I needed to replace a few essentials and instead of going to Sephora (almost 4 months since my last purchase!), I thought I would try some new-to-me drugstore alternatives to save some money. Here’s how much I saved vs. what I would have bought at Sephora:
NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Espresso: $11.99 vs. ABH Brow Wiz in Dark Brown: $27.00
NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Black: $11.99 vs. ABH Brow Wiz in Ebony: $27.00
NYX Black Matte Liquid Liner: $9.99 vs. KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper: $25.00
NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray: $9.99 vs. KVD Lock ’N Load Makeup Setting Mist: $30.00
Could have spent: $109
Only spent: $43.96
I felt really good about saving so much money, so I also picked up NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment for $9.99, bringing my total cost to about 50% of what I normally would have spent – without feeling like I’ve sacrificed quality at all.
NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment
Slip into something seductive with Lip Lingerie, our new weightless liquid lipstick with a plush matte finish. Available in a range of color-kissed nudes—from cinnamon pink and chocolate brown, to warm mahogany red and classic nude beige—each sultry shade will coat the curves of your lips with irresistibly creamy color.
Isododecane, Mineral Oil/Paraffinum Liquidum/Huile Minérale, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polycyclopentadiene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Alumina, Barium Sulfate (CI 77120), Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)
The wand isn’t my favourite – it’s flat and feels a bit rough – but the shade is gorgeous and the formula is quite nice. It does start to feel a bit drying on my lips after a a few hours, but if I make sure to apply balm while doing the rest of my makeup and then wipe it off before applying this (or any other liquid lipstick) it seems to help delay that feeling.
NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Espresso & Black
Build full beautiful brows with our ultra-thin Micro Brow Pencil. So precise it coats even the finest hairs with color for a natural-looking finish.
Polyethylene, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Ozokerite, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, C20-40 Alcohols, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire de Candelilla, Zinc Stearate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcrystalline, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Tristearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Caprylate. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).
I picked up two shades because I wasn’t sure if I was going to colour my hair darker again or not. I did end up going darker, so I currently use Black more than Espresso. Brows are an almost-constant struggle for me and I never feel like they turn out right, but I find this works just as well as the ABH Brow Wiz.
NYX Black Matte Liquid Liner
Line and define with expert precision using our Matte Liquid Liner. A makeup artist must-have for bold and classic looks the precision brush tip allows you to effortlessly achieve an ultra-fine and exquisite matte finish.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Triethylhexyl Trimellitate, Triethyl Citrate, Ethyl Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Hectorite, Cellulose, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Black 2 (CI 77266) [Nano].
I was super nervous about trying this out. I am very used to using the brush-tip pen-style like KVD Tattoo Liner, and I don’t think I’ve tried a liquid liner like this since I was a teenager… probably 20 years ago! I was shocked at how easy this was to use, how precise I was able to get the lines… and how wonderful it was to be able to control how much product I put on vs. the tip drying out and having to put the lid back on and shake it to get more. It also dries completely matte – this is without a doubt my new HG liner.
NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray
Demand Perfection! For that fresh make up look that lasts NYX Makeup Setting Sprays are lightweight and comfortable while working hard to make sure your makeup stays put. Available in a gorgeous Matte Shine-Free Finish or Dewy Fresh Glow.
Water / Aqua / Eau, Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Niacinamide.
I’ve never really found that a setting spray makes a huge difference in how long my makeup lasts – but I’ve also never really paid attention to it beyond how well it lasts during a regular work day. I like applying a setting spray to set all of my powder, and if it helps longevity then that’s a bonus. This one is great because it doesn’t really have a scent and the pump sprays evenly. It is available in a matte finish as well which I think I’ll try in the summer to see if it helps combat oiliness.