January 06, 2014

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss (Tea Rose) | Review + Swatches

I've always thought lipgloss was a horrible, sticky, goopy mess (THANKS JUICY TUBES) but this NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss ($5) is actually quite nice. My lips are no longer a home for stranded hairs when I wear gloss. On NYX's website, they claim that this lipgloss provides:
  • Shine
  • Moisture
  • Softness
  • A creamy finish
  • "Lips with glistening color"

These claims are pretty much accurate (at least for this shade). I really like how comfortable this gloss feels without sacrificing quality. Read on for a detailed review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.

Packaging: The 11mL/0.37 fl. oz. of product comes housed in a plastic rounded-rectangular-prism. On the top is a cute little bow.

Applicator: The wand is a longer doe-foot style, which is nice since its slant covers a larger surface area. This allows for even and quick application. It picks up the perfect amount of product for the top and bottom lips. There's also more "fluff," I guess you could say, so that helps prevent streaking. 

natural light - flash

Color/finish: Tea Rose is a pretty, rosy deep-medium pink with neutral undertones (or tickle me pink according to Wikipedia). It has no shimmer. For me, this is my ideal pink. The pigmentation is about medium. This gloss is also available in plenty of other shades and finishes.

natural light - flash
bare lips - 1 coat - 2 coats

Application: The gloss slides right on. I honestly think it feels more buttery than NYX's Butter Gloss (at least in the shade Peach Cobbler). The color applies evenly; there is no streaking or settling into lines. It also doesn't settle into the lines. It doesn't obviate or diminish dry areas, unless a thicker coat is applied, as you can see in the left of the bottom lip in the bottom right picture above. As long as your lips are relatively healthy, it should apply fine. 

The gloss is also buildable in color, but with that comes a thicker feeling on the lips.

Texture: This feels ahmazin' on the lips. It's creamy and moisturizing. It is not watery thin or honey thick. It's the perfect density to last on the lips while feeling comfortable. Most important of all, it isn't sticky! Sticky is the worst ever. evERRRRR

Scent/taste: This smells like artificial cherry, not the medicine type cherry but the hard candy type cherry, so its bearable. I don't want to inhale this stuff but a waft is fine. It tastes like nothing, aka increase in staying power.

Longevity: This lasts an adequate amount of time, around 4-5 hours. It gradually wears off altogether shine reduces, color fades, moisturizing feel slightly reduces. It leaves a thin layer of slight stickyness once it wears off, but it's not bad at all. It doesn't stain the lips in any way or dry them out. 

Ingredients: hydrogenated polyisobutene, polybutene, diisostearyl malate, silica dimethyl silylate, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, tocopheryl acetate, alumina, glycerin, flavor/aroma, titanium dioxide (CI 77894), D&C red no. 30 (CI 73360), manganese violet (CI 77742), iron oxides (CI 77492), iron oxides (CI 77499) 

  • Not sticky, has a creamy texture
  • Lasts 4-5 hours
  • Not watery thin or super goopy
  • No streakiness
  • Good pigmentation
  • Moisturizing
  • Doesn't settle into lines
  • Great doe-foot applicator
  • Buildable (to an extent)
  • Large color range

  • Artificial cherry candy smell (more of a personal preference thing)

Available at NYX's website, Ulta, Amazon, Cherry Culture, Target, Nordstrom, and a slew of other places that carry NYX. 

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