Going into Boots is dangerous. I honestly only popped in to stock up on some basics (cotton wool etc) and as you may have gathered, I got distracted. I was just browsing through the aisles when I saw a stand that I didn’t remember being there… A giant NYX counter! I have never tried any of their products and so I picked a few to try out! I also nabbed the latest issue of ELLE magazine which comes with a free trial size ‘Goof Proof Brow Pencil’ (part of Benefit’s revamped brow line) and also a voucher for a free eyebrow wax* at the Benefit Brow Bar which can be found in Debenhams stores. (*Book a brow wax and then get a free one on your second visit).
The first thing that caught my attention was the High Definition finishing powder (£8), mostly because I had just run out of my bare minerals one that day. I didn’t want to fork out £21 for that one and I have always been impressed with other drug store powders that I’ve previously tried and so this really appealed to me. There are 3 shades – Banana, Mint Green & Translucent. I opted for the Banana shade as I thought this would be a really good colour to set my under eye concealer and brighten up the under eye area. Hopefully I’ll love this one and I will definitely report back on whether it’s a winner. Sticking with face products, I then got drawn to the High Definition Blushers (£5.50), I picked up the shade Bitten which is described as a ‘shimmery brick red’ which, I find to be quite an intimidating description. Instead, I think that it’s more of a deep pink with red undertones and some gold shimmer. I’m usually not a fan of glitters in blushers, but thought that with a light hand this would look really pretty on the apples of the cheeks in summer but also pictured it looking amazing with a dark lip on a night out or in the colder months.
In the ‘Eyes’ section, there were so many amazing looking products and I wish I could have thrown them all into my basket. I was torn between two products but in the end picked up the Slide on Eye Pencil (£5) in the shade Golden Bronze. I do tend to gravitate towards warm, golden colours as I personally think that these really suit my brown eyes and so when I swatched the tester on my hand, the decision was pretty much made. The actual formula makes me think of this product as more of a crayon than a pencil because it is so smooth and doesn’t tug at the skin like some Kohl pencils do. I thought that paired with a golden eye look (using my Naked palette) this would look amazing smudged along the upper and bottom lash lines to give a really smoky and bronzed effect. I can’t wait to try this out with a tan as I think it will look beautiful.
Something that really surprised me was the sheer amount of lip products that NYX has to offer. Having never seen the products displayed before it was really amazing to see all the different products with different finishes and colours. I picked up the Soft Matte lip cream (£5.50) in the shade ‘Cannes’ which is a really lovely muted mauve colour and I think that it will go with a lot of make-up looks because it is quite neutral. I did also want to try out the shades ‘Stockholm’, ‘Rome’ and ‘Budapest’ but these were sold out and so I’ll have to keep visiting to see if they come back in stock *that’s my excuse anyway*. Finally, I decided to pick up one of their Lip Pencil’s and I picked up the shade ‘Dark Red’. Looking back, it would have probably been more useful to get a nude shade so that I could test it out for everyday wear and maybe even with the lip cream but oh well, I do love a dark lip. This looked like it would be similar in colour to MAC Diva, which is one of my favourite darker lipsticks. I don’t have anything to line my lips when I use that and so I hope it matches!
The ELLE magazine that the Benefit Goof Proof pencil comes with is unfortunately packaged in a pink plastic cover and so you can’t try and pick the shade of the eyebrow pencil as you can’t see it. However, I managed to somehow pick up shade 2 which is in the light category and so I will be able to try it out and not look like the baby from the Simpsons, amazing. My go-to brow product is usually the Brow Wiz in Taupe which is more cool toned than this one but I’ll definitely give it a whirl and see how I like it!
Also, just a little hint that ASOS sell NYX & Benefit products (including the brow range) and if you’re a student you can use your NUS/Unidays code to get 10% off, which is a nifty thing to know!