Hey everyone! I’m pretty much always on the hunt for makeup that’s high quality and low priced. As you may know from my previous NYX review, I was disappointed in the Soft Matte Lip Cremes that everyone raves about, but I decided to give the brand a second chance. I bought a variety of different products and here is my honest review of how each performed; I️ was pleasantly surprised by these!

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This review features an eyeliner, a matte lipstick, two eyeshadow sticks, and a highlighter stick.

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From top to bottom: highlighter, lipstick, eyeliner, eye crayons.

Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Fire

I’ve always loved colorful makeup and I rarely see anyone rocking red on their lids. I decided to remedy my lack of red eyeliner with the Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Fire. This liner looked great as both a standalone statement and on top of my regular black liner.

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APPLICATION:

The brush is extremely fine on this eyeliner. This is perfect if you’re doing detailed/accent work. I didn’t mind the thin brush, it just made application take a little longer. I also had to go over my lines a few times to achieve the desired level of pigmentation.

PIGMENTATION:

As mentioned above, the thin brush doesn’t allow you to achieve the desired pigmentation with one stroke. Once you go over your lines a few times, however, you’re golden. They call it Vivid Brights for a reason! This eyeliner is highly noticeable and really pops on the lids.

STAYING POWER: 

This liner stayed put all day! No issues there.

Velvet Matte Lipstick in Midnight Muse

I did not have high expectations for this product going in. Matte lip products, in general, can be really tricky. With the price point and my previous experience with NYX lip stuff, I was even more skeptical. I was definitely the most surprised with how this performed! nyx cosmetics matte lip

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APPLICATION:

Application wasn’t so hot on this one. The lipstick is kind of thick and chalky. It also came out kind of patchy when I was putting it on. I really had to pack it on in order to get full coverage.

PIGMENTATION:

The color is great- it just takes a while for it to show. This is the same problem I had with the eyeliner.

STAYING POWER:

YOOOOO guys. This lip color STAYED PUT! To really test it, I ate a whole 10 piece Chicken McNuggets at McDonald’s and this lip color did not budge. I’ve bought way more expensive products that come off with the first bite of a meal. This is totally worth it for the staying power alone.

Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt and Rust

I’m a huge fan of eyeshadow sticks, as you guys know from my review earlier this year. Naturally, I had to see if these were any good.

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APPLICATION:

Application is a breeze. These are so lightweight and creamy! I had no trouble at all applying these to my lids.

PIGMENTATION:

Gorgeous pigmentation for both colors! I literally ooo’d and ahhh’d out loud when I put Yogurt on for the first time 😹

STAYING POWER:

These stayed on all day (I wore primer, but yeah). These are totally comparable to Nudestix in quality for only a fraction of the price!

Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in Lavender Lust

I actually didn’t intend on purchasing this product. I received it as a freebie when I went to the NYX Store in Union Square. Needless to say, I love highlighters so I was stoked to add this to the review at no extra cost.

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APPLICATION:

I stan stick products so hard because of the easy application! One swipe is all you need.

PIGMENTATION:

Prior to blending, this highlighter is BLINDING. Once blended, it’s a gorgeous pink-purpley shade. It’s not too unicorn-y but also a bit removed from the more natural shades. I love it!

STAYING POWER:

Honestly, idk how long this lasts. I’m assuming it lasts at least a few hours?!? I don’t think it lasts all day, but definitely perfect for a night out on the town.

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 Whew! That was a long and in-depth review. I hope you guys enjoyed it and stayed with me until the end. The best product I tried is definitely the eyeshadow sticks. Both the highlighter and lipstick are fantastic budget options; the quality is at least comparable if not better than more expensive brands. The liner is just fun and out there and it doesn’t fade or smudge either! Stay tuned for more beauty reviews this winter (there’s going to be another one next week, mark your calendars).

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Hey, everyone! Welcome to my first ever FRIDAY FAVORITES post! I’m so excited for this new weekly series! These posts are gonna be short and sweet. I used to do listicles back in the day, but somewhere in time, they fell out of my posting routine. This is my answer to bringing them back but in a more casual, general, contemporaneous way. All of my Friday Favorites posts will contain affiliate links, just FYI, meaning I will earn commission from clicks/purchases. As you guys may or may not know, I currently do not have a job, so any clicks or eventual purchases from my links would be super appreciated as ya girl’s tryna make a lil side cash here and there. That said, if you like my style, if you’re a fan of my advice and my tastes, then get your virtual shopping carts READY.

Each post will contain five items (my weekly newsletter already contains two items, so I thought that adding five here for a total of seven would make sense). The items listed each week will be an assortment of clothing, beauty products, home decor, and whatever else I’m digging at the moment.

  1. Extreme Bell Sleeve Sweater

Image via urbanoutfitters.com

Y’all already know how much I stan the color olive, so I was definitely drawn to this sweater for that reason. I just love this because, yes, it’s a plain sweater, but the tie sleeve detail is so standout and interesting. It adds such a fashionable and soft, feminine touch to any look *adds to cart.*

2. Champion Satin Baseball Jacket

Image via urbanoutfitters.com

Y’all, I am absolutely OBSESSED with Champion. I don’t even know why, I just am. Anyway, this jacket is BEAUTIFUL. ‘Tis the season for light jackets, and this one adds such a sporty edge to any look. I’d love to layer this over a more frilly dress for a striking aesthetic contrast. It’s also so classic; like, yes, $85.00 is expensive, but this sort of look never goes out of style.

3. I Want It All Wall Decor

Image via forever21.com

Did you guys know that Forever 21 sold home decor? Because I did not until now. This wall decor is super cute and would look great hung up or propped up like in the photo shown. I also love how it already comes in a frame. In college, none of my wall art was framed, so stuff would get easily ripped or ruined when I had to move rooms for the first three years. This piece would definitely last so much longer!

4. Essie Gel Couture in Hang Up The Heels

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Those who have been reading and following me on social know that I’ve been having a thing for green lately. My latest nail color of choice is this super deep green from Essie– and it’s part of the Gel Couture line, so it lasts for much longer than your typical nail polish. Deep hues are also a must for fall!

5. H&M Shopper Tote

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Anyone else getting flashbacks to their middle school LeSportsac bags while seeing this tote? I’m a big fan of camo print (not like hunting camo, I’m talking about fashion camo) and this soft tote is such a good size for travel, everyday errands, and sleepovers.

Did you love this roundup? What are you loving right now? Think I should include more items or fewer items? This is a brand new series so feedback would be stellar. Thank you so much for reading and come back next Friday for more picks!

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