NYX Butter Gloss in Meringue - review and swatches


I've been meaning to review this gloss for ages, it's just that I've been swimming in more urgent posts so I wasn't able to get to it until now.

But this shade is currently on my Project Pan list and I've used it enough that I'm about to take the stopper out, so best I review it before it's gone for good.

As you may know, these glosses are my HGs and I've slowly been running through all the shades so I can find my favourites.

Unfortunately this one is the worst I've tried to date so I won't give it an HG tag, but the formula is still fine and it nourishes my lips well, it's just that it sits in lip lines something chronic and I don't like the colour. More on that below.

NYX claims/product details:

  • Buttery soft and silky smooth 
  • This scrumptious gloss tastes as sweet as a sugar cookie - and makes your lips look downright luscious
  • Swipe it on alone or over your favourite lipstick for a creamy, sheer-to-medium coverage that melts onto your lips and is never sticky 
  • Leaves your lips soft, supple and kissable
  • RRP $9.95 AUD for 8ml, but do shop around

Now for swatches.

Light and heavy swatches, direct sunlight:

Indirect sunlight: 

 My bare lips for reference:

Wearing the product, indirect sunlight:


While I normally give these glosses HG tags, I won't with this because it's my least favourite of the ones I've tried so far.

It's a standard gloss that comes in a plastic tube with a doe-foot applicator. It has a sweet, sugary scent that's not overpowering - so it's a good, balanced kind of scent for a product like this.

The gloss feels very comfortable to wear and it's hydrating enough for my dry lips that I can rely on it for hydration during the day. For this reason I always carry one in my handbag, because I can layer it underneath or over the top of less hydrating products to keep my lips feeling comfortable.

The formula isn't sticky but it does have a tackiness to it that helps it stay put. Sure, it's not a super long-lasting product (I wouldn't expect it to be), but it does stay put longer than other glosses so that's a plus.

What I like about this formula is that you can apply a very fine layer (eg, over a lipstick or liner) and just add a bit of shine, or you can add more and get a medium coverage and just wear the gloss by itself. Not all glosses are opaque enough to give good colour, but all the shades I've tried so far of these ones are. Tick.

Meringue is a cool pink shade that's not flattering on me so I can't wear it alone (I tend to add a dash of purple to get a mauve), and while I'm sure it would suit some people, that blue undertone does make me a look rather dead.

Also note that while some of the shades settle into lip lines a bit, this one does that a lot so it doesn't look good. While it still plumps my lips up a little (as do the other shades), the fact that it settles into lines is so noticeable that it just doesn't work. It's also the first shade I've come across that travels outside my lip lines too.

Overall I think the formula of this gloss is ok because I can still rely on it for hydration, but I don't recommend this particular shade for the reasons mentioned and I wouldn't buy it again. Still, one bad gloss out of the mountains I've tried is a pretty good track record, so we'll give NYX a pass for this one.

Try another shade.

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