This lipstick is currently on my Project Pan list and it's gotten to the point that I'm ready to declutter it. Reason being, it doesn't wear well and it also travels outside lip lines - plus it's such a bright colour so it's not very easy to wear.

Indeed, I'm getting to the point in my makeup life where I'm more prepared to send things to other homes (especially when something was a GWP, as this was) - and I have so many other things to pan that I would prefer to put my focus on items that I find easier to use.


Do note from the outset that I've done some research into these products and it seems that some of the shades perform better than others.

This shade in Free Spirit is one of the colours that others complain about, so it looks as though you can find some good lipsticks in the range - it's just that this isn't one of them. This is the only one I've tried, so I personally can't speak to the rest of them.


NYX claims/product details:

  • Amp up your look 
  • Infused with vibrant colour and a super-rich finish
  • A creamy, shiny and extremely pigmented lipstick
  • Available shades: 22
  • From chic nudes to deep vampy hues, these lightweight and creamy lipsticks glide on effortlessly
  • Leaves lips with a kiss of shine and high-impact colour
  • RRP $11.95 AUD for 2.5g, but do shop around

There's the bullet, direct sunlight:


There's a swatch, direct sunlight:


Natural light:


 My bare lips for reference:


Wearing the lipstick, direct sunlight:


Indirect sunlight:


Verdict

I've had a lot of luck with NYX products over the years, but unfortunately this lipstick doesn't work for me so I can't recommend it. But as mentioned above, apparently not all the shades in this line are created equal - so you may be able to find ones that work for you.

It's a lightweight, creamy product with a faint sugary scent. It applies well and delivers great pigment with one swipe on each lip, and it also feels comfortable to wear. Indeed, it's hydrating enough that I don't need to wear a balm underneath it if I don't want to.

I have a few issues with this lipstick, which is why I've decided to declutter it (I'm about halfway through it): it's too hard to work with, it needs babysitting, and of course, life's too short.

First, it emphasises my lip lines. Badly. It's a little hard to see that in the photos above due to the light, but it doesn't look good on and I'm someone who wants flattering lip products as much as I want hydrating ones. My lips are dry and I'm 38: it comes with the territory.

Second, it doesn't wear well. Yes I expect my lipstick to come off on my coffee cup, but this one comes off badly and it doesn't fade evenly. I can live with transfer but I can't live with a patchy outcome.

Third, it travels outside my lip lines. This isn't a good thing for any lip product but it's especially bad when the colour is this bright. I mean, not only does it travel outside my natural lines, but it also travels into vertical creases and swims up them like channels. Blurgh.

Overall I don't like this product and I can't recommend it. While I normally love a good orange (and I do like the colour), this one doesn't perform well so I'm removing it from my Project Pan list today and focusing my attentions elsewhere.

Not for me.

I reviewed a L'Oreal cleanser not long ago that comes from the same 'pure clay' range as this one does. It was the Charcoal Gel Wash (reviewed here), and while I started off liking it, I began to realise that it was drying out my skin and when I saw the ingredients list and measured its pH (which was high), I understood why.

This product is a bit better but unfortunately it's still not as kind to skin as I would like - it dries me out, for starters - but I don't think it's terrible and of the two products, this is the better one. More on that below.


L'Oreal claims/product details:

  • A clay cleanser enriched with red algae extract, known for its brightening properties
  • Finely milled apricot seeds gently exfoliate dull, uneven skin to reveal skin’s natural glow
  • The beaded, creamy texture illuminates by exfoliating skin, without drying it out
  • Contains micro-grains to smooth skin and refine pores
  • Kaolin absorbs impurities and excess oil
  • Montmorillonite purifies and re-balances the skin, reducing imperfections
  • Ghassoul absorbs impurities and oil without causing irritation, leaving skin smooth, fresh and radiant
  • Red algae exfoliates the skin and refines pores
  • Instant and visible results
  • Pores are tightened and irregularities are reduced
  • RRP $14.95 for 150ml, but do shop around


I've tried testing the pH of this product, and as with the L'Oreal black cleanser mentioned above, I'm struggling to get a reading. That's obviously because both cleansers have strong colours so they're mucking with the results (because every pH number is assigned a particular colour).

I will say, though, that the four tests I've done indicate that this product lies at around a six on the pH scale. While I'm not willing to say that's a definite (normally my pH strips are really clear, so it worries me when they're not), I'm prepared to believe this is roughly accurate because the product isn't as astringent as the L'Oreal black cleanser, which read as between an eight and a nine.


Verdict

This is an ok product, although I'm not sure how kind to skin it is so that's something to keep in mind. 

It's a pale red, cream cleanser that contains little exfoliating grains. It smells like clay and eucalyptus to me (and eucalyptus is included in the ingredients), and I don't mind the scent but do note that the product contains both artificial fragrance and dye.

The other thing to note is that it contains Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), which is meant to be slightly less irritating to skin than its relative, Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS), but it's still a potential irritant and I was sad to see it included.

I've been using this perhaps twice a week and it offers a gentle polish without feeling too harsh on my skin. The grains it includes are finely milled so they don't feel too scratchy, and there's enough of them in the formula that they do a good job of resurfacing and removing dead skin.

Since I haven't been using the product that often, I reckon that's why I haven't noticed so much whether it's been drying out my skin. I did however use it this morning and it was rather drying, which could partly be because it's winter and my already dry skin is drier than usual, but I also think the formula isn't as gentle as I would like.

Overall I think this product is ok but the ingredients list concerns me, and once again L'Oreal has demonstrated that it's prepared to put potential irritants in its skincare - whether fragrance, dyes or SLES etc - and I reckon that's just not good enough. If you want to be taken seriously in the skincare game, then you need to be more careful than that.

Oh, the product claims are rather tall too.

Time to start using this as a body scrub, methinks. I have other exfoliants that do the job and contain better ingredients.

Look elsewhere.
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