You've probably seen the "super-glossy eyelid" look in magazines, either in high-fashion photo shoots or on runway models. That exact effect is what NYX claims its Lid Lacquer can deliver for you, and while that's definitely accurate, its drawbacks makes it more average than exceptional.
Lid Lacquer's packaging is convenient; it's housed in a small squeeze tube with a twist-off top. This product comes in two shades, Clear and Black. The texture of both is that of a thick gel, though it's easy to spread across lids.
Where this product delivers is in providing a high-shine gloss effect—both the Clear and Black colors have a strong sheen that lasts for hours (at least four when we tried it out).
Unfortunately, that's the only positive about this product. While the tacky nature of the gel ensures it adheres to your eyelids, it's heavy, sticky feel makes it an uncomfortable formula to wear.
NYX says the Clear color can be used over your favorite eyeshadow color to add shine, but we found that it causes shadows to crease quickly (within a half-hour of application). The Black shade also creased within an hour or so of its application—something that isn't as apparent with the Clear shade when it's applied on its own.
While NYX Lid Lacquer has the novelty factor going for it—and it makes good on its claims to be super-shiny—the inconvenience and poor performance otherwise makes this one to skip. Though not as glossy, we would recommend experimenting with a metallic powder or cream-to-powder eyeshadow instead. See our top-recommendations in the Best Eyeshadows section.
- Adds a high-shine glossy look to eyelids that lasts for hours.
- When used on its own, feels sticky throughout its wear time.
- When used over eyeshadow, causes shadow to crease within a half hour.
This small Los Angelesbased makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.
It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, and the line can also be found at Target and Nordstrom Rack, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products.The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.
NYX Cosmetics website is www.nyxcosmetics.com.
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