Because I am Canadian, I often have to go to bizarre extremes to satisfy my makeup cravings. In the case of NYX Cosmetics, I’ve generally had to buy them online as they often aren’t readily available in drugstores here in Nova Scotia — the Macaron Lippies are no exception.
The moment I saw the first review of these lipsticks on Batalash I knew I had to have them. Affordable, unique colours? Definitely up my alley. Although they aren’t all necessarily formulated the same, these are fantastic lipsticks to have in your collection. You know, just in case you need a minty green or brilliant blue.
All of my NYX Macaron Lippies were purchased on eBay because, at the time of purchase, they did not exist in Canada. To this day, I’m not certain I’ve seen them in any drugstores that stock NYX.
NYX Macaron Lippie in Blue Velvet
Probably my second favourite of the three I initially purchased (I have since bought the black one as well). This is a cool blue that reminds me of a creamy version of Sugarpill’s Afterparty eyeshadow. It photographs lighter than it is, but it’s nowhere close to a primary or cobalt blue.
Blue Velvet is a bit slippy, as evidenced by my none-too-forgiving shots above. It will end up in and emphasize your lip lines, though not as horribly as Pistachio did. It’s tricky to get it even, but worth it in the end. It’s not a lipstick that is going to last very long but it’ll be dang pretty while it does stay, and then leave a frostbitten blue stain on your lips afterwards.
NYX Macaron Lippie in Pistachio
My least favourite of the three, but barely below par with Blue Velvet. This also photographs much lighter than it actually is. In all my shots, it appears mint green, almost seafoam. It is a bit darker than that, more of a beautiful mid-tone cool-toned green. It does leave a greenish hue to your lips after it’s gone.
Although the shade itself is gorgeous, this one is super creamy and slippy. It was difficult to get consistent colour across my lips — the lipstick wanted to migrate into a patchy mess. This is a colour you wear mixed with something else, or perhaps on top of primer, but never by itself.
NYX Macaron Lippie in Violet
My absolute favourite. There are no words for how much I love this lipstick. This is by far the lipstick I’ve worn the most, and find the most wearable (for obvious reasons). The colour is precisely as it says on the tin — a gorgeous violet, a bit on the warm side once it’s on my lips. It is easily opaque and, although smooth and creamy, it doesn’t have that same slip as the others. It does leave a lovely fuchsia stain on your lips, which I quite liked.
In case you were like me and curious if the NYX Macaron Lippie in Violet would be an acceptable dupe for Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn — a colour I’d been lusting over but didn’t have the heart to spend twenty-some bucks on — it apparently is, and so much better and more opaque at that.
Overall, these lipsticks are fantastically pigmented. With Pistachio, it requires more work to make and keep opaque, but Violet is an absolute dream to wear. I haven’t done wear tests for Blue Velvet and Pistachio, but I’ve eaten tempura and sushi with Violet on and had it last quite well through the meal, provided you’re careful.
One final obversation would be that the packaging looks nice, with a transparent window showing the colour inside, but it is a bit cheap and flimsy feeling. Taking that photograph of the lipstick bullets themselves involved a lot of pausing to twist the bullet back up, trying to take the shot, and inevitably not catching it before the bullet lowered back into the tube.
That said, these are $5 lipsticks (in America, anyway — I believe I paid about $8.25 per lipstick, including postage to Canada), so you get what you pay for. I would gladly sacrifice the quality of the packaging for the pigmentation and unique colours of the NYX Macaron Lippies. Highly recommended to anyone looking to play with colour!