04.12.2012
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NYX CosmeticsJumbo Lip Pencil
0 fl. oz. for $4.5
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This is a chunky, needs-sharpening pencil whose high wax content is inelegant and makes it feel slightly greasy even after it’s applied. It quickly creeps into lines around the mouth and the shade selection (at least what Ulta stores stock) is unusually dark (think Goth colors). You can find a broader shade range on the NYX Cosmetics Web site, but we wouldn’t encourage you to try this unless you prefer lipstick in pencil form and don’t have lines around the mouth.

Last Updated:02.06.2014
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Tested on animals:No
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This small Los Angeles–based 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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