still catch a whiff of the smell. It wasn’t enough to make me take the lipstick off, but it was a little off-putting every time I smelled it.
Color Pay Off
From the very first swipe of either end, you are rewarded with bold color. It wasn’t patchy, it wasn’t sheer. It delivered solid, creamy color; the color you see in the tube is the color that goes on the lips. It’s that great!
Transfer / Smudge Resistance
Usually, I make my lip products pass two different transfer tests: my hand and my husband (even though he thinks it’s silly). When I kissed my hand for the first test, it transferred a little. I forgot to snap a pic, but you could see a faint outline of my lips where the darker color was applied.
However, when I did the hubby test, it didn’t transfer at all! Though, I’m not sure if that’s because the color of the product closely matched his own tone. I did pick the more neutral color offered on the shelf, so I can’t say that any of the more crazier colors wouldn’t transfer or not. But I will try more colors and give you updates.
Guys, talk about staying power! I had it on for several hours, and it still looked flawless. I got the munchies while we were out and about at my cousin’s birthday party and devoured a giant thing of nachos. Drippy cheese, tons of lip licking, the whole nine yards. And guess what? It survived! The only issue that I saw was that the corners had worn away, and you could see my natural lip color underneath. That’s it. I didn’t have the lip duo with me (we were racing go-karts, after all), but after a quick rubbing of my lips together, enough color blended around that it wasn’t that noticeable. If I had the liner with me, it wouldn’t have even needed that much of a touch-up either.
Hours of wear, a full meal, and only needing a light touch-up when done? Yeah, it will last a long time!
Here’s where I have mixed feelings. The packaging is super sleek in a double ended tube that is all the rage in the makeup industry right now. Single products that can do double duty are just killing it right now! I’m not upset about the design or anything like that. I’m upset with the quality of packaging (at least on the one I purchased).
It feels pretty substantial in your hand, but when I went to open the two ends, the entire inner mechanism portion for the lipstick came out of the tube when I tried to take the cap off. So, I have to remove the entire mechanism on one side, remove the cap, and click the mechanism back in to use it. It might just be some freak mess up on this one product, but, other than being an inconvenience, I saw no reason to take it back. The product was good, and I just had to take a few extra seconds to open one end. Not that big of a deal.
Meets All Claims
According to the Nyx Cosmetics website, the product claims:
Each lip duo features two coordinating shades of lip liner and satiny matte lipstick to create the perfect ombré pout.
I attest! The finish is a gorgeous satin matte ombré of two colors of your choosing. I say well done!
The only thing I wish they had included were some style ideas or instructions to show the different effects you can get with the duo (trust me, there is way more than just a simple ombré lip look!).
If you want a single product that can give you a wonderful ombré lip look, I highly recommend these! If you can get past the smell, this product is one good, long-lasting magic wand.
I’m just itching to go a buy more colors! They have an assortment from browns to lilacs to oranges. I seriously want to get them all! Not just to have the whole set, but to mix and match them! That would be fabulous.
Have you used this product? How do you rate it?