The only thing better than affordable makeup is affordable makeup that’s on sale. It’s a win, win! NYX has always been a great brand for nice quality makeup on a budget for years. Today, NYX has evolved into more of a “professional” drugstore brand with a variety of products that the everyday makeup lover or hardcore makeup junkie can appreciate all the same. NYX seems to be working overtime this year to reign supreme as the best drugstore brand on the market with a ton of great new products that won’t leave your pockets hurting.
I recently took a walk through the NYX aisle at Ulta and found myself with a handful of products in my hands by the time I got to the end. There’s so many nice new goodies these days! One of the first things I grabbed was the Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette. Because, you know, I’m extremely obsessed with highlighters at the moment. The Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette was released earlier this year but I’ve managed to stay away from it until now. A good sale always sucks me right in and NYX being buy 2 get one free at Ulta made it super easy to pick up the Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette.
The Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette is a slim, chic palette that features 7 highlighters ranging from champagne to yellow gold to lavender. Most highlighting palettes start at around $30-$40 and don’t venture out much in terms of the color scheme. But the NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette has a little something for every skin tone for under $20. Out of the 7 shades, I’d probably only shy away from using the lavender shade as a highlighter but the rest of them are fair game and work quite beautifully on my brown skin. The Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette is a little heavy on the shimmer so it may not be a good option if you like a barely there highlight. But I live for a strong “highlight on fleek” kinda glow so I think I’m going to enjoy this beauty!
NYX has been pushing out new products all year and the Velvet Matte Lipsticks are one of their newest creations. The Velvet Matte Lipsticks sport a new creamier formula than the original Matte Lipsticks so I’m hoping they’ll be easy on the lips. There’s 12 shades to boot in the collection and I grabbed 4 of them including:
- Charmed brick red with purple undertones
- Unicorn Fur hot pink with purple
- Violet Voltage deep violet
- Disorderly deep purple
I’ve only swatched the Velvet Matte Lipsticks so far and they do feel a bit creamier than the original Mattes but some of them seem to be a bit more patchy too. Violet Voltage and Disorderly took a bit of layering to get an even swatch so I’m worried the quality may be a little iffy. I’ll let you guys know how I like them very soon though!
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been wearing makeup. We all have those moments where we accidentally pick up the wrong foundation shade. Instead of immediately returning it, we end up just stuffing it in a drawer somewhere to never be found again. I’m definitely guilty of doing that. That’s why I grabbed the Olive Pro Foundation Mixer when I noticed one popped up at my Ulta store. The Pro Foundation Mixers help you adjust your foundation with the option to make it more yellow, lighter, deeper and more. The Olive shade allows you to make your foundations a little more neutral or yellow toned depending on the foundation, of course. I have some prominent red undertones around the perimeter of my face that makes most foundations with heavy red undertones work well for me. Sometimes, a foundation can get a little too red and start to look orange though if I apply too much so I plan on mixing the NYX Olive Pro Foundation Mixer to help balance everything out. I’ve been playing with the Olive Pro Foundation Mixer a bit and I kinda like it. The shade works well alone as a concealer for me and it seems to help neutralize undertones without really compromising the original foundation formula. I’m curious to see how it will pair with my Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick.
Will you be picking up any NYX goodies while they’re on sale at Ulta?
Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette
Violet Voltage, Disorderly, Unicorn Fur and Charmed
Olive Pro Foundation Mixer